Five ways to Fight Flu Using Herbs from Your Kitchen


By Ana Margarita Olar |

The cold, rainy season is here. And with it comes a common illness: Flu. There is no specific cure for the common flu and over the counter medicines only provide symptomatic relief. Instead of spending your money on these OTC’s which can have side effects. Instead, dig into your kitchen and you’ll discover natural flu remedies that are highly effective. To help you out, here are some of them:

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) often used as spice and seasoning. In China, this herb is used to melt away the phlegm.

All you have to do is get 2 pinches of black pepper and mix with 1 tsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Take every three hours to relieve colds.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a common kitchen herb, especially in Italian dishes. Studies show that it has strong anti-oxidant properties. It contains chemicals such as a rosmarinic acid compound, thymol, and carvacrol that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antiviral properties.

Here are some ways to prepare oregano:

  • Decoction for common colds- Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Take half cup three times a day.
  • Decoction for sore throat boil 2 tablespoonfuls of dried oregano leaves in a 1 cup of, take 2 hours before or after meals.
  • Concentrate- crush oregano leaves to obtain its juice and take 1 tablespoon every hour to relieve chronic cough.

Onion (Allium cepa L.) are commonly chopped and used with garlic for sautéing, and it comes with different dishes. So if you need an immediate relief from blocked nose or sinuses accompanying the flu, the remedy might be lying around your kitchen.

According to, onions have antibacterial properties from their sulfur content, which is useful for treating a sinus infection. If you are not sensitive to the scent of onion, chop the onion and inhale its scent to relieve blocked nasal passages. But if this causes painful burning sensation in your eyes, boil a thinly sliced onion in water for five minutes and inhale the scent to help relieve a stuffy or runny nose. If you love onions you can also drink the decoction while it’s hot.

The last two herbs: Ginger and lemon grasses are the ingredients of a common favorite meal for a cold season: chicken tinola. You can cook it as a soup (which is also good for flu) or prepare them differently as a remedy for flu.

Ginger tea is great to soothe inflamed throat.
Ginger tea is great to soothe inflamed throat.

Ginger and Lemongrass Tea

  • 1 medium-sized ginger, peeled
  • 2 stalks of lemon grass
  • 1 cup water

In a pan, put the sliced ginger and crushed lemon grass. Add water, heat until it boils, take two to three times a day to relieve cough.