Happy New Year! Yes, I know it’s January 14th but I’ve been down and out with this flu since December 31st so I’m still in the New Year frame of mind. Not sure about you, but up until this recent bout with the flu, I wasn’t always fighting my symptoms au naturel. I’d try the over-the-counter options that would just make me feel drugged up but not better. This year, I went to my trusted naturopath and learned all kinds of new things to share with you on natural remedies for the flu. Before you reach for those OTC drugs, try these:
Bio-Vegetarian Immune System Supplement: This supplement worked great. It has high doses of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, along with B vitamins and herbs to help you naturally fight the flu and boost your immune system. You’ll want to consult your doctor first and if you’re pregnant, you can’t take this supplement.
Cold Sock Therapy: I know. It’s counter-intuitive. Who, in their right mind, would put on cold, wet socks when they’re sick? But it totally works. This, singlehandedly brought down my fever, relieved congestion and afforded me the best nights of sleep during my bout with the flu. AMAZING. Here’s a link that tells you how to do cold sock therapy.
Hot Water, Lemon & Honey: Rather than suck on sugary cough drops, this caffeine-free tea really helped. If you’re feeling nauseous, add an inch of fresh ginger root to the mix. If you’re wanting more of an immunity boost, add a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Bring water to a slow boil. Add juice from 1/2 lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey.
Elderberry Extract: This is definitely the best tasting flu remedy I’ve tried. Elderberry extract works to fight the flu virus and reduce the severity of your symptoms. You can find Elderberry Extract at most health stores or healthy grocery stores. Here’s our review of Elderberry Extract.
Avoid sugar at ALL COSTS: I will say that this is my weakness, but when you’re sick, you have no appetite anyway. Sugar deflates and weakens your immune system. Avoiding or severely limiting your sugar intake will help you get better faster and can help strengthen your immunity to avoid getting this awful bug in the first place.