Getting the flu means that your immune system has been compromised. Your body naturally takes care of ridding itself of the virus. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that your body is strong enough to fend off these airborne illnesses by taking a daily dose of vitamin supplements. Once you’ve contracted the flu, the only thing you can actively do to help out your body get rid of this is to make sure it’s in optimum shape, and undergo measures to ease the symptoms. To treat flu with herbal remedies, though, you may want to try out some of these suggestions!
Take Echinacea, Ginseng
The use of Echinacea dates back to as far as the Native Americans. Although its widespread popularity makes it a go-to herb for those down with the flu, Echinacea isn’t for preventing colds. Rather, its antifungal and anti-inflammatory elements do help alleviate the symptoms. Studies seem to clash as to how well Echinacea lessens the duration and decreases the severity of colds, but it still rises as one of the top contending herbal remedies to treat the flu. If you have Echinacea drops, take the recommended dosage as soon as you feel the possible onset of the flu.
Ginseng, on the other hand, has had a little more success. To make sure it really works, it needs to be paired with the herb “andrographis.” Not only does it help lessen flu symptoms, it also may promote better digestion, decrease stress levels, and so much more. Before taking Ginseng, it is important to first consult your doctor to make sure it doesn’t clash with any existing ailments or medicines you’re possibly taking. There are tablets, teas, tinctures of this herb, and you may choose whichever you like, but be sure to stick to one form of it, and not switch unless advised, to prevent accidental overdoses.
Drink Hot Teas
Putting more liquid into your system will always do you well if you’re down with the flu. Better yet, make your own “Flu Tea” by combining ginger, honey, garlic, cayenne, and your choice of tea. Green tea in particular has L-theanine and quercetin that help fight the flu, so you may want to add that. Bring these ingredients up to a boil to concoct a potent mixture that will surely lend a hand to your immune system. Cayenne tends to soften mucus, making it easier to cough out. Ginger soothes the throat, and garlic has allicin and allion, known for its power-packed antiviral properties. These are natural ways to treat flu with herbal remedies.
Oil of Oregano, Thyme
People underestimate the antiviral properties that oregano has, especially when its oil is diffused into the room. While dealing with its symptoms, let some of its aroma fill the room you’re in. The smell eases congestion and coughs. You can also ingest oregano oil, and it is said that it eases the development of a cold as long as you take it during its early days. If you’re feeling sick already, try taking 4 drops 2-3 times a day, until flu symptoms disappear.