Flu fighting remedies from around the world: There’s no need to run an online survey to know that as we head into the colder months, the dreaded flu season is just around the corner. Every year, countless people fall ill with the influenza virus and have to miss work or school in order to spend a week in bed to recover. While the flu usually just means a headache, chills, fever and vomiting, for some people with weaker immune systems, the flu can be deadly.

While the best treatment for the flu is a preventative – the flu jab – if you still get this illness, you will likely be desperate to get rid of it. Here are some interesting home remedies for the flu from around the world.


1. Turmeric

This wonder ingredient is a key part of Ayurveda, the ancient Hindu medicine tradition that has been used with success in India for over 3000 years. Use this root to make some warming turmeric milk tea loaded with cinnamon and ginger to ease your sickness.

2. Garlic

Is there anything garlic can’t do? Many Mexicans believe in drinking a cup of garlic tea when they have the flu. This anti-bacterial ingredient can help you to get back on your feet as soon as possible – give it a try.

3. Oil of oregano

Many Greeks swear by this strong flavoured oil when they have the flu. It has been used all the way to Hippocrates, who declared it a cure all for respiratory illnesses. It’s also great for sore throats and colds.

4. Ginger

Many people around the world use this spicy root as a cure for all kinds of illnesses, and we can’t blame them. It seems to instantly make you feel better. People have been using ginger in China for millennia to cure the flu, promote circulation and help prevent colds. Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger lozenges – try any (or all) of these when you feel ill.

5. Rum

This might be our favourite on the list! A hot drink made with rum and brown sugar is a really popular flu cure in France, where it is often called “grog” and in other countries there is an alternative known as the “hot toddy”.

While we’re definitely going to continue tucking into our trusted hot toddy, the Grog sounds like a delicious alternative. It might not completely ‘cure’ your sickness, but alcohol can indeed dilate your blood vessels and allow your mucous membranes to better deal with infection. Mix rum with hot water, brown sugar and a cinnamon stick – delicious, but remember to enjoy in moderation.

Remember – the flu vaccination is usually your best line of defense in order to protect yourself and any immune compromised individuals in your community. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist today to consult with them about the best option for you and your family.


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