Herbal Flu Remedy

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mint growing in a pot to be used in a flu remedy

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.


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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.

Herbal Flu Remedy

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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