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Best Natural Flu Prevention

There is nothing worse than getting really sick. If you want to stay healthy when your kids, co-workers and everyone else is around to pollute you with winter viruses, I highly recommend this great natural treatment for flu prevention. This product has been around for decades and it really works. It is also easy to take, it doesn’t taste bad and I have had no side effects. So why not give it a try? The best natural flu prevention that I have found is Oscillococcinum by the Boiron brand.

 

Does Oscillococcinum work?

It works for me. There are also over 1,700 reviews for this product on Amazon and it get a very high average rating. I have been using Oscillococcinum since I was a kid. It seems too good to be true. It does not taste bad, does not upset the stomach or have any side effects that I have ever experienced but it works most of the time. Of course I can’t guarantee this will work for every flu and every person. Some strains of flu are much more virulent than others. The key is start taking it early, much like my top recommendation for cold prevention and boosting immunity. You can read my top immunity boosting product reviews here: Top Immune Boosting Supplements.  I recommend the immune boosters reviewed in that post for staying healthy through cold and flu season.

Criticism of Oscillococcinum

I don’t normally recommend homeopathic type treatments but this seems to work. For non-homeopathic immune boosters you can skip to the next section. So what is homeopathic medicine? Homeopathy is the concept that a tiny dose of something is not enough to make us sick but enough to trigger our immune system to fight off the disease. There are many critics of homeopathic treatments in general and this supplement in particular. They claim the original preparation was developed for fighting a bacteria and the flu is a virus. I can’t argue with that. They claim the active ingredient is so diluted that there is no way it could actually work. I don’t know if that is true or not. If you want some non-homeopathic options for immunity, read on.

Non-Homeopathic Immune Boosters

There are several immunity boosters that I take on a regular basis that absolutely work and they are not homeopathic. One is Lauricidin which is derived from coconut oil (you can’t just take coconut oil to get the benefits however) and the other is Zicam. Zicam is labeled as homeopathic since that is the only labeling option for alternative type medicines. In the case of Zicam it is not actually homeopathic however because the active ingredient is zinc which is a mineral. Zinc has been shown in many studies to boost immunity and also disrupt the replication of viruses. When Zicam is taken by dissolving the lozenge in the mouth, the zinc has the opportunity to kill viruses located in the throat and mouth. This is how Zicam shortens and weakens a common cold. Lauricidin is an immune booster that helps with many different illnesses, and I take it every day. To read more about these products, please see my post Top Immune Boosting Supplements. I have to say however, these supplements are not specifically meant to fight the flu. Zicam will not treat the flu. Lauricidin may help due to boosting immunity. I will be adding future posts on other immune boosters for the flu such as elderberry.

How Do You Use Oscillococcinum?

Oscillococcinum comes in tiny tubes with a snap-off top. You just pop off the top and tip the tube into your mouth. There are tiny white crystals inside that taste a little like crystallized sugar. This is probably the best tasting medicine I have ever found. Just let the crystals dissolve in your mouth and you are done! You must take this early on to be effective. If you are already very sick it may be too late to be effective. Note that Oscillococcinum does not claim to prevent the flu but to treat the symptoms. I prefer to start taking it early and not get really sick in the first place. Whether you take it when others around you are sick to prevent the infection or start taking it when you first start feeling early symptoms is up to you.

Safe, Natural Flu Treatment for Children 2 and Over

This natural flu treatment is safe for children over 2 years of age. It is gentle and does not have reported side effects. It also has no unpleasant taste and is very fast and easy to take.

What is Oscillococcinum?

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic medicine. I don’t care what it is called as long as it works! This supplement will not work for every flu since there are many factors that determine how sick we may get with a flu. There are many strains of flu, different people have different levels of immunity as well. How early you catch it makes a difference as well. I would rather take something and increase my chances of fighting off a flu however than not trying anything. Getting the flu is miserable and can be very expensive and disruptive to your life if you miss work or school.

Do Homeopathic Treatments Like This Really Work?

The effectiveness of homeopathic treatments is a hotly debated subject. They sound strange and many people dismiss homeopathic treatment while others swear by them and use them every day for a wide variety of symptoms affecting every part of the body. I do not feel strongly one way or the other on the issue and just use what works for me. Here is a discussion by Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well know doctor of natural treatment methods, on the efficacy of homeopathic treatments including Oscillococinum. “The Logic, Wisdom and Scientific Evidence for the Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza”. It can be found on the Mercola.com website.

With over 1,770 reviews for Oscillococcinum on Amazon with a very high average rating, I can absolutely say there are many happy customers who rely on this during flu season.

Keep This Flu Treatment On Hand and Be Prepared This Winter

Oscillococcinum is a benign treatment that is safe even for young children (2 and over). It has no unpleasant taste or side effects reported. It is easy and fast to take. It also has many happy customers. I am not a doctor but I do recommend trying this natural flu prevention supplement.

Please leave me your comments or questions below! I would love to hear from you.

Jessica

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I am not a doctor. Posts here are for information purposes only and based on personal experience. Always consult with a doctor for advice on any health problem or before starting a supplement. 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/12/26/influenza-homeopathic-treatment.aspx

16 Comments

  1. Lars

    Thank you for bringing this information to my attention. All I see when I get to my drug store is information about getting flu shots. I am, however, not too interested in that, but since I am not keen on getting the flu either, I might go ahead an try this natural flu prevention you mention. 

     

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    1. admin

      Hello Lars,

      It is always nice to have options and I am glad to be able to share this option here. It is not labeled as a preventative but rather a treatment. I have found if I take it when family member is sick I can avoid getting the sickness however or I can at least get a very mild version.

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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  2. Mark Baker

    Nothing worse than that dreaded flu feeling so I am always interested to read about ways to reduce the effects. I had never heard of Oscillococcinum before reading your post. 

    My experience with taking homeopathic preparations is that one has to take them for an extended period of time rather than just when the symptom appears, presumably because they are intended to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom, as is the case with conventional remedies. 

    Based on this it sounds as if taking it as a prophylactic as early as possible in the season may well be the best approach. What do you think?

    Mark 

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    1. admin

      Hello Mark,

      I cannot tell you why but this particular supplement is used differently than other homeopathic remedies. It is not advertised as a preventative at all but rather a treatment. I take it when I feel exposed to a virus but the directions are to take it when you start to feel symptoms. I don’t know why this is directed to be used differently than other homeopathic preparations.

      Thanks for your thoughts on this,
      Jessica

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  3. Garen

    I have always used oregano and thyme to help boost my immune system. Over the years it has worked pretty good. However, I also stock up on Vitamin C. Usually take 2,000 mg a day.I didn’t know Zinc helps boost immunity, either.Thanks for the information on Oscillococcinum. I actually haven’t ever really heard of it.Is there anything you shouldn’t take Oscillococcinum with though? Like medications or anything?

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    1. admin

      Hello Garen,

      No, there are no drug interaction warnings. I have tried Vit C and I have to say zinc works way better for me when it comes to fighting a cold. I also don’t have any use for echinacea. It was popular as a cold fighter but it doesn’t seem to do anything. It may be good for other purposes but I will stick with zinc for a cold. 

      I have not tried the oregano and thyme. How do you take them? As a capsule or oil?

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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  4. Kat

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with this product. I had never hear of this before, and am curious about it even more since reading your post. I’ll certainly be looking into this and referring it to my friends who seem to get sick often. I’m lucky and don’t get sick often, but when I do, I certainly lean towards natural remedies and nutrition over drug medication any day. I’ll keep this one in mind for our next flu season :).

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    1. admin

      Hello Kat,

      I hope this works for you. For people who get sick often I recommend the supplements covered in my post here: https://nutrientcures.com/top-

      Oscillococcinum is just for flu symptoms but for colds I use Zicam which works almost every time. For general immunity to fight anything that comes along I take Lauricidin to help my immunity. I take it every day. You can read about both in this post. 

      Thanks, 

      Jessica

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  5. cristina

    hello there,

    I found your site in the right moment. i was ill for a few days,a bout 3 or for. it was just a flu but it is very annoying when you have a busy life.

    Oscillococcinum sounds like a good natural treatment.I hate taking antibiotics so i will surely try this .Thanks for your help and I am sure it will help me to have a easier winter..If it has no side effects reported sounds good to me. 

    Thanks. Cristina

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    1. admin

      Hello Cristina,

      I hope it helps. Also check out my post on Natural Immunity Boosters for the ones I take every day and what I use for fighting colds. https://nutrientcures.com/top-

      I definitely recommend those products. Oscillococcinum is not supposed to have any affect on colds so I only use it if I know I am exposed to the flu. The other products I review help with colds. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  6. Cory Haasnoot

    Great article. I get sick almost every year with the flu and I refuse to take the flu shot. I have tried other natural products out there that claim to prevent the flu but they never work. I’m going to try Oscillococcinum this flu season and see if it works for me. The price isn’t bad either cheaper than going to see the doctor that’s for sure.

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    1. admin

      Hi Cory,

      I hope it works for you! If you want a general immunity booster you can try the products I recommend in this post as well: https://nutrientcures.com/top-

      I take the Lauricidin every day and it really helps me. Zicam is always the most effective treatment I can get for a cold as well. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  7. Rosie the Roadie

    Thank you for this information on Oscillococcinum.  

    As I am in Australia and our flu season has not started, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to access this product ahead of the flu season.

    I take garlic capsuals and lemon drinks in an effort to try and keep the flu at bay, but have not heard of this product until now.  

    I simply refuse to have a flu injection, having had a bad experience as a teenager. In my 50’s I am not prepared to risk the injection or the flu, if I can help it.

    I see from your post that it is available from Amazon.  I will now click on your link and go buy some ready for next year. 

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    1. admin

      Hello Rosie,

      Thank you. I don’t have my links set up for sales from Australia at this time so I don’t think it will work but thank you for trying! I guess I should set up the One Link option!

      I hope you get some one way or the other and stay healthy during your flu season!

      Jessica

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  8. Melissa

    Hi Jessica, thank you for sharing this information, I’m always open to trying natural ways to prevent illness. The flu is particularly awful. I had it for the first time three years ago and I’ve never experienced anything like it. I was incapacitated for four days and ever since then have had the flu shot each winter. I’m going to have some of this on hand now just in case! I’m pleased that it is safe for children too, and it sounds like it’s easy for little ones to take too. Thanks again.

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    1. admin

      Hello Melissa,

      I am glad this was useful for you. I agree with you. There is nothing worse than a bad flu!! I have had it many times and recently remembered that we had this supplement when I was a kid and I bought some again. 

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay healthy,

      Jessica

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