Natural Flue Remedies



Vitamins

Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces the risk of developing a cold by approximately 50 percent. Several forms of vitamin C are now produced that don’t cause digestive discomfort. Look for buffered C or liposomal types.

Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
Vitamin A is needed to help increase the amount of infection fighting cells and to neutralize free radicals. It increases immunity by increasing the white blood cells that fight disease.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E stimulates the immune system. It is required to produce the B-lymphocytes that then make antibodies to fight viruses and bacteria.

Probiotics
Probiotics has the ability to reduce the incidence of coughs, fevers and runny noses, and the illness duration.

Epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC)
EGCG is found in green tea is a known anti-bacterial, antiviral and also anti-tumor compound.

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
NAC heals the lungs and restores lung cell fluid, making it an important nutrient in treating chronic asthma as well as acute respiratory infections.

Zinc
Zinc works wonders on viral sore throats. Zinc sprays can also target the back of the throat to apply zinc where it’s needed.

Herbs

Echinacea boosts immunity and can reduce the severity of symptoms of the flu.

Elder flowers and elder berries have an antiviral as well as antibacterial function. Elder can also help break a fever.

Chamomile tea treats congestion or an upset stomach during the flu. It’s also a good sleep aid, and can help induce sleep during the sleepless, restless time of the flu.

Boneset treats fevers. It also has the ability to quickly heal bones and mend fractures.

Sage mouthwash mouthwash is advised by the German Health Commission for treating sore throats.

Peppermint tea or extract can be inhaled to clear mucus from the nose.

Garlic can help heal the lungs and build immunity. A fresh garlic clove, cut in half can be squeezed onto a large cotton ball and placed in the outer portion of the ear (like an ear plug) to relieve earaches.

Additional Info
- Take enough fluids. Water is fine. So are fruit juices, electrolyte beverages. 

  • Herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat. 
  • Chicken soup may help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. 
  • You may want to stay away from caffeinated drinks, as caffeine is a diuretic.

- Take enough rest. Rest is another way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection.

- Inhale steam adding a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to the water for extra phlegm-busting power.

- Gargling with salt water helps get rid of the thick mucus.

- Nasal Irrigation by pouring salt water into one nostril and letting it run out the other clears out your nasal passages.

- Cough drops, throat lozenges, and hard candy can be surprisingly effective at easing a cough or sore throat.

- A warm cloth on the forehead and nose is a great way to relieve headache or sinus pain.