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Herbs that Ease the Aches and Pains of Flu

Nobody likes the flu, regardless of the time of year, and having someone tell you that it is ‘only’ a 24-hour bug isn’t particularly reassuring. You want to feel better now, not tomorrow. The good news is that while the virus will run its course, there are things you can do to ease the severity of the symptoms.

Influenza is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. To treat this, there are few things that are better than hot peppermint tea. Peppermint is naturally soothing to an upset stomach. Simply make a cup of tea or green tea and add a couple drops of real peppermint extract. Do not use more than this, because this stuff is potent. Sweeten with honey (which also gives your body a source of energy).

Even weak peppermint liqueur or Schnapps can help relieve a flu caused unsettled stomach.

Coca-Cola syrup, taken cup at a time as needed, will also sooth the stomach, though it is harder to come by and it doesn’t have the other health benefits of peppermint.

Another tea that works surprisingly well, despite how unappetizing it sounds, is onion or garlic syrup. Both onions and garlic contain substances that help the body fight the viral infection while strengthening the immune system. To make the syrup, finely dice fresh onion or garlic and place this into a cup so that it is a quarter full. Cover with honey, then microwave until it is just boiling. Cover and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then strain into another container. Once completely cooled, take the onion/garlic laced honey 1 tablespoon at a time, every 3-4 hours. This syrup is also excellent when used as a cough syrup for colds, and again, the honey gives the body a fast source of energy, as well as containing natural antibiotics.

Lemon tea is also very effective. This gives a boost of vitamin C, and since it is sweetened with honey, once again your body will get energy to fight the infection. To make this, pour a cup 1/2 full of real lemon juice (juicing lemons for this rather than using bottled lemon juice is even better). Add a tablespoon of honey for sweetness, and fill the cup the rest of the way with water. Microwave this mixture until hot, stir well, and sip. For variation, try juiced oranges or grapefruit instead of lemons.

A teaspoonful of ground dried or chopped fresh ginger root in a cup of boiling water, sweetened with honey, will encourage sweating. This helps clear the virus more quickly.

Quite a few people have sworn by swallowing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 4-6 times a day. This may or may not help. These are also only a few treatments, but if a particular flu doesn’t respond well to one treatment, you have other choices to try.

To ease aches and pains, to encourage sweating, and to clear the sinuses, take a reasonably hot bath to which 2 tablespoons of dried mustard has been added, and after soaking, dry off completely and bundle up.

A few words about something you should not do, if you want to help your body get over the flu: do not consume drinks that contain refined (table) sugar. This sort of sugar is hard for the body to digest, so eating sugar is increasing the work the body must do, and taking resources away from fighting the flu. Use honey instead, since it is easily absorbed.

Using these treatments may mean the difference between a long drawn out severe flu, and a mild bought. Once you know that you have the flu, there is very little you can do about it, except to make sure that you don’t suffer as much as you otherwise might. This, though, can make a huge difference.

You’ll be up and feeling like yourself again in no time! At least, it is certainly worth trying.