6 Cold and Flu Remedies You Can Find in Your Kitchen

Before you head off to your local drug store looking for drug remedies to help you cope with cold and flu symptoms, you might want to open your kitchen cupboards or spice cabinet. That’s because there are many excellent remedies already in most peoples’ kitchens.

Garlic

Garlic has long been known for its antiviral activity but new research in Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine found that garlic also shows promise against bronchitis in preliminary laboratory tests, which is a common problem for many cold and flu sufferers. World-renowned botanist James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, indicates that garlic contains several different antimicrobial compounds that can help while battling colds and flu, with allium being garlic’s most antiviral compound. While you can add garlic to soups, stews, chillies, curries and other savory dishes, keep in mind that garlic’s antiviral activity is most potent when it is in its raw state. So, add a clove or two to your next salad dressing or in a teaspoon of honey to fully reap its benefits.

Green Tea

Most of us know that green tea seems to be good for almost everything, but now green tea can add one more thing to its ever-growing list of conditions it helps prevent or treat. That’s because research in the journal Genomics & Informatics found that a compound known as theaflavin found in green tea has antiviral activity and helps protect against the H1N1 flu virus. Sip on a few cups of green tea daily to help you ward off the flu virus, preferably with a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice.

Gingerroot

Fresh ginger has been found to have antiviral activity. To benefit from it, slice a 2-inch piece of fresh gingerroot and add to a quart of water in a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for at least 45 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups daily. You can also use this as the basis of your green tea, adding the green tea leaves or bags after the ginger has been boiled and strained.

Lemons

Not only are lemons an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C, they can be added to a cup of hot water and a dash of cayenne to help clear your sinuses if you’re dealing with congestion.

Manuka Honey

You may already have manuka honey in your pantry. If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that, in addition to its many antibacterial properties, manuka honey has been found in research to be a potent antiviral remedy, too. A study published in the medical journal Archives of Medical Research found that manuka honey exhibits significant potency against flu viruses.

Oregano or Oregano Oil

Most people have either dried oregano or oregano oil in their kitchen, which is great news if you’re trying to prevent or treat a flu bug. Oregano contains the natural compounds known as carvacrol and rosmarinic acid which are powerful antimicrobials. They fight viral, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. And, sometimes that infection you think is a flu could actually be a strep bacterial infection. A study published in the medical journal Frontiers in Microbiology found that oregano was effective against strep infections, including strep throat. Follow package instructions for the product you choose. For dried oregano, add one heaping teaspoon to a cup of boiled water and let steep for at least 10 minutes before straining and drinking.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara18 days ago

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Clare O'Beara18 days ago

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Clare O'Beara18 days ago

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Virgene L
Virgene L28 days ago

Garlic, ginger, lemon oil all have a sulfur compound. No wonder they are antiviral. Glad I can at least have green tea. Thanks for the information. Stay healthy!

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Heindryckxabout a month ago

@ lynda l : well the people from the Balkan (Southeast Europe), Greece and Turkey must know all that because many men are chewing regularly on raw garlic and you smell it quite well. So better stand a couple of meters away from them.

@ Renata B : I can appreciate you feel sorry with the bees, but collecting honey has been done for over thousands of years. Native people were and still are so smart as to leave a part of the honey, so that the bees can keep expanding their colonies and produce even more honey the next year. And when we feel so sorry with the bees, will we feel more bad for the extremely poor people who pick the tea, the rice, the cocoa beans, and much more... In certain areas now, the harvesting has been taken over by agricultural machines. But that's NOT a solution. On the contrary, there are more men & women without a job now !!

@ Mana M : yes, nature is full of natural medicines. However, the pharma industry gave us pills and syrups and that's much easier. That's why we have forgotten all about the herbal qualities of thousands of plants / roots / seeds etc..

@ Ann B : The pharmaceutical industry has been embraced much too long, and has become way too expensive for many people. That's why there are many that go back to the "tricks" our grandparents used before the 1950's. It's after WW II that we took the easy way : pills & syrups....

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Heindryckxabout a month ago

Thnks for this info. I find it always very interesting that so many common things we have in the house can be used. So, I did not know about the gingerroot, and will keep that in mind. Also the Manuka honey is unknown to me, and will look around if we can buy this here. I do not know whether you have elderberries in the U.S.A., or in some of yr states. They grow in the wild, generally along old railroad tracks, or small forest paths (it are bushes, reaching up to abt. 2 meters only). We always go pick the berries in September / October when they are ripe and nearly black, and make ourselves a cough syrup. You need just the juice of the berries (you need a whole lot of them), lemon juice and sugar. Boil the berry juice with sugar, and add the lemon juice at the last minute. And as soon as you feel the first cough is coming, you take 3 to 4 spoons a day. It really helps. What also helps against throat pain is tea with 1/2 lemon juice, some sugar and add a few spoons of the Austrian Rhum Stroh (80 %). Take it just before you go to bed. I can guarantee you that after a good night sleep, you feel a whole lot better and yr throat pain is a lot less.
As children do not like lemon juice, I used to give them additional vitamine C in tablets as from the 1st school day. They had less colds and throat problems than without.

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Fred Campbell
Fred Campbellabout a month ago

Have most. Take ginger root capsules daily.

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Carole Tyzack
Carole Tyzackabout a month ago

Maureen G from Australia mentioned Chinese garlic. It's true that it's better to avoid it. If you can find good garlic you can even grow your own from a clove. Just stick it in a pot of earth and when the green shoots start to wither pull it up and you'll have several new ones.

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Paulo R
Paulo Reesonabout a month ago

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Olivia H
Olivia Habout a month ago

thank you

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