As flu season approaches, we are advised to get our flu shots so we aren’t bitten by the bug, so to speak. The experience of the flu is one we’d soon love to forget, and any relief is welcome relief.
Below are flu symptom relievers that you can use if you want your battle with the bug to be as painless as possible.
Typical Flu Symptoms
Flu symptoms usually include the following (and may also include diarrhea and vomiting in children): sudden onset of high fever, fatigue, headache, bodily aches and pains, chills, sore throat, dry cough, runny nose and general malaise.
Garlic Oil – Garlic’s essential oils can be dropped directly into the nostrils (5 drops per nostril) every few hours daily as a preventative measure during cold and flu season. You might think that’s a lot of drops over time, but you’ll only need to do this for about a week – especially when you’re around others who are sick or begin to see an increase in flu cases in places you frequent (like work, school, church, etc.) Garlic is known for its antibiotic qualities, so it helps to stick it where you are likely to need it the most – your nasal cavity. You can purchase garlic oil at a health food or herbal store or make it yourself by mincing a clove of garlic and adding it 10 parts water.
Echinacea and Goldenseal Oil Mixture – Just like garlic oil, Echinacea and goldenseal essential oils are great preventatives for cold and flu. Herbalists will advise that you take about 10 drops of Echinacea orally, twice everyday for about a week, during the heavy part of cold and flu season. What’s considered the height of cold and flu season? It’s that period during the fall and winter when you begin to see the most people coming down with the flu.
The moment you feel flu symptoms approaching, double your intake, but not exceeding a week overall. Echinacea builds your immune system, so it can fight off infections, viruses and germs. Coupled with goldenseal, you’ve got a powerhouse defense against germs.
Icy Feet Treatment – Though rest is essential to fight the flu, the slowing down of blood circulation that takes place during this time can help the virus to linger longer than necessary. To jolt your circulation back into overdrive and precipitate the removal of toxins and germs that are causing your illness, try immersing your feet into ice-cold water for periods of five minutes.
This “shock treatment” will temporarily suspend blood flow to your feet; but as soon as you take your feet out of the water, the blood rushes in to re-warm your feet and keeps moving like normal. Do this periodically to speed your healing.
Boneset Tea – To relieve bodily aches and pains, try a hot cup of boneset herbal tea as often as you need to throughout the day. Its bitter taste will require a good amount of honey and maybe a bit of lemon to stomach it. As it induces perspiration and calm, your body should feel much better.
Shiitake Mushroom or Miso-Garlic Soup – Rather than the all-too-popular chicken soup, try an even more effective variation using shiitake mushrooms or miso and garlic. Garlic and shiitake mushrooms have antiviral and antibiotic qualities, both of which are great defenders against disease and keep your immune system strong. In soup form, they also replenish the fluids that are often lost when battling the flu.