The Flu and Natural Cures

The Flu

flu and colds

Whenever we mention the word “Flu” in describing how we feel, people immediately back away, (as well they should). The Flu is very contagious and as you know it is sometimes deadly. If you are aware of what is going on the world, you most likely know that the “Flu shot” or “Flu Vaccine” is mostly ineffective. Very few people get any protection from the flu vaccine, as one study reported only about 10% of those in their study group who were vaccinated did not get the flu.

What are the alternatives?

 Actually there are quite a few alternatives to taking the flu shot. I want to try and highlight a few of them in this post.

Chicken soup (made the right way)

You may have heard about the healing power of Grandma’s chicken soup. Well, I can’t really comment on how grandma made it, but there is a better way. It starts with your basic chicken soup. Hopefully you will be making it from scratch and not just dumping it out of a can, but if you have to, let’s try and make it healthier for you.

Here is what you do, first chop up a whole medium Onion and add it to the broth. Then chop up a whole Garlic clove and add it to the broth. You see; both Garlic and Onion contain strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds. Eat as much as you can and it will help shorten the effects of the flu.

Garlic tea

 

For fighting colds, coughs and especially the flu you might try this. It doesn’t necessarily taste the best, but if you can get it down it is a great way to take advantage of garlic’s healing properties. Try sweetening it was Raw unfiltered honey, Agave or Stevia.

Elderberries

One of my favorites is using Elderberries to prevent the flu. I personally use Elderberry Tincture in my tea almost every day. The fact is that Herbalists have used these small dark berries for hundreds of years as a general tonic and because of their general health benefits. Elderberries are extremely high in vitamin C so offer a lot of protection that way. But they are also high in antioxidants and lower the rate of heart disease and stroke. Some herbalist prescribe Elderberries to help prevent eye disease

Another great benefit is that Elderberries have been found to help prevent inflammation in arthritis and is beneficial for Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is also said that because of its high levels of antioxidants it helps reduce the effects of aging.

Henry Box an Herbalist from England, wrote: “For colds, influenza, fevers, inflammation of the brain, pneumonia, inflammation of stomach, bowels, or any other part, this is a certain cure. I have never known it to fail, even when given up and at the point of death it will not only save at the eleventh hour, but at the last minute of that hour. It is so harmless that you cannot use it amiss, and so effectual that you cannot give it in vain.”

Elderberries can be prepared as a tea or a tincture, it can be purchased from most health food stores, some stores even carry it in teabags. You can also purchase the dried berries in a variety of places or if you are lucky you can pick them in the wild during the summer months. You can place the berries in a pan of distilled water and simmer them for 15 minutes, strain and drink the resulting juice. I have even left the berries in the cup and ate them, elderberries are quite tasty.

Check out some of the link you find at the bottom this article, order some and try it yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading,

Russ Lawson

Dried Whole ElderBerries

Elderberry Syrup