Barbara O’Neill Flu Bomb Home Remedy

health parenting recipes Dec 07, 2023

"It will knock out most sicknesses in three days," according to health teacher Barbara O'Neill, when she talks about her "flu bomb" recipe. 

This natural remedy, recommended by Barbara O'Neill, provides the body with the environment it needs to heal, without the negative side effects that come with pharmaceutical drugs. (It's also cost-effective!)

Each ingredient in this recipe serves a specific purpose in promoting healing within the body.

  • Garlic, a "natural antibiotic" also helps with boosting the immune system. (One study cited that one clove of garlic is 6x more potent than the antibiotic Tetracycline) It's also anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-yeast.
  • Ginger has anti-inflammaory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and is best known to help reduce nausea.
  • Lemon juice is high in vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system, while honey is full of antioxidants and provides soothing relief for the throat.
  • *Eucalyptus oil has been traditionally used for respiratory conditions due to its decongestant properties. (Tea tree oil can be substituted)
  • Cayenne pepper powder, what Barbara calls "a first aid kit in one" can help clear sinuses, boost your immune system and relieve pain by reducing inflammation, eases a sore throat, aids digestion.

These potent ingredients mixed together, which Barbara says feels like a bomb in your mouth when you taste it, can quickly alleviate symptoms and promote faster recovery. She recommends drinking a 1/2 cup three times a day if you feel you are coming down with something. To boost the immune system and avoid infection, you can also drink a 1/3-1/2 cup daily before bed as a preventative.

*Your eucalyptus bottle may say "not for ingestion", but it is an age old remedy. Forty years ago a boy in Tasmania drank a half a bottle and he went into a coma, and it has been labeled "not for ingestion" or "do not drink" ever since. But if it is a scant amount, it is counted as safe by health experts. If it gives you more confidence, use one that is a certified pure tested grade.


  • 4 garlic cloves (or "as much as you dare!"), finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped ginger (or ginger powder as a substitute)
  • Juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 tsp. honey (more can be added to taste)
  • 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil* (or tea tree oil)
  • 1 tsp. (or as much as you dare!) cayenne pepper powder (start with 1/4 tsp. and work up to 1 tsp. if sensitive, will burn but subsides quickly)


  1. Prepare all the ingredients and add them to a pot or teapot.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over the ingredients and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Pour it into a glass jar or bottle.
  4. Store this concentrated mixture in the refrigerator. 


Take 1/4 to 1/3 of the final mixture and add it to a half cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to cool to a warm temperature before drinking.If you drink it down like a shot, you can swallow some of the diced garlic and ginger if they are in small enough pieces.

The recommended dosage is 3 times a day, and the entire amount should be consumed within one day for maximum effectiveness. If you have a sensitive palate, start with a smaller amount of cayenne pepper powder and gradually increase it as tolerated.

For small children, she recommends half the suggested dosage.

Barbara believes God made the body to heal itself given the best support.

Her passion is to help people unlock their body's natural God-given healing potential through living a healthy lifestyle.

She has a plethora of YouTube videos on balancing hormones, relieving allergies, liver health, revitalizing your health, and natural treatments like the flu bomb. (I admit to binge watching lately!) 

In Barbara's YouTube video on home remedies, included you will find:

  • How to stop coughing immediately with an onion compress applied to the feet (min. 11)
  • Onion cough mixture (min. 13)
  • Explaining the flu bomb (min. 16:40)
  • Ginger poultice for joint pain - arthritis, inflamed back, etc. (min. 28)
  • Curing cold feet by improving circulation with a cayenne pepper compress on the feet (min. 47)

Check her videos out, and I think you might be joining me to form a Barbara O'Neill fan club as we help ourselves and our family members get healthy through things we can do at home. :)

On another note, another way to support not only your physical health, but your mental and spiritual health, also, is to retreat for a time of refreshment. Why not plan to join Brenna at the second annual Coach Mom Live retreat in Phoenix February 23-24, 2024. Click here for details and a discount!


Note: Natural remedies should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, and consulting with a healthcare provider is always recommended before starting any new treatment regimen. 



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