I have just gotten sick myself, so you all may have to bear with me.
I thought it might be nice to collect all of the wonderful non pharma remedies that people have used on this flu in one place. I have seen many
scattered across the boards, so please feel free to link to any post or thread that contains pertinent information.
*Disclaimer* I am not a licensed practitioner of any kind. I have merely been treating myself and my family to the best of my ability through the
My most severe symptoms have been the tight chest and semi inability to breathe. I am a smoker, and it is to be expected, but it is scary.I have been
using my hyland's homeopathic phosphorus to clear my cough and it seems to work nicely. I also put together an herbal tea this morning consisting of
yarrow, mint, clover, labrador tea and rosemary.
Since the flu is a virus, antibiotics won't touch it, focus on anti-virals instead.
According to Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
by Thomas Bartram,
ANTI-VIRALS. Herbs that contain Vitamin C or stimulate it metabolism in the body. Vitamin C has a broad spectrum viricidal action which is often
overlooked for accute infectious diseases. Aloe Vera, Balm, Boneset, Burdock, Echineacea, Elderflowers, Elcampane, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Goldenseal,
Liquorice, Marjoram, Pulsatilla, Queen's Delight, St. John's Wort, Thuja, Wild Indigo, Yarrow.
I can't find it in either of my go to herbals, but I know that I have read that rosemary is also anti-viral in action, according to Bartram's it is
still a good anti-septic, anti-spasmodic which is also helpful to calm exhausted muscles, from coughing or vomiting.
Aromatherapy may be helpful, especially to those who cannot keep anything down. Eucalyptus is a good one to rub down congested areas with, it helps to
open airways up, lavender is soothing, calming and smells wonderful. Tea Tree oil is a powerful purifier, it may be a good way to try and rid a sick
area that still contains a person of the contaminants.
I have seen several people suggest colloidal silver, it is an excellent medicine! Thanks for reminding me of that one! I have some upstairs but have
only ever used it under extreme circumstances due to cost.
I had chronic bronchitis years and years ago when I was homeless and in high school. I carried that with me for over a year when a wonderful kind
person, who I really miss, kept me at her house and treated my with gallons of juice and colloidal silver. In a week I was healthy again. The stuff
Steam and vapor rub (or eucalyptus oil) are excellent to open airways right now. I have used this on a regular basis. I crank up the shower to full
hot and leave the room for a minute to slather a nearly naked child with vapo rub, we then sit in the bathroom until my son is breathing better. It
helps every time and is great for those midnight wakings.
Even a simple mint or chamomile tea loaded with lemon and honey can ease the chest congestion and make it easier to breathe.
I wish I had more for you on the nausea and vomiting, other than stay hydrated, I have never found anything to help me personally. I am the lucky one
that puked for 9 months of each pregnancy.
Theoretically though, ginger and mint are both helpful. Sipping on ginger ale can at least keep you hydrated. Another odd one that helps others is
mint candies, little starlight mints, or sucking on leftover candy canes has always helped the little ones. I have even found minimal relief with this
over the years. People think I am strange because I always have peppermint candy canes hanging in my kitchen.
I know there is more, but my head is starting to throb again, please add as you see fit with links or info.
(I am a sucker and fall back on my coffee and ibuprofen for headaches, and the anti-inflammatory action of the ibuprofen helps with the rest of the
This sounds like it is getting worse, I only hope this helps someone.
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