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16 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies GoodGirlGoneGreen.comLast week, I was fighting a head cold and crazy cough and turned to my trusty essential oils to help get some relief . Thieves essential oil (where to  buy) and RC essential oil are my go to oils because the last thing I want to do is run to the store and get all drugged up especially since I am 35 weeks pregnant. I am more a natural remedy, lets ride it out kind of gal, unless I see that medical intervention is required. 

I was also curious to see what other natural remedies others use to help kick head colds. Thankfully I have a wonderful and knowledgeable community of natural mama’s who were more than happy to guide me.

16 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

  1. Tamara and Kelly from Oh Lady shared their amazing echinacea elderberry syrup recipe: elderberries, echinacea, fresh ginger, cinnamon, clove and raw honey! This sounds perfect!
  2. Karen from EcoKaren runs for her Asian pear and honey cough remedy and suggests these 10 natural ways to help prevent the cold and flu before it even sneaks up on you. The cough remedy actually looks very tasty.
  3. Have you ever put hydrogen peroxide in your ears? Well, Anna from GreenTalk swears by it, and says placing 6 drops in each ear works like a charm.
  4. Andrea over at The Greenbacks Gal has 2 recipes that I think should do the trick when it comes to getting some relief when congested. Vapor shower disks- what a neat little concept, make them and bring them in the shower with you, and homemade vapor rub that is great alternative to the conventional store bought kind, that is made with petroleum.
  5. When Lori from Groovy Green Livin came down with a nasty cold last year, she tried these 6 natural remedies including drinking lots of water and sleeping. Why didn’t I think of that?
  6. It seems as though elderberry syrup is a common remedy. Gretchen from Healthful Mama has a great homemade recipe that I will be making once I find some elderberries, as well as a few other ideas up her sleeve.
  7. Jenny from The Crunchy Wife is a big believer that elderberry is an immune booster, and she also gave the homemade elderberry recipe a go. Seriously, this looks good enough to just eat for fun.
  8. Brenna from Almost All The Truth tends to use a lot of lemon, honey and ginger to help fight off her sickness. That sounds tasty on a regular day.
  9. Thieves essential oil? Have you tried this before? Jenny from Conscientious Confusion has a great secret on how it can help prevent the cold and flu. I am pretty convinced right now and will be looking into essential oils a little more. Jenny also suggests sinus rinsing to help prevent and clear up your nose.
  10. Beth from My Plastic-Free Life drinks lots of veggie juice spiked with cayenne pepper and lemon, and says it makes for a yummy virgin bloody mary as well!
  11. Oh my, these homemade herbal honey cough drops look tasty and easy enough to make. Free-Range Mama from My Healthy Green Family keeps them readily available for her family when the cough and cold season is on its way!
  12. Danielle from It Starts With Me has a few great ideas: tea first thing in the morning, apple garlic ginger juice, orange juice and ginger and getting chiropractic care. I too am a fan of getting adjusted to help prevent illness.
  13. Looks like we have another tea drinker on our hands. Jen from Jen and Joey Go Green makes sure to get lots of liquids in her by drinking tea, and water and eating lots of soup.
  14. Meg from The Green Divas reaches for her homemade hot lemonade: 4oz of warm water, 1 heaping Tbsp of raw honey and juice from one lemon.
  15. Rachel from Mommy Greenest uses Chestal from Boiron when she feels a cold coming on.
  16. Feel like a superhero when sick? Kallay over at Kallaydoscope sure looks like one when she is feeling ill. Checkout what she is drinking and putting on her face to feel some relief!

What do you do when you feel sick and icky?

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34 Responses to Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

  1. karen January 21, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    WOW. What a wealth of information.

    If we followed all these ideas, we’d fight any nasty germs!

    Let’s hope we won’t need ‘how to cure’ tips with all the preventive ideas you have here!

    Thanks for the compilation! It’s bookmarked!

    • Good Girl Gone Green January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Awww, thanks Karen! That is so sweet of you!

    • Theresa February 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      I get acupuncture every week (recently 2x a week), regularly do yoga and rotate in parts of an ayurvedic routine + ayurvedic supplements. Drinking lemon + warm water + cayenne has worked as a preventative, plus great for preventing headaches since the cayenne helps w/ natural endorphins. Smile and try to limit stress.

      I had a terrible cold/ flu when I got back from Thailand last year (climate change back in SF + not swimming in salt water daily), and besides the above, this supplement really helped me (I don’t get anything for posting this, just that it’s worked for me and I’ve gotten a bunch of my colleagues into it):

      I haven’t gotten sick since I’ve been taking this supplement.!

  2. Andrea January 21, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks for including me in this great resource! Definitely bookmarking as these are all awesome suggestions!

  3. Shane@EnviroBooty January 21, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Awesome post!! Will share with everyone!!

  4. Shane@EnviroBooty January 21, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    BTW, when I feel sick and icky, I like to sleep!!

  5. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama January 21, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Pinning! Thanks for the awesome resource and for linking to my post!

  6. Small Footprints January 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Wowee … what a terrific list of remedies … and I’m so glad that you also included ways to prevent getting ill in the first place. This is definitely a post to bookmark. I’m looking forward to reading what you chose to do … and hope you’re feeling better now!

  7. Margaux January 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Great roundup! And perfect this time of year.

    I’m a “ride it out” type of person too so this is a great post for me to save.

  8. Leigh January 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Great list! I always gargle with salt water several times a day to keep from getting a sore throat from post nasal drip. It also helps to take extra hot showers for the steam and sleep with your head elevated to keep from getting headaches and ear aches.

    Drinking lots of water and sleep is good for any illness too!! I am going to have to try some of these other ideas!

  9. Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living January 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I found this just in time! My friend is just coming down with something!

  10. Brenna @ Almost All The Truth January 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Such a great post! I am going to have to refer back to this next time I’m sick. It’s always good to try something new.

  11. Jen @ Go Green January 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Hope you are feeling better Steph!

    • Good Girl Gone Green January 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

      Thanks, Jen! I do. I am just dealing with heartburn now. Damn pregnancy! ;)

  12. Anna@Green Talk January 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Thanks Stephanie for including me. I seem to have the most far out remedy. So what’s new? Feel better.

  13. Robbie @ Going Green Mama January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Lemon essential oil works fabulously for coughs and getting over colds!

    • Good Girl Gone Green January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      I am starting to think I need to get essential oils, but I am so unfamiliar with them!

  14. Susan Godfrey January 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    WOW! Thanks for sharing this list! We try to live very naturally and use lots of home remedies, so I always appreciate finding some additional ones! Thanks for helping me to add to my arsenal of natural remedies! I’d love to invite you to come by and share this blog post on my blog hop, Get Real Frugal Friday!

  15. Lori Popkewitz Alper January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m saving this for my next sickness! Thanks for the fantastic round-up Stephanie! Sleep is the best medicine for me too.

  16. Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama January 23, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    We’ve got coughs around here and load up on raw honey with a dash of cinnamon instead of cough syrup. In fact, my mom used to make me honey water (1-2 tbsp of honey mixed with warm water) when I was little to drink anytime I was sick. This is a great post!

  17. Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) January 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Wow, what a resource! Thanks for sharing on Healthy 2Day Wednesday! I usually make a big pot of soup. Thinking of trying your vegetable soup this week!

  18. Mary@Back to the Basics! January 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    We’ve been drinking Cayenne Pepper and Lemon Juice. My husband calls it “floor cleaner” because of the lemony smell. I manage my husband’s wellness-based Chiropractic office so we are constantly in contact with “sickies” but we don’t get sick.
    I’ll have to check out a few of those remedies! Have a great weekend!

  19. Erin S. January 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Great post. We love a good chicken broth and noodle soup.

  20. Shai Smith January 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    These are great!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Becky January 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Great collection of natural remedies!

  22. Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen January 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Great ideas! My favorite is echinacea tea. It always works like a charm!

  23. Tamara @ Silent Springs January 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    What an awesome post! I immediately pinned it for future reference!


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