When flu strikes, it is nice to know that there are so many herbs that fight flu symptoms. The coughs and congestion, headaches and body aches, fevers and chills that come with the flu have many natural remedies. As more and more medical researchers begin to study herbs and their medicinal properties, we get solid proof that there are therapeutic ingredients in these plants.
Infusions, Teas, Tinctures and Essential Oils
Infusions are made by boiling and steeping herbs in water and then drinking the liquid or using it in a compress. Teas are made in a similar way with the leaves, flowers or roots of the herb. Bulk herbs can be purchased to make infusions and many herbal teas are sold both loose and in tea bags. Tinctures are made by soaking the herb in alcohol and are used by the drop. Essential oils can be purchased online and in health food stores and are also used by the drop.
Flu Fighting Herbs
When medical researchers studied medicinal herbs they found that the following herbs were the strongest flu fighters. Eucalyptus, sage and licorice were the top three contenders followed by lavender, tea tree, rose geranium, bergamot, lemon balm and hyssop. These herbs are able to inhibit the flu virus and also were antibacterial.
Some common spices from your kitchen are cinnamon, black pepper, lemon, thyme, rosemary, basil, garlic and peppermint. All of these herbs can be used in various ways as teas or the essential oils can be used in a humidifier to produce healing steam vapors to deal with flu symptoms.
Immune system boosters like Echinacea, ginseng, astragalus root and ginger increase the immune response in various ways and are part of the herbal arsenal against the flu virus.
All of the herbs have multiple uses and actions in the case of flu. Many herbal recipes for teas, syrups and salves can be found online or in books. Most of the herbs listed above are classified as safe and effective. Keep in mind that there can be instances where certain herbs interact or interfere with prescription medications. Some herbs are not advised for use when certain medical conditions exist. Most should not be given to children or the elderly.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.