Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory sickness caused by a virus. Flu is extremely contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected individual. Although nasty, flu is hardly life-threatening.
You can also get flu by touching infected persons, (shaking hands with infected persons). Flo in Adults can be contagious 1-2 days before getting symptoms and up to 7 days after becoming sick. This means that you can transmit the influenza virus before you even know you are infected.
You can catch flu at any time of the year, but it’s most common in winter, which is why it’s also called seasonal flu.
There is a difference between Flu and the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms usually start more suddenly, is more severe and last longer.
Common Symptoms of Flu
The flu always causes increase in an infected person body temperature. (Fever.)Most flu-related fevers range from a low grade fever around 100°F (37.8°C) to as high as 104°F (40°C). Although shocking, it’s not unusual for young children to have higher fevers than adults.
You may feel “feverish” when you have an increased temperature. Symptoms include chills, sweats, feeling cold despite your body’s high temperature. Most fevers don’t last up to a week, usually stays up to three to four days.
A dry cough is common with the flu. A cough may deteriorate, becoming uncomfortable and painful, and you may also feel shortness of breath or chest discomfort during this time. Many flu-associated coughs can last up to a week.
flu-related muscle pains are most common in the neck, back, arms, and legs. They can sometimes be severe, making it difficult to move even when trying to perform basic duties.
the first symptom of the flu can be a severe headache. Occasionally eye symptoms like light and sound sensitivity, go alongside with this headache.
Feeling weak is a not so obvious sign of the flu. Feeling generally ill can be a sign of many conditions. These feelings of exhaustion and fatigue may come on fast and be difficult to overcome.
There may also be gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms are much more popular among children than adults.
It is worth mentioning that not every individual with flu will have all of this symptoms. For example, it is possible to have flu with the absence of fever.
Natural Home Remedies for Flu
Drink Plenty of Clear Fluids
It’s vital to drink fluid for a few reasons, the first being fever. The flu triggers a higher fever that makes you sweat, thus, reducing the fluid in your body. It’s also important that you stay hydrated to keep your body running, and you need that more than ever when you’re sick. In addition to the above, drinking enough has a good effect on your comfort level. Keeping the mucous membranes moist can help reduce secretions.
You will need Chicken soup and Tea
Flu reduces your appetite and these items provide the much-needed nourishment and hydration your body desperately needs.
Ginger is good for just about any ailment. (Upset stomach, congestion, nausea, inflammation etc.). When you’re feeling sick, a piping hot cup of ginger tea will chase away chills, help congestion, and even ease some of those awful aches you have.
Numerous studies have found that it can warm you up from the inside out, as gingerols (one of the gingers key constituents) can improve circulation when they slow down the process of clots gathering.
The acute swelling of the muscle tissue is the body’s response as various proteins and white blood cells rush to f the offending virus. Two main players here are prostaglandins and leukotrienes fight both of which are powerful mediators for swelling but the gingerols can slow their function, therefore reducing the inflammation, and thus, the pain.
You will need 2 inches of fresh ginger root, Fresh lemon, Honey and 4 cups of cool water
This recipe is for 4 cups, feel free to adjust accordingly if you would like more or less.
Slice the ginger into circles and put it in a small pot. Turn the heat to low and bring the water to a slow simmer, Cover and let it simmer for like 25 to 40 minutes. (If you’d like you can let it infuse further throughout the night to create a more concentrated decoction). Strain, pour the fluid into your favorite cup, and add some fresh lemon, a swirl of honey and Enjoy.
Flu Bath Salts
The vital oils in these bath salts are the perfect blend to chase away the flu. Combination of Tea tree oil and eucalyptus kill germs and break up mucous while a touch of lavender helps the body reduce stress and relax.
You can use whatever amount you prefer for this blend. The magnesium-rich Epsom salt soothes painful muscles and the warm bath water gets rid of those deep bone chills.
You will need 6 drops of tea tree oil, 3 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of lavender oil a cup of Epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of liquid oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba, etc.), and a glass container with a firmly sealed top.
Mix the essential oils with your preference of liquid oil, and put the Epsom salt in your container. Pour in the oil mixture and stir thoroughly until everything is mixed well with the salt. Fill the tub in the middle with warm water, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt and fill the rest of the way. Soak, relax, and inhale deep.
Remember to always stir before each usage, as the oil has the tendency to settle at the bottom of the container.
Salve contains Wintergreen essential oil, which is truthfully nature’s pain reliever. Most pain aspirins are composed of roughly 85% methyl salicylate. Wintergreen needs to be treated with respect, as it is so powerful.
This salve should not be used on kids. The fact that it’s natural doesn’t mean there isn’t risk. It is possible to experience dermal toxicity when quantities of topical analgesics (pain relievers) are used excessively. Nature’s remedies helped keep us alive until the arrival of modern-day medicine-natural remedies can sometimes be extremely powerful.
You will need 2 tablespoons of beeswax, 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 10 drops of wintergreen essential oil.
In a dual boiler over medium-low heat melt the coconut oil. Put in the beeswax, and wait until it dissolves completely. Mix the two together thoroughly, remove from heat, and quickly put in your wintergreen oil.
Blend thoroughly, and pour immediately into a little glass jar or container. Apply sparingly over sore or painful muscles, massaging it with your fingers and maintaining a firm pressure.