My post from a year ago still applies:
Herbs and steps to take for a cold/flu
Thank you for the elderberry recipes – I will add them to my collection.
For your consideration – my two cents. (FYI – I gave up wheat and dairy 25 years ago and haven’t had a cold, flu, sniffle, sneeze, fever, bronchitis, etc., since.)
In no particular order:
Astragalus – deep immune building – can be taken over long periods of time without causing a drop in immunity - not in the presence of a fever.
Echinacea is a short term tonic – meaning you take it for 5 days on 2 days off, or 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. If taken continually it LOWERS your immune functioning.
Build your microbiome – 80% - 90% of your immunity is in your gut. Bone broth helps heal the gut and is very healing/soothing to the whole gastrointestinal tract. Eat homemade ferments like sauerkraut or probiotics.
Fasting is a great way not to use the body’s energy used for digestion and divert it for healing. Just do clear liquids for a couple of days. You can easily allow a sloughing off of dysbiotic state, which has probably contributed to feeling ill.
Wheat/dairy/sugar/meat/grains in general/alcohol cause mucus formation – a great place for the unwanted guests to nest and breed. Slows down the entire system, causes blockages of the movement of energy.
Fenugreek helps to expel mucus from almost everywhere.
Become more alkaline – bacteria/virus et al love to thrive in acidic and anaerobic environments. Drink hot lemonade sweetened with stevia – sugar makes you acid. Drink green juices. Take a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
Andrographis – One of the great bitter herbs – good for congested liver, is an anti-inflammatory and stimulates the immune system – can be found in “Kold Kare”as a single herb, in any good health food store or on the internet. Take it at the first sign of something coming on.
Ear Ache – mullein and garlic infused oil.
Move your lymph. Massage, poke root, red root, homeopathics, jumping on a rebounder.
Propolis – Great for boosting the immune system and wonderful to bath a sore throat in. Please appreciate what bees go through to accumulate propolis, sticky resins and saps. I once observed a worker arrive at the hive laden with propolis. She waited, patiently, for 5 hours for another worker or two to come help her unload. Apparently she couldn’t do it herself.
Feeling chilled? Ginger, grated, in your hot tea of choice will warm you up. Ginger is also known as a pushing herb – makes whatever herbs you are taking more effective.
Not because it is Christmas – Frankincense and Myrrh – antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.
Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C – essential to good immune function.
Medicinal mushrooms – reishi, maitake, shiitaki, and betaglucans.
Minerals – zinc, selenium, germanium and you may be deficient in magnesium –used by every cell of your body – Epsom salts – soak your feet in some nice hot water with Epsom salts – magnesium sulfate absorbed through the skin – very relaxing.
Fever – you are fighting an infection - help it along and pile on the blankets and sip hot tea. You will sweat. Using this method you can feel when the fever breaks. Have dry clothes handy to change into.
Meditate – stress wreaks havoc on your immunity. Focus on all you have to bee grateful for.
Slippery elm – so soothing to the mucus membranes.
Elecampane, mullein, coltsfoot, osha and wild cherry for lungs. Different applications - tinctures, teas, smoking them. PS - Don't smoke cigarettes.
Take any of the adaptogenic herbs – they help you to ease though regulation – ashwagandha, rhodiola etc.