When you have flu what can you do naturally?

When you have flu what can you do naturally?

 

The lowly Red Raspberry Leaf a key to good health

One of the important questions for us to day is: When you have flu or a cold what can you do naturally? One answer is Red Raspberry! Red Raspberry leaf is a minor miracle among herbs and one of my most favorite to use. It will boost your immune system and protect you from many things, and especially things like the flu and colds in most cases. It is especially high in Iron and Vitamin C.

Many folks love Red Raspberries! They enjoy this slightly tart red fruit. They make pies and jams, tarts and smoothies, but no one really thinks about the leaves of the plant. Yet the Red Raspberry Leaf really doesn’t have as much of a “fruity” taste as you might expect. The taste is more green and earthy, yet it is a very mild taste. I normally mix it in with another tea, such as a Green tea or a fruit tea such as Acai or Blueberry, but most often I use Elderberry.  All of these teas help boost and protect the immune system and fight the flu and colds. If you are already sick with the flu, (diarrhea, etc.), the Red Raspberry Leaf will help a restore the minerals you need to stabilize your system and calm your stomach.

Raspberry provides natural amounts of the following:

*(See note)

Alpha-Carotene Manganese

Alpha-Tocopherol Niacin

Ascorbic Acid Pectin

Boron Phosphorus

Calcium Potassium

Chromium Riboflavin

Fiber Selenium

Iron Silicon

Magnesium Thiamin

Malic Acid Zinc

(*From book: School of Natural Healing (Dr. John R. Christopher, Christopher Publications, P.O. Box 412, Springville, Utah 84663)

 

It is a proven fact in my life

I add Red Raspberry leave to my herbal tea just about every day. I don’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu. I also do not take “the flu shot,” which is so readily available in our society.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

A History from Dr. Christopher:

“Dr. Christopher recounts in his book the story of a woman who had several children and two of them came home from school with the flu. They called Dr. Christopher who gave them this instruction:

He said: “The last time I was over at your house, I noticed you had a large patch of red raspberries.” “Yes the woman said, but what does that have to do with the stomach flu?”

Dr. Christopher instructed her to “Go out and gather several bushels of leaves from the red raspberry bushes. Make it into a tea, just take a big handful of the leaves and pour a pint of boiling water over them and let it steep for 20 minutes.” The lady gave it a try and afterwards she said She had two children who had had come home sick that day and might have been out of school for days or weeks like some of her other sick children. After starting the tea all of the children were able to go back to school the next day. Also, she and her husband didn’t catch the flu either. Red Raspberry Leaf is a powerful medicine.”

 

Other Additions to boost the immune system against the flu and colds

Echinaccea 2-4 capsules every two hours if you are feeling flu symptoms. (If a tincture 1 dropper full every 2-4 hours Echinaccea is antimicrobial and will help build the immune system.

Cayenne – (this powerful herb can be purchased in capsule form). At the first signs of a cold take 2 capsules with plenty of water. If possible get into steam, such as a hot shower. The Cayenne will probably cause you to sweat and it opens your blood vessels and increases your circulation.

Garlic – This is great to use for its antibiotic properties. Take as much as you feel comfortable with. I like to take organic chicken broth, (home made if possible), and add several cloves of garlic as well as onion. NOTE: As an alternative you can chop fresh garlic and mix it with Vaseline. Apply this mixture to the bottoms of the feet and wrap in plastic wrap and then place socks over this. It will enter your system and you will taste garlic, (as well as having garlic breath). This works best of done over night, but can be done anytime when you don’t have to be on your feet.

Supper Garlic Immune formula by doctor Christopher. If you can’t put the garlic poultice on your feet, you may try this product. This is a distilled garlic juice with high potency. Take 1-2 Tablespoons every few hours.

Dr Christophers Super Garlic Immune 4 oz

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