As hard as you try, it’s impossible to avoid every virus circulating during cold and flu season. Just taking care of sick kids or walking past someone who has coughed can expose you to dreaded “sick” germs. That’s why you need what I call “nature’s flu shot.”
I created this natural flu shot alternative to help knock out cold and flu viruses right when you feel them coming on. It’s like extra insurance to help speed up your recovery, and you won’t believe how powerful a few simple ingredients can be!
The Special Ingredients in This Nature’s Flu Shot
Chances are, you already have all the ingredients for this natural flu shot remedy right in your kitchen. If not, a trip to a natural foods store or even your local grocery store will have you covered.
I always use high-quality ingredients, and I recommend that you do too. Let’s talk about how each of these powerful ingredients contributes to nature’s flu shot:
Garlic is known to relieve the flu, colds, ear infections, and other seasonal illnesses as well. Consuming garlic raw is the best way to take advantage of the antibacterial and antiviral properties, but due to its strong flavor, we advise consuming raw garlic with honey to take the edge off.
It’s completely amazing that garlic is 100 times stronger than antibiotics! It works inside the body by stimulating white blood cell production and rallying them to fight infection.
A 2012 study found that diallyl sulfide, a compound found in garlic, was far more effective at killing campylobacter bacteria than two common antibiotics. Make no mistake, this everyday ingredient is powerful stuff.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you already have apple cider vinegar in your pantry, check to make sure it’s unpasteurized, unfiltered, and still contains the “mother”. The “mother” contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria.
The beneficial enzymes in apple cider vinegar are thought to displace some of the harmful bacteria in your body, which is just what you need when you feel a cold coming on.
3. Manuka Honey
You’ll notice that the ingredient list for the nature’s flu shot calls for Manuka honey, which is imported from New Zealand. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s definitely worth it to purchase this type of honey, which has powerful antibiotic properties.
It may be tempting to buy a less expensive variety of honey, but studies have shown that Manuka honey holds remarkable antibiotic and antibacterial benefits, and it’s proven to be effective in fighting infection and promoting healing. (But it comes down to making it – so if all you have is regular rawhoney– that’ll still work well, too).
Manuka honey is used in hospitals around the world when standard treatments for wound healing aren’t working, and that’s pretty amazing.
4. Pineapple and Lemons
This “nature’s flu shot” is also loaded with vitamin C from fresh pineapple juice and lemons. You probably don’t know this, but pineapple actually has more vitamin C than an orange!
One study found that regular vitamin C consumption reduces the severity of cold symptoms, which is why I loaded this drink up with vitamin C rich fruit. It’s thought that vitamin C increases production of white blood cells, which are instrumental in fighting infections.
5. Cayenne Pepper
The last superstar in the nature’s flu shot is cayenne pepper. This potent spice works on mucus to break it up and keep it moving, so congestive symptoms are relieved.
It also gives this natural flu shot a little kick from the heat to keep you on your toes. The best part about this drink is that it’s quick to whip up in the blender, and it’ll act fast to have you feeling better in no time.