Cold, fever, cough… you have probably caught a flu syndrome (be careful not to confuse it with the “real flu”!). Here are a few natural solutions to alleviate your symptoms quickly.
Influenza syndrome and “real flu” not to be confused.
In common parlance, flu is often referred to as an influenza-like illness. However, they are 2 quite distinct things that only have similar symptoms at the beginning.
While the flu syndrome normally has a mild course, the “real flu“, triggered by the influenzae virus, causes severe symptoms such as high fever, severe pain (in the form of generalized aches and pains) and extreme fatigue (usually you can’t get out of bed for several days).
Influenza syndrome is triggered by a wide variety of viruses, which are much more harmless and easier to fight than the influenza virus. The signs are more diverse and include coughs, colds, sore throats, mild headaches, and fatigue.
Plants to relieve flu-like symptoms
Six plants may be useful to you to alleviate the flu syndrome. It’s up to you to choose the ones that suit you best according to the symptoms you are experiencing. Once you have chosen the plants that are right for you, mix them in equal parts to make herbal teas that you will drink 3 to 5 cups of throughout the day.
- Sage: with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antispasmodic properties.
- Thyme: ideal for all bronchial problems and especially irritating coughs.
Against the cold
- Verbena: perfect for the blocked nose because it fluidifies the secretions while being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antitussive.
To strengthen the defenses
- Echinacea: is excellent for strengthening the immune system while having an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action.
- The great nasturtium: by its high vitamin C content, it strengthens weakened defenses.
Inhalations to facilitate breathing
If necessary, if your nose is blocked and your bronchial tubes are blocked, it is advisable to inhale 2 to 3 times a day to clear the airways. To do this, pour boiling water in a bowl over half a handful of sage or mint (as the latter clears the nostrils particularly well), cover the bowl and your head together under a cloth, and inhale the beneficial vapours for 5 to 10 minutes.
Essential oils are your allies too
Diffuse, 20 minutes 3 times a day, in the patient’s room, a few drops of Thyme essential oil with powerful anti-infectious properties of the respiratory tract.
If you do not have a diffuser, place next to the bed a cup of water with a few drops of essential oil of thyme.
To feel better before going to bed, mix 5 drops of Scots Pine essential oil with a tablespoon of honey, fresh cream or liquid soap and pour into the full bathtub. Relax in your bath for 15 to 20 minutes and then go to bed.
Homeopathy to complete the treatment
Homeopathy can also facilitate healing by taking Ferrum phosphoricum 7 CH, 3 granules 3 times a day, to strengthen defenses and alleviate disorders.
Of course, if the disorders become more acute or do not significantly improve after 3 days, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Influenza differs from the common cold in that the body temperature rises sharply. It is accompanied by a high fever that persists for 3 to 4 days. It is followed by cough, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose and fatigue.
To prevent a flu-like condition, Oscillococcinum is a very powerful homeopathic remedy. As a preventive treatment, a weekly dose is recommended during the months when the virus responsible for the flu (influenzae A, B and C) is the most increasing. It should be taken once a week for 4 weeks. After that, one dose per month should be taken.
As a curative treatment for the flu, a dose of Oscillococcinum should be taken as soon as the first signs of the flu begin to be felt. One hour after the first dose, one dose of Sulfur 15 CH or one dose of Yersin Serum 9 CH should be taken. Then, this dose should be repeated every 6 hours. Afterwards, homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the physical condition and symptoms felt by the patient.
Bryonia Alba 9 CH in case of progressive fever, fatigue, dryness of the mucous membranes, heavy sweating and intense thirst.
Eupatorium Perfoliatium 9 CH in case of bone pain, aches and sneezing.
Nux Vomica 9 CH in case of runny and itchy nose.
Rhus Toxicodendron 9 CH for dry coughs, aches and pains, restlessness and shivering.