FLU (Influenza) Natural Remedies

Influenza Viruses are characterized by fevers, chills and body aches. It is the body’s way of eliminating toxins. Contributing causes of viruses may be from toxin buildup, possibly from a poor diet, too much tobacco, alcohol, coffee, soda, and fast foods.

There are few medical treatments. Anti-viral medications are not used for common flu viruses. However, from a natural approach, there are remedies that build the immune system and increase the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

Many people ask me if they should get a flu shot, or not. Truthfully, flu vaccinations have not been proven to work and may contain mercury and other toxic substances. Scientifically, there are over 300 viruses floating around at any one time. That leaves less than 1% chance of success! There are other issues of safety and efficacy, including side effects.

In France, many doctors recommend using Oscillococcinum once a week for prevention of the flue or several times a day at the onset of the flu symptoms. I suggest using a few pellets of Oscillo weekly. This should be enough to stimulate the immune system naturally.

It is nice to know that you can help the body work through a virus condition, but prevention is even better. A good immune system prevents a virus from reproducing wildly and making you sick. You can improve your immune system by eliminating dairy products, coffee, black tea, alcohol, soda pop and tobacco. Use a natural food source Vitamin C, and the herbs, cell salts, and homeopathics below.

Herbs for Flu

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Herb combinations:

Dave’s Seasonal Defense Formula is a carefully blended herbal combination to increase the immune system to get rid of toxins and help reduce the symptoms of influenza.

New Chapter Immunity Take Care is clinically shown to help fight viruses.

Herb singles:

Echinacea is a good general immune booster.


Cell Salts to Help with Flu

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

This flu solution may be used daily during the flu season:

#3 Calc Sulph 6X – toxicity removal and yellow discharges
#4 Ferr Phos 6X – inflammation reducer
#5 Kali Mur 6X – removes mucus and strengthens lung


Flu Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Oscillococcinum – for symptoms at the onset of flu. A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of 100 patients showed that, when given at the onset of influenza-like symptoms, Oscillococcinum worked better than the placebo in reducing the symptoms of chills (85.7% vs. 57.1%), stiffness (72.5% vs. 41.9%) and fever (79.1% vs. 40%).

Arsenicum album – stomach flu with diarrhea (Nux Vomica). Chills and fever with diarrhea. Desperate, restless from anxiety. Feels anxiety about health. Thirsty, sips water. Worse after midnight; better from warmth. Good for food poisoning.

Baptisia – sudden onset. Higher fever, thirst for small amounts. Toxic appearance (body odor, bad breath, bad stool and bad taste in mouth, sore throat with infected tonsils). Septic conditions; offensive secretions. Epidemic influenza. Inability to think, confusion. Pressure at root of nose. Skin feels sore.

Bryonia – slow onset flu. Severe dryness of mucus membranes, lips and throat. Thirsty, crave cold drinks. Dry hacking cough, holds chest when coughing. Limbs ache. Very irritable, frustrated; wants to be left alone. Stiff painful joints. Chill with external coldness, internal heat. Constipation with dry hard stools. Worse motion, movement of any kind, and deep breathing; better with pressure.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum – high fevers. Bones ache, as if they will break. Aching deep in bones, back and legs. Very thirsty for cold drinks. Restlessness, bed is uncomfortable, feels hard. Fevers and chills alternate. Chills between 7-9 a.m. Perspiration relieves all symptoms except headache. Worse from cold air, motion, and in the morning.

Gelsemium – slow onset flu wtih low fever. Dizziness, blurred vision. Very apathetic. Flu associated with nervous stress, fear, fright, emotional excitement or upset. Dullness of mind, doesn’t want to move; wiped-out feeling.. Thirstless. Trembling, muscle aches and weakness. Apathetic about their illness. Dull aches with heaviness of eyelids. Vertigo from sudden motion, exertion on rising up from a seat. Chills run up and down the spine, as if cold water were poured down the back.

Phosphorus – weak, oversensitive; wants sympathy. Breathing quickened, chest oppressed. Congestion of lungs; whole body trembles with cough. Arms and hands become numb, joints suddenly give way. Pain in stomach, better by cold drinks. Craves ice water during the chill; water is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Exhausting diarrhea. Burning heat up back. Hectic fever with quick pulse.

Rhus tox – slow onset, especially after over exerting in cold, damp weather. Aching in all limbs worse on beginning to move; better on continued motion. Restless, has to keep moving. Vertigo upon rising. Sneezing with chilliness, worse evenings. Swollen glands, pain with swallowing. Chilly, as if cold water poured over him, followed by heat. Stiffness of limbs, sore joints, wants to stretch limbs, aching in all bones (Eupatorium Perf). Worse cold damp weather; better warmth.

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Ear Infection Natural Remedies

Pain in the ears may signal an inner ear infection. Found mostly in infants to children six years of age, ear infections can affect older children as well as adults. Prominent signs of ear infections include pain, crying, pulling at the ears, dizziness, and discharges when the eardrum bursts, loss of hearing, and sometimes glands under the jaw are painful and swollen.

Common causes of ear infections include allergic reactions to dairy or baked goods, feeding a child solid food before they are 12 months, reactions to mother’s milk from the food she has been eating, and allergens in the air or even second hand smoke. Look for blocked Eustachian tubes also.

Modern medicine usually treats ear infections with antibiotics; then the infection usually returns about every few weeks as the antibiotic only treated symptoms. If chronic, then tubes are put in the ears; sometimes this doesn’t work. Then there are the side effects and toxicity of the medications involved.

The natural perspective includes recognizing and earache before it gets going. An easy method is to press on the bone behind both ears firmly without causing pain, and moving down to press on the Eustachian tube to the bottom of the neck. If the child, or adult, winces or is in pain on either side, then it’s most likely an earache or infection. Bear in mind that this method will catch most earaches, but check with your doctor. I suspect that children with vaccinations have more earaches; many other natural health practitioners believe the same way.

I used the following methods for my children when they were young and found positive results within 24 to 48 hours; you can also do this while the person is on medication.

Nutritionally help the child: Breast feed babies to 12 months old and have a diet free of dairy, baker’s goods and simple sugars. Use lots of Vitamin C (1000 mg a day unless diarrhea). The following remedies can clear Eustachian tube blockages:

 

Herbs for Ear Infections

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Externally, despite medical objections, warm olive oil put into the ears can reduce pain. Garlic and mullein oil may also be effective.

Herbal extracts taken internally in mild teas or glycerin extracts, you can us a combination for best effects:

Echinacea – immune boosting effects to help the body to beat infections, colds and flu.

Oregon grape root – to support the liver and immune system.

Yarrow – to help the lymphatic system as well as the kidneys; also reduces fevers.

Ginger – to warm the digestion and increase circulation.


Cell Salts to Help with Ear Infecitions

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

This is also a great formula for fevers of all kinds.

#4 Ferrum phos 6X – to reduce inflammation and fever, at the onset
#5 Kali mur 6X – to break up mucus and reduce Eustachian tube blockages, fevers
#7 Kali sulph 6X – yellow discharges, high fever


Ear Infection Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Aconite – 9 pm to midnight; sudden violent onset; brought on by cold dry winds or going hot to cold; restlessness, fearfulness, sensitive to noises; thirsty; fever only to 103 degrees; symptoms worse warmth, better with coolness.

Belladonna – sudden onset; fever 105 degrees; no thirst; delirium, convulsions; extremities cold; migraine; dilated pupils; acuteness of senses – oversensitive; blood rushes to spot of inflammation, heat, redness, and throbbing; scarlet fever;.

Chamomilla – screaming, highly emotional, oversensitive to pain, drives you crazy; demanding, can’t be pleased; teething pains; colic; better from being held, worse at night.

Ferrum phos – slow onset, similar to belladonna; fever 100-103 degrees; first remedy to use at onset.

Hepar sulph – can’t stand you touching them; croup, feet uncovered starts coughing; sensitive to wind feels like wind is blowing on some part; hyper sensitive, may commit an act of violence; splinter pains in throat to ear; better damp weather, worse from single parts getting cold.

Mercurius solubis – pattern of earaches and several antibiotics, recurring earaches; night aggravation; extreme restlessness; sweating, heat changing to chills and back; sensitive to temperature changes; bad breath; face pale; wets pillow with extra saliva; chronic sore throats.

Pulsatilla – adult women’s remedy; thirstless, paleness; aftermath of thick nasal discharges; person is soft, gentle, whiny, clingy; changes in symptoms and mood; better in open air and sitting up, worse in stuffy rooms, eating rich fatty foods, and at twilight.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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