Are you as confused as me at all the hype about flu shots? Not too long ago when I was a kid (I’m not all that old yet 😉 ) if you contracted the flu, you were miserable for a while and then got over it. Now, I scratch my head in confusion at the pressure put on everyone to get a “flu shot,” especially considering that the possible side effects of the vaccine are worse than getting the flu itself, and the flu vaccine has never been proven to be effective.
What does make sense to me is the fact that no one wants to contract an illness that puts life on hold for a while, and one that can also become dangerous for certain people. The good news is that you can help prevent the flu naturally with no harmful side effects! You can also lessen the duration of the flu if you do come down with it!
One good way of helping to prevent the flu is by making flu tea. What is flu tea? It’s simply a mixture of herbs that work together to do a great job of helping to prevent and ease the symptoms of the flu virus. You don’t have to live in misery for days with the headache, muscle fatigue, fever, coughing and a general feeling of being useless for a while. Flooding your body with the nutrition it needs during sickness sends you on the mend before you know it!
Note: This tea is safe for breast feeding, but do not add the yarrow if using while pregnant.
Flu Tea Recipe:
3 parts red raspberry leaf
2 parts peppermint
1 part alfalfa
1 part nettle
1/4 part yarrow flower
Combine all the herbs in a container. Add 2 tsp. of the herbal mixture to a cup of boiling water. Remove from heat. Cover and let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the liquid.
*I recommend making a gallon pitcher and keeping it in the fridge to drink daily during cold and flu season. If a person comes down with the flu, it’s a good idea to drink one cup of the tea each hour to keep the flu virus from invading the body. I dare say you may be free of any flu symptoms within 24 hours by hourly nourishing your body with these amazing herbs!
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About the Herbs
Red Raspberry – It may surprise some to see that red raspberry is a great thing for the flu. Most people associate this herb with pregnancy and female complaints. While red raspberry is great for those conditions, it is also anti-flu and is full of vitamins and minerals to give the body the nutrition it needs to be on the mend.
Nettle – Boosts the immune system and is a significant source of vitamin C, vitamin A, silicon, calcium, potassium, chlorophyll and more.
Peppermint – Adds flavor, helps relaxation and digestion.
Yarrow – Excellent herb for the flu, and naturally reduces fevers.
Alfalfa – Has 8 essential amino acids and is very high in chlorophyll. Alfalfa is used in many herbal combinations because it allows rapid assimilation of all the plant elements.
- 3 parts red raspberry leaf
- 2 parts peppermint
- 1 part alfalfa
- 1 part nettle
- 1/4 part yarrow flower
- Combine all the herbs in a container.
- Add 2 tsp. of the herbal mixture to a cup of boiling water.
- Remove from heat. Cover and let it steep for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain the herbs from the liquid.