Duking it out with the Flu (and Winning)

Flu and colds typically peak from December through March. A combination of cold temperatures, low humidity and more time inside dramatically increase transmission of viruses.  If you do come down with the crud, you can minimize the symptoms in many natural ways that are safe and non-toxic  – even for babies!

Be Proactive with Nutraceuticals!  
A good homemade soup provides electrolytes, vitamins and minerals – great whether you are trying to be proative against the flu, or take care of existing symptoms.  Avoid salty, canned soups if possible.
Soup is easy to digest, and the recipe below is tailored to address the flu with the Big Three flu-busting ingredients:
Garlic, in particular, has the ability to boost your immune system by increasing the rate at which your natural killer cells are made. These cells will kill off all invaders without the specific targeting that antibodies use to kill pathogens.
Ginger is another one. Anti-inflammatory gingerols in the root help to relieve a sore throat quickly, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place.
Capsaicin, found in most hot peppers,  acts as an expectoran and decongestant (it loosens phlegm, making it easier to breathe), and deaden pain at the same time. Hot peppers are also loaded with vitamin C.
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus oil is nature’s best decongestant. Inhale and deeply breathe the vapors to pull them into your bronchial tubes – you will feel your entire airways opening up. Be liberal with it, you can’t do any harm!
Fever Reduction
For quick, external fever reduction, take a sponge bath for up to 30 minutes, but do not use cold water or ice, as it will lower body temperature too quickly (especially in children).Apply cooling hydrogel packs, such as the Fever Cooling Patch, to the forehead. These use the menthol compounds in mint to draw fever out.

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