Got the flu? Take a look at some of the most popular and useful natural cures for the flu according to naturalremedies.com.
Natural remedies can be a healthy alternative to your current medications or a compliment to the medications you are taking. But you should always ask your doctor before you begin taking them to avoid adverse affects.
Astragalus (Milk Vetch)
Benefits: Astragalus strengthens the body's defenses and can treat everything from the cold to cancer.
Benefits: This is a bacteria commonly used in probiotic foods because it can prevent pathogens from entering the body, improve digestion, and supports production of vitamins in the body.
Benefits: Blessed thistle is typically boiled as a tea and used to treat indigestion, fever, cough and colds.
Echinacea (Purple Coneflowers)
Benefits: Echinacea is an immune booster and believed to shorten the length of a cold.
European Elder (Black elder, elder flower)
Benefits: The elder flowers are dried and used in teas and capsules to decrease flu symptoms.
Feverfew Flower (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
Benefits: The flu can make your whole body feel sore. Feverfew flower can be used to alleviate muscle spasms.
Benefits: Garlic decreases blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Benefits: Ginger alleviates sinus congestion, fatigue and stomach ache. Also it invigorates your appetite. You can use it to make tea, add it to meals, or in capsules.
Benefits: Ginseng has been found to make flu symptoms less severe and relax the body. It can be boiled with water to make a fresh tea or in capsules.
Benefits: If taken at first signs of the cold or flu it can save you from a long, terrible sickness. It also works well when mixed with echinacea, but it can cause issues with certain medications so speak with your doctor before using it.
Benefits: This amino acid is commonly found in peanuts and fish. It is used to treat everything from colds to congestive heart failure.
Benefits: Peppermint is a relaxing agent, that is used to invigorate those who have the flu. It can be boiled in water for tea or added to meals.
Benefits: Propolis is usually taken from bee products. It is used to fight bacteria and viruses.
Benefits: Vitamin C is commonly found in oranges and other citrus fruits. Vitamin C is a popular immune booster and can be found in many capsule and drink products.
Benefits: Vitamin D is produced in the body when sunlight hits the skin. It is best known for circulating the blood and promoting healthy bones.
Benefits: Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and can energize immune system.
Benefits: Zinc helps the immune system work efficiently while also helping the body produce proteins. Zinc is encouraged to be taken daily since the body does not store Zinc.