This winter was the first time I experienced body aches from the flu.
Until then, I only suffered from the usual high fever, coughs, headaches and general weakness and helplessness caused by the flu virus.
And I can tell you one thing:
I’m a bit traumatized by this new “achievement”.
Aching muscles and joints make this whole flu thing sooo much worse.
Everything hurts. I think even my ear lobes hurt.
I had to get rid of it – fast.
And I DID.
I’ve found 3 amazingly helpful home remedies and “fixes” for flu body aches – combining all of them has gotten rid of my body aches in just a few hours.
I’ll be sharing these natural remedies below, plus the quickest “fix” for flu muscle pain (so simple, yet so effective).
What Causes Body Aches When You Have the Flu?
Pain in the muscles and joints all over the body is one of the most common flu symptoms, along with fever, runny nose, cough, headaches, fatigue, and loads of self-pity.
Why does your entire body ache when you have the flu?
Well, these aches and pains are actually caused by our body’s own immune system.
While fighting the infections caused by the flu virus, white blood cells release a chemical called cytokines, which causes inflammation in your muscles and joints, and pain that feels much like mild arthritis or rheumatism.
Plus, when the white cells are busy fighting the infection, they have no “time” to fix the normal daily wear and tear in your muscle and joint tissues.
How Long Does Your Body Ache with the Flu?
The good news is:
This pain is temporary, and will disappear as soon as you are free from the flu.
That’s not very comforting, right?
Who wants to wait that long?
You want to relive the body aches now. Today.
Luckily, there are a few simple and drug-free ways to do that:
3 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Flu Body Aches
Here are 3 quick fixes for flu body aches, all of them worked amazingly well for me – especially when I combined all three of them together.
More than that – I was back on my feet the next morning.
1. The Ultimate Fix – a Heated Massage Pillow
When I was suffering from flu aches an d pains all over – all I wanted was a massage.
I don’t know why, but I literally heard a voice in my head demanding a massage, knowing it’s the best remedy for me right now.
Somehow I got out of bed and took out my old friend – my Shiatsu infrared heat massage cushion.
I placed it behind my lower back, turned it on and closed my eyes.
The kneading Shiatsu rollers started working, while the soothing heat gradually increased.
The relief I felt was almost immediate.
It was exactly what I needed.
2. Ginger & Turmeric Tea
Ginger root and Turmeric root are scientifically proven (by thousands of studies) to be the most powerful natural pain relievers on earth:
Turmeric – the healing power of Turmeric root comes from curcumin – the active ingredient – which lowers the levels of inflammation-causing enzymes.
Ginger – this natural anti-inflammatory has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to relieve pain. It is composed of 90% sesquiterpenes – responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other healing properties.
How to Use Ginger & Turmeric for Flu Body Aches
Both herbal remedies can be either digested, used topically, or inhaled (via essential oils).
Here’s how I used them:
1. Ginger & Turmeric tea – cut up both roots (not too small) and boil them for 10 minutes. Than strain the water, add a pinch of black pepper (important) and drink the tea slowly. Add honey to sweeten.
If you don’t have the fresh roots – you can use them in powdered form. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder with 1/2 teaspoon Ginger powder and a pinch of black pepper. Add boiling water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drink slowly.
2. Ginger oil – this essential oil is a powerful topical pain reliever. The best one would come from distilled fresh ginger root, like this one.
Mix 2-3 drops of Ginger oil with a carrier oil (olive/almond/coconut) and rub all over your aching muscles. The relief cam be almost immediate – and last for a few hours.
If you take any medication, consult with your doctor before using ginger and turmeric – to prevent adverse interactions.
For example, people who take blood thinners cannot use ginger and turmeric, since they have natural blood-thinning properties.
Also, if you are sensitive to one or both these herbs, do not use them topically either.
3. Magnesium Oil
In my experience, Magnesium oil is one of the best and quickest natural muscle relaxants on earth.
Whenever any muscle in my body aches, I rub this pure Magnesium oil on the painful area, and it works within 30 minutes.
Magnesium helps your body produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems.
If absorbed as it should, it can help treat the flu by quickly relieving muscle pain, helping you sleep and regulating your temperature.
And the fastest and best way to absorb Magnesium?
According to Dr. Sircus, the author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, Magnesium is best absorbed through your skin and can alleviate muscle pain and in general open up and soften muscle and connective tissues.
I always have the this specific (100% pure) magnesium oil at home, and it has significantly relieved my body aches from the flu within half an hour at most.
The Powerful Flu Body Aches Combo Remedy
To relieve your aches in your body from the Flu, I recommend that you combine all of these remedies and “fixes” together.
1. Make your ginger & turmeric tea as instructed
2. Rub Magnesium oil all over your aching areas
3. Turn on the heated massage pad on the area that hurts most
4. Drink your tea slowly during or after the massage
I did exactly this, and after finishing it I drifted to a peaceful sleep.
To see how I get rid of the flu and common cold in 24 hours every time – see this post.
How to Relieve Body Aches When You Have No Fever
If you have no fever, I recommend that you use an infrared heating pad or mat to relieve body aches.
An infrared heating pad delivers healing infrared rays deep into your muscles – up to 2.5 inches deep.
Infrared rays gently elevate the body’s surface temperature and increases blood circulation.
This speeds up healing, relieves pain quickly and is also a very relaxing and soothing experience.
Read more about the amazing benefits of infrared heating pads
And now over to you:
What has helped you most when dealing with flu body aches before? what has made them worse? Share with us in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,