Natural Remedies for Cold, Flu and More...
Natural remedies have been around since the dawn of time. They pre-date Western medicine and have helped to heal ailments for centuries. Natural, whole plants contain a wide array of chemical compounds. Depending on the illness, there is probably a plant that can help. In addition, herbs can bring the body back to homeostasis; these are also known as adaptogens. In essence, they can be therapeutic. If the body has time to heal, then natural remedies should be given a chance. Human beings have evolved and adapted for years, it makes sense our bodies would absorb beneficial compounds from complex plants. Take a look at Okinawans--known for living longer lives than average. They believe the food they eat is "nuchigusui," which means "medicine for life." Here are some natural remedies that assist the body.
The cold and flu:
Some basic things you can do to ward of the potential for the cold and flu is to get regular exercise, cut down on sugar and starchy foods, get vitamin D and vitamin C. Beyond that, there are times when your body is simply vulnerable. Here are some natural remedies to try.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide. You might be able to nip your flu in the bud, during its early stages. You should put a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide into each ear. Lie still until it stops bubbling. Repeat every few hours until you notice your infection is gone.
2. Hot fluids. You probably already do this. At the first sign of illness, drink as much hot herbal tea and hot lemon water as you can. This can help boost your immune system and battle infection.
3. Garlic. This is a powerful anti fungal, antibacterial and antibiotic treatment. Finely mince 1-2 cloves and place in a small glass of water, then drink. Some people chew garlic, but that might be to potent.
4. Face steam. Boil 1-2 cups of water in a large pot. Add 2 teaspoons of rosemary, thyme and oregano. Cover with a lid, then remove the lid and place your face directly over the pot with a towel covering your head. Breathe in the steam for as long as you can, try for 15 minutes. This will help kill viruses and bacteria in the lungs. It can also help to loosen congestion. If you don't have herbs, you can use 1/2 cup of vinegar.
5. Cinnamon. This helps to stabilize your blood sugar. Moreover, it is an antiviral and antibiotic. Mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of honey into hot tea.
6. Stay away from white foods. Don't eat sugars, milk, dairy, sweeteners and grains. They slow the body's healing ability. When you are sick, you don't need to eat a lot of food. Eat hot chicken soup and drink hot liquids.
7. Nettle leaf. This herb contains large amounts of vitamins and trace minerals to help your body remove toxins and stay hydrated. Furthermore, it helps to support your immune system.
8. Yarrow. This should be used in large amounts in tea, at the first sign of illness. It may even shorten your cold to less than 24 hours. It works especially well for fevers, as it promotes perspiration. Since it is naturally bitter, you might want to mix it with some stevia. Moreover, it helps to support the endocrine system.
9. Chamomile. This is an herb you should always have in your home. It helps to calm your nerves. If you soak it in warm water, it can relieve pink eye if you place it over your eye for 15 minutes every 2 hours. It helps to promote good sleep. In addition, it can be used to help regulate hormones.
10. Ginger. This herb works best in capsule form. Once taken, it can help with any nausea and vomiting associated with the flu. It can also help to alleviate high fever and headache. If you have fresh ginger, steep it to make a tea. This will help with congestion and sinus symptoms.
11. Peppermint. This helps to aid with digestion and lower fever. In addition, it can be rubbed on the skin to lower fever. You can drink it as a hot or cold tea, as well.
Reduce anxiety. When you're calm, it's much easier to stave off illness. Here are some natural remedies for anxiety.
1. Passionflower. This can help with both anxiety and insomnia. It is even thought to be comparable to benzodiazepine drugs.
2. Valerian. This is a popular herbal remedy for insomnia. You should take it at least an hour before bedtime. It also talks about two to three weeks to work. On the other hand, it should not be used more than three months at a time. Furthermore, it should not be mixed with alcohol.
3. Kava. This herb, native to Polynesia, can help to ease anxiety. It is very potent and should only be taken in small doses.
4. GABA. This is an amino acid that helps to affect the receptors in the brain.
Other natural remedies.
1. Onion and garlic on the feet. This might sound odd, but if you slice one onion and one garlic clove, then rub it with olive oil on a sick person's foot, it can pull toxins away from the body to help it heal. You should also wrap the foot in saran wrap and wear a sock overnight. Some even leave cut onions out in the open, around the home, to absorb toxins.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar gargle. Pour a tablespoon in water and gargle at the first sign of illness. Don't worry, if you're sick, you won't taste it. It helps to alkalize the body, as well as kill viruses and bacteria.
3. Coconut oil. This is high in lauric acid, and is believed to remove the lipid coating around some viruses. As a result, they may be more vulnerable to attack from the immune system. When sick, drink 5-6 tablespoons per day in food or stirred into hot tea. Coconut oil is also believed to improve the immune system.
Natural remedies work best at the first signs of illness. Test out a few to see how they work. Of course, if your illness gets worse, you should also see a doctor.