DIY Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

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Got the sniffles or flu? Here are Loads of DIY Natural Cold Remedies and Flu Remedies to help you keep the bugs

Being sick is no fun, and I for sure don't want my kids or me to suffer any longer than necessary when they get sick.

But since I had way too many antibiotics in my childhood, and it caused many issues for me including gut health problems, I am all about finding natural flu remedies and cold remedies so we can avoid the prescription drugs and OTC meds.

Over the years I've found that it's a good idea to try different remedies and see what works for you and your family.  Plus, there might be some that just aren't palatable for you or your kiddos, so you'll need to be armed with other options to.

Making your own natural remedies is very satisfying. First of all, you have total control over the ingredients so you can keep everything natural and avoid ingredients that you might have an allergy or intolerance too.

It also saves money since not only are the DIY versions less expensive than the store bought, but you can use so many of these ingredients for different applications, so you'll find yourself shopping less.

Here are the natural cold remedies and flu remedies including some very yummy ones.  I'm sure you'll find several that you are eager to try.

Most have low carb options so they can be incorporated into a low carb / keto lifestyle.

Got the sniffles or flu? Here are Loads of DIY Natural Cold Remedies and Flu Remedies to help you keep the bugs at bay and get feeling better fast! Save money and a trip to the store by using what you have in your pantry to get healthier.

1. Elderberry Jam – Spread this Immune Boosting Jam on your favorite gluten-free bread or put a dollop on hot cereal or eat off of a spoon.

Ditch the Germs with this Immune Boosting Sugar-Free Elderberry Jam! http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/keep-germs-at-bay-with-delicious-immune-boosting-jam/

2.  Coconut Orange Smoothie.  According to Green Thickies, this will help you avoid getting sick, plus can reduce the duration should you succumb. This does not have a low carb alternative.

3.  This DIY Antibacterial / Antiviral Essential Oils Blend has many applications but one of my favorite is to fight off an illness.

Need a Solution for staying well and boosting immunity? This DIY Antibacterial / Antifungal Essential Oils Blend (like Thieves®) is easy to make and cheaper than buying the pre made blend. - Great to use for cleaning your home too. Make this Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend at home and heal yourself and clean your home--naturally!

4.  Elderberry Syrup from my site.  We use this every time we get a “bug” and it really seems to help.

This Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup is a delicious way to boost your immune system and keep your family healthy, especially during the cold and flu seasons!

5.  Echinacea Tincture from Whole Intentions.  I have been meaning to make tinctures for a long time now – this would be a great one to get started on at this time of year.

6.  Immune Boosting Tea from Intoxicated on Life.  If you are feeling under the weather, make a cup o' this tea.  Or two.

7.  Flu Fighting Gummy Bears. Wouldn't your kiddos love the comfort of gummies?  And you'll love knowing that they're good for them!  Use a low carb sweetener if needed.

8.  Herbal Steam.  You can use this sinus steam from Creative Christian Mama to prevent or treat illness.

9.  Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup.  I would much rather use this natural syrup from Primally Inspired than the store bought varieties. Loaded with healthful goodness.  Again, use a low carb sweetener if desired.

Homemade Cough Syrup

10.  Cold and Flu Zapper.  Zap away your cold and flu bugs with this concoction from Life Made Full.

11.  Elderberry Popsicles from Raising Generation Nourished.  These would be perfect for when your kiddo just doesn't want anything to eat because of a bug.  Popsicles are typically something that little ones can stomach so this would be a great recipe to have when a tummy bug hits.

Low carb sweeteners would work with these as well.

Elderberry Popsicles

12.  Cheapest and Easiest Natural Ear Infection Remedy.  This has created quite a stir since I first posted it–believe me, it works!  If your kids end up with an ear infection, this is a must read.

13.  Homemade Chest Rub  –  We've used this for years in our home and love that it's all natural without any of the chemical additives.

14.  Sore Throat Remedy – This remedy from Real Food RN is loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients – sure to help chase the ickies away.

15.  DIY Saline Spray.  This has gotten me and those in my family over many a sinus infection / respiratory bug.  The added “tips” are helpful to boost its effectiveness.

Homemade Saline Wash - a great natural remedy for colds, allergies and all sinus problems.

16. Homemade Decongestant.  One look at the ingredients and I can feel my sinuses opening already.

17.  Thymus Thumping – Now THIS is interesting. Have you ever heard of this for beating a bug?

18.  Homemade Cough Drops from The Coconut Mama.  I think I would have to hide these from my kids for sure, but I bet they work great! When I have a cough at night I prefer to suck on a sugar free version so I would try to make these with a low carb sweetener to keep my teeth from feeling icky – and to keep candida away.

I hope that these help you get through any flu and cold bugs that come into your home and make the ride a bit smoother.

What's your favorite natural remedy for colds and flus?

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  1. Love the recipes. Have tried three of them and some are quite potent! While others, i have a good mind to use as salad dressing:) Thanks for sharing. Read your write up on your quest for the best essential oil as i was on my own search too. Very informative – cleared away quite a number of questions for me. Thank you for doing all the leg work.

    • Thanks and you are so welcome!

      • Adrienne, i read your article on Neal’s Yard Frankincense cream. Amazing result base on pic. Do you have any thoughts or experience with their Frankincense Intense Cream? Especially for combination skin prone to congestion.

        • Hi Sheila,

          Yes, I have used the cream and the eye cream and the hydrating cream and concentrate. They are great products. As for congestion, do you mean acne? If so, I could add the Mahonia Gel to that and apply it under the Frankincense Intense Cream. Feel free to respond here and I will drop you an email as well.

  2. This is an awesome post! I try to stay away from antibiotics whenever possible. I’m saving this and pinning it 🙂

  3. awesome round-up! this one has been pinned, though i’m hoping not to have to use it. 😉

  4. Wonderful info! I’m fighting a bad cold and really needed this right now. Thanks Adrienne! Pinned!

  5. We will definitely have to try these! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Wow! Great ideas. Pinning for my next middle of the night emergency!

  7. I have been trying to find remedies that are low cost. We do baby spoons local honey mixed with lots of cinnamon for each family member when one member seems to be getting sick.. It does seem to help. We also give Vitamin C (inexpensive if you buy powder) and Vitamin D to the family in the winter.

    For stomach flu we bought some grapefruit seed extract drops. It seems to keep it at bay.

  8. Thanks for including my Cold & Flu Zapper! Pinning now!

  9. AJ @ NutriFitMama says:

    Thanks SO much for posting this. I couldn’t have read this at a more perfect time- two of my kids (and myself..) are starting to get sick. Definitely going to try some of these recipes out!

  10. What a fantastic round-up of posts Adrienne! And just in time for the cold and flu season. I’m pinning this one so I don’t lose track of it. We’ll cross our fingers that we don’t need it though 😉

  11. I have a low white blood cell count and my chiropractor recommended that I thump my chest to stimulate my thymus. He was never specific about which spot to thump. This motivates me to try it again.