Home remedies for the flu nourish and support the body while it is fighting the flu. Unlike flu shots they don’t contain mercury or formaldehyde.
I know that flu is caused by a virus, that it is tough on the person dealing with it, that there are deaths caused by the flu. I’m aware of the existence of flu shots and the lack of a cure for the flu although some claim that Tamiflu is a miracle treatment that shortens the flu’s duration. This post doesn’t provide a secret recipe for curing the flu, it asks a question: how to treat the flu?
Even though the flu is a disease, personally I prefer to think of it as a “cleansing” opportunity.
- When the heat of summer becomes uncomfortable, we sweat.
- After we eat something unbecoming, we throw up.
When does the respiratory system get a chance to rid itself of accumulated junk? When we have the flu!
I watched people who faithfully took annual flu shot and successfully avoided the flu. I watched people who suffered with the flu, twice a year. Those who dealt with the flu – as opposed to avoiding it – fared better.
I and “my people” accept the flu as a seasonal cleansing and go about it the traditional way. These are our home remedies for the flu:
- Home-cooked chicken soup helps relieve symptoms of cold and flu, including sore throat and congestion.
- Plenty of water with freshly-squeezed lemon and orange juice throughout the day increases urination and helps the body flush out the flu virus.
- A garlic sandwich once a day delivers a powerful dose of phytochemicals. We make the sandwich with butter, a half – or even whole – bulb of garlic (cleaned, peeled and finely chopped) and a bit of salt to taste. A tip: the sandwich is best eaten before noon so it doesn’t linger in the digestive system (specifically, in the liver!) overnight.
- In particularly nasty cases of flu, a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of butter (yes, butter!) just before going to sleep does the body good.
Home remedies for the flu nourish and support the body while it is fighting the flu and make the flu symptoms easier to bear. But they don’t suppress the flu, allowing it to “clean the house” and run its course. As much as no one enjoys being sick with the flu, we always feel better after the flu passed than we felt before it struck.
Obviously, whether to face the flu or prevent it is a personal decision. Age and overall health are factors that have to be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to get a flu shot.
I for one believe that unless you have a compromised immune system, suffer from a chronic condition or know how to unburden your respiratory system on demand, embracing the flu might be a good idea! Better: neither chicken soup, citrus fruit, garlic nor milk contains detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, etc. the flu shots contain. None of the home remedies will increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, either. Just a thought.