Most of us have the latest drugs and medicines in our cabinets in preparation for when we encounter the cold and flu season. What many of us don’t think about, is how we can treat and prevent colds and influenza without the use of phamacutical drugs. Even better, lets look at some natural ways we can prepare our bodies and immune system for the upcoming cold and flu season using what nature has available.
We have to seriously consider our diet to effectively prepare our immune systems for the cold and flu season. You’ve likely been aquianted with the onset of excessive mucus formation when you’ve had a cold or the flu. This is a thick and sticky matter that we find clogging up our sinuses and running freely from our noses. Not only does mucus tend to fill up our noses and sinuses when we’re sick, but it is also formed elsewhere in the body such as our throat, ears, toes and fingertips. It causes poor circulation and causes our body to feel cold as a result.
A great place to start with the battle of preventing excessive mucus is by means of our diet. When you begin to feel the onset of a cold, refrain from eating foods that contain white flour or milk/cheese products, as these cause the formation of excessive mucus in our bodies. Foods such as bread, milk, cheeses, cream, bagels, doughnuts should all be completely eliminated when you feel the symptoms of a cold. This will in turn will reduce the amount of mucus formed in the body.
Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet will also be beneficial in preventing and fighting off the cold and flu. Some of the noteworthy fruits that should be a part of our regular diet such as blueberries,strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, raspberries, apples, peaches, fresh pineapple, mangoes, lemons, and limes will not only alkaline the blood, but are rich in potassium too. Be sure to eat fruits that have been harvested while fully ripe, as they are not so acidic in nature and contain loads of cold fighting nutrients. Fruits such as oranges and grapefuits should be avoided as they are not allowed to ripen before they are harvested and contain much less value then fully ripened citrus fruits.
Vegetables that are rich in potassium such as rapini, carrots, celery, spinich, and other dark leafy green vegetables should be consumed on a regular basis also.
Why is potassium so important when it comes to fighting cold and flu? It has been proven that disease and bacteria cannot thrive or exist in a potassium rich environment. Through biological mutation within the body, potassium has the ability to form into organic sodium which releases oxygen in the process. Oxygen destroys various bacteria and germs within the body, preventing sickness and disease.
If you’re already in the process of fighting of a cold or the flu, lets take a look at some simple remedies for treatment.
If you’re beginning to feel the onset of a cold, make tea from the listed ingredients:
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Elder Flowers (Sambucus Nigra)
Pepperment Leaves (Mentha Piperata)
Combine these dried herbs, and add one tablespoon per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes and strain. Consume one cup 2 or 3 times daily, with the last cup being taken just before you go to sleep. This tea will help rid your body of the cold in the form of sweating.
If your cold involves the chills, sore muscles, and aching, then you likely have a virus in your system.
If this is the case, then its time to introduce this virus to the very powerful and effective Elecampane Root (Inula Helenium). This root is much more powerful then the popular Echinacea Root (Echinacea Angustifolia) and has the ability to fight a variety of diseases and ailments.
Elecampane consists of a variety of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iodine, sodium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It also contains beta-carotene, vitamins B3, B12, B5, and selenium. Elecampane soothes coughing, reduces spasms, act as a diuretic, and calms bronchial secretions.
For dealing with excessive mucus formation and congestion in the lungs, combine and use the following:
Mullein Leaves (Verbascum Thapsus)
Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare)
St. John’s Wart (Hypericum Perforatum)
Fenugreek Seeds (Trigon-ella Foenum-graecum)
Anise Seeds (Pimpinella Anisum)
Combine these dried herbs in equal parts, and add two heaping tablespoons to 3 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 50 mins. Strain, and store in a glass jar when cool, and place in the refrigerator until needed. When required, add 1/4 cup to a mug and top up with hot water (add honey if you like). Drink 2-3 times per day.
These natural remedies are suggested natural treatments. For complete recommendations, visit a qualified and trained herbalist (R. H. designation).