Beat the flu
It is difficult to know if that sniffle is from an allergy or cold. The fall allergy season is over and allergies are not likely to show again until springtime. For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals.
††Regular medicine still isnít very good at dealing with many viral infections. You see the little guys copy themselves so quickly that they evolve so fast it is startling. If you make a synthetic medicine for a particular virus, chances are, the virus will change just enough so that medicine isnĎt so good. This is why the seasonal flu vaccines may not work. Fortunately, Granny and her herbs and common sense arenít so easily sidestepped.
†First, itís time to ramp up the amount of vitamin D you take daily especially in winter. I personally take 6,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay plus other ailments like psoriasis. When colds start to show up, flu wonít be far away; so here is a primer on natural care for these predictable nasties.
†Did you know tasty tropical red Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea though traditionally used to ease indigestion also relieves colds and respiratory trouble? Hibiscus is also a natural source of Vitamin C. Hibiscus can be added to my favorite herbs for both colds and flu, Elder tea straight (colds) or blended with Peppermint (flu) and is very effective at stopping or preventing them. Cheap, too! How I brew leaves, flowers and herbs: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the tea in a cup.† Steep 10-12 minutes.† Strain or use a very clean or dedicated Mr. Coffee type maker- place 1 oz or more of herb in the basket to 1 full carafe of water - try a second batch with the same herb.
A fully natural approach for this time of year would start with a good strong immune booster like Astragalus or mushroom extracts started early and taken regularly. Iíd then take large amounts of Monolaurin and maybe combine it with grapefruit seed extract as soon as I felt something coming on. Iíd also drink large amounts of Elder tea (mixed with peppermint if I got a fever) every day. Iíd stay away from crowds; wash my hands a great deal, keep tissue paper around to catch sneezes and use herbal soaps on door handles, keyboards and telephones. Soap and water is one of the best germ killers/disinfectant. A good nightís sleep, healthy diet, extra vitamin C and a good multiple vitamin goes a long way.
†There is an amazing amount of science documenting the power and safety of Monolaurin.† A good deal in support of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). Strong science documenting Elder for Colds and nasal conditions as well as traditional herbs such as Olive Leaf Extract and Pau díArco. For Colds, I like GSE or Elder and for flu -Monolaurin. Olive Leaf is great for the hepatitis viral family and Pau díArco is just amazing. Of course all of these supplements do much more, too.
Donít worry about a viral onslaught whether it is cold or flu; simply boost your immune system, take good care of yourself and count on Mother Nature to provide.