Me and both of my kids were getting severely beat up by the flu and some serious cold symptoms for about 2 weeks. I did try a little bit of secular medicine, but what really did the trick was ginger. Lots and lots of strong ginger tea. The kids were not the biggest fans, because I made the tea really strong, but even they had to admit how much better it made them feel within minutes of drinking it.
Sweeten each cup with a little bit of honey or brown sugar and I promise you will have one of the best home made remedies ever.