Herbal remedies for flu symptoms


Herbal remedies for flu symptoms have been used for centuries, around the world. People from various cultures have relied on herbal remedies to treat the symptoms of the flu and to reduce the duration.

Andrographis: Andrographis is herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is useful for acute upper respiratory tract infections and sinus inflammation. Studies have shown that use of andrographis for colds reduced fever, coughs, sore throats and headaches.

Chamomile: Chamomile tea can be used to calm an upset stomach, or to reduce cold symptoms when inhaled.

Sage: Rinse your mouth with sage tea to reduce painful sore throats. German Commission E has studied and approved this use.

Elder berries and Elder flowers: Elder berries (Sambucus nigra) have been shown to have both antiviral and antibacterial action. Elder flowers, combined with peppermint leaves, make a nice tasting tea that will induce perspiration and bring down fevers fast.

Slippery elm: Slippery elm lozenges can help soothe sore throats. The tea also has a calming effect on inflamed throat tissue.

Peppermint: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) can be used to soothe many cold and flu symptoms, such as stuffed nose, aching muscles and headaches and fever. Peppermint can in inhaled to reduce nasal congestion as well.

Garlic: Garlic helps build immunity and can also be used to heal lung infections. Garlic is also useful for ear infections. An old folk remedy involves squeezing a bulb of garlic so that the juice runs into a cotton ball and placing the cotton ball in the outer ear (carefully so as not to injure the inner ear) Garlic usage is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

Yarrow: Yarrow flowers reduce fever. To bring down a fever and induce sweating, make a tea of yarrow. This can also be flavored with peppermint if desired. Yarrow leaves are said to help alleviate the pain of toothaches.
Make a cup of tea from healing herbal remedies to treat the flu.





Melanie Grimes
Melanie Grimes is a writer, medical editor and health educator. A classically trained homeopath, she has lectured internationally and been on faculty at Bastyr University, American Medical College of Homeopathy, and Seattle School of Homeopathy. She has been the editor of SImillimum, Journal of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and The American Homeopath, Journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths.

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