As our continued series on flu and H1N1 information, let’s look at the natural remedies available to help keep you healthy or to alleviate your symptoms after you become sick. As mentioned in our article, Do-it-Yourself Flu Prevention, be cautious of ads and web sites claiming to have flu fighting products. Many of these are fraudulent or have no proven data to support their claims.
That said, there are some tried and true cold/flu prevention and remedies to keep handy, especially if you would like to avoid the chemicals included in so many over-the-counter medicines.
Nature provides us with a lot of natural germ fighters. Herbs such as Garlic, Astragalus and Propolis extract are thought to be natural viral killers. These can be found in capsule form at most health food stores.
Another proven germ fighter is yogurt. Some studies show that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to viruses by 25 percent. Researchers think the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.
If you happen to get sick this year, there are many natural choices to alleviate your symptoms.
Pour peppermint oil or eucalyptus into a hot bath to stimulate and relax sore muscles. Eucalyptus and camphor oils can also be inhaled in steam shower or through a hanky to alleviate congestion.
A gargle made with honey is a natural way to alleviate a sore throat. Steep one tablespoon of lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.
Teas and warm liquids
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Teas that are also thought to help boost immunity include Green Tea, Echinacea and Ginger.
Remember, these are not meant to be cures. It is always best to check with your doctor when you are sick. What other natural remedies work for you? Let us know.
Here is a great video from Livestrong.com on Healthy Food Choices to Prevent Cold/Flu
Healthy Food Choices for Preventing Colds