Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

Do you dislike getting sick as much as I do?  There are few things worse than missing out on a fun activity because you’re stuck at home glued to a box of Kleenex!  Most people are familiar with the idea of using herbs to boost their immune system.  Many people today, in fact, are looking for more natural solutions for cold and flu.

In today’s article I would like to share why we get sick in the first place, and which herbs you can use to dramatically speed up your recovery time from cold and flu!

Why We Get Sick

If you get a cold or the flu, the reason why is simple: the bacteria or virus has something to live on inside you, aka toxins and waste matter. So the most obvious way to prevent illness from visiting you is not putting out the welcome mat for those bacteria and viruses in the first place! Keep your inner environment clean, and you will be able to maintain better health in general. You can read more about herbs for detoxification here. In addition to cleansing herbs, you’ll want to employ a healthy diet and stellar lifestyle choices.

If you do get sick, the most important thing to remember is to work WITH the body back towards wellness, which your body wants as much as you do. Below are some very handy herbs to have on hand when you want to form a partnership with your body during times of illness.

Immune-Stimulating Herbs

Pop quiz–do you know all the parts of your immune system? Well here’s the answer: connective tissue, lymph nodes, bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, the appendix, parts of the small intestine, and cells including white blood cells, T cells, and B cells.  They each have an important job to do, and love the help of immune-stimulating herbs to boost its natural defenses against illness.

Echinacea is definitely the most well-known of these herbs, and in glycerine tincture form, it also wins the prize for best tasting! It tastes sweet as candy! Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells to help the immune system fight off an infection more efficiently, and it’s a great blood cleanser.

By itself, Echinacea should only be taken for a week at a time, then you should rest a week. But as a syngergistic herb in Dr. Christopher’s Immune System Formula, it can be used on a daily basis as a preventative measure tonic. This formula has Echinacea purpurea root and herb, astragalus root, Siberian ginseng root, and Reishi mushrooms. (Aren’t those some fun names?)

Dr. Christopher’s Kid-E-Well is a children’s formula that provides this same immune-stimulating boost. It has yarrow, elder flowers, peppermint, and Echinacea, and tastes divine. My sister-in-law told me recently that her 3 young kids want to literally drink it every night! My 5 year old nephew pulls it excitedly out of the fridge and says, “Medicine time!” with a huge smile on his face. So cute!

Antimicrobial and Antiviral Herbs

These little beauties help to eliminate pathogens, and they do it well. Garlic is “nature’s antibiotic”, killing almost any virus, bacteria, fungi and yeast it comes into contact with, like E. coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Candida, and herpes just to name a few. If you feel a sickness coming on, eat as many raw garlic bulbs as you can handle.

Or if eating raw garlic isn’t for you, try drinking some Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune Syrup, formerly known as the “Anti-Plague Formula” and there is a good reason why! It delivers a thorough cleansing of the system and prevents anything harmful from getting the better of you. It has fresh garlic juice, aloe vera gel, wormwood, lobelia, marshmallow root, white oak bark, black walnut, mullein, skullcap, gravel root and plantain in a base of pure vegetable glycerine, raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It packs a powerful punch!

Diaphoretic Herbs

These herbs, like yarrowgarlic, and lobeliahelp the body sweat out toxins through the skin and are often used for fevers. Although sometimes people are scared by fevers, they are actually one of our most important immune system defenses. Pathogens are killed at certain temperatures, so the body wants to get to that temperature as soon as possible. We should help the body through the fever so it can do its job properly. It’s very important to keep the body hydrated with diaphoretic herbal teas during a fever, since when dealing with a fever, moist heat is good and dry heat is not good. Or put a few tablespoons of ginger root in a hot bath and soak in it while drinking plenty of hot yarrow tea.

Expectorant Herbs

Herbs such as comfrey, licorice root, lobelia, red clover, and cayenne help the body rid itself of excess phlegm and toxic mucus. If I’m sick, I’ll be drinking a tea every hour with a hefty combination of these antiviral herbs,  and a little of the Super Garlic Immune. I feel better knowing that I’m helping my body do what it needs to do naturally to get be well again. And when I’m coughing and congested, I can’t get well fast enough! Another trick is to grate fresh horseradish root and breathe it in, and you will definitely feel your sinuses clearing!

If you would rather take capsules, try Dr. Christopher’s Chest Formula. This is a powerful expectorant formula of ginger, bayberry, cloves, cayenne, and white pine bark. It is an immune- boosting, cleansing formula that neutralizes and removes harmful toxins. Often when I’m sick I’ll take a couple of these capsules every hour.

One thing that all of these herbs have in common is that they do not suppress any symptoms of illness, but instead help your body work expeditiously through them. I am rarely sick more than 2-3 days because of this very reason. I would love to help you feel prepared to tackle cold and flu season with some powerful herbs as your ally. Which of these herbs stands out to you? Can’t decide? The great thing is that there is such a wide variety of choices when it comes to promoting health and wellness!

My wish for you is that this be your healthiest autumn/winter ever!

– Rebecca

 

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