Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to beat the flu

I found this at herb I think it has some very important information so I wanted to share this with all of you.
How to Beat the Flu!By
Flu Time
Well it’s Flu time again unfortunately! Thankfully so far we haven’t had a major Flu epidemic, such as the dreaded Bird Flu. However any strain of Flu tends to be very unpleasant and can sometimes be lethal, so it’s important to help the body be prepared.
Many people think that any immume boosting herbs will help fight the Flu, but that’s certainly not the case. Echinacea and Astragalus, for example, should be avoided especially in the active Flu Stage, as an increase in Cytokines brought on by a stimulated immune response can lead to a Cytokine Storm and actually ravage the lungs.
Anti-inflammatories and anti-virals are therefore thought best to help the body cope with Flu strains, especially should we ever encounter an epidemic such as Bird Flu (H5N1).
There are three herbs that I would choose to fight flu, namely:Ginger, Green Tea and Lemon Balm. This is based on their anti-viral and anti-inflammatory action, but equally importantly because none of them are thought to specifically boost Cytokine response.
Taste, safety and cost are also considered and these are generally regarded as very safe. Caution should be taken with Lemon Balm if pregnant or breast feeding, if you have a Thyroid condition, or Glaucoma.
Each herb was chosen for very specific reasons. See below:
Ginger Root: This herb was chosen because it contains 10 anti-viral compounds and is a stimulating herb that is warming to the system, making it a wonderful warming cold and flu remedy. It is also thought to be a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems, relieving headaches, soothing sore throats and reducing fever. All these symptoms are commonly associated with Flu. In her book ’10 Essential Herbs’ author Lalitha Thomas describes the properties: “The major active ingredients in ginger are terpenes (quite similar to the chemical action of turpentine) and an oleo-resin called ginger oil. These two, and other active ingredients in ginger, provide antiseptic, lymph-cleansing, circulation-stimulating, and mild constipation relief qualities along with a potent perspiration-inducing action that is quite effective in cleansing the system of toxins.”
Lemon Balm: This herb is another excellent herb. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, sedative, and thyroid-regulating. It is often used to treat children with fever, flu, and colds. In adults, it treats colds, headaches, depression, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and nervous stomachs. In addition, it is a soothing, sedative herb that can relieve tension and lift depression. This is important as people do get very tired and fed-up when fighting the Flu. If you can start to FEEL better your body will heal much better.
Green Tea: Green Tea possesses one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). Even moderate doses have an effect. In addition, Green tea is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It is thought the tea acts at the cellular level by inhibiting inflammatory pathways to reduce inflammation. The tea’s high content of polyphenols is likely to be responsible for its high anti-inflammatory activity. It has been shown to REDUCE THE RELEASE OF PRO-INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINES. (reference:
Make a mug of Green Tea and add tinctures of Ginger and Lemon Balm, also a dash of Lemon juice for Vitamin C, and drink several times a day!Garlic is another great herb for helping fight Flu. I haven’t added into my top 3 as it’s hard to add it to a warming beverage and drink it! But try regularly adding it to food. Be aware though, that too much Garlic can cause the Red Blood Cells to burst, causing Anaemia, so don’t go overboard with it! Again I haven’t added Goldenseal to my top three as it is very expensive, therefore not easily available to a lot of people. But if you can afford it, take it!
I believe this is an excellent combination of herbs that are easy to take, taste nice and are not too expensive.
Goldenseal is another great herb that is both antiseptic and immune stimulating, increasing blood supply to the spleen. The spleen is the bodies staging area for the fighting cells in your immune system. Berberine is present in goldenseal, and activates macrophages (special white blood cells), which are responsible for destruction of bacteria, fungi, viruses and tumour cells. (Info taken from:
Please Note: This kit is NOT a substitute for the Flu injection and these herbs will not give you complete immunity from colds or Flu. What they aim to do is reduce the likelihood of catching an illness in the first place. And if you do become ill they should hopefully reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms, and help you recover afterwards.


  1. Thank you for the info on the echinacea. I had my concerns about it in the case of Cytokine production and lung damage, so you helped confirm my suspicions.
    I have been following your blog for several weeks, mostly reading your back issues since you haven't posted since early Dec. (it is way too busy a season for much posting :). I have really enjoyed your posts and have enjoyed hearing about your life in Colorado. I have lived in Texas and Okalahoma, and California, but never in the part of the west that you live in. Each place is different and it is nice to hear about life in different places. Presently we live in the Piedmont of North Carolina where the summers are hot and humid and the winters are mild. We have a little homestead here where we raised and home schooled our sons. Now we are empty nesters and casting about for a new adventure... if you are interested in hearing about some of our past adventures I have two blogs which is about life on our homestead and has a sidebar about our year long adventure living on a farm in Costa Rica. Also I have a blog about letter writing, but it has a bunch of info about our travels as well it is I haven't written much in the past while due to "life" having its way, but I have a lot of past posts for reading if you are interested. I hope you have enjoyed your holidays and are happily stocking your pantry. Take care! Elle

    1. Elle,
      Thank you for the kind words. I can't wait to check out your blog. Hopefully I am back now it has been so busy here and I am ready to slow down a little. Hope you have a great New Years.

  2. Happy New years to you as well!! I see that there are a bunch of posts that I missed so I need to catch up...I don't know how I missed them :)
    Today being the first day of 2013, I decided to start it off right by reworking the indoor pantry and organizing the "open stock", it has gotten to be such a tumble in there that I couldn't even tell what I had any more....I am always trying to refine my storage system, but the indoor pantry often defies organization... I will do a before and after post on A View from the Cottage when i get it done. Take care! Elle

    1. Elle, I think you are so right about the indoor pantry no matter how hard I try to keep it organized it just will not stay that way You are braver then I am I don't know if I could show a picture of my before pantry lol I can't wait to see yours. Have a great day.


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