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Beings that winter has hit us, I thought today would be perfect for herbal flu remedies.....Enjoy!
Herbal Remedies For A Flu Virus
Often a bad cold can seem like flu, but whereas you can still function despite feeling ill if you have a cold, flu is debilitating and it can take several weeks to recover er. As the flu is a virus, it won't respond to antibiotics or conventional medical treatment, but herbs ease the symptoms and boost your immune system so that you can recover from the virus more quickly and avoid most of the unpleasant side effects.
The onset us usually experienced as aches and pains all over, a high fever, headache, sore throat and an inability to do anything but rest.
Your body's reaction to the virus is to raise your temperature to burn it out of your system, so you need plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Herbal infusions and teas are nature's (Gaia) gift.
Avoiding The Flu Virus
The flu is a highly infectious type of virus, and there are many different strains, all resistant to the effects of antibiotics. It spreads through water droplets and in sneezes and coughs, so it can quickly pass through groups of people, especially in such places as offices, schools and public transportation-anywhere, in fact, where large numbers of people congregate.
If your immune system is strong, you will have more resistances to the virus, lessening your chances of succumbing to it. You will also bee able to recover more quickly, so boosting your immune system by using herbs and ensuring that you eat will help you to avoid the worst of the virus when it's circulating. If you're feeling generally tired and run down, you will be more susceptible so take steps to strengthen your system. Even if you are unable to avoid the flu, you at least be in the best possible position to fight it.
Herbs To Relieve Flu
Echinacea~Strengthens and heals your immune system. It is best taken for periods with breaks in between. You can buy Echinacea tea and add honey to it during and immediately after a bout of flu, you can also use five drips of Echinacea tincture in a glass of water if you need fast action.
Onion~A natural antiseptic, onion can be taken easily by adding the raw slices to a sandwich. You can also make an onion infusion by slicing a large onion and leaving it to soak in a pint of water for the day, then refrigerate it and drink three cups a day until you have fully recovered from the flu.
Eucalyptus~Relieves congestion in your chest and throat and lowers your temperature. A handful of eucalyptus leaves, boiled in a pan of water, allows its healing vapor to spread through your home and eases your symptoms while also killing off any viruses in the air, so that others do not catch your flu. You can make Eucalyptus tea by boiling two or three leaves in a cupful of water or add a few fresh leaves to a hot bath.
Mustard~Eases muscular pains, and white mustard helps reduce the effects of inflammation and soothes coughs and bronchitis. This herb is a warming stimulant that helps to increase blood circulation around the body. You can make a tea by boiling half a teaspoon of white mustard seeds in a cup of water.
Licorice~Helps to detoxify the liver and therefore benefits your whole system. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for flu, and it also helps to settle your stomach. You can chew Licorice sticks or buy it in pastille or tea form. It can even be taken as candy if you need to boost your blood sugar levels. ***This herb should be avoided if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure***
Peppermint~Peppermint tea is a boon for shooing away colds and flu as well as stomach ailments. You can buy dried peppermint tea or boil a teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a cup of water; it helps to lower your temperature and refreshes your system. Its mild sedative action will help you to sleep , allowing your body vital downtime to fight the virus, while increasing appetite, helping you to keep your strength up.
Healing Onion Soup
This nourishing soup will keep in the fridge for two or three days , so you can easily make a large batch to store and reheat it when you are hungry. To make a batch of soup, you will need:
2 Onions sliced
4 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
1/2 cup dry red lentils
1 qt Water
1 vegetable stock cube
Pinch of Cinnamon
Salt and Pepper
Fry two onions and four crushed cloves of garlic in olive oil until the onion is softened.
Dissolve the stock cube i the water and pour over the onions.
Add the red lentils, cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste
Simmer for 20 minutes, then serve
MMM that sounds very good and warming, think I will make some now!