Homemade Flu Remedies – Flu Survival Tea

Last Updated on April 6, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Looking for homemade flu remedies? Try a cup of my flu survival tea and learn more about natural herbal remedies for when you don’t feel well.

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Homemade flu remedies

Homemade Flu Remedies

It’s definitely cold and flu season here in Vermont.  Everyone we know seems to have the sniffles or some other form of the flu.  I don’t generally run for traditional medication every time I feel a bit off. 

I  believe that there are herbal remedies for most illnesses.  After all, our ancestors couldn’t run to the drug store two hundred years ago when they had a cold.  

There must have been some sort of homemade flu remedies that they turned to instead. When I received Feasting on Food Storage for review, I was thrilled to find a section on home remedies included in the book.

What is the best homemade tea for when you’re sick?

According to the book, this is a powerful herbal tea that seems to be especially effective in treating the prevalent viruses of today.  You should tore herbs in a covered container in a cool, dry area until needed.

I can find some of these herbs in our back yard (peppermint, comfrey, red raspberry leaves, red clover)  but the others I need to purchase from our natural food coop.  

You can also purchase them online if you cannot find them locally.  This spring, you could also plant some in your yard so that you have them available in the summer to dry and store for use throughout the year.

Keep reading for my recipe.

Homemade flu remedies

How many cups does this make?

There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon so in order to make this in a smaller dosage, I added one tsp of each herb to the boiling water. This makes roughly three cups of tea or about enough tea for a day.

You can make it by the day or by the week as you prefer. I heated my tea up before drinking it because it’s winter and I’m cold.  If it were summer time, I could enjoy it as iced tea.  

Homemade flu remedies

How do you make homemade flu remedies?

I stirred in a little bit of local honey for added health benefits. Then I took my cup of tea to the couch with a good book.  I love knowing that I can stay healthy with homemade flu remedies instead of running to the drug store every time I have a sniffle.

 Some day, I may need to rely on what we’ve grown in our yard and when that happens, I’m prepared.

Homemade flu remedies

Feasting on Food Storage: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking is written by Jane Merrill and Karen Sunderland.  It contains over 200 recipes to rotate and use your short and long term food storage.  There are bonus sections for baby food, home remedies and even gluten free options.

Feasting on Food Storage review

If you have created or are in the process of creating food storage for emergency preparedness, you’ll know the importance of rotating your stock.  These meals will let you use your food storage. This will save you money and keep you prepared for any emergency.

 I was very pleased to find out that these recipes are very healthy for the most part even though they are prepared with mostly canned or packaged ingredients. This book also contains tips and tricks on meal planning, water storage, short and long-term storage goals, etc.  

Feasting on Food Storage is definitely a book you’ll want to keep in your emergency pantry!

Like home remedies? Try my detox ginger bath tea recipe. And, stock up on these medicine cabinet essentials.

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Flu Survival Tea

Flu Survival Tea

Looking for homemade flu remedies? Try a cup of my flu survival tea and learn more about natural herbal remedies for when you don't feel well.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • chamomile
  • comfrey leaf
  • peppermint
  • red clover
  • rose hips
  • yarrow
  • red raspberry leaves
  • 8 cups pure water


  1. Use one tea bag or one tablespoon of each herb.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan.
  3. Add herbs, cover and steep for 30 - 40 minutes.
  4. Strain tea into a large pitcher or jar.
  5. Cover and refrigerate.
  6. Drink one glass at a time, as often as desired.
  7. Drink at least 4 or more glasses a day for 3-4 days or as needed.
  8. Tea is very effective.
  9. Double recipe if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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60 thoughts on “Homemade Flu Remedies – Flu Survival Tea”

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  3. Thank you for this recipe ... just in time with MY personal flu season. I've never seen red raspberry leaves. I hope they have them at my local herb store.
  4. That tea looks incredible and I love how natural it is! I think people have lost touch with the herbal and natural world and rely on western medicine way too much these days. My mom and dad are both into emergency preparedness so I'll be sure to pass along the information on this book! :)
  5. love that this is a natural remedy. we have so far skipped out on being sick this year but i will keep this recipe handly in case something happens. 
  6. Thanks for sharing.. I love home remedies... this is right up my ally.. SOO will pin it in case I need it (Would love to say that I don't ever want to use it)... 
  7. This tea sounds amazing. I am short a few ingredients, but over the weekend I can restock and make sure to have this on hand. I am sure it will come in handy since its peak flu season.
  8. I've tried some herbal teas for various ailments but not one for the flu. This looks like a great one to start with. 
  9. My mom would always make a tea from Red Raspberry leaves when we were sick as kids. And then we had to take a lot of herbal supplements like echinacia, zinc, and such. As much as I disliked it as a kid, I have to admit it really did help a lot. I think I would prefer this herbal tea concoction better than plain raspberry leaves though. And still you would be getting the benefit of so many herbs all at once. 
  10. Hmmm what could it hurt to try? And perfect timing for us as the whole house is coming down with something now... it couldn't possibly be a worse time, either.

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