Natural Cure For The Flu
Flu, or influenza is not just a severe cold, the flu is caused by a virus,
one that is constantly mutating and changing so that in a constant arms race
between antibiotics and the newest strain of the virus. The flu is very contagious,
and preventative measures with antiseptic and antiviral herbs and building A healthy and strong immune system are key.
Antibacterial essential oils such as clove,
tree and more have been proven effective against the germs and bacteria that
make us sick. Use these oils in room sprays, diffusers and massage oils to prevent
the flu from spreading in your family. One of the most effective ways we have
of preventing infection is by hand washing. Add a few drops of any of these essential
oils to the hand soap dispenser in your house (about a 1 percent dilution). Use
essential oils to power up those handy alcohol gel hand sanitizers and take them
to work with you.
Treating flu or other respiratory viral infection
- Break the fever: Herbs that can help break a fever called
febrifuges, should be at the top of your list. Drink hot herbal teas
to help break fever, such as yarrow,
peppermint, and catnip.
- Ease aches and pains with
analgesic herbs such as
willow and meadowsweet. A relaxing rubdown with massage oils made with camphor or eucalyptus can cool the body, ease body aches, and open the airways.
- Relax and get some rest:
Lemon balm tea tastes great and it's gentle sedating effect that makes it easier to rest. Another relaxing herb, St. John's wort can inhibit
influenza A viruses and parainfluenza virus, which produces flu-like symptoms,
(but not cold viruses).
- elder flowers and berries are
specific for the treatment of colds and flu. The berries are mildly laxative
and sweat-inducing, and simmered with sugar, make a winter
cordial for coughs and colds. Combines well with yarrow and mint for tea.
- Herbal wild cherry syrups and teas are anti-viral & anti-bacterial and most helpful for sinus, upper respiratory infections, colds & flu.