Flu fighting remedies from around the world: Whilst it’s Spring here, and we are starting to enjoy the warmer weather. There’s no need to run an online survey to know that as our friends in the Northern Hemisphere head into the colder months, that the dreaded flu season is just around the corner for them.

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. So with that in mind, we thought that it would be interesting to find some home remedies for the flu from around the world.

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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.

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