It is that nasty time of year again: The flu gave me a choke hold this week and kept me in bed for long hours of sleeping, sweating, sniffling and aching. While rest is indeed the very best relief for the flu, here are a few other natural products that will help you recover from it faster. All of these can be found at your local co-op, drugstore or right in your spice cabinet :)
1. SAMBUCOL COLD & FLU RELIEF
Elderberry has antiviral properties (remember, the flu is a virus) and lightens your symptoms. It is best to take these tablets at the very first sign of the flu.
2. COLD-EEZE ZINC LOZENGES
Zinc! An amazing immunity booster all around. For use as soon as symptoms develop to ward off cold and flu bugs or to reduce symptoms if the virus has already taken hold. These are great to keep on hand year-round.
3. HOST DEFENSE STAMETS 7 MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENTS
Incredible immune boosting power. Paul Stamets, master mycologist, researcher and creator of this product believes that mycelium (the fine, thread-like tubes that form the base of a more visible mushroom). “will provide the answers to our current ecological and health problems.” There is even evidence that mycelium can “eat oil spills and rid the world of toxins”. This product is made from U.S.-grown organic mushrooms, which means the company has to follow stricter regulations, resulting in higher quality and more uniform medicinal capsules.
4. PAU D’ARCO
Made from the purple inner bark of a hardy tree found throughout South and Central America, Mexico and the Bahamas, Pau D’Arco has some serious anti-viral properties. Mix the tea with peppermint tea to help open up your nasal passageways; add some honey to counter it’s bitter taste.
5. FRESH CARROT JUICE
Next to liver, carrots have the largest amount of vitamin A: Vitamin A maintains healthy skin, teeth and mucus membranes and promotes healthy eyesight. Carrots also contain beta-carotene, which fights against cancer and other diseases as well as slows the process of aging. Another GREAT immunity booster! Pittsburgh’s East End Food Co-op has a delicious variety of fresh-made juices to choose from too.
6. EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Add 5 or 6 drops of this to your hot bath and IT’S MAGIC, you can breathe again :D
7. GARLIC, TURMERIC AND CAYENNE
Eat them plain or add them to an enormous pot of homemade broth. Garlic and turmeric are my favorites (read about them here). Cayenne helps to keep your mucus flowing and is also used in the prevention of headaches.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below. Be well :)