10 Top Home Remedies to Fight Cold and Flu

The symptoms of a flu-like fever, cold, sore throat, nasal congestion, body ache etc. can wreak havoc on the mind and body. Prevention is the best cure. Though prescription medicines are easily available, some simple home remedies can ward off the flu or arrest the symptoms. Here we have for you, 10 home remedies to combat the common cold and flu.

1.Hydrate yourself with enough fluids in Common Cold and Flu

Warm water concoction of lemon ginger is best in cold. Supplement your drinks with fruit juice and warm soups and electrolytes. Herbal tea with honey and ginger can soothe a sore throat.
Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee or cola. Caffeine is diuretic, it drains the fluid in the body leaving one feel dry. Alcohol is an absolute no in flu as it dehydrates the body.

2.Optimizing the intake of vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin is naturally produced by the body when exposed to the sun. A simple 10-15 minutes exposure to sunlight builds strong immunity and protects from flu and cold.  Avoid air conditioners, as cold provides a breeding ground for bacteria and virus to grow.

3.Garlic is a natural antibiotic in Common cold and Flu

A small bulb of garlic is a health-boosting powerhouse with a natural antibiotic, which has anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. It also has strong immunity building qualities. For the most potent effect, garlic should always be minced or crushed 5 minutes before use, as the sulfur in the garlic is released only after crushing it.

4. Hot Drinks help soothe the throat in Common Cold

Load your body with frequent sips of warm lemon water and honey, hot healthy soups and ginger honey concoction. Lemon is a natural source of vitamin C which builds immunity. Hot drinks help fight the virus and soothe a sore throat.

5. Cinnamon is an effective antiviral and antibiotic

When sick, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough, congestion and lower fever.

6. Neti and Steam

Take steam with a pinch of rosemary or with plain water, steam helps clear nasal congestion and soothes a sore throat. You can use a steam vaporizer 3-4 times a day, depending on the intensity of the cold, it loosens congestion. Try neti for nasal irrigation, fill a neti pot with saline or salt water, pour into one nostril and drain from another,  it also helps in bronchitis and sinus related problems.

7. Diet

The most important aspect of naturopathy treatment is the diet. On its onset, flu also attacks the gut and the bowel gets constipated. You need to eat immunity building foods to fight the cold and flu. Get rid of all whites from your food like milk, sugar, all dairy products, and junk food. Any food that suppresses the immune system is a strict no.

8.Homemade Herbal Remedies to Fight Cold and Flu

Take natural products instead of in capsule form, Take raw ginger garlic as its effects are diluted in capsule form. Herbs have strong immunity building elements. Elderberry, has strong anti-flu properties, make a natural syrup at home. Nettle leaf has rich vitamins which keep the body hydrated and is a strongly recommended herb. Yarrow used as tincture shortens the illness period.

9.Tulsi leaves are extremely effective in treating Common Cold and Flu

The antibacterial and antibiotic properties of Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil) have the potential to treat fever caused by common infections. A decoction of Tulsi leaves boiled with cardamom is used to treat fever. The enormous healing properties of Basil comes from the phytonutrients present in it which destroys all the pathogens. https://www.natural-cure.org/health-tips/health-benefits-of-tulsi-or-basil/

10.Getting enough sleep

Take rest, when the body sends signals not to exercise, listen to your body. Don’t work against your body in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest facilitates the body’s ability to fight infection. Getting enough sleep is vital to prevent any illness. Fill yourself with gratitude and a strong positive vibes, strong mind builds a strong body.

Contact Jagadguru Kripalu Yoga and Naturopathy Hospital, one of the leading naturopathy hospitals in India for treatment of chronic diseases and lifestyle consultation.







  1. Sradhanjali Padhy 04/05/2020 at 8:30 am - Reply

    These are actually benefitial
    Thank you
    Radhe Radhe

  2. Sushree Sangita Sarangi 22/05/2020 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting the home remedies to combat cold and flu.

  3. Madhusmita Dash 24/06/2020 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks JKYOG for sharing this beautiful article on comon home remedies and management for flu.This will be very effective in managing COVID-19.

  4. PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA 25/06/2020 at 8:24 am - Reply

    The whole 10 home remedies to combat the common cold and flu were superb and awesome!

  5. Paulin 27/06/2020 at 2:13 am - Reply

    If we can cure us with the help of natural ingredients, then we are really lucky in this technology world. Naturopathy not only helps us being healthy also it helps us to improve the quality of our health. This is a very useful article. Thank you.

  6. Rahul 21/08/2020 at 7:11 am - Reply

    The article has some of the best ways to prevent this disease before its create havoc over your body and mind and thereby ruining your day / week . By balancing our diet and taking lukewarm lemon water with honey everyday after waking up we can surely distance ourselves from cold and flu . Thanks a lot for this Article .

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