Herbal remedies for flu symptoms are good to have on hand both in an emergency and for overall self reliance. The next time you feel cold and flu symptoms coming on, use this list of medicinal herbs for a more affordable herbal remedy.
At the top of the list of medicinal herbs, and one of the best remedies for flu, Echinacea has been proven in numerous studies to be effective for treating colds and other infections. It works by stimulating the immune system to help fight infections.
Echinacea will typically not cause side effects when taken orally, but it can cause gastrointestinal side effects for some.
Also if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family, such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies, you shouldn't take Echinacea.
This is one of the more popular flu remedies in European countries because of its antiviral and immune boosting effects.
Taking an elderberry extract should improve your symptoms within two to four days.
The berries of the elderberry plant are loaded with vitamins A, B and C,
along with falconoid, sugar, tannins, carotenoids and amino acids.
Not just for flavoring foods, garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system.
It has also been know to fight antibiotic-resistant strains of oral strep bacteria.
Garlic is believed to be more effective in fighting bacterial than even penicillin. And unlike penicillin, garlic doesn't destroy all the body's good intestinal flora. It is an excellent antibiotic.
Ginger is a must-have in your collection of herbal remedies for flu.
Ginger inhibits the bacteria and viruses responsible for upper respiratory infections and is also excellent in easing pain.
The next time you feel tempted to purchase those commercial cold remedies, consider making the safer ginger tea instead.
Licorice is an excellent herbal remedy for fighting the flu.
It soothes sore throats, eases your cough, loosens the congestion in your chest and helps you breath easier.
Licorice works by boosting levels of interferon in your body, a natural chemical that fights off viruses.
Licorice is also loaded with powerful antioxidants and also contains glycyrrhizinic acid that stops the growth of different bacteria and viruses such as influenza A.
It also soothes irritating coughs, asthma and chest infections.
You can find licorice here.