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Natural remedies for swine flu prevention

Submitted by on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 Loading Add to favourites  7 Comments

echinaceaUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know all about swine ‘flu.

As we move towards autumn and the cooler months, how can we protect ourselves and our family from the effects of coughs, colds and ‘flu?

Fortunately, there are many safe, natural and effective remedies that can help keep us fit and healthy!

Garlic

Garlic is one of the most effective anti-microbial plants available. It works on bacteria, funguses and viruses.

Eat it in your meals by adding to stir fries, stews or soups. If you don’t like the taste of it, then consider taking a high potency supplement throughout the autumn and winter

Elderflower

Elderflower is an anti viral herb which helps reduce fevers, boost the immune system and fight colds and flu.

Don’t use a sugar-laden cordial, instead use the dried herb in herbal teas for a delicious warming drink. Add a spoonful of honey to soothe the throat.

Diet

Use food as your medicine and ditch the highly processed foods, sugar and caffeine.

Include lots of vitamin C rich foods to boost your immune system such as berries, citrus fruitsw, dark leafy green vegetables, peppers and potatoes.

Anti bacterial

The Government are advising us to wash our hands with antibacterial soaps and sanitisers. Unfortunately, triclosan, one of the most commonly used anti bacterial agents comes with its own set of problems.

Make your own safe and effective sanitiser by mixing 100mls of vodka with 10 mls of tea tree oil and 25 mls of water. Tea tree is natural and a very powerful antiseptic.

You can also spray this mix onto door handles, eating surfaces, toilet handles or anywhere elase you are concerned about.

Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the primary remedies for helping the body clear up infections.

It is both anti bacterial and anti viral and needs time to get into your system, so start taking it now to build up your reserves ready for the autumn.

What about you? What are your favourite ways to prevent ‘flu?

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  • RBT 24/7 says:

    Great article on natural remedies to Swine Flu – thanks for that! Just thought I’d introduce RBT 24/7 to everyone as I think that this article offers a great opportunity to do so.

    RBT 24/7 is a supplier of cleaning and disease prevention solutions. It’s product range includes trigger sprays, total release foggers, hand sanitisers and multipurpose wipes. The great thing about the range is that it makes use of natural biocides rather than bleach or alcohol – meaning it is environmentally friendly.

    Why not take a look at the website?

    http://www.rbt247.com/

  • Mrs Green says:

    @RBT 24/7: Hi, Thanks for your comment and introducing us to RBT. What are the active ‘natural biocides’ in the hand sanitizers and wipes?
    We tend to favour essential oils and colloidal silver, but it’s always great to hear of other ideas 🙂

  • matt johnson says:

    RBT 24/7 – shameless advertising of synthetically made chemicals – can’t you afford proper advertising? this site is for natural remdedies, half-assed resellers of chemicals like you disgust me, you dont sell natural prodcuts and they’re certainly not ‘environmentally friendly’ alcohol is natural you idiots – id rather use alcohol than chemicals like yours.

  • Don’t forget the benefits of plain old hand washing–using old fashioned soap and water. As long as you do it long enough (count to 20), it is very effective. And if you use a natural soap you can avoid the problems associated with commercial products including SLS, preservatives and triclosan. Unknown to many people antibiotic products have been linked to increased antibiotic resistance (see CDC link below)

    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol7no3_supp/levy.htm

  • Mrs Green says:

    @matt johnson: Ooo, Matt; that got you fired up LOL! People will take from the site what is useful to them and discard the rest, so no worries there 🙂 Have a great day and thanks for your comment.

    @Inger Wilkerson: Hello Inger, yes good hand washing is a brilliant defence against germs and remembering to DRY the hands well too…

  • Kelly says:

    My little girl and I tried a natural flu medicine for the flu this year called Fluendz because I was worried about us both taking the swine flu vaccine. I have to admit..it worked great and it was easy to give to my 3 year old because it’s just a oral spray.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Kelly: Hello Kelly; thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m glad you had a flu-free season. I’ll check out the remedy you recommend 😉