homemade, natural cold and flu buster

natural cold and fllu remedies
Photo: Tom Godber. Original image has been modified.

The flu hit us hard this year. I survived the full-blown flu, thanks to frequent spoonfuls of a homemade, natural cold and flu buster. Use this whenever you start feeling the slightly scratchy throat or that rundown feeling. It is all natural, so take a spoonful or two as needed. Be warned, the taste kicks you right in the gut.

[bctt tweet=”If this flu buster kicks my tastebuds’ butts, it must be doing a number on the flu virus, too.”]


  • apple cider vinegar (the least processed, most organic stuff you can find)
  • tabasco sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • onions

There is not an exact formula for this natural cold and flu buster, so add more or delete as you need. Some people can’t tolerate onions and that’s ok. Nix the onions if you must. The most important ingredients are the tabasco, cider, ginger and garlic.

Fill a jar with the apple cider vinegar and add a couple of tablespoons or more of tabasco sauce. You want this to be spicy! Add 2-3 tablespoons each of: freshly grated ginger, finely chopped onions and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. Shake the ingredients in the jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Take a tablespoon or two of this spicy stuff as needed.

The reason why this flu buster seems to work so well is broken down, by ingredient:

Apple Cider Vinegar

The acetic acid in the vinegar is found to be anti-microbial and have antibiotic properties; helpful for fighting the flu bug.

Tabasco Sauce

Capsaicin and tumeric are both found in spicy Tabasco sauce. They are helpful for pain relief and increased circulation. The compounds in Tabasco Sauce are also great for indigestion, which you will need, after a few tablespoons of my cold and flu buster.


A Columbia University study has found that the purified components of ginger can work to relax and smooth airway muscles that make you feel short of breath and stuffy.

Ginger is also known to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis and cough.


Garlic is a powerful immune system booster.


Allicin, a main compound in both garlic and onions, has the ability to slow and kill a variety of viruses and bacteria. Medical studies have found that Allicin can kill antibiotic resistant strains of Ecoli and Staph.

Mix all these ingredients together and you have a good, old-fashioned remedy for the flu. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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