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Natural Flu Remedies: Fight and protect against colds and the Flu this season.

The flu is a viral illness that affects the respiratory tract including your nose, throat, lungs and bronchial tubes. Mild cases of the flu can be confused with the common cold, however, the flu usually causes a more serious illness. Symptoms of the flu can include coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, and headache. Flu symptoms tend to start suddenly and be accompanied by a high fever. Note: Please consult with a qualified healthcare provider if you think you may have the flu.

 

Herbal Medicines and their uses

Plant nutrients rebuild cells in your body. It is important to know about plants because there are some herbs you can not have very often. Note: Important to know that the fresher the herbs are the better effect you will have. (More enzymes and live nutrients) Note: Because something grows on the tree, it does not mean that you can eat it. Consult with a Physician first.

 

Make your home better by taking better care of yourself

Nature has many remedies to some of our chronic diseases and ailments we deal with everyday. The following are some inexpensive herbs that can help prevent symptoms, strengthen immune system and soothe discomfort caused by the Flu virus. Start building up your defenses to avoid repeated illness during these colder months.

 

Ginger – antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. In addition to treating cold/flu, ginger is excellent for nausea and vomiting. Ginger is commonly used for various types of "stomach problems," including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea caused by HIV/AIDS treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Ginger is a plant with leafy

stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. 

 
 
 

Thyme – antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and astringent. Thyme is great for respiratory infections and coughs. It is also good for the stomach and relieves gas. Thyme works great to clear out your sinuses and lungs when a common cold or the flu hits. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with dietary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints.

 
 

Licorice Root - has strong antiviral properties that can fight off the flu or common cold. Licorice root, also known as sweet root, is used mostly as a sweetener in candies and beverages. People have also used licorice root for centuries for its medicinal benefits. Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems . In cases of food poisoning , stomach

ulcers , and heartburn , licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.

 

Garlic - anti-viral, antibiotic, and antiseptic - Garlic is one of the best immune booster out there. People who often include garlic in their diet are better in warding off viruses that cause the flu or common cold. Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. Garlic is an herb that is grown around the world.

 

Echinacea - Echinacea is a very popular herb, and people commonly take it to help combat flu and colds. It is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. Elecampane is used for lung diseases including asthma , bronchitis , and whooping cough . It is also used to prevent coughing , especially coughing caused by tuberculosis . Echinacea is well known to boost immunity and shorten the duration of your symptoms from the flu or cold.

Elderberry - Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation. Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European elder tree. The berries are used to make medicine. Elderberry extract shortness the duration of the symptoms and is very effective in fighting most of the flu viruses out there. 

 

Sage carminative, antiseptic, and astringent – the mouth and throat plant. Used for sore throats and cough. Also used for sinus congestion. Sage should not be used when pregnant or breast feeding. Sage is great to soothe a sore throat or

cough.

 
Cayenne Powder – stimulant, anti-microbial, analgesic, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant. Cayenne can help prevent a cold or flu as well as shorten the duration of a cold or flu. It brings heat to the body, which can help dispel coldness.

 

Lemon Balm - Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products. It has strong antiviral properties and is well known to help fight or prevent colds and flu.

 

Honey – Raw, local honey soothes a sore throat it also works as a cough suppressant. Honey can soothe irritated mucous membranes which helps remove the irritation that is fueling the cough reflex. Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. (Do not give honey to children under 1 year old.)

 

Lemon – high in vitamin C, lemon may help decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in

the body and reduce phlegm. Many folks use lemons to build resistance to cold and flu, and

speed up healing.

 

More Great Ways To Prevent Or Fight The Flu

  • Avoid dairy, alcohol, coffee, processed food , sugar , artificial sweetener, and refined grains
  • Increase vitamin C with citrus fruits, yellow bell peppers, guavas, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli , berries, cooked tomatoes, peas, and papaya.
  • Start your day with lukewarm lemon water to boost vitamin C levels and immunity. 
  • Raw apple cider vinegar works great to treat the flu or common cold. Add 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water and drink 3 times a day until symptoms disappear.

 

More TIPS:

  • Don't boil your herbs, steep your herbs at a temperature less than 118 degrees
  • Drink your tea it immediately just as you should when you are juicing
  • Exercise regularly, physical activity is important
  • Eat organic foods and try to eat a lot of greens
  • Avoid or minimize foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's)

 

References:

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/12-tips-prevent-colds-flu-1#1

https://www.holistichealthherbalist.com/7-all-natural-flu-remedies-quick-recovery/

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/how-to-avoid-cold-flu-home-remedies/

https://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-

of-coconut-oil.html