Last Modified on Feb 10, 2015
What Is the Flu?
Influenza, better known as the dreaded flu, is a seasonal health condition caused by a virus. An extremely contagious respiratory illness, the flue is caused by the influenza A or B virus. Generally occurring in winter or spring, the flu virus attacks the by entering and spreading throughout the upper and lower respiratory tract.
It can be difficult to differentiate a common cold versus the flu; however, the separation typically can be made by looking at common flu symptoms and its intensity. Generally, the flu is much more severe than the common cold. Likewise, a cold is typically characterized by congestion, sore throat and sneezing. While these symptoms are common to the flu as well, the flu typically causes a high fever, body aches and fatigue. Also, flu symptoms most often come on abruptly while cold symptoms typically develop over time.
The flu is caused by one of two viruses – either influenza A or influenza B. However, several factors contribute to the spread of the virus. The virus is spread via respiratory secretions on shared objects or infected water droplets in the air. As an individual touches an infected item and then rubs his or her eyes, nose or mouth, he or she comes into contact with the virus. Likewise, if an individual breathes in infected water droplets after an individual has sneezed or coughed, he or she has the potential to contract the illness. As such, washing hands, using tissues, avoiding sharing items and covering ones mouth when sneezing are extremely important to avoid contracting the flu.
Cold and Flu Remedies
While symptoms of a cold or flu may improve with time, treatments typically decrease the severity of the illness and shorten recovery time. A soothing bath or soak in apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Epsom salt and eucalyptus oil eliminates toxins and soothes the sinuses. Likewise, apple cider vinegar and honey taken daily support energy and aid in digestion. Likewise, taking additional vitamin C as well as Echinacea supports the immune system and aids in recovery. Green tea is also a soothing cough remedy with the added bonus of additional nutrients and antioxidants. Continue reading below for many recipes and home remedy tips from Earth Clinic readers!
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[YEA] I'recently had a severe flu. My muscles tight, energy low. I made a bath of 16 oz., apple cider vinegar, 1/2 bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups epson salts, and 10 drops eucalyptus oil. before the bath i could barely move, no energy, poor breathing. Within an hour after the bath, i was already healing. Took another one the next day, and could tell that what could have been a week of illness, was already on its way to recovery. i take acv daily also: 2tblspns, 1/2 lime, and 1 tblspn of raw honey. -i was told this brings the body's ph to 7. (perfect balance) i have given this formula to many people and have had much feed back about more energy, better digestion, etc. A good way to begin the day, setting the body's stasis point well, which lessens cravings for sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Flu Remedy
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Warm Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Take a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a warm but not hot glass of water up to three times a day. This treatment will relieve all your flu symptoms, including a sore throat.
[NAY] While I am a firm believer in the healing abilities of ACV, I must admit this time that it couldn't overcome my flu. The flu already had a 3+ day head start, I was taking 2 tablespoons of the highly known brand of ACV, along with a tablespoon of locally produced honey in 6 ozs of distilled water.
While this combo would knock out the side effects for approx. 2 hours, the flu fought back each time to the level of intensity that had been there previously. I did this 3 times a day, same results each time. Finally had no choice but to go to the doctor getting Tamiflu and a Z pack.
While I haven't read thru all the posts, from this experience maybe because I didn't start early enough this was too little too late. I for one will continue with the ACV in the future.
[YEA] I have not had the flu in years and my first day on vacation I started getting the flu symtoms. I immediately pulled up EC website to find a natural remedy, I started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV 3x a day for 3 days. I started feeling better after the first day. ACV & Virgin Coconut oil are my go to natural remedies . This site is amazing!!!! Thank you so much!!
Replied by Karen
Detroit Metro, Mi