Generally speaking, the flu season peaks between January and February here in the US.
However, this morning — as I was participating in my daily reading of the Drudge Report — my attention was drawn to these headlines:
Naturally, I immediately thought it would be good for us to review a few herbs and remedies that are known to be very powerful anti-virals so as to arm ourselves for what may be a rather aggressive flu season.
Herbs with Anti-Viral Properties
As a result of coming in contact with one of the various types of the flu virus, we can expect the signs of illness to look like fever, body-aches, fatigue, sore throat, and respiratory issues.
And by now you’re probably beginning to see that conventional medicine has little to offer us other than the typical over-the-counter remedies…
…remedies that work only to suppress the symptoms — they certainly don’t cure what ails us or work to heal our bodies any faster.
Herbs have the greatest ability to help the body heal itself — by naturally boosting the immune system — when used at the first signs of an illness. A few of those herbs, considered anti-virals, include:
Flu Fighting Herbs
The herbs and remedies I use mostly in our home this time of year are as follows…
Elderberries are a convenient and frugal source of immunity. They are held in high esteem in areas all over the world and have received a considerable amount of positive research regarding their efficacy as an anti-viral. Known for their outstanding ability to ward off and cure the flu virus, elderberries make some of the most potent remedies and should be a part of everyone’s medicine chest! Click here to read more and find recipes…
Elderberry tea recipe: Using your tea infuser or tea pot…brew a cup of basic peppermint tea or this strong immunity tea. Add a couple spoonfuls of elderberry extract and a couple spoonfuls of echinacea tincture . Sweeten with raw, organic honey. (Please Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Ginger Root — because of it’s ability to warm the body and release toxins — has been used in herbal preparations since ancient times.
Traditionally used in the treatment of anti-inflammatory and digestive issues — like indigestion, acid stomach, and nausea — ginger has been included in many useful natural remedies for a variety of ailments.
Ginger helps to strengthen our immune system and is thereby powerful against the symptoms of the flu.
Ginger Root Infusions: A healing tea can be made by simmering sweet (true) cinnamon bark/sticks and chopped ginger root in water for 20-30 minutes. Additionally, you can make homemade ginger ale by mixing equal parts of ginger root infusion sweetened with honey and soda water.
Cinnamon kills a variety of viral flu strains. It too warms the body, promotes sweating, and increases blood circulation therefore helping the body to release toxins. It is a very power — often overlooked — remedy for the common cold and flu. An awesome, easy to follow recipe like this one will show you how to make a simple remedy using honey and cinnamon.
Echinacea Root is well known as one of the most powerful immune system builders and stimulator’s! It works by first enhancing the quantity of immune cells in our bodies and then by stimulating them to action. The benefit…a shorter duration of the flu. Check out the following articles to learn more and find recipes using echinacea root:
- Herbs for Winter Health: A Recipe for Hot Echinacea Tincture
- Herbal Cold and Cough Syrup
- How to Make a Cold and Flu Tincture
It is well documented and recognized that the onion had an amazing effect against the flu epidemic of the early 1900’s. Placing slices of onion in areas around the house — especially at the bedside — has proven it’s ability to absorb the flu virus thereby reducing the likelihood of contracting the illness. Additionally, here are a few of my favorite recipes using the onion:
A word on antibiotic therapy. I am not 100% anti-antibiotics, but as a nurse I have witnessed firsthand the devastating results of their improper use. Antibiotics have no effect against viruses! They should only be considered and prescribed by a licensed medical professional if a bacterial infection accompanies or follows the flu virus.
Where Can I Get This Stuff?
-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for these remedies! It’s your one-stop-shop!
–The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.
Click over to my Etsy Shop to purchase a Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup Kit. This kit includes organic elderberries, organic echinacea angustifolia root, organic ginger, organic whole cloves, and organic sweet (true) cinnamon. Additionally you will receive an instruction sheet, glass dropper bottles for storage, and a muslin bag for straining.
What about you!?! Please feel free to share ways that you treat the flu naturally!