A herbal flu remedy can alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of flu. Flu is more than a heavy cold - a cold is caused by a virus which attacks the upper respiratory tract, a flu virus attacks the whole body, hence the aches and pains. Likewise you can't have a 'touch' of flu, you've had a heavy cold most likely or another virus, but certainly not the flu.
Flu strikes suddenly - you can feel well in the morning, but by the afternoon you can be overcome with fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches.
Flu can last for about 10 days but the fatigue can persist for a further two or three weeks and you'll need to build yourself up afterwards.
The flu virus is more common in winter - but can be a problem anytime - the Swine Flu epidemic of 2009 is a classic example.
The symptoms of flu - sore throat, runny nose, sneezing - are not caused by the virus, but by the body trying to fight the infection.
A healthy immune system can fend off infection.
So, the first stage is to boost your immune system.
A multivitamin and multimineral supplement taken during the winter will support the immune system and help fend off infection.
Echinacea (200mg) can be an effective prevention if taken 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off with astragalus (400mg).
It will also lessen the symptoms and duration (200mg of echinacae 5 times a day without the astragulus) once you already have the flu.
If you already have the flu, then a herbal tea made from yarrow, peppermint and elderflower can help alleviate the symptoms.
Mix equal amounts of the herbs and then infuse 10g of the mixture in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Take this herbal tea 3 times a day - add a spoon of honey if you like.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil in hot water is a useful remedy. Use it as a decongestant - simply put some drops in a bowl of just boiled water, get a towel and put your head over the bowl to give yourself a steam inhalation. It's not for drinking, just an inhalation.
A herbal remedy for flu can be very soothing – you need to spoil yourself if you can.
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