5 Essential Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies for Cold & Flu
It's that time of the year... As the flu season approaches, make sure to strengthen your immune system and have your cold & flu remedies at the ready! Find out how homeopathic cold & flu medicines and Elderberry liquid extract can help you stay strong all winter long.
In March 2020, when the world reacted to the global health emergency, we at Homeopathy Store formulated Virus Defense, a new natural remedy combining homeopathy's best known ingredients for viral infections and the strong discomforts of the flu, resulting in upper and lower respiratory infections, stomach conditions, severe body aches, fever, viral rashes, and more. Virus Defense includes time-tested remedies, such as Arsenicum album, Gelsemium, Bryonia, and Eupatorium, all known in traditional homeopathic practice for their strong track record in supporting the body with the recovery from infections.
Virus Defense is taken when symptoms appear and can be used several times per week as a precautionary measure, especially if you travel or like to benefit from more natural homeopathic antiviral agents.
Ideal to fight symptoms of the common cold, Cold Amor is a smart blend of the best known homeopathic herbal and mineral ingredients which help relieve runny nose, nasal and bronchial congestion, coughing, headache, and more of the uncomfortable signs of a cold. Take 2 doses 3 times a day or more often if needed. At the onset of a cold, it is recommended to take Cold Armor hourly. Upon improvement, decrease its frequency.
Elderberry Liquid Extract
Used for millennia, Elderberry is possibly the top-rated herb for immune system health and a must-have during cold & flu season. Our easy-to-absorb Elderberry Liquid Extract is made from pure and rich elderberries organically grown in Europe. The dark purple fruits contain very high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins and help increase resistance to illnesses if added to your winter health routine on a regular basis. Ten drops of our 500 mg Elderberry Extract per day or 30 drops three times a day for an acute cold & flu attack can help make your body stronger and your fall and winter a lot more enjoyable.
Influenzinum & Thymuline
Influenzinum 9C is a natural remedy with the energy profile of the season's flu virus strains. Influenzinum gets updated every year in the fall with the newest strains and is recommended for providing the body with a natural energetic impulse to build resistance against the season’s flu viruses.
Thymuline 9C is an immune system balancer that works to support the Thymus gland, arguably the most important organ of our immune system. Together Influenzinum and Thymuline form an excellent natural flu protection bundle recommended by complementary healthcare practitioners. Both oral sprays are lactose free and recommended once or twice per week during the flu season.
Single Remedies for Cold & Flu
If you are interested in learning to connect the various stages of a cold or flu to a specific homeopathic ingredient, single remedies are for you! Aconitum Napellus, for example, is best given during the first 24 hours of a cold, Belladonna for a cold with high fever and headache, Bryonia Alba for a respiratory flu or bronchitis, and Gelsemium for a fever with chills, achy muscles, and sore throat. See our article Best Homeopathic Single Remedies for Cold and Flu for a list of the 10 key single remedies for colds and the flu.
Always remember: Remedies provide optimal support if administered at the beginning stages of a cold or flu, so it’s wise to stock up ahead of time, before the cold and flu season begins.
Understanding the Cold & Flu Season
We have been digging into new research about the cold and flu season and why we seem to catch more cold and flu viruses in the winter months. What is the reason for a “flu season”?
Some theories suggest that spending more time indoors during cold, wet weather results in less exposure to the sun’s rays and the immune-boosting power of Vitamin D. It also brings us in closer proximity to others who are carrying viruses. However, as these conditions can also exist in warmer months without the same result, most definitive clinical studies are pointing towards the relation between the levels of the humidity in the air and the survival time of virus cells.
Cold and flu viruses are highly infectious. The usual means of viral transmission from person to person is by touching infected surfaces and then transferring the viruses to the mouth or other orifices, or by breathing in particles of viruses sneezed or coughed into the air. When the air is warm and humid, the viral particles encounter so much moisture in the air that their cell surfaces are compromised, making it harder for them to contaminate healthy cells in the mucous membranes.
The moisture in the air also prevents the infected mucus from lingering in the air; it must fall to the ground. Cold air holds much less moisture than warm air, so even on a rainy day, the level of humidity in the air can be well below the average humidity during the summer months. It is the cool, dry air that is the perfect environment for the cold and flu viruses to incubate until finding an appropriate host.
7 Tips to Boost your Immune System during Cold & Flu Season
- Reduce your consumption of sugar, especially highly refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use natural sweeteners such as raw honey or agave syrup. And remember that beverages (soda pop, energy drinks, even juice!) are some of the highest sources of sugar in the modern diet.
- Stop smoking, and limit your consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is essentially a poison which the body must work to expel, thus reducing its ability to expel viruses.
- Drink more water, and reduce your intake of coffee. Green or black tea is a healthier option.
- Exercise regularly. Moderate exercise 4 or 5 times a week keeps the lungs and heart working at optimal condition, and did you know that breaking a sweat is also an important part of your immune system? Besides flushing out toxins from the body, sweat contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which trap and kill pathogens lurking on the skin before they have a chance to make it inside your body.
- Minimize stress in your life, especially sources of chronic stress, such as an over-demanding work situation, negative personal relationships, or repetitive socio-emotional stress. Take measures to de-stress by taking breaks, working to change negative patterns, and seeking counseling when needed.
- Get enough sleep, rest, and spend time with loved ones. Sleep is the body’s number one defense against malfunction and wear, and spending time with those you love and participating in enjoyable activities releases endorphins which increase the body’s immune response.
- Add these immune-boosting superfoods, nutrients, and comfort foods to your diet:
- Garlic contains allicin, an antioxidant compound which has a shopping list of health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting viruses. Add it to your cooking daily, (remember to let the chopped or crushed garlic sit several minutes before cooking to give time for the allicin to activate), or throw some raw garlic in a tea or soup for an extra boost when sick.
- Zinc is important for the formation of lymphocytes and as it cannot be stored in the body, sources of zinc must be part of a daily diet. Zinc is found in lean beef, shellfish, poultry, dairy, and fortified cereals.
- Vitamin C — Citrus fruits are literally bursting with it, but so are red bell peppers, parsley, and dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli.
Chicken soup — All of the above can be perfectly combined in your grandmother’s chicken soup. Simmering chicken bones (try turkey, beef, or lamb bones too!) for an hour or more releases the proteins in the marrow, many of which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Add plenty of onions, ginger, and celery along with your favorite spices, and remember to throw in the garlic and brightest-looking vegetables towards the end of the cooking to reserve their vitamins and minerals.
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