Flu season is upon us; here are some ways to protect you from the seasonal flu.
Symptoms of the flu can get pretty bad, with high fevers, headaches, muscular aches and pains, sore throat, sinus and chest congestion. Sometimes the flu can progress into bronchitis or pneumonia; at this point you would need to be seen by a doctor for medication.
Treating your symptoms naturally
If you do get the flu there are several natural treatments to help clear up your symptoms and help you recover more quickly.
To help clear up sinus congestion, breathe hot, moist air. Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower; use a vaporizer.
Keep nasal areas clean of mucus by using a saline nasal wash. You can make your own nasal wash, using a teaspoon of sea salt mixed into a cup of warm water. Using a medicine syringe, wash each nostril with a spray of salt water. This will drain into your mouth, do not swallow, and spit the wash out.
If you suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, Drinks lots of liquids and have lots of soups to stay hydrated. Eat soups that are loaded with vegetables and greens.
If you suffer from chills a small glass of a warmed alcoholic beverage will warm you up.
There is a long list of beneficial herbs you can use, be sure to ask your doctor before using any herbs if you’re under a doctor’s care, or taken any medicine. This is a small list of herbs and their medical properties. Some herbs can combined for making tea, hot baths or steam inhalation treatments.
Hyssop tea; is used to relieve fever and sore throat.
Horehound lozenges; relieves sore throat and cough; available at health food stores.
Chamomile; use in an inhalation to clear up sinuses. Place a handful of chamomile in a bowl of hot steaming water. Lean your face over the bowl, while your head is covered with a towel.
Anise; will ease breathing and relieves congestion.
Bayberry tea; for fever, nasal congestion and sore throat
Echinacea; relieves symptoms from colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses. Some people can’t take Echinacea due to its reaction on the heart, can cause irregular heart rhythm.
Garlic; raw minced taken with a teaspoon of honey works as a natural antibiotic.
Marshmallow root tea; helps relieve cough, flavor with honey and lemon.
Skullcap; muscle aches, and headaches. Can be used in a tea, or put into a muslin bath for a hot bath.
Spearmint; relieves sinus and chest congestion; headaches and sore throat. Any type of mint tea is good for respiratory and digestion problems.
Thyme; coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, and the flu
Turmeric; relieves fever and chest congestion; add to soups and rice dishes.
Wild cherry bark; used in a tea relieves coughs.
Rosemary; (use with caution, do not use if you have epilepsy) helps with respiratory congestion.
The benefits of aromatherapy are many; for basics use the essential oils in hot baths or on a cotton ball for inhalation purposes. Never take essential oils internally. And as with herbs ask your doctor and check to be sure it will not interfere with any medication you are taken. Use a few drops of the essential oils unless noted to use less.
Bergamot; use in hot baths and on a cotton ball for inhalation treatment.
Eucalyptus; helps sinus problems, put three drops on a cotton ball and place on heater. Use only a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, as it is very strong and can irritate respiratory with prolonged use.
Palmarosa; a wonderful aroma, helps relax muscles and relief stress.
Basil; helps with colds, flu, muscular aches and pains, bronchitis and sinusitis.
Camphor; helps relief symptoms of bronchitis, colds, flu and fevers
Cypress; helps relief cough, bronchitis and excessive sweating.
Frankincense; helps with bronchitis, coughs, colds and flu symptoms.
Niaouli; helps relieve symptoms of colds, flu and bronchitis.
Peppermint; helps with sinus problems, colds and flu.
Pine; helps with bronchitis, sinus problems, cough, flu and pneumonia.
Tea tree; helps colds, flu symptoms, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Mix any of the essential oils together with base oil such as olive oil to make warming massage oil. Rub massaging oil on the chest to help with breathing. You can also add a few drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball on the heating vent, to help breathing.