Normally, we think of the flu season as being in the fall but now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is predicted to be an all year long concern. At least, for the next year or so, since this virus will not be in control until there is an effective vaccine.
In the meantime, many will be holding their breath and hope they don’t get it. And there are many, who are waiting anxiously for inoculation as soon as it is available and found to be effective against the COVID-19 virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2 virus.
And while this new strain of coronavirus is known to be more dangerous than a typical seasonal flu virus, the good news is that there are several tried and true natural flu remedies that have been used for centuries during many a flu outbreak.
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It is important to note that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not considered to be a seasonal or typical flu at this time. And that it can advance quickly into severe symptoms that should be reported to your doctor or health care professional immediately.
Especially, since that there are new reports coming in that strokes are associated with the new coronavirus across a wide range of age groups. WEbMD.com tells us that you should call a doctor or hospital right away, if you have one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Constant pain or pressure in your chest
- Bluish lips or face
- Sudden confusion
Here are 6 Natural Flu Remedies Known To Lessen Typical Flu Symptoms and Speed Recovery.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
Some studies have shown that the flu enters the body through ear canals. If you’re able to catch the mild symptoms of a typical flu within the first few hours, try placing a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear every few hours. The peroxide kills the virus before it has the opportunity to multiply and really take hold.
2. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver, a liquid suspension of microscopic particles of silver, is used as a natural antibiotic and antiviral. Natural remedy and holistic practitioners believe it has the ability to essentially eliminate an enzyme that bacteria and viruses need to survive in your body. Like hydrogen peroxide, the best time to use colloidal silver is right when you first notice flu-like symptoms.
Elderberry, an antioxidant, is commonly used to boost immunity, however studies also show it may work as an antiviral herb.
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This means that during flu season, you may consider taking elderberry supplements such as elderberry juice, syrup or capsules, which may be able to help you avoid a typical flu. And if you do catch a seasonal flu, elderberry may help shorten your recovery time.
Oscillococcinum, is a homeopathic product that’s manufactured in France and sold in health food stores around the world – particularly during flu season. Homeopathic comes from the principle that “like cures like.” Oscillococcinum is made from extremely diluted parts of the hearts and livers of ducks, which are believed to be particularly vulnerable to influenza viruses.
Oscillococcinum is used to shorten the duration of a typical fl, once you’ve caught it; but it does not work to prevent the flu.
Echinacea, an herbal remedy most often used to prevent and treat colds and flu, has been shown to shorten the duration for flu sufferers. There are many types of Echinacea. The leaves, flowers and stems of Echinacea “purpurea” seem to be the most effective. It is typically recommended to take Echinacea, usually in capsule form, every two to three hours immediately after recognizing symptoms.
6. North American Ginseng.
“North American ginseng” is a popular natural flu remedy used to shorten the duration of a seasonal flu. In one study, North American ginseng appeared to be effective in shortening the duration of colds and other acute respiratory infections in healthy adults when taken as a preventative for 8–16 weeks.
Ginseng can be taken in the form of teas, oils, syrups, powders, tablets, and capsules.
As a caution, WebMD states that ginseng can come with some serious side effects as well as some dangerous adverse interactions with particular prescription medications including warfarin and some diabetes medications.
With any herbs, it’s important to check with your doctor to make sure there aren’t any adverse reactions. Having a seasonal flu is one of the most miserable experiences. It’s nice to know there are so many natural flu remedies available to lessen the symptoms and help you recover as quickly as possible.
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