I can’t believe it, I actually got the flu and this time I’m a bit flummoxed!  I’m trying to give up my dependence on prescription and OTC medications, but what can you take to naturally counter-attack the invaders taking over your body?

A quick google search (gotta love the Internet) yielded a mass of results and here is what I found:

Honey Throat Soother –

When to Use: Use in place of cough drops when you have a sore throat.

How it Works:  Honey is a natural throat soother.  Thyme expels phlegm and relieves congestion, it is also a natural antiseptic and immune stimulant.

Ingredients: 1/2 Cup of Honey, 1/2 Cup of Boiling Water, 1/8 Cup of Thyme

Honey Throat Soother

Combine water and honey and bring to a boil.  Put 1/8 Cup of Thyme into a large Tea Infuser or cheesecloth ball.  Remove from burner once a boil is reached and pour into a small container or Ball jar.  Add the Thyme and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Remove Thyme, cover, and refrigerate.  To Use: Take 2 Tbsp. my mouth every hour for 12 hours or as needed for sore throat.

Elderberry Syrup –

When to Use: If you have the flu , a natural replacement for Tami-flu.

SambucusHow it Works: Elderberry can minimize the duration of flu symptoms like chills, headache, and upper respiratory congestion.  World renown virologist Dr. Mumcuoglu (pronounced Mum-shu-glu) did an independent study on the Sambucol Elderberry Syrup and states, “To my knowledge, it is the only product that can cut the flu in half, before complications have a chance of setting in.”  She tested Sambucol on patients in the Southern Israel Flu epidemic of 1992/93 and found that within 24 hours 20% of the patients taking Sambucol showed dramatic improvement in symptoms like fever, muscle aches & pains, and coughing.  By the second day, 73% showed improvement and by day three, 90% were improved!  In 1995 studies proved that Sambucol was effective against human, swine, and avian flu strains.  You can read more about it here.

Emergen-C Immune Defense-

When to Use: Anytime!  A good supplement for everyday use, but especially helpful when your immune system is under attack.

Emergen-c Immune DefenseHow it Works: “Vitamin C activates the white blood cells that are most important in antibody production and in coordinating immune functions.  Enhanced Zinc, with a full 100% of RDA, fights free radicals and helps maintain healthy white blood cell activity.  Vitamin A helps overcome the harmful effect of free radicals and Vitamin D regulates activity of the white blood cells.  Hibiscus extract, used for centuries as an antioxidant, the polysaccharides in Hibiscus help stimulate the immune system.  Elderberry Extract is a strong antioxidant which boosts the production of cytokines, enhancing the immune system.”  For more information about this, and other Emergen-C products, check out this website.

Ginger Soother –

When to Use: Anytime you have an upset stomach.  A great alternative to ginger ale.

Ginger SootherHow it Works: Made with Chinese yellow ginger, honey, lemon, and natural flavor this drink will “sooth the throat and stomach, warm the internal organs, and ease nausea and ailments from colds to headaches.”  Ginger aides in digestion, alleviates high blood pressure, relieves nausea (and morning sickness), and lowers your LDL Cholesterol.  It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that is thought to help with arthritis.  Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and has been known to alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu with its immunity-boosting abilities.  Ginger Soother is made by The Ginger People, the leading brand of ginger in North America.  They have all kinds of wonderful ginger products (plus an adorable little ginger man as their mascot) and have lots more information about the benefits of ginger on their website.

The Netie Pot –

When to Use: Anytime, but especially beneficial to relieve mild sinus congestion.   Warning: Do not use if you are completely congested and cannot breath through your nose or if you have an ear infection or blocked ears.

How it Works: The Netie Pot looks like a cross between a tea pot and Aladdin’s lamp.  It works by thinning out the mucus to flush out the nasal passages.  In technical terms, “Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the bacteria, allergens, and other irritants that cause sinus problems.”  In non-technical terms:  It helps you breath better.  The Netie Pot can be a little tricky to learn, but once you get the hang of it you will wonder how you ever lived without it.  It’s difficult to explain how exactly to use it, so I better show you instead: