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Daniel Diet: The Best Remedies for Cold/Flu Relief and Prevention

James is not a health care professional but he gladly shares biblical and science backed info on healthy eating/ lifestyle habits.



Daniel- His Story

The biblical prophet Daniel showed no fear at the prospect of being fed to the lions. (see Daniel 6:10 Holy Bible) However, the ideal of eating the same food as everyone else worried him. (Daniel 1:8) He then proved the supremacy of a simple God fearing diet. Daniel example displayed what the Apostle Paul wrote: that all scripture is good for instruction. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Daniel among the Lions.

Daniel among the Lions.

Daniel Diet Worthy

The 'Daniel Diet', stands for more than simply abstaining from meat. It emphasizes eating food as the Lord offers it. Processing can take away the purity of food. Daniel and crew may have eaten potatoes during their fast, but would have avoided potato chips.

The herbal world offers many ways to relieve health issues including aromatherapy and direct application onto the body. The scope of this article is restricted to the eating and/or drinking of healthy ingredients.

The natural remedies in this forum are chosen based upon the following criterion: ingredients, medicinal muscle, and targeted symptom relief.



The three ingredients listed are by no means an exclusive collection of cold/flu remedies. However, these are highly important and readily available.


Sulphur serves as a detoxicant. Health care experts recognize that the toxic state of the body along with immunity system vulnerability provide ideal conditions for the 200 plus viruses that can cause the common cold.

Vitamin C

Physicians and other health care experts widely acknowledge that this vitamin boost immunity by increasing the white blood cells in the body. Also, it has detoxifying properties.


This element helps the immunity system. Zinc is so good that it's often taken in capsule or pill form as a cold remedy.

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Medicinal Muscle and Targeted Symptom Relief

All trees make breathing easier. But the Eucalyptus tree could just as easily be called the Euca-lungus tree as the source of Eucalyptol oil's congestion fighting qualities.

All trees make breathing easier. But the Eucalyptus tree could just as easily be called the Euca-lungus tree as the source of Eucalyptol oil's congestion fighting qualities.

The term medicinal muscle describe characteristics that serve to prevent and relieve cold/flu illnesses along with their symptoms. The common traits are as follows:

antiseptic- the ability to preclude the growth or production of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria. The ability to kill viruses (as opposed to only bacteria) is referred to as antiviral. The term antibiotic applies as well.

Detoxicant- the character trait of taking toxins out of the body.

Immunity Builder- helps strenghthens the immunity system.

Other medicinal muscle apply but these are the main traits.

The commom cold and flu (influenza) are often accompanied by nasty companions called symptoms. The most common are chills, congestion,cough, fever, runny nose/discharge and sore throat. The herbacious elements in Daniel's choice fare has an answer to all of these.

Daniel Diet Cold/Flu Relief Chart

GreenaryIngredientsTargeted Symptom Relief





cinnamon oil



eucalyptol oil

cough and congestion


sulphur,vitamin C, zinc

congestion,fever,runny nose


sulphur, zinc

cough,congestion etc


vitamin C

cold/flu prevention



cough, sore throat


vitamin C

sore throat


sulphur, vitamin C





The Allium Clan

Garlic (Allium Sativum)

Garlic along with onion belongs to the Allium family.The prized bulbs are referred to as such due to a shared chemical composition that gives them their distinctive traits. The pugent odor, sharp taste, and immense nutritious value derive from their unique physiological character. As a result, both bountiful bulbs comprise the high powered cold/flu fighting medicinal muscle of detoxification, bad bug squashing antiseptic traits and immunity system builder qualities.

Garlic is a versatile vegetable.Its healing power can be presented in soups, salads and sandwiches. It also displays versatility in the health benefits it provides.Garlic is a good tonic for heart health and cancer prevention in addition to tackling an array of cold/flu symptoms.


Onion (Allium Cepa)

I heard that my paternal grandmother would slice an onion open and leave it by her children's (my father and two aunts) bedside when they suffered from a cold. She believed the split onion would soak up the germs thereby taking them out of the air.

Scientist in the health, nutrition and medicine fields have since confirmed her faith in onions. The valued bulbs are antibiotic and particularly good at clearing the "stuff", congestion, from weary cold sufferers. Onions warm the body which in effect counters the cold with heat.


Citrus fruits are a good choice to combat the common cold.

Citrus fruits are a good choice to combat the common cold.


The word citrus may best interpreted as the Latin term meaning toxin eliminating, immunity system boosting, white blood cell count building, rich source of vitamin C. Grapefruit, as with other citrus family members such as lemons, limes and oranges possess these traits. C, the most celebrated among the alphabet vitamins, provide protection from the cold and flu bugs.

Some health care experts suggest that people should ratchet up vitamin C intake to 8,000 milligrams per day to destroy cold and flu illnesses.The amount described would require supplements since it would take nearly 100 whole grapefruits or almost 50 cups (8 oz) of orange juice to provide that level of vitamin C. I say we should just keep it simple and stick to the 'Daniel Diet' way by eating citrus fruit often to stay healthy.


A certain pastor that I know extolls the virtue of drinking hot water with lemon (which may be acccompanied by honey) to prevent hoarseness from afflicting his voice. He is one who speaks in the fervent rhythmic style associated with African-American congregations. He also sings.I never detected a hoarse sound to his voice in 10 years of having attended his church, a place where church services are typically held twice on Sunday and twice more during the week.

Scientist have compiled research that validate his opinion. Lemon, in addition to its citrus properties has proven highly effective at healing sore throat issues. Lemons should be kept around during the cold and flu season.

Nuttin to it


Zinc is a proven effective ingredient in fighting colds. The best sources of zinc are red meat, poultry and fish. However, these are not 'Daniel Diet' based sources. Yet, all is not lost for the vegheads who seek cold and flu relief or prevention.

Almonds along with other nut species, peanuts and cashews provide good quantities of zinc.The U.S.D.A. standard for males aged 19-50 is 11 milligrams per day. A serving size of almonds that measures slightly less than 1/2 cup has 3 milligrams of zinc. Cashews supply nearly twice that amount.Ca-shew,ironically enough, is the sound people make when they sneeze:)

Sweets and Spices



Cinnamon bark is better than its bite.The reddish brown sticks imbued with the sweet fragrance familiar to many comes from the inner bark of their host trees.The release of cold and flu symptom relieving oils is procured by steeping the bark sticks in warm or hot water. I also like to use the powder form (pictured) as a substitute for or addition to brown sugar in my wintry morning hot cereal. Cinnamon provides a body warming effect that is likely the reason it is potent at calming the chills.


It is a pardonable error to mistakenly refer to eucalyptus as euca-lung-us. The Australian native provides respiratory aid beyond that of cold and flu relief. It has proven beneficial in the treatment of asthma and emphysema. Eucalyptus is particularly good taken via aromatherapy to combat breathing disorders.

A natural Eucalyptea is formed by pouring hot water over fresh or dried Eucalyptol leaves. The Euca beverage is good for cough relief. Furthermore, its antiseptic nature causes it to kill all bugs- germs,viruses and insects! This is probably why eucalyptol is the active ingredient in Listerine the brand name mouth rinse known for taking on harmful microbes.


Healing comes from various parts of different plants. The abundant nutrients in sweet potatoes derive from their roots whereas peppermint's healing properties are extracted from their leaves. Rhizomes, subterranean stems, are the medicinal incubators of ginger.

Ginger pose a triple threat to cold and flu viruses. It release toxins and warms the body in addition to harboring antiseptic powers.Rhizomes sliced fresh and simmered in warm water release the three pronged attack.



Honey is unique among 'Daniel Diet' resources. Honey derives from nectar yet it arrives from bees. The flying pollinators drive a natural economy in which they are the farmers,manufacturers, and distributors. Bees harvest the nectar,use its raw material to convert it to honey and deliver the finished product where needed.

Honey may well be the world's most antiseptic agent natural or otherwise. The invisibugs, (invisible bugs) rhinoviruses included, do not survive it. Honey helps to sweeten and enliven the taste of brewed concoctions (see ginger,lemon) even as it slams foreign microbes that try to invade the body. Honey is a cold/flu season staple.


Peppermint like Eucalyptus provides powerful relief when applied via aromatherapy as an inhalant and as an ointment massaged onto the afflicted area.The makers of cough lozenges feature its signature ingredient, menthol, in their products. Menthol supplies the active ingredient in the Halls and Ricola brand cough drops.

The broad leaf European native relieves cough and congestion by thinning mucus along with loosening phelgm. A mint tea is made when hot water is doused upon dry peppermint leaves.

The herbal fare written of here is a small sample of the Daniel like alternatives for cold and flu relief. Still, it should be of some help when shopping. An article can not venture beyond the writer's limitations, experience or research. So any commentary that suggest other applicants to the cold and flu busting elite group is readily welcome.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 James C Moore


James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on September 26, 2020:

Rajan Jolly

Glad to share. I always say if it's good enough for Daniel it's good enough for me.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 25, 2020:

Very informative article. I am glad I eat most of these foods on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on May 27, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

Per your comment. Gardens are a good place to look for healing ingredients.

Adrienne Farricelli on May 27, 2020:

I like your spin on the eucalyptus tree (Euca-lungus). As a child, we used to have one of these trees in our garden. On top of being so helpful, they are pretty too.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on April 14, 2020:


Yes, strong immunity is key to staying healthy. Thanks for reading and your input.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 13, 2020:

Very helpful natural remedies to boost immunity and counter flu. Never needed to use them more than now given the current corona pandemic. Thanks for sharing.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on March 12, 2020:


Honey is established as antiseptic, meaning that it can and does kill harmful microorganisms. However, it may not be for everyone. I can't speak to your circumstances which makes me unable to respond more definitely. Did your source say why honey is "off limits"?

No on March 12, 2020:

I have herd that hunny is also off limits

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on January 07, 2020:

Yes, it's that time of year. May your wife be blessed with a full recovery.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 07, 2020:

You got my attention with this article. My wife has the flu. Thanks for the useful information.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on December 02, 2019:

Just to piggyback on your comment, it was Hippocrates the great Greek physician who said our food is our medicine. Thanks for visiting.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 02, 2019:

I agree that natural foods are much better than chemical medicines any day. In some ways a healthy diet keeps the doctor away.



James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on September 27, 2019:


Thanks for reading. I first recall this scripture from a Sunday School class back as a little guy. However,I didn't start writing about Daniel until recently.

Cristina Santander from Manila on September 26, 2019:

Great article, great wealth of information. Thanks for sharing it.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on April 09, 2019:

It looks like experience has showed you that this is the type of food that heals the ills. I appreciate your input. Thanks for reading.

Dianna Mendez on April 08, 2019:

I am on the end of having a cold and your information really confirms my use of the natural foods to combat and win. After reading through, I am going to increase my use of ginger.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on December 02, 2017:

Frank, it's that time of year again. I increase taking these foods about now. Thanks for reading.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 01, 2017:

James.. this I will save for future use..hopefully I'll have another flu free season... bless you bro

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on September 07, 2017:

I hope this hub helps. Get well soon.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 07, 2017:

I'm returning to this because I have the flu right now. It's the first time I've had the flu in many years, I think since the H1N1 in 2009 or so -- which everyone was scared of but I actually caught. Either way, it's crummy stuff! Thanks for the flu relief tips. I need them.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on December 30, 2016:

I like to use natural ingredients to prevent the flu. Having said that, I got a flu shot for the first time in years. Thanks for commenting Ms Does.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 30, 2016:

Very, very insightful and helpful. Thanks for the research, the observations, the illustrations. I will even re-read.

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on February 28, 2015:

It definitely is my dear. I'm going to increase my intake or at least change my supplements from B complex and iron to muti vitamins. My entire family has been battling with cold and the flu since we caught chikungunya late last year. We need to restore our immunity.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on February 28, 2015:

Thanks for reading. I hope this was of some help.

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on February 28, 2015:

At least now i know why I am still getting a flu while I consume citrus regularly. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

ologsinquito from USA on January 17, 2015:

The Bible contains some wonderful healing remedies, including what you've mentioned here and more, such as aloe, frankincense and myrrh. Great article.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on September 18, 2014:

Thank you for reading and shareing your insight.

Dianna Mendez on September 18, 2014:

I'm all about natural healing and foods. I recently read that an onion, chewed 3-4 times daily, will act as an antibiotic. Good to know. I love your post and the wonderful suggestions for natural remedies.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on September 02, 2014:

Hi Justthemessenger very informative hub you got here :)

I'd be sharing this

~~Have a swell day~~`

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on November 25, 2013:

I had no ideal that MS has that effect. I should read and study it further. I have resorted to drinking hot water with lemons as a substitute for tea, particularly if I run out of tea.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 22, 2013:

Interesting hub. So many people overmedicate during cold and flu season that I am sure this will be welcome news. With MS, my immune system believes everything deserves a good fight (even my own body) so I almost never get the common cold or flu. It's been years.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on February 14, 2013:

Your comment reminds me that I have family with sinus issues. I know that at least one such family member read this article. Hopefully, she will take your cue.

Scorpio54 on February 11, 2013:

I use Eucalyptus oil in a warmer as an aromatherapy treatment for my sinuses.

James C Moore (author) from Joliet, IL on February 09, 2013:

Thanks for the tip. I still take blood pressure medication. Also, curiously enough, most cough medecines drive up blood pressure. I only know of one that doesn't.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 09, 2013:

Great info. I really love the natural remedy and live by it. I did warn someone today though telling me about grapefruit being so good for you that people on blood pressure medicines need to stay far from this fruit. I don't know why we don't get bigger warnings on this but it could be quite dangerous if you want to google and see. Thanks again for some good stuff!

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