How to Get Rid of Body Aches From the Flu (Naturally)

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 so much worse.

Everything hurts. I think even my earlobes hurt.

I had to get rid of it – fast.

And I DID.
bosy aches from the flu

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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.

See 11 science-backed remedies for arthritis

How Long Will Your Body Ache from the Flu?

The length of time it takes for flu body aches to be over is like trying to predict the weather, it’s hard to say. But generally, body aches and muscle soreness associated with the flu can last for several days, and in some cases, up to a week or two.

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 relieve 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. A Heated Massage Pillow (Best Fix)

When I was suffering from flu aches and 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 was 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.

infrared massage pillow for flu body aches
My Shiatsu infrared massage pillow (plus my son’s latest drawing)

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.

After 40 minutes of moving the pillow all over my aching body – I turned it off and drifted to a peaceful sleep – pain-free.

The heat emitted by the pillow can help to increase blood flow and bring oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and tissues, (it’s like having a personal chef for the muscles), providing them with the necessary nutrients.

The shiatsu massage function can also help to release tension and knots in the muscles, allowing them to relax and release the built-up stress, making them feel more comfortable.

2. Ginger & Turmeric Tea

Ginger and Turmeric powder

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 their 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. Then strain the water, add a pinch of black pepper (important) and drink the tea slowly. Add honey to sweeten.

If you don’t have 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 a 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 can be almost immediate – and last for a few hours.

Important Warning

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 of these herbs, do not use them topically either.

3. Magnesium Oil

magnesium oil
Magnesium oil for aching muscles – view at iHerb

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 the muscle and connective tissues.

magnesium oil for body aches from flu
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I always have this (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 

To relieve the 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.

When I woke up the body aches were gone and never returned. The flu was also gone the morning after.

To see how I get rid of the flu and common cold faster – using only natural remedies!

How to Relieve Body Aches (When You Don’t Have a 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 increase blood circulation.

This speeds up healing, relieves pain quickly, and is also a very relaxing and soothing experience.

Me relaxing on my Amethyst Biomat

Read more about the amazing benefits of infrared heating pads

To your health and happiness,


2 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Body Aches From the Flu (Naturally)”

  1. Let me know how it works for you, Donna:) as for nausea you have since you were a kid, I believe it is psychosomatic. It has to do with some kind of trauma that happened to you as a child. If you find this trauma and process it, nausea will disappear.

  2. I will try the heated massage and the magnesium rub. Can’t tolerate drinking anything hot or anything that doesn’t taste good. It just comes back up. I have stomach nausea 24/7. It has been this way since I was a kid and has made me a very picky eater.

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