January 10, 2014

Natural Flu & Cold Remedy

It is flu season in the US and it usually peaks in February. This is also a time when kids catch cold and sore throats from friends at school, and in turn pass them to their parents who in turn does the same to their colleagues in office. We have been trying out home remedies based on concoctions I found on the web, you can find them here. My husband had a bad sore throat and so wanted me to make him one of them, and the one that interested him the most was the elixir for flu and cold, most likely because of the ingredients :-). So I decided to give it a try. It is packed with infection fighting ingredients like vitamin C, anti-microbial and  anti-fungal as it is made with pineapple, lemon, honey, ginger, garlic and chilly. After 2 shorts of it, he is feeling a lot better, and as he says, even if this does not make me 100% better, I love drinking it and feel 100% :-).

  • Pineapple is packed with vitamin C, along with a high concentration of antioxidants and bromelain, which helps with respiratory illnesses and coughs. You can substitute with Oranges if you do not get ripe pineapples.
  • Lemon is again packed with vitamin C and helps to fight cold and flu, while also rejuvenating the body.
  • Honey is antibacterial property and helps to soothe coughs and colds. Manuka honey in particular is a very powerful antimicrobial and is known to fight super bugs when even strong antibiotics fail. If you do not get Manuka honey, use a good raw honey (preferably local).
  • Ginger has many medicinal properties and is good for the throat and for digestion.
  • Chilly helps to loosen the the mucus and sinuses, and helps with colds and flu, while also boosting immunity
  • Garlic is one of the strongest antibcterial and antifungal around, and contains allicin which is the key medicinal ingredient in garlic. Allicin supplements are used to treat many diseases, including superbug infections. 
  • As always use as much organic ingredients as possible

  • Pineapple juice - 1 1/2 cups (Freshly pressed)
  • Lemon juice - from 3 large lemons
  • Fresh ginger - 1 Tbs (chopped)
  • Garlic cloves - 6
  • Red chilly - 1 small 
  • Manuka honey - 1 Tbs

  • Blend everything well and store in a glass jar. 
  • Have 1/2 a cup 3 times a day until symptoms go away.


Disclaimer: The information given here is just based on what we have tried in our family and based on what has worked for us. Please always make correct decisions based on your body. 

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  1. What a delicious way to fight the flu! I'm going to give it a try as prevention! Thanks for sharing it at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    1. Thanks Heather.. and yes, isn't it delicious...my husband keeps drinking it sick or not ;-)

  2. Taking enough vitamin c to boost your immune system seems helpful in preventing sickness. Thanks for the post.


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