Do you have the flu? If your symptoms include chills, high fever, sore throat, dry cough, sneezing, runny nose, weakness, body aches, muscle pain, nausea, and headache . . . the answer is yes.
A bad case of flu can knock you flat out for a week or more, and you may feel run down even longer.
Flu’s not new, and that’s why a number of botanical remedies have stood the test of time. From traditional folk remedies to Ayurveda, herbalism, and aromatherapy, botanicals can offer relief.
|Botanical||How It Can Help|
|Apple||Fresh warmed juice can ease fever.|
|Astragalus||Strengthens immune system.|
|Chamomile||Anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects. Chamomile tea is especially soothing for children.|
|Echinacea||Useful at onset of flu. An immune stimulant, it’s also antiviral and anti-inflammatory.|
|Elderberry||Contains antiviral proteins; useful for treating flu and other viral respiratory disorders. In clinical human trials on treating flu, elderberry extract stimulated antibody production, reduced severity of symptoms, and shortened duration of flu.|
|Eucalyptus||A strong decongestant with antiviral and immune-stimulating properties. Don’t use with homeopathic remedies, however, or on babies and young children.|
|Fenugreek||Used with lemon and honey to help reduce fever and soothe body aches.|
|Garlic||Can reduce nasal congestion and ease upper respiratory symptoms. Studies have investigated its antiviral effects.|
|Ginger||Important in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine; promotes sweating; ginger preparations are useful for chills, fever, and headaches that accompany flu.|
|Ginseng||Strengthens the immune system and helps reduce fever.|
|Honey||Effective for treating respiratory flu symptoms. In a cup of hot water with lemon, honey eases cough and fever. Don’t use honey with babies and young children.|
|Lemon||Antiviral properties; rich in vitamins B and C; lemon juice can kill germs and keep viruses from spreading.|
|Licorice||Used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and by American Indians to soothe sore throats and coughs; also stimulates the immune system.|
|Olive leaf||Extract exhibits antiviral activity against flu.|
|Oregano oil||Useful for coughs and other upper respiratory symptoms.|
|Reishi||A woody mushroom; strong antiviral that stimulates immune response against influenza A viruses.|
|Tea tree oil||Used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil may reduce flu symptoms, fight infection, and reduce fever; also stimulates immune system.|