Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Looking for natural remedies for cold and flu season?

I’m a natural mama with five young kiddos, and here is a rather comprehensive list of favorite herbal and natural products that our family uses to fight sickness and maintain health- especially during the winter months. 

Many of these were recommended to me by my midwife and homeopath; unless otherwise noted, they are generally safe for pregnancy. Several remedies are especially for children.

Disclaimer: The following remedies are not meant to cure, treat, or prevent disease.

Fighting Infection & Building Immunity

Helpful Herbs & Supplements



Olive Leaf

Vitamin C


Royal Jelly


Kristy’s Favorite Products:

Don’t forget to  drink extra liquids (water, herbal teas, broth) and limit sweets (use raw honey or stevia instead of sugar to sweeten hot teas).

Also, don’t underestimate the power of DAILY nutrition in building your immunity!

In addition to healthy eating, make sure you’re getting the vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and other nutritional building blocks you need- every single day.

Our family uses and loves this raw nutrition supplement.  My kids take the sublingual vitamin/mineral blend formulated just for kids.

Breaking a Fever

Helpful Herbs:


Homeopathic Remedies

Kristy’s Favorite Products:

  • Capnip teamy absolute favorite remedy for bringing down a fever.  I buy my catnip from Bulk Herb Store and brew it in a tea bag or strainer.

In my own experience, two cups of tea usually break a fever within a half-hour.  Catnip is mild tasting and is safe for children (even babies).

For young babies, do not sweeten the tea with honey. Catnip blends well with peppermint tea for a tastier drink.

  • Oscillococcinuma homeopathic remedy that works well for flu-like symptoms: aches, headache, fever, chills.  (Doesn’t seem to help much if sinuses are the culprit.)  Available at Walmart pharmacies for about $16, or order it from Amazon.

When dealing with fevers, keep this in mind:

Fever is not a “disease”, but a sign that the body is trying to kill off a virus or bacteria.

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s book, How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, armed me with a lot of helpful information.

Sore Throat

Helpful Herbs & Supplements

Essential Oils


Kristy’s Favorite Products:

  • Place a drop of medicinal grade Tea Tree Oil on your finger and suck it off; repeat as needed.
  • Gargle hot salt water (1/2 sea salt to 6 oz water). Sipping on warm/hot apple cider vinegar (with raw honey) helps cut phlegm and soothe a sore throat, as well.
  • Turmerictake 3 to 4 capsules, 3 to 4 times a day.  I usually see improvements within a day or two.  We’ve had good results with turmeric for everything from sore throats to earaches and strep throat symptoms.
  • Bulk Herb Store’s “cough tea”
  • On Guard Throat Drops by doTerra

Relieving mucus build-up in sinuses

Kristy’s Favorite Products:

  • Medicated Nasal Spray (safe for children)
  • Use a steam vaporizer in your bedroom– often makes the difference of whether or not I get a good night’s sleep if I’m congested!  We own several vaporizers, one for us and one each for our children’s bedrooms during sickness.  I always keep tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil on hand to use in the vaporizer (2 drops each in hot water and a pinch of sea salt).  You can also use Vick’s brand of oil to use in the vaporizer.
  • Take 1000 ml Vitamin C every hour to boost immunity and loosen mucus.
  • Sinus tea– brew tea: green, black, or herbal (bland tasting teas do better with his remedy).  Add pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 TBSP raw honey, and juice of half a lemon.  Mix and drink as hot as you can.  Helps loosen mucus and sooth throat.

For Children

Vitamin C powder in water or juice

Homemade cough syrup

Vaporizers in bedroom

Warm baths with lobelia oil drops

Saline drops and aspirate nasal passage (for babies)

 Bioplasma tablets every 2 hrs for immunity

I give my kids a “detox bath” any time they aren’t feeling well: run very warm (without being uncomfortably hot) water in bath tub. 

Add 1 bottle peroxide and 1 cup Epsom salt.  Stir until mixed well. 

Let child “soak” in tub for at least 15 minutes, under supervision.  Hot water opens pores; peroxide and salts help draw toxins out of body.

Stomachaches, Diarrhea, Vomiting

Helpful Herbs:

Slippery Elm

Activated Charcoal

Bentonite Clay

Kristy’s Favorite Products:

  • Take 2 capsules Slippery Elm after each loose stool or vomiting, or as often as needed. For children: empty 1/2 to 1 capsule in a sippy cup of juice and shake to mix well. Very healing to the Colon. If diarrhea or vomiting is severe, administer capsule as a suppository instead of orally. Drink lots of liquids to stay hydrated.
  • Activated charcoal take doses according to directions on label.  Works to bind toxins and sickness-causing germs in digestive tract.  Be sure and drink plenty of water to flush out toxins. For children: sprinkle a tiny amount on a spoonful of yogurt or apple sauce.  Even a single bite is helpful for stomach issues. Activated charcoal also works well for getting rid of food poisoning.
  • Bentonite clay– similar to activated charcoal in that it binds and flushes out toxins.  You can purchase it in powder or liquid form.

Nature’s Sunshine’s Hydrated Bentonite Clay is our favorite product; it tastes better than the powder and is easy to administer to children.  Take 2 to 3 times per day to relieve stomach ailments.  I highly recommend it!


Helpful Herbs:



  • Place 1 drop warm garlic oil in each ear; or place a small garlic clove in ear and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Garlic kills infection and soothes pain. Both these methods are very effective in relieving pain from earaches and curing ear infections.
  • Turmeric capsules, 3 times daily, relieve inflammation and pain from earaches.

Kristy’s Favorite Products:

Restful Sleep

Helpful herbs:

Valerian Root
Skull Cap

Lavendar Essential Oil

Valerian Root is not recommended for children or while breastfeeding.  It is considered “safe” during pregnancy.

Melatonin another natural supplement that aids sleeping without side effects.  From what I’ve read, melatonin is not recommended to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Kristy’s Favorite Products:

Add Espom salt and 3 to 4 drops of Lavendar Essentil Oil to a hot bath before bedtime.  Very relaxing and therapeutic!

Kristy’s Favorite Resources for Nutritional and Herbal Products

  • My favorite resources for quality, organic herbs and herbal tinctures are Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Meadow Herbs.
  • My favorite nutrition brand is Thrive, by Le-vel.  I’ve used these premium-grade nutrition products for nearly two years now and am very happy with this company and our experience.
  • For further reading, check out the many helpful articles at Bulk Herb Store.


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10 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

  1. Thanks for the great article! We take vitamin D and probiotics to try to prevent getting the flu. I made the mistake of running out of both last month, and we all ended up getting the flu. 🙁 After just a dose or two of silver, though, we were all much better very quickly! I won’t be running out of vit D or probiotics again!

    Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  2. how do you afford all these herbs? I’m am completely into natural remedies, but I find it difficult to keep up with it financially. I am also a pastor’s wife (woot!:) and on a tight budget. If you had to pick a few essentials, what would it be? Right now I just have slippery elm, calendula, and chamomile….thanks:)

    Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:07 am
    1. Mrs Manley, I am a pastor’s wife as well. 🙂 I don’t ALWAYS have ALL these herbs on hand at all times. Some of them I buy as needed, or purchase in the fall or winter, when we are most likely to need them.
      I definitely began building my herbal “apothocary” slowly, adding to it here and there.
      As far as a few essentials, the following would be my top picks: Super Silver (silverbiotics), Vitamin C, Bioplasma (for immune building, nipping colds in the bud, allergies), Slippery Elm and Bentonite Clay (excellent for tummy bugs), and a good quality Probiotic.

      Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  3. Just wondering if you could update this post to say if something isn’t safe to take during pregnancy or while nursing. I’m often curious about this and have trouble finding anything definite.

    Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    1. Suanna, the only remedies listed here that aren’t considered “safe” during pregnancy or breastfeeding are Grapefruit Seed Extract (which can be harsh) and Melatonin, which I mentioned isn’t recommended for pregnant or lactacting mothers, and Valerian Root, which is fine during pregnancy but not recommended while breastfeeding.

      Unless otherwise noted, the remedies are gentle and effective during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

      Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  4. I am absolutely amazed at how terrific the stuff is on this site. I have saved this webpage and I truly intend on visiting the site in the upcoming days. Keep up the excellent work

    Posted on January 13, 2012 at 5:18 am
  5. Great post!  Tons of information.  I use silver biotics all the time!  Kept my kid from getting  the flu last month.  I didn’t take it because we were running low and I ended up with the flu…which turned into pneumonia….blah, blah, blah…  =)  I guess, what I’m trying to say is that silver really works!  {and we used some of the other things you mentioned too. }  So glad I got to meet you! 

    ~ Angela

    Posted on December 6, 2011 at 2:36 am
  6. Take regular outdoor exercise and make sure you are getting enough
    sleep. Try to avoid foods that are thought to encourage mucus
    production, such as milk and milk products, meat, eggs, animal fats,
    pulses, and those containing white flour, white sugar or food additives.

    Posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:52 am
  7. The leaves of indigo are helpful as a sore throat cure. A decoction of the leaves can be used as a gargle for this condition.

    Posted on May 11, 2011 at 6:37 am
  8. Take the juice of a lemon and squeeze a few tablespoons into a cup. Add a tablespoon of raw, pure honey. Then cover with boiling water. Stir it and then sip it. There is a cure in honey and lemon is a cleanser and a purifier.

    Posted on May 9, 2011 at 5:11 am