14 Effective Home Remedies for Swine Flu (H1N1 Flu)

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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Swine flu as the name implies had its origin with swine (commonly known as a pig) and is at the root cause of the recent H1N1 scares across the world, and while a lot of preventative measures are in place, swine flu is still a very real threat.

There are treatments for swine flu, including antiviral treatments, but certain strains have already developed resistance to some drugs. This has caused many people to seek out home remedies for swine flu, and these should be considered in conjunction with more formal treatment, given how contagious and potentially deadly swine flu can be. Now, let’s take a closer look at some home remedies for swine flu.

Home Remedies for Swine Flu

The most effective home remedies for swine flu include the use of vinegar, cayenne pepper, honey, garlic, echinacea, and olive leaf, as well as behavioral changes, including exercising, staying hydrated, getting more sleep among others


One of the most common uses of echinacea is a temporary immune system booster. While the powerful organic compounds and volatile oils in this herbal supplement shouldn’t be relied on for long periods of time, when you feel that you are getting ill, this can be one of the best ways to boost your immune system for its battle with swine flu.


One of the most versatile and effective home remedies for dozens of different health conditions, garlic can also offer its services in defense of swine flu. The active ingredient in garlic, allicin, interacts in quite an unusual way with our body, stimulating antioxidant activity and generally seeking out foreign microbes, including those that cause swine flu.



Regular exercise is a good suggestion for any ailment, as it encourages blood purification and higher immune function, in addition to releasing stress hormones in a healthy way, before they can negatively impact your body.

Olive Leaf

This somewhat overlooked little herb is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, so taking a supplement of this when defending yourself against the range of symptoms from swine flu, including nausea, chills, fever, cough, headache, and general weakness, is a good idea to give your body and herbal boost with olive leaf extract.

Hygiene Focus

Preventing illness is always the best “home remedy”, so if you can focus on washing your hands, particularly after coming in contact with someone who is ill, you can lower your chances of hand-to-eye or hand-to-mouth infection, which is the primary means of swine flu transmission. For those who work closely with swine, always wearing gloves and a mask, particularly when dealing with sick swine, will greatly prevent the spread of the disease.


Thanks to its diuretic and laxative properties, as well as its ability to induce sweating in those who take it, elderberry tea and supplements are often turned to as a natural remedy for swine flu. By flushing out toxins through the excretory system and the skin, this immune system booster cleans house for you and can help speed up the recovery from a viral infection.


Remaining hydrated is key whenever you are sick with the flu, particularly as you will be regularly losing water through vomit, diarrhea, sweat, and normal urination. You should drink more water than usual to help flush out the body’s toxins and replenish lost water in the body.

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There have been recent studies following the latest H1N1 outbreaks related to the effect of ginseng on these viral strains. The results were very encouraging, thus supporting the common use of ginseng tea and supplements for various strains of influenza.


Honey has a natural antimicrobial capacity that makes it an effective immune booster and a great way to speed up the recovery process when ill. Mixing honey into ginseng or ginger root tea can compound the antimicrobial effects and work as a very effective home remedy for swine flu.


Vitamin A is a crucial nutrient in our diet, and carrots provide a high content of it, which leads to beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can effectively cleanse our body of foreign agents and free radicals, which often weaken the immune system and allow infections to take hold.


Although it is often overlooked, vitamin D should be a part of every healing regimen. Vitamin D is what our body generates from sunshine on our skin, and helps to maintain the function of numerous organ systems, strengthens bones, and generally boosts our immunity.

Pineapple Juice

The benefits of fruit juice have been widely publicized, namely due to their high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In terms of swine flu, pineapple juice helps to kickstart the immune system with its high vitamin C content, which increases white blood cell production.

Cayenne Pepper

The capsaicin found in cayenne peppers has long been praised for its cure-all abilities, and when it comes to antimicrobial and antiviral abilities, few vegetables are as potent or trusted as cayenne. Even if you can’t take the heat, give this one a try if you want to protect yourself from swine flu.

Sleep Better

Adequate sleep gives your body time to rest and recuperate from the exhaustion of waging an immune system battle. You may need some pure bed rest to fight off swine flu effectively, and let your body focus on defending itself and recovering, rather than expending energy on other activities.

A Final Word of Warning: As mentioned earlier, swine flu is highly contagious and is considered very dangerous on a global scale. You should always consult a doctor if you believe that you have contracted swine flu, and you should only consider these home remedies as suggestions and complementary treatments.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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