Can you grow onions or cilantro? If so, you can grow medicine! Both these plants have antiviral properties, as do sage, rosemary, garlic and ginger. The flu is a virus that mutates into different strains such as H1N1, SARS and avian flu. Tamiflu, a drug that has been used since 1999 to treat flu symptoms, is made from star anise, an antiviral plant found in Chinese herbology. Because of extensive studies, China has a wealth of knowledge about antiviral and antibacterial herbal medicines that have immune-boosting qualities. Effective herbal treatment of H1N1using medicinal herbs has been found to provide shorter recovery times at less expense.
Viruses are virulent enough to cause pandemics, as they undergo mutations that evade immunity acquired from previous infections or vaccinations. Bacteria are stronger and more resistant as a result of the widespread use of antibiotics used by poultry and meat-producing industries. The medical practice of over-prescribing antibiotics may contribute to the rise of “super-bugs.” Another factor in the increased risk of disease transmission is our overcrowded lifestyle and global jet travel.
Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu
The first remedies for cold and flu are preventive measures like washing your hands frequently and washing your face at least twice a day. Avoid drafts and air-conditioning. Protect your upper back and neck area, as this is where most colds attack the body.
When flu symptoms first appear, drink scallion and ginger tea and lots of liquids. Inhaling the vapors of eucalyptus, oregano, and lavender tea is recommended because they produce antibacterial, antiviral, and decongesting effects. Sweet potatoes, shitake and reishi mushrooms help optimize your body’s immune function.
The following healthy lifestyle choices are especially necessary during the flu season:
- Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated environments
- Reduce stress and maintain equanimity
- Get plenty of rest and sleep
- Eat a healthy diet
- Keep away from people who are sick
- Take immune-strengthening herbs and vitamins