Do You Need An Herbal Flu Shot? Here's How To Get One!
By Meagan - December 23, 2013
Aches, pains, fever, headache, weakness, cough, runny nose... none of it sounds good, and it definitely doesn't feel good, yet these are your typical flu symptoms. We're still in the first half of flu season here in the US, and unfortunately we're no where close to it's end. The CDC states that the flu season lasts from October to May, but it's peak season is January and February each year. Thankfully, we're not at peak season yet, and we have time to get prepared. You can take a look at this map to see which states are showing different levels of reported flu cases to see what it's like in your area. Now I don't know about you, but with a husband that has his own business to run and has to be there to support his family, three small children and one more on the way, and myself having a household to run among my many other responsibilities... I definitely don't want the flu to come visiting my house this year. So today I want to talk about how we more naturally minded folks, that choose to skip the "flu vaccine," are planning on preparing for the flu this year? This not only includes some basic information, but I'm even going to share a potent herbal remedy that I've started making each year when flu season is about to hit hard in our area to help us get our herbal flu shots ready to go.
#1 - NutritionI kind of feel like this doesn't even need to be mentioned here since you probably already know how important nutrition is in keeping our bodies functioning at a high level allowing it to fight off bacteria and viruses that come our way. For my family, we opt for a whole foods diet that is rich in homemade bone broth as well as healthy fats.
#2 - Immune Boosting HerbsAnother thing we make sure we do is to use immune boosting herbal supplements like herbal multi-vitamins and immune boosting tinctures. We use these two things year round so we almost always have them in our house. I try my best to keep tabs on these two things so that when I'm close to running out I can quickly make some more, but sometimes that's easier said than done especially when it comes to the herbal multi-vitamin balls. My kids CONSUME them!
#3 - CleanlinessYou can't skip this part. No matter how much you eat healthy, take supplements, and boost the immune system, if you aren't practicing good hygiene habits, you can still get sick. Your skin is your first line of defense. Good hygiene is important! First of all, wash your hands! This is number 1, and don't forget to teach your kids how to wash their hands correctly too. Also, be sure to keep your home clean using homemade cleaners that have great disinfecting essential oils in them like this one. Lastly, if you or one of your children are sick, teach them how to cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away, and immediately wash their hands. This will cut down on the chances that the sickness is spread to someone else. And of course, if they have a fever... stay home! So there you have it. 3 simple ways you can do your part to stay healthy and help your body keep from getting that nasty flu bug. Now let's move on to my new favorite little flu remedy. I suppose I need to mention here that this isn't actually a flu shot. It's not going to vaccinate you or your kids. It's just a fun way to word this powerhouse herbal combination. Okay?
How To Make An Herbal Flu Shot (Flu Oxymel)Now there are a lot of remedies floating around online for natural flu shots. Most of these consist of juicing and drinking different kinds of these juices for their health boosting benefits. These are all great and really good for you, but it fits in more with the nutrition section above. What I'm about to show you today is how to make an "herbal flu shot" and it is powerful. What you'll be making is an herbal oxymel. An oxymel is a combination of vinegar, honey, and herbs and they're commonly used for respiratory issues (which the flu is) as well as digestive issues like upset stomach or to help improve digestion. This works by not only getting immune boosting, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial herbs directly into your body, but the vinegar preserves it as well as enhances the flavor among it's many other great health-giving qualities. And we can't forget the benefits of honey. Honey is also a preservative, an anti-bacterial, and it helps to sooth inflamed tissues and calm coughs. This remedy will get the blood flowing in your body, it's good for the heart, and it's fabulous at keeping infections and viruses at bay. You'll need the following:
- glass mason jar with lid and ring
- parchment paper
- all--natural apple cider vinegar with mother
- all--natural honey
- astragalus root
- echinachea root
- horseradish, cayenne, lemon - optional
- For adults: Take one shot glass or 1 - 1.5 oz daily
- For children: Take 1/2 shot glass or .5 - 1 oz daily