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Suffering From Seasonal Flu? 3 Natural Treatment Options

by Monica Reynolds

Every year, an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Canadians die from the seasonal flu, also known as seasonal influenza.  This serious illness tends to affect people during the winter.  It is also extremely contagious.  If you've contracted the seasonal flu, consider the following 3 natural treatment options.

Seasonal Flu Symptoms

If you're suffering from the flu, you may be experiencing troublesome symptoms such as:

  • Congested nasal passages

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sweats

  • Fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Achy back, leg, and arm muscles

  • Dry cough

While these symptoms can be devastating for any flu sufferer, some groups of people are more likely to develop other potentially life threatening complications.  These groups of people include:

  • Pregnant women

  • Young kids

  • Seniors over the age of 65

  • People who are battling chronic illnesses

  • People who have compromised immune systems

Elderberry Syrup

Due to the serious nature of the flu, you probably wish to mitigate its effects on you quickly.  Some people accomplish this task with the aid of elderberry syrup.  Besides preventing the flu, some people believe black elderberries can decrease the number of days people suffer from this malady.

The powerful effect of elderberries stems from their abundance of a few essential vitamins.  Elderberries are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C.  These beneficial vitamins are believed to boost your immune system and help you fight off an invasion of the flu virus.  Health food retailers usually stock elderberry syrup.  You can also purchase this medicine from an internet retailer. 

Slippery Elm

In addition to elderberry syrup, slippery elm has been shown to relieve flu symptoms in some people.  It can be particularly beneficial for people suffering with a dry cough and a sore throat.  People have been using slippery elm for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.  The slippery elm is a tree found in several regions in North America. 

The medicinal benefits of the slippery elm reside in its bark.  This part of the tree is first dried.  Then, it is ground into a powder.  To get the recommended dosage of slippery elm, you can:

  • Take capsules or tablets

  • Consume lozenges

  • Apply a poultice to your skin

  • Drink tea

If you are currently taking other medicines, slippery elm may prevent you from absorbing them properly.  Therefore, you should always take other medications a minimum of 2 hours before or 2 hours after consuming slippery elm.  Some medical professionals believe slippery elm may contribute to miscarriages in pregnant women.  If you are pregnant, you should consult with your physician before trying this natural flu remedy.  Parents should also refer with a doctor before administering slippery elm to their children.    

Mustard Plaster

For many people, the word mustard conjures up images of a favorite hotdog or pretzel condiment.  However, mustard can be used to lessen the effects of the ravaging flu virus.  When formed into a plaster, mustard is believed to ease congestion in the chest.

To reap the benefits of a homemade mustard plaster, you will need to:

  • Grind 3 tablespoons of mustard seeds in a blender or coffee grinder

  • Make a paste by adding water to the ground mustard seeds

  • Apply a liberal coating of petroleum jelly to your chest to prevent the mustard plaster from burning you

  • Apply the mustard paste to your chest

  • Remove the mustard plaster within 15 minutes

If you've been dealing with a nagging flu for days, you are probably desperate for relief.  Thankfully, the aforementioned 3 natural treatment options have been shown to ease some of the bothersome symptoms of the flu.  To learn more about these treatment alternatives and discover other opportunities, visit your local trusted walk in clinic today.