6 MORE natural ways to fight the flu

6 MORE natural ways to fight the flu

“The best defense is a strong offense.” Isn’t that the saying?

Well the more Abby and I talk about this crazy flu that’s going around, the more I realize how much we do do to combat the cold/flu season in our own homes.

Abby already told you about  six natural remedies we rely on … But there are so many more!

In fact, here are six MORE remedies (many of which you might already have in your cupboard):

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GINGER & LEMON TEA …three or four slices of ginger with two or three slices of lemon, steeped for 3-5 minutes. With some raw local honey if you want a little sweet? Hmmmmm. Lemon is anti-bacterial. It has loads of vitamin C. And in traditional medicines is used to detoxify the body and stimulate the lymph nodes. Ginger will warm the body, stimulate your immune system and has been shown to reduce inflammation (as in the inflamed mucous membranes?).

And by adding honey, you get a boost of the natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic traits in the soothing, throat-coating tonic.

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LOCAL HONEY (raw if you can get it) & CINNAMON can knock out a cold in a matter of days!

Basically, you combine a teaspoon of honey with a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon … it’s not only soothing for a sore throat, but both honey and cinnamon have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that boost the bodies ability to fight off what ails you. Best to have this at early onset of your symptoms.

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HOMEMADE BONE BROTH. It’s no secret that Grandma’s Chicken Soup has healing qualities. But you can leave the chicken pieces and noodles in the cupboard. The goodness is in the nutrient dense broth, containing highly absorbable minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. It aids in detoxification. It’s great for respiratory ailments.  And it supports the immune system.

We have a small bowl (1/4 – 1/2 cup) with either breakfast or lunch nearly every day from November through March. Our toddler asks for her “special soup” as a snack if I don’t make it before dinner rolls around.

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LAURICIDIN is a concentrated lipid derivative of coconut oil that is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. They haven’t found any adverse drug interactions. And it’s available on amazon.

We originally learned about this from our family doctor right after our littlest was born. There was a nasty Pertussis outbreak in the area and he wanted us to be sure to boost our immune systems to fight the possibility of infection. It was even safe for our toddler (who took 2-3 pellets twice a day).

An interesting fact: most of the reported cases of whooping cough in Gallatin County last year occurred in people who had received the vaccine … yikes! So our doctor was being super precautionary because we had such a little one in the house.

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COLLOIDAL SILVER. We’ve all heard that Colloidal Silver can turn your skin blue (and I’m pretty sure that’s true! If you take copious amounts). But for combatting the cold and flu? It’s a great immune booster. Check out this link from Natural News, which has way more information than I can put in one paragraph here.

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PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL (a few drops mixed with unscented lotion) applied to the soles of your feet can bring down a fever a few degrees and make resting a lot easier. We have used this on both our little ones and it’s been a godsend, and kept us out of the doctor’s office on more than one occasion.

Okay … so there are SURE to be more (like I just remember ECHINACHIA … and ZINC!) … so we’ll keep compiling good lists and post as we get them together. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Let’s get through this flu season in one piece!

6 natural ways to fight the flu

We like happy, healthy kids around here…

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So hearing that most of the country is fighting the flu can seem a little scary.

Source: CDC
Source: CDC

We don’t like hunkering at home, so it’s important to me that my family has a strong immunity to fight this nasty bug off.  We don’t do the flu shot, but there are a number of natural things you can do and take to help prevent or shorten the flu.

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D3 is a potent immune system modulator we derive naturally from the sun.  In the summer, we get plenty of direct sunshine so we only take this supplement in colder months.   My one and 3 year old get one drop (2,000 IU) and the adults get 4 drops (8,000 IU).  Check your bottle to make sure you have D3 versus D2.  D3 is said to work up to 500 times faster and is much more potent.   Here’s a great read from Dr. Mercola explaining the difference.
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I have a love/hate relationship with this stuff.  Anytime I feel something coming on, I start taking raw crushed garlic.  It doesn’t taste good, but it helps me every. single. time.  Garlic is a natural immunity booster and is known to prevent and treat fungal, viral and bacterial infections.  Just crush and chop a large clove, let is sit for 15 minutes (this is said to help release enzymes) and then eat it.  There’s no pretty way to get this stuff down. I suppose raw garlic on a piece of bread with butter wouldn’t be so bad, but the last thing a sick body needs is bread!  Take it straight and have a chaser ready!
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I’ve already dedicated an entire post to Apple Cider Vinegar.  Like garlic, it has natural anti fungal, viral and bacterial properties.  You can take a tablespoon or 2 each day.

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This is an easy one for me, because I love kombucha.  Jeanne and I both make our own, which is nice because we always have access to it.  This carbonated beverage helps support immunity, aid in digestion and alkalize your body.  Often times when we are sick, our bodies are in desperate need of good bacteria to help fight off what we are fighting.  My kids and I  drink this probiotic-rich beverage each day, and then a little more when we are under the weather.

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Oil of oregano has been called nature’s strongest natural antibiotic.  Two things I know personally… it works and it is strong!  I haven’t figured out how to my kids to take it, but the adults take 3 drops a day when down.  With the wide spread amount of flu going around right now, I’ve been taking it every day as a preventative.
Image-4 Elberberry not only helps prevent the flu, but speeds up recovery if you have it.  I buy mine from Vitacost, but here is a great post from Wellness Mama on how to make your own.

Also… avoid the sugar.  Processed sugar destroys your immunity and should be kept far, far away when trying to fight the flu.

These aren’t fix alls.  There’s always a chance my family could catch the bug, but I love knowing we are doing everything we can to prevent it!

Stay well!
-Abby

**Those were my suggestions for fighting the flu, CLICK HERE to read 6 more natural ways from Jeanne!**