Flu requires exposure to bacteria and viruses and a body with a weak immune system. When our immune system is compromised we are more susceptible to the viruses invading our bodies. The “compromise” can come from stress at work, lack of sleep, or other medical conditions.
Though there is no cure for the cold or the flu, many herbal remedies can help you fight the symptoms and weaken the viruses that cause your illness. If you have not yet come down with the flu, these herbs can also help strengthen your immune system against the nasty viruses that cause the cold and flu.
When I feel the on set of a cold or the flu I use a herbal broth for comfort and relief. It is very flavorful and has the essential vitamins that our body needs to replenish it's self. What I like the most about this broth is that it is all natural.
Over the counter drugs that are designed to eliminate the symptoms of the cold - ease congestion, stop the cough, soothe the sore throat - actually interfere with the body's protective immune responses. The condition may seem to get better because of the masking of the symptoms, but actually all that has happened is that the body's natural immune response has been curtailed. Over the counter cold remedies do nothing to fight cold viruses or boost the immune responses so they can have little effect on the duration of colds?
If you have a cold:
- Drink a lot of hot fluids traditionally, a family member who has cold or flu is only allowed to take hot chicken soup and chicken congee, avoiding all the hard to digest and cold foods. No one knows why but it works more effectively. Hot tea also keeps the nasal passages open.
- Take an antihistamine to relieve stuffy nose.
- Treat coughs with the right cough medicine
Coughs that produce phlegm can be treated by the ingredient guaifenesin which loosens the mucus that causes you to cough. If you have a dry and irritating cough, dextromethorphan might be used to suppress it during the night so you can sleep.
Herbal and natural remedies do work according to many patients, doctors, and scientific researchers. Herbs and natural remedies to cure colds and coughs, and other sicknesses, can be as safe as conventional mainstream medical drugs if chosen and used appropriately.
How to Make Herbal Remedies for Colds:
Eucalyptus: • This eucalyptus herbal remedy is recommended to clear the nose and bronchial tubes. • Boil 2 ounces of fresh Eucalyptus leaves and 1 quart of water. With a towel over your head, inhale the steam.
Peppermint: • This peppermint herbal remedy is recommended for colds, coughs, the flu, and as a digestive aid. • Mix 1/2 ounce of peppermint per pint of boiled water. Steep 5-20 minutes. Drink as much as you wish.
Minced Garlic: • This garlic herbal remedy is recommended for colds, coughs, and the flu and bacterial infections. Garlic contains a chemical that acts as an antibiotic. Note that garlic may occasionally produce allergic reactions.
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