Why This May Be a “Sure Cure” for the Flu  (Tips)

Why This May Be a “Sure Cure” for the Flu  (Tips)

Whether you decided (or will decide) to get the flu vaccination or not, you can take precautions to avoid the flu or to help reduce symptoms once you recognize them.  Below are some suggestions to lower your risk and ease the onslaught of those symptoms.

Wash hands frequently, especially when arriving at work, after shaking hands, using a phone, handling money, etc.

Gargle 2-3 times a day with warm salt water. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful method.

Boost natural immunity with foods and supplements.

Use supplements Vitamin C, E, and Zinc, as well as Oreganol (wild oregano oil). Five drops (no more) in some water taken 2-3 times per day can wipe out flu virus when symptoms start to come on.

Drink warm liquids often. These will drown the virus out of the throat and into the stomach where they die and leave you free to be healthy and happy.

Use hypoallergenic natural hand sanitizers.

Use sanitizing towelettes to clean work surfaces such as phones, chair arms, desks, computer keyboards, door handles, door knobs, etc.

Cover your mouth with your arm while coughing or sneezing and promptly wash your hands afterward.

Minimize exposure to others who are ill.

Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy, works very well for many once you’ve come down with the flu.

And, finally, the “sure cure” to fighting the flu:

Elderberry syrup (aka Sambucol) is a very good immune booster for flu.

American Indians have a long history of using Elderberries, primarily for the treatment of infections. Elderberries contain anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids that have been shown in test tube studies to inhibit viral growth. Specifically, elderberry flavonoids can stifle the activity of a protein needed by the flu virus to multiply and spread. It’s no surprise that elderberry is especially effective against viral infections such as the flu and the common cold.

The flowers and fruit of the elderberry shrub (Sambucus nigra) have a long history of use for treating colds and flu, but Dr. Andrew Weill says that an elderberry extract called Sambucol® — which has been studied in Israel — is indicated for flu, not for colds. And, while it does appear to shorten the duration of flu symptoms, it works more as a treatment for the flu.

My findings? As a holistic mother of three children who have attended (and still do attend) public school, I have chosen to use alternative methods to help them with their ailments. Although they did not encounter a lot of sickness — thank God — I have used Sambucus elderberry extract and have found that it did help boost their immune system resulting in a shorter bout of whatever they were encountering at the time.

So the next time you hear a sneeze (or a cough) nearby, consider adding elderberry to your medicine cabinet, and you’ll be well prepared for this winter season and those forthcoming.

How are you dealing with flu season?  Do you have any recommendations?

Cold and Flu-Fighting Breakfast…with a Twist

Cold and Flu-Fighting Breakfast…with a Twist

Maybe you are not sniffling, as yet, but cold and flu season is upon us. Just over 2 percent of Americans have had the flu so far this season and nearly 7 percent have caught a cold…typical numbers for October, according to Gallup. More like 8 to 10 percent of people will be sniffling come December and January.

However, you don’t have to be one of those Americans. Some extra-diligent hand washing and sufficient shut-eye can go a long way in keeping you healthy all season long. What’s more is an immunity-boosting diet. Simply start the morning off right with a tasty cold and flu-fighting breakfast.

First up…Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is still a nutrient essential to staying healthy coming specifically from citrus fruits, such as the orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Papaya and kiwi pack even more of the crucial vitamin. You may even consider tossing in some cantaloupe, too.

Second…Red-Pepper Omelet

A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains 190 milligrams, which makes it a good source of vitamin C, as well – more than twice as much as an orange. They’re also rich in vitamin A, which aids the growth of mucosal cells, the first line of defense against bacteria trying to invade.

 

Last…Top It Off With Tea

Upping your liquid intake in general (although not from sugary drinks) can help thin mucus and a little steam is sure to bust congestion. Opt for a green variety of tea and you’ll have the added benefits of more concentrated antioxidants, in particular EGCG, which seems to fight off viruses for a stronger immune system.

How To Naturally Treat a Cold

How To Naturally Treat a Cold

Let’s admit…no one likes being sick. So, when it comes to treating a cold, there are way too many cold medicines at the drugstore that are filled with potentially harmful ingredients. Have no fear…enter natural cold remedies to get us feeling better again quickly—and no, I’m not talking about vitamin C!

While most people reach for vitamin C when the sniffles come on, extensive research shows us that it doesn’t actually shorten the length or decrease the severity of a cold. It’s certainly useful for supporting the immune system to prevent a cold, but once you have one, it won’t be much help.

Additionally, keep in mind that the common cold is a virus, not a bacterial infection, so it can’t be treated effectively with antibiotics. Instead, when you’re starting to feel under the weather, try one of these natural remedies to shorten your cold’s duration and severity:  Continue reading