The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of the Flu – Faster

Is it possible to get rid of the flu virus in about 24 hours?

In my experience, the answer is yes – if you “catch” it at its early stages.

Nature, as always, has all the natural treatments for the Flu symptoms – that you’ll ever need.

get rid of the flu and cold in 24 hours

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If you are otherwise a healthy person, having the right knowledge about natural treatments for the flu – can help you chase away the evil virus in 24 hours (If you happen to be a child – even less).

This is my list of the best flu remedies, which do not include Flu shots, Tylenol, fever reducers, and trips to the ER.

Ready? Here we go.

The Best Home Remedies for the Flu

As I always try to find the positive side of everything, getting the Flu is always a great excuse to use my Amethyst Biomat.

This full-body infrared heating mat (with negative ions) is, in my experience, the best way to stop the cold or Flu dead in its tracks.

If you don’t have a fever, lying down on the Biomat, or another infrared heating pad, for a couple of hours, enjoying the relaxing and detoxing heat and light, feels like heaven and can prevent the full week’s of misery journey altogether.

far infrared Biomat for the Flu
Here’s where I got it

Here are the other simple methods I use to get rid of the Flu naturally and fast:

1. Stop working or doing house chores – now.

In fact, stay home and do nothing but rest or sleep. If you are serious about exterminating the Flu in 24 hours, remove other obstacles in front of your immune system and let your body focus on healing only.

Rest and sleep as much as you can.

2. Drink water – the minute you feel the first sign of a cold or Flu, start drinking a lot of water – up to a gallon and a half for an adult. Drink plenty of fluids, and see the next tip for the best options.

3. Hot Fluids and Chicken Soup/Bone broth – hot fluids, such as hot water with lemon and honey, herbal teas, and lots of homemade chicken soup or bone broth help the body’s immune system and stop the proliferation of the Flu virus.


One cup of tea is not enough. sip the stuff continuously until you can’t even look at it anymore.

If you suffer from a sore throat – see how to make your own 100% natural sore throat spray (with essential oils/herbs) – in 5 minutes!

4. Chicken Soup Alternative – if you have no strength to make chicken soup (and no one else to make it for you), garlic tea is an easy and effective alternative. Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial vegetable.

Garlic Tea Instructions:

  • Peel 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic and lightly crush them.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes, strain the garlic and allow it to cool.
  • Add raw honey and lemon and drink as much as you like.

5. Remove all sugars and carbs until you are symptom-free. If you haven’t heard the news yet, sugars are toxic, so stay away from them (at least) in the next  24 hours.

6. Sambucol – This common natural remedy is an excellent defender against our arched enemy – the Flu virus.

And it’s safe for children too.

Sambucol is made of elderberry and makes a powerful remedy. Elderberry may have antiviral properties, and is believed to be anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.

I recommend keeping Sambucol at home always.

Sambucol Original Liquid Black Elderberry

7. Organic Oregano oil – this super-hero-herb is scientifically proven to be effective for ear infections, sore throats (even those caused by Strep.), the Flu, and any respiratory infections.

It’s very strong though, too strong for children, but an adult can have 8 drops of Oregano Oil in water up to 3 times a day.

oregano oil for treating the flu
Organic non-GMO Oregano Oil – view at iHerb

👉 See MORE amazing benefits of Oregano Oil.

8. Vitamin CChewable Vitamin C is a great solution for kids that refuse all the garlic and onion-honey cough syrups. Vitamin C will boost their immune system and the chewable ones made for kids are tasty.

If you want to get rid of the flu in 24 hours – vitamin C is a must.

👉 Here’s how to make your own Vitamin C Powder/Tablets 

9. Homemade Cough Syrup – this ancient remedy is still one of the most effective and speedy cough treatments. Wash, peel, and slice (horizontally) an entire red onion (white is o.k. too).

Cover the slices with raw honey and let them sit overnight.

This will make you about a cup of nutrient-filled natural coughs remedy that’s completely safe for children. You can give your kids 1 tbsp every 5 hours and double for adults.

How to Open a Blocked Nose (Fast)

Forget about nasal sprays and the Eucalyptus oil in the humidifier.

Here’s my all-time favorite, the world’s best way to open your blocked or stuffy nose when you have the Flu. It’s simple and it works so fast – you’ll be amazed.

Here’s how to do it:

open blocked nose with apple cider vinegar

Empty a nasal sprayer, add 5-6 drops of apple cider vinegar (with the mother), add distilled water until the sprayer is almost full, and sniff into your nose – up to 3 times a day. This works faster than anything I ever tried.

How to Get Rid of Flu Body Aches

The Flu body soreness issue is, in my opinion, one of the worst symptoms of the flu. But, I’ve found a few fast and natural ways to eliminate them. Here’s my short video with my 3 “tricks”:

Combining these 3 natural ways to relieve Flu body aches can help you tremendously – in just a few hours.


These Flu home remedies have kept my entire family Flu-free for the last 3 years.

The secret is to catch it the minute it starts, attack it with these natural weapons and rest until you are symptom-free – 24 hours later.

And now over to you:

Share with us your best-known Flu treatment, o.k? 😊

To your health and happiness,



The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections,

Zakay-Rones, Z., et al. (2004). Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections. Journal of International Medical Research, 132–140.

D.H. Gilling, et al. Antiviral efficacy and mechanisms of action of oregano essential oil and its primary component carvacrol against murine norovirus.

Bhatwalkar SB, Mondal R, Krishna SBN, Adam JK, Govender P, Anupam R. Antibacterial Properties of Organosulfur Compounds of Garlic (Allium sativum). Front Microbiol. 2021 Jul 27;12:613077. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.613077. PMID: 34394014; PMCID: PMC8362743.

20 thoughts on “The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of the Flu – Faster”

  1. May I add that NOTHING absorbs into our body without natural vitamin D FROM THE SUN. Not from a supplement, not from store-bought milk, (which we aren’t really supposed to drink anyway). Also, any kind of supplement will not fully absorb, but 100% of all vitamins and nutrients in the foods we eat do every time. Also, it’s amazing how much we can heal just by meditation and manifestation. Mind over matter 🙂

  2. Erika,

    First of all, you need to relax… I can tell you all kids around me are coughing these days. It takes time. Look at how he feels: Does he have energy? does he generally feel o.k? If the answer is yes, that’s the most important thing.
    I would make him a good old chicken soup and let him sip on it all day, and try to relax. He can feel your nervousness and it’s affecting him. Once you take it a little easier, you’ll see a faster improvement in his condition.

  3. My son will not stop coughing after multiple recipes using honey, lemon, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, etc I can go on & on & I’m soooo tired of hearing this hacking cough I know he’s worn out from the one actually having the cough!!! He was diagnosed with type of flu Tuesday & since we have been
    Shut up inside & I’ve been keeping on giving him something else to try to nip this cough outta here but nothing has worked thus far & I don’t know how much more I can take my nerves are shot!!!!! Please help me!!!!!

  4. Natural for me is doing something not involving the intake of even natural substances. My cold and flu remedy I’ve used since about 20 yrs old now 64 is simply applying a natural technique to actually kill the microscopic critter that has entered the body. Kill the bug and the symptoms vanish. The method I use is extremely uncomfortable and few people can withstand it. It requires 3 1/2 hours to kill the bug because it has a mucus membrane that protects it from the elements. The first hr. & 45 min. dries up the mucus membrane & the 2nd hr. & 45 min. dries up the virus that no longer is protected by its mucus membrane. This simple completely natural remedy is 100% effective if my instructions are followed to the letter. I wish I could say more but to do so jeopardizes the product design I have developed to apply the natural technique I have used for about 45 yrs. without the extreme discomfort of my original technique. This product invention will follow another natural technique I discovered about 38 yrs. ago to effectively terminate any headache, stress, hangover, chronic and especially the dreaded migraine. It too is very effective in demonstrating a 100% rate of terminating any headache in an unheard of time of 2 min. after about 250 applications and growing with each passing year. Nothing in both instances is ingested. Hopefully, my first invention will be complete and on the market by next year to be followed soon after by the product that will replicate the technique I have used for about 42 years but without the discomfort. For many years I didn’t understand exactly why my technique worked until I read a Natural Geographic article that put everything in perspective. I could explain what this article taught that helped me understand that my procedure was actually killing the virus and not purging it out. Once my invention is filed for a patent I will be able to be more precise on what I know and most everyone will agree on my assessment. It doesn’t take 3 days or even 24 hrs. to get rid of the flu or a cold. It only takes 3 1/2 hrs. Believe it or not. After all, I know it as an unequivocal, unadulterated fact supported by 42 yrs experience using my thoroughly all-natural method.

  5. There are 2 solutions that work in my experience:

    1. The salt sock – fill a sock with sea salt, warm it in a microwave and put on your ear for at least 30 minutes. Repeat twice or 3 times a day.

    2. Warm up 1 chopped garlic clove in olive oil, and apply the garlic oil around and in your ear.

    I hope this helps:)

  6. Hey, Sugars are not toxic! You tell people to add raw honey to their garlic tea… honey and fruit sugars are the complete opposite of toxic! We are frugivores. The only thing someone should eat while sick is fruit. That is what we are designed to eat.

  7. Just a tip… Avoiding sugar is listed directly above Sambucol which is loaded with added sugar. I buy elderberry extract instead of syrup. It doesn’t contain any added sugar. I add honey to the taste instead.

  8. No, I meant 8. You can try starting with 3 drops and adding a little more each time until you get to 7-8. I safely used 7 drops 3 times a day many times, just don’t use it for more than 5-6 days.
    Also, add the drops to a full glass of water, otherwise it’s hard to swallow (potent). Good luck!

  9. Is there a typo in the oregano oil section? Is it really 8 drops of oil in water or did you mean to say “a” drop of oregano oil?

  10. Boil 2 inches ginger, 2 stalks of cinnamon, and green tea if you would like to and add half a lemon’s juice after u bring it to all boil top It off with 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey. It is also very delicious

  11. What’s considered “the gold standard” for normal temperature is 98.6, but there’s actually a wide range of “normal” temperature, including 98.8.

  12. For sore throat, that usually comes with a cold or flu, gargle with equal parts of apple cider vinager and warm water with a teaspoon of sea salt 3 or4 times per day. Usually, in one or two days the sore throat will be gone.

  13. Debbie,

    Here’s my recipe for a flu-busting remedy:

    6 cloves of garlic, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 inch of ginger root, finely chopped
    1 inch of turmeric root chopped
    1 tsp raw honey
    2 tsp chopped Cayenne Pepper

    Add filtered water to top all ingredients
    Leave over night and strain.

    Take 1 tbsp 2-3 times a day.

    It’s very “hot” so if you have blood pressure problem, consult with your doctor to see that it’s safe – First.

    As for boosting immunity, the “usual” real food diet and exercise, while focusing on positive thoughts should “do the trick”.

    I hope this helps!:)

  14. Debbie,

    You just have to expand the Facebook window that has opened up for you, and when it’s in full size you’ll see the sharing button at the end..


  15. I am trying to share this article to my facebook so a friend can read it but it does not give me a button to “send” or “post” it. after i click the facebook icon and then click that i want to share it on a friends timeline and i write a message in the message line it does not give me any place to complete the post and send it to facebook. Am i doing something wrong?

  16. I live in the midwest where we have been hit very hard with an outbreak of flu, almost epidemic proportions. People are being hospitalized and some are being put on respirators due to the serious effect this flu is having on the respiratory system. I am trying to avoid this flu as I am already compromised in the respiratory area. Any natural remedies I can try to boost immunities to this horrible flu? or to just strengthen my immune system? I have had the flu vaccine, however, my niece did too and she is now very ill with this respiratory flu virus. Help.

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