Most of us have been hit with the stomach flu at some point in our lives, if not more than once. If you’ve fallen victim yourself, then you understand how unpleasant it is to deal with the flu’s symptoms, which may include an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, headache, stomach cramping, body aches, and more. In many such cases, the stomach flu goes away on its own—sometimes within just 24 hours—but you can speed up the recovery process with various home remedies. Below are four such remedies that you should definitely try!

1. Lemon

Lemon’s acidic effects aid the healing process, while it also can kill pathogens that cause the flu. Additionally, its Vitamin C and antimicrobial properties give the immune system a boost in fighting the virus. All you have to do is go to your local grocery store and pick out a nice looking lemon out of the produce section. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it over a glass. Make sure that at least two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice has come out and add some water to it. Drink this concoction 30 minutes before you eat. Do this before every meal until you’ve fully recovered.

Lemon is also a very common essential oil, and so you may also want to try using that instead of just pure lemon juice. Because of its high vitamin content, it helps the body to have a stronger immune system and be better able to fight off illnesses. You can even try looking into a variety of different essential oil mixtures that include lemon for a more powerful effect. For example, you may want to try one that includes thyme, tea tree, lemon and eucalyptus oils to help you fight the congestion that you might be going through as a result of the flu.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

The pectin in apple cider vinegar helps soothe stomach irritation, while the vinegar also helps fight the viruses that cause it. Even better, it helps to ease symptoms such as vomiting and gas. For this remedy, all you need is one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and add that to a glass of water or fruit juice (it would probably be best to use grape juice or something that has a lot of antioxidants). You should drink this before you eat until all of your flu symptoms are gone.

Another way to go about doing this, though, is to add one tablespoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar to one cup warm water. For the best effect, you should drink this mixture every few hours.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a do-everything remedy when it comes to the stomach flu. It’s not only a powerful anti-bacterial, but it also acts as an antiviral agent that destroys bacteria and virus in your stomach. Plus, its warming nature will help you get rid of chills, aches and pains, while making you feel more comfortable. To get its effects, all you have to do is mix half of a teaspoon of cinnamon and one tablespoon of honey together in a glass of warm water. For best results, you should drink this up to three times a day until you feel better.

4. Ginger

Ginger’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it a great home remedy. It’s also antiviral and antibacterial making its fight against the flu that much more combative. Although there are multiple ways to use ginger, one way for you to use it is to chew just a small piece of ginger root several times a day. If that doesn’t seem like a way that you would like to do it, you can always try drinking it in the form of a hot tea instead.

All of the above have been proven effective in fighting the stomach flu. But seeking the help of a professional, such as an RN or nurse practitioner, can teach you more about flu symptoms and how to fight them. When you feel the effects of the flu coming on, begin these various home remedies but always seek medical help if symptoms grow worse. It’s great if you can take care of your illnesses naturally, but don’t ever hesitate to seek professional help when it becomes obvious that you can’t keep it under control.

Hopefully the above information has been helpful to you. Please let us know if you do end up using any of the four natural remedies above. Also, let us know if you have any more natural remedies that others should try as well!