September 18, 2018 Nicola Monteath

Natural Flu Remedies Mums Should Bookmark

Now that children are back at school, and the weather is about to change, they may beprone to flu or a cold. Find out how you can beat illness with age-old remedies straight from grandma’s kitchen.

If you or your child are suffering from lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies, or merely in an environment exposed to flu and toxins,your immune system may not be running at its optimum. To shorten the duration of the illness, lessen the symptoms, or better yet, prevent it all together, take a look at these remedies:



Gargle with salt water. The doctor, a parent, and just about anyone who has fallen sick will recommend this before any other remedy. Not only does this salt help with an itchy throat, it also relieves a sore, pulling out all toxins and viralfluids from the throat area. Use aboutquarter to half teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Repeat the procedure twice a day. If you have a bag of Epsom salts, try a hot soak for 10 minutes to detoxify your system. The minerals in the bath cause the toxins to be released, resulting in a relaxing bath that’s great for the body. Add in a few drops of essential oil – peppermint is great as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer, while the aromatic eucalyptus oil contains antiviral properties.



An anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterialingredient, ginger aids congestion, nausea, colds and fever. You can have it as a juice shot – buy one from your local juice bar or squeeze and crush ginger to extract the juice. Try to include it in your dishes too – think carrot soup with ginger, or in a vegetable stir-fry.


Bone Broth

This trending soup is made from chicken or beef bones, and packed with anti-inflammatory amino acids, vitamins
and minerals that are easy to digest and boost the immune system. Make it from scratch or order your packets from or



Apart from soothing a throat, this sweet natural food works as a cough suppressant. Opt for all-natural honeywithout any artificial ingredients added in,and take a tablespoon of it once or twice a day.



Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, sulphur, minerals, enzymes and selenium, this ingredient is great for those who wantto beat the cold and flu. Add it to a dish oreat a whole clove if you’re brave enough to, and can stand the smell.



Cinnamon is a warming agent that helps with chills, aches and pains youmay suffer from when the flu kicks in. Inaddition, it also helps reduce bloatingand puffiness. Make a tea with cinnamonsticks and 1.5 cups of water. Simmer on low heat, cover and bring to a slow boil over 25 minutes. Let it rest for 15 minutes until it becomes a deep red. Drink as and when you feel like.

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