Influenza (also known as flu) is one of the most common infectious diseases to date. It is caused by a particular virus named as influenza virus. Early symptoms include a sore throat, high fever, muscle pain, severe cough, runny nose, and sinus infections. If the disease is not cured, this could lead to bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonia, asthma, cardiac arrest, and kidney failure.

There are three main types of influenza virus: Type A, Type B, and Type C. It mostly spreads through the air from sneeze and cough, or by touching the contaminated surface.

Frequent hand washing reduces the risks of infections as the virus gets inactivated by shampoo and soap. You can also wear surgical masks to prevent the disease. Here we have discussed some Home Remedies for flu.


Salt water is one of the most efficient ways to treat influenza. It prevents the production of harmful viruses and bacteria and regulates the functioning of your digestive system. The solution can be bought ready made from a pharmacy, or you can prepare it at home. Mix two tablespoons of salt with one glass of hot water, and rinse into the nose. Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon of table salt in a glass of water and add some lemon juice to it for flavor. Drink this mixture twice per day for desired results.


Menthol is derived from eucalyptus, pennyroyal, and peppermint. It is made from herbs and natural oils and has a lot of health advantages. Menthol gel can be applied on the affected area. Alternatively, you can drink its solution to prevent inflammation and pain. Menthol naturally stops bloating, gas, and assists in the treatment of bowel syndrome.

It also prevents indigestion and stomach burning. A menthol gel relaxes the nose muscles and can inhibit the occurrence of spasm.

Hot oil massage

Take almond oil or coconut oil, and massage on the affected area. If you neither like salt solution nor menthol, then you should try hot oil massage to get rid of flu (influenza). It would be great if you include some herbs such as burdock roots and red clover to the oil and prepare a mixture.

It helps alleviate joint and muscle pain to a greater extent.

Regular massage under the nose soothes the skin and opens up the blocked nasal passages in a matter of minutes. As menthol gel has a strong smell, many people won’t love it. So, an oil massage is far better and more useful than menthol products. It prevents from various skin problems and strengthens the damaged cells.