Once again, the U.S. is experiencing a deadly flu season. To keep your family comfortable with natural remedies, stock your cupboards with these healthier alternatives to over-the-counter or prescription medicines.

Add echinacea to your daily supplements to boost your immune system and wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season to lessen the likelihood of you developing either. Then add Emergen-C as soon as you feel the cold or flu coming on.

Gin-Gins can be used for stomach upsets related to the flu and is great to have on hand for motion sickness and other digestive upset. Arnica cream is another natural remedy to have on hand year round as it takes care of minor muscle pain from overuse or arthritis.

My Must-Have Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

Arnicare Gel for Natural Pain Relief

Use Arnica Gel for aches and pains (also available in a cream formula). It’s a natural, homeopathic medicine that helps relieve muscle pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulder, leg, and foot. Plus it works to heal bruises quickly and helps reduce swelling from injuries. It absorbs quickly and is unscented and paraben-free.

Ginger People Original Ginger Chews

These chewy ginger candies will help quell queasy tummies naturally. If you prefer a  hard mint, try Newman’s Own Mints in Ginger. Both are made with real ginger to extinguish stomach upset.

Traditional Medicinals Herbal Tea Organic Licorice Root

Used to help with coughing and congestion plus said to support your digestive, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and respiratory systems.

NOW Foods Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil as a wonderful natural disinfectant. Add it to a cool mist diffuser to clean the air or add it to water and spray it over your bedsheets and pillows.

Aura Cacia Pure Essential Oil Lavender

Lavender oil to help you relax and take away that sick room odor. It can help with tension, pain relief, respiratory problems, and more. Use it in a diffuser or mister, add it to cream to moisturize your skin, and add it to your humidifier where it can work as an antiseptic and antifungal to keep it from growing mold and mildew. Add it to a massage or carrier oil and let ask for a healing massage.

Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Add moisture back into your air to help heal up dried nasal passages and sore throats.

Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier 

This is how I handle our air – a purifier and humidifier in one that washes the air and returns it free of allergens. I also use essential oils in mine though it does void the warranty unless you use their brand.

Kimberly-Clark Kleenex Naturals 21272 Boutique Facial Tissue

These tissues were highly rated for their softness and content.

Seventh Generation, Natural Facial Tissue

The Seventh Generation are not as soft as the Kleenex Naturals but may be easier to find.

Whatever tissue you choose, make sure it’s not one of the tissues embedded with LOTION. The chemicals in them are drying to the skin and delicate nasal area so you may actually be making it worse over time. Instead, use warm water to remove any crusting around the nose or use a wet wipe. These are the top non-toxic face and baby wipes as tested by the Environmental Working Group. Each is rated a 1 which means it likely pose only a low hazard to babies:

Natural Remedies For Cold and Flu Season – WaterWipes Baby Wipes – All Natural

Babyganics Face, Hand & Baby Wipes, Fragrance-Free

Biodegradable & Organic Baby Wipes  – Organic Aloe, Calendula & Camomile

The Honest Company Honest Wipes

Do you have any natural remedies for cold and flu season  that you swear by?