Prevent Illness Naturally with a DIY “Flu Shot”

Prevent Illness Naturally with a DIY “Flu Shot”

Did you ever think we'd be telling people to get a flu shot? Well, you're right. We wouldn't. But we have an alternative DIY “flu shot” we think is worth its weight in gold, and you don't even have to go the doctor to get it!

We chose several of our favorite ingredients from our most effective home remedies, and combined them to make one powerful tonic in one tiny little package. This mix has helped us fend off and beat down lots of winter woes, and we use it at the first sign of trouble. One or two times a day for a few days usually does the trick.

Health-enhancing Properties Treat and Prevent Illness Naturally

The human body is beautifully designed to keep illness at bay when the immune system has what it needs to get the job done. Just check out this list of powerhouse ingredients and you'll see why it works so well!

Apple cider vinegar is the jack of all trades in our book with its long list of health benefits that include its incredible ability to kill viruses and bacteria.

Turmeric, ginger and cayenne are super detoxifying agents thanks to their ability to increase blood flow throughout the body.

Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral substance that we use every single time we get sick.

Lemon is packed with vitamin C which is critically important to a body that's fighting illness, or one that's just trying to stay healthy.

Raw honey helps lighten the spice load of this wellness shot, and it adds a ton of anti-bacterial and anti-viral healing properties.

DIY Flu Shot Recipe

Just mix all the ingredients together, and down the hatch it goes! Feel free to add a splash of water into mix before you drink if it seems a little strong for your liking.

You could also use fresh ingredients in place of the powders, but you'll need to use a juicer or a blender to break them down enough to drink.

NOTE: This concoction is too strong for kids to handle, but you can tone it down and omit the cayenne, or halve the recipe, then dilute it in tea or warm water to make a wellness drink suitable for the littles.

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7 Responses to Prevent Illness Naturally with a DIY “Flu Shot”

  1. karen February 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    What is your rationale for not recommending a flu shot?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters February 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Karen, There are many reasons we don’t recommend the flu shot, but overall, we feel the dangers of the vaccine outweigh any potential benefits.

      Here’s a quick overview of three of our most pressing reasons to skip the flu shot:

      1. The flu shot contains live viruses, and anyone with a weakened immune system can easily become infected or further immuno-compromised by the artificial introduction of multiple viruses into the body.

      2. The second reason live-virus vaccines are potentially dangerous is because vaccinated people can shed those viruses to their families or anyone they come into contact with, furthering the spread of the flu where there was none to begin with.

      3. Lastly, there have been multiple journal-published studies that prove the flu shot is largely ineffective. This fact was driven home again when the CDC reported this year’s flu vaccine was only 23% effective.

      Hopefully I’ve been able to help you better understand the reasoning behind our avoidance of the flu shot. ~Laura

      • Claire February 20, 2015 at 10:42 am #

        Hi Laura, just wanted to correct a common misconception that you’ve repeated here:

        The flu shot does not contain live viruses, but the nasal spray does. If you’re concerned about live virus and shedding, you should avoid the spray. (This is why the spray is not recommended for vulnerable/immunocompromised people.)

        A flu shot contains only cut up pieces of dead virus (the pieces that our immune systems recognize and create antibodies for), but no live virus and no whole virus. It’s called inactivated influenza.

        Also, while the flu shot is never 100% effective, the reason many news outlets are reporting on this year’s low effectiveness is that it’s unusual. Effectiveness among adults under 65 is usually more in the 50-70% range.

        As a mother of small children, I appreciate so much of the research and information you share here at the Soft Landing. I also really appreciate people who get flu shots, and I get a flu shot every year to protect my kids and other vulnerable loved ones who might not be vaccinated. I will do whatever I can to reduce my chances of getting sick and exposing them.


        • Karen March 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

          Thank you Claire, for responding here. I was about to respond the same way.

          I, too, have small children and rely a lot on this website for its typically well-researched opinions and options for living a more toxic-free life. I was a little bit floored when I got this email newsletter that was anti-flu shot – so I posed the question to see if perhaps there were some valid reasons that I didn’t know about. For me, like Claire, I will continue to get flu shots and I will continue to protect my kids by having them get them too.

          • The Soft Landing Sisters
            The Soft Landing Sisters March 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

            Hi Claire and Karen, Alicia here. I know Laura will be responding soon, but I wanted to jump in here and suggest that you watch the documentary “Bought” for must-see info on what’s really happening in the vaccine industry (it’s free for a few more days and is very eye-opening). It might shed some light on why we’ve made a very well-researched decision to avoid some vaccines and why we are insisting on change in the industry for the safety of our children. ~Alicia

          • The Soft Landing Sisters
            The Soft Landing Sisters March 3, 2015 at 9:59 am #

            Thanks for your patience, ladies. I really appreciate the cordial ways you both approached this conversation!

            There are so many aspects to the issue of vaccination that it’s hard to form a succinct response that encompasses all I want to say. I find myself writing books every time I respond!

            What I mostly want to convey is the idea that there are many questions to be answered about vaccinations, especially the flu vaccination, and the conclusion we’ve come to over the past decade or so is that the concerns that we have outweigh the benefits. Yes, it’s said that the flu vaccination can be somewhat effective at times, but the fact is there just isn’t enough evidence to support to risks of the injection itself, and the efficacy is certainly in question as I mentioned in my previous response.

            I’m sure you’ve heard of the ingredients everyone’s always talking about. Well, that’s definitely a concern for us too. Thimerosal was removed, but aluminum was added and thimerosal is still used in the manufacturing process of each flu vaccine. There are other ingredients that are extremely toxic as well, so maybe now you can see why The Soft Landing gals are expressing our concern about vaccinations in general. After all, minimizing our exposure to toxins is the main goal of our work.

            Overall, the lack of evidence supporting the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccination is the broad determining factor in our altogether avoidance.

            Please do take the time to watch the Bought documentary so you can gain some extra insight into the realities of vaccination. I know it’s an uncomfortable and alarming idea, but we need keep our minds open, ready to receive opinions and truths that might directly contradict our own.

            Best to you both. ~Laura

  2. TheEcoGrandma February 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I would never get a flu shot, but I have experienced two colds this winter after not being sick for several years. I’ll give this a try and see if it boosts my immune system, thanks.

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