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I may as well post it (part of it) here, being that most need it this time of year, but looking for natural alternatives:
Black Elder or Elderberry can soothe the symptoms of a feverish cold/flu, coughing and bronchitis. It is rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. By strengthening the immune system it helps to fight off viral infections. It is also good for head colds and laryngitis, and can increase the milk supply of nursing mothers. It is safe for children.
Rose Hips- very rich in vitamin C, strengthens the immune system and prevents and treats colds; a mild diuretic and astringent properties also aid in kidney disease and poor bladder control.
Chamomile Tea- this tea has antibacterial properties; its vapor can destroy germs that cause the flu and alleviate coughing. It can also calm the nerves and promote sleep; relieve gastrointestinal inflammation when combined with calcium; and its flavonoids can prevent gas and relieve cramps.
Echinacea (echineacea purpurea) Tea- widely known for fighting colds/flu and treating sore throats, and dry up a runny nose. This tea is also effective in addition to cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy (kills good and bad cells) because it helps to boost white blood cells. This blood purifier is also good for urinary tract infections, eczema, and acne.
Eucalyptus Tea- this antiviral, antifungal, and antispasmodic drink can eliminate sore throats, colds, and the flu. Not to mention treat aching muscles and stiff joints.
I take my "flu shot" every morning with a little ginger in my smoothie. Ginger is anti-viral and anti bacterial. It's high anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for a sore throat and nasal congestion too.
There was one time I was really really sick like the sickest I have ever been. I slept for like 14 hours straight, my tongue was white and inflamed, and my throat was swollen so much swallowing hurt, and after being unable to eat for a few days I lost 8 pounds. Then on a whim I took a ginger shot of 1/4 tsp minced garlic (mushed with spoon), 1/4 tsp ginger powder, mixed in soymilk then taken like a shot. My throat felt instant relief and I took one shot every like 6 hours and I recovered really fast
I have had great success with ginger and garlic too! When I feel like a bit of congestion is coming on, I drink fresh ground ginger tea. I have been fortunate that I haven't gotten a bad case of the flu or cold lately, and am hoping that continues. But, in the past I kicked out a deep chest cold with mushed garlic.
Also- gargling with apple cider vinegar kicks a slight soar throat out quickly.
I have rarely been sick since I started raw vegan and raw juicing.
I still sometimes get a mild flu but the symptoms are minimal and the virus passes very quickly.
I normally do the following:
* I cease the consumption of all solid food.
* I drink warming potassium rich homemade broths, with plenty of garlic, ginger and other immune boosting herbs.
* I drink plenty of vegetable juices, room temperature filtered water, and caffeine-free herbal plain teas.
* I sometimes have a hot toddy. A hot toddy is freshly squeezed orange juice & lemon juice, gently warmed in a saucepan on the stove, add a nip of the best quality brandy you can afford and half a teaspoon of active plus manuka honey, then sip slowly. It doesn’t really do much but it tastes nice and is very relaxing.
* I stay inside and rest, relax & sleep, so I can conserve energy for healing.
* I keep warm & comfortable with PJ’s, bed socks, dressing gown, blanket and a heater.
* If I have a sore throat, I will gargle every few hours with warm salty water using gourmet sea or lake salt.
The last time I got flu symptoms, I did all of the above and I was symptom free within 48 hours.
And the last time I felt myself coming down with flu, I did a vegetable juice fast for three days and I then was fine.
For a really bad flu, you could also add well-known flu fighter supplements (i.e.) Vitamin C Powder, Echinacea, Active Plus Manuka Honey, Olive Leaf Extract, Ginseng or Astragalus A or Astra 8.
I use to take an excellent Chinese medicine tablet at the first signs of a virus. I can’t remember what it was called. Some strange name like Cold Away or Flu Away. I also found the Astra 8 tablets to be very useful. You can get information about these at your local health food shop.
For a blocked nose, something like an old fashioned eucalyptus head bath would be great.
Some people swear that they remain flu free because they have a freezing cold rinse before they step out of the shower every day. I don’t mind doing this in summer, but there is no way on earth I am doing this in winter.