[toc]Flu is basically an infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by influenza Viruses A and B. It is a highly contagious disease and mostly frequently occurs in the winter and spring season. Symptoms of Flu and cold are very similar in nature, except in flu one also experiences high fever, fatigue, headache, shivers, aching joints and limbs, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting etc.
Flu spreads from one person to another though droplets via sneezing, coughing etc. Flu can be prevented with vaccinations and is usually treated with help of antiviral medicines and painkillers. Flu usually lasts for a week but the weakness caused by it remains up to a couple of weeks. Below mentioned are some useful herbal remedies for fighting against Flu and its related symptoms.
Herbal Remedies For Flu
Elderberry is one of the most useful herbal remedies available for treating Flu. Elderberry is very effective in fighting against viral infections which cause Flu and common cold in humans. It is also very effective in providing relief from chest congestion, sore throat, watery eyes etc.,which are some of the most common symptoms of Flu. The flowers and berries of Elderberry are rich in medicinal properties and are used to fight against Flu and its symptoms.
An herbal tea made using Elderberry is very beneficial in treating Flu. It can also be added to food to give a rich and tangy taste. The berries can be eaten raw, made into syrup or preserved in form of jellies.
Boneset is one of the most powerful and widely used herbal remedy for curing Flu and its associated symptoms. Boneset is very effective in fighting against the viral and bacterial infections causing Flu. It helps in breaking fever and provides relief from severe muscular pain, thus providing relief from two of the most important symptoms of Flu. Boneset is also very effective in boosting the immunity of the body, thus preventing the relapse of Flu.
Boneset is very bitter in taste and can be consumed in form of capsules, extract, tonics etc. It can also be brewed into an herbal tea and consumed hot for maximum relief against Flu and its related symptoms.
Wild Cherry is the most popular herbal remedy used for treating common cold, respiratory tract infections and Flu. Wild cherry is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which help in fighting against the Flu virus. It also helps in reducing the inflammation of the tissues caused to the Flu virus and provides a cooling and soothing effect. Wild cherry is very helpful in stimulating the person to relax and induces sleep in Flu affected people.
Wild cherry has been widely used as the main ingredient for various cough, sedative and decongestant products available in the market. Wild Cherry can be consumed in form of syrup, infusion, herbal tea etc.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is another very widely used herbal remedy for treating Flu and its related symptoms. St. John’s wort helps in fighting the influenza virus responsible for causing Flu. It also reduces inflammation and provides a calming effect to the body against Flu symptoms. It also helps in providing relief against body pain which is a common Flu symptom.
St. John’s wort is very effective in Flu cases when taken internally in form of herbal tea. It is also available in form of extract, tonics, tincture, capsules etc.
Yarrow has been used since ancient times by Chinese people to deal with Flu and cold symptoms. Yarrow is very effective in breaking fever and removing the toxins from the blood, caused due to Flu infection. It is also has an active component called azulene, which helps the body in destroying the bacterial and viral infections causing diseases like common cold, flu, sinus, bronchitis, chest congestion etc.
Yarrow helps in calming the nerves of the body and helping the person to relax during Flu infection. Although Yarrow is bitter in taste, an herbal tea made of Yarrow, when consumed is extremely beneficial in overcoming Flu. Yarrow is also available in form of extracts, syrups, tonics, capsules etc.
Catnip has been used frequently as a very useful herbal remedy for treating Flu. It is very effective in making the body produce more sweat, thereby helping the body to get rid of flu toxins causing fever. Catnip also helps in providing relief against headache, which is a common side effect of Flu.
It also helps in reducing anxiety, stress and calms the nerves of the body, thereby inducing peaceful rest and sleep, much-needed for a speedy recovery from Flu. Catnip can be taken in form of herbal tea, capsules, tonics, extract, infusion etc., to recover from Flu virus.
Lemon Balm is yet another very useful herbal remedy for curing cold and Flu attack. Lemon balm helps the body in getting rid of toxins produced by the Flu virus, by inducing sweating and encouraging the fever to break. It also contains chemicals which fight against the bacterial and viral infections responsible for causing cold and flu. Lemon balm is very effective in helping the body to recover from Flu by calming the nerves and inducing sleep.
Lemon Balm herbal tea is very effective when sipped hot during bouts of cold and Flu. It can also be used in form of essential oil, extract and for flavoring food.
Meadowsweet has also been used effectively as an herbal remedy to cure Flu. Meadowsweet helps in breaking the high fever which is a classic Flu symptom. It contains Salicylic acid, which acts as natural aspirin and helps in getting rid of body aches and pain, which is very common during Flu bout.
Meadowsweet can be consumed in form of herbal tea, decoctions, extract, capsules etc., to get rid of Flu and its symptoms.
Camphor is one of the most useful and powerful herbal remedy available to treat Flu and cold. Camphor not only helps in breaking the fever caused by Flu, but also helps in clearing congested lung and chest. It is very effective in destroying the bacterial and viral infections which cause Flu and other respiratory tract infections in man.
Camphor also helps in reducing the inflammation of the mucous membrane caused by the Flu virus, thus providing relief from persistent cough and sore throat. Camphor oil can be applied to the skin or sprayed in the house to kill the Flu germs.