If you find you do have flu symptoms and a sore throat here are some natural remedies.
Lemon and Ginger Juice
I have found this to be really effective. Juice several big chunks of ginger and three lemons. Either drink as shots, or add warm water. Add honey to taste. Drink regularly.
Propolis throat spray
This is very good especially when you start to feel a ‘tickle’. Bees disinfect the entrance to their hive with propolis and its useful for us humans too. Due to it’s antiseptic and anti-oxidant properties, propolis soothes and relieves cough, sore throat and flu symptoms by protecting mucus membranes.
These are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. Elderberries naturally contain vitamins A, B, and C.
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
Kids like the syrup too.
ELDERBERRY SYRUP RECIPE
- 3½ cups water
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries (or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)
- 2 TBSP ginger (grated)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
- Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
- Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
- When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well. (Honey can be replaced by a cup of sugar)
- When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a sterilised mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind. Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.
Thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.
Either make hot infusion, by steeping thyme in hot water for 15 minutes then strain and drink by the cup, or to make antiviral tincture: fill a jam jar with thyme and then pour vodka into the jam jar until full. Lable and date and keep for a lunar cycle (1 month). Then remove the thyme and you have thyme tincture. Take 5mls three times per day or a shot once per day.
You can also make elderberry tincture as described above but replacing the thyme with elderberries. Elderberries can be picked in August/September time, but can also be bought dried, online or in winemaking shops.