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How To Get Rid Of The Flu
Here’s how the flu usually work, picture this, you’re celebrating the most festive time of the year. All kinds of togetherness with the whole family and friends then suddenly, BOOM!.
You end up with this nasty sore throat or the snuffles and it all begins, your festivity comes to a crashing halt because after all, it’s cold or flu season.
Estimated Flu Statistics
Every year the flu affects an astounding amount of people. According to the CDC, every year since 2010, influenza has resulted in a whopping 9.2 million to 35.6 million illnesses, 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths in the U.S alone.
On a global scale, 3-5 million people suffer severely and 291,000 to 646,000 people die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory complications each year.
What Is The Flu?
Influenza (the flu) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. It is highly contagious and ranges from mild to severe, sometimes resulting in death. There are 3 types of flus that affect us, Type A, B and C. There is a forth type (D) that is said to primarily affect cattle.
The flu can spread by touching surfaces like; counter tops and door knobs, interacting with someone contaminated by the virus by way of sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, kissing and hugging.
Symptoms Of The Flu
Extreme Symptoms That Should Prompt You To Seek Medical Attentions
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breathe
- High fever
- Extreme vomiting
Note: The flu is definitely not an illness to play with because of how it can go from mild to severe so quickly.
How To Ease The Symptoms Of The Flu
- Drink your fluids – It is super important to remain hydrated during this time, make sure to drink plenty of water, juices, soups and herbal teas. It helps to break up the phlegm and keeps you from feeling worst as the flu passes.
- Rest – Be sure to get plenty of rest too. Your body is trying to fight for you and should be allowed to channel all of it’s energy on the current attack on your immune system.
- Stay away from others – You are highly contagious so be mindful of others and try to stay away from school or work mates but if you are unable to miss time off, try to keep your distance and practice flu etiquette by washing your hands, wiping surfaces and sneezing into your elbow or a Kleenex or handkerchief.
- Take Showers – Take a warm shower daily and inhale the hot steam to help with congestion. We tend to shy away from the shower when we are sick but it can sometimes uplift your spirit and make you feel so much better. Plus it keeps you hydrated since the flu seems to naturally dehydrate you. (Not recommended with a high fever, instead use cool water).
- Elderberry Syrup – My favorite! It is made a berries known to combat the influenza virus!. It is super nutritious and highly effective on boosting the immune system. The flu has nothing on elderberries. The berries are anti-inflammatory, anti-influenza AND anti-viral which makes it just as effective on colds, allergies and other respiratory illnesses.
My Thoughts On Remedies
By now you have realized that I love natural healing and herbal remedies! I am not totally against western medicine…it is just a last resort for our household. We do not believe in vaccination so that is not the route that we go.
This is not medical advice to you so do what is right for your family and always consult with your doctor before using anything….anyway…
If you can pair the two together then you’re in the sweet spot. What I mean by pairing the two together is; using modern day technology with natural healing herbs.
For example, I have been to the doctor about an issue I was having with my lower abdomen.
After going to my doctor and finding at what was happening and possibly what the cause was, I paired the healing abilities of herbs to solve the problem.
So pairing the two together can be very beneficial.
What Are Elderberries
Elderberry also known Sambucus, is a wild scrub. It is native to Europe and North America and can be found in low lying areas, like; along side roads, swamps etc.
The plant is a large bush about 6 feet tall with long arching branches that bares white clusters of flowers that can sometimes be mistaken for the Queen Anne’s Lace but the bodies of the plants are totally different in identification. The berries are dark in color and red or maroon colored flesh.
Nutritional Value Of The Berry
Carbs – 18.4g – 14%
Fiber – 7g – 28%
Vitamin A – 600 IU – 26%
Vitamin C – 36mg – 48%
Manganese 1.0mg – 56%
As I mentioned before, they are our go-to and I have recommended and offered my friends and family the berries to help with their own bouts of the flu.
All of them had excellent reviews about the effectiveness of the berries and I have documented a couple of them below.
My friend, I will call her C. Her family of 5 was having a rough time with the flu that completely wiped out the entire household. As a friend who check in from time to time, I asked her how the family was doing.
That is when she told me about what the family was going through and I immediately told her about elderberry syrup and what it is used for. She agreed to give it a try and shortly after, her family felt so much better.
Here is C’s testimony:
As for me and my husband Levi, we haven’t had the cold or flu in a while but we did feel a “tickle” once or twice and we immediately took some of the syrup that we saved in the freezer to quickly nip it in the bud.
The tickle went away instantly for both of us. (two separate occasions).
Additionally, my mother in law was feeling under the weather when she suddenly realized that she had the flu. Levi came back from his visit and told me and I immediately whipped up a batch of elderberry syrup and sent it to her. Instantly she was better.
Here is mom’s testimony:
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
If you would like to try the syrup as a natural treatment to combat the flu. Here is the recipe.
3/4 cup elderberries
3-1/2 cup water
2 tbsp ginger root
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup agave syrup or honey
Instructions to make the syrup:
1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger and cloves.
2. Bring the water to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid is reduced by half the original amount. Let cool enough to be handled.
3. Mash the berries and let the liquid cool to luke warm.
4. Strain and squeeze completely with cheese cloth and wooden tongs.
4. Add the honey or agave syrup and stir well.
5. Pour into a mason jar or glass container and store in the fridge for up to two months.
Note: The seeds and mashed fruit does not have to be sprained if you don’t mind the “chunkiness”
Children – 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp
Adults – 1/2 tbsp – 1 tbsp
Take 2-3 hours once a day or until symptoms are gone.
While I do make my own elderberry syrup, I understand that not everyone want to do it so here is a list of readied ingredients:
Elderberry syrup: Click Here
For the ones who absolutely love to make stuff in the kitchen, here’s your list:
Elderberries: Click Here
Agave Syrup: Click Here
Honey: Click Here
Cloves: Click Here
Ginger: Click Here
Did you make a batch of this awesome syrup? What do you use to help combat the flu? Let me know in the comments.