Cold and Flu Compendium
Natural Remedies for the Flu

Symptoms of flu (influenza or gripe):  Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and can occur in epidemic proportions during the winter.  Influenza is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the throat and bronchi, chilling, stuffy head, dizziness, sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, coughing, achiness(neuritis),and sore throat. 

Although the illness usually runs its course in three to four days, complication such a encephalitis, pneumonia, croup, or seizures can occur.  If your child develops a very high fever, if she has a seizure, or if you notice any changes in her level of consciousness or mental function, seek medical advice immediately.  These may be signs that she is developing encephalitis. 

  • Lemon juice:  for decongesting the respiratory system
  • Cayenne:  increases sweating and urination, combined with lemon juice, they aid elimination of toxins and bring down fever
  • Onions, garlic, and leeks:  powerful antioxidant, decongestant and expectorant
  • Broth:   is excellent for replacing minerals lost during sickness and diarrhea; use red potato peels, carrots, turnips, onions, garlic, thyme, parsley, and let simmer until vegetables are tender, strain and serve
  • Check the bowels and see if the child is constipated;  often a good bowel movement is all that is necessary to bring down a fever.  A catnip tea enema is one of the best things one can do for a fever as it helps clear congested areas from the colon.

  • Catnip:  wonderful and safe for bringing down a child's fever that tends to linger, use 1 tablespoon of Catnip to one quart of near-boiling water.   Make as a tea and strain.  Cool to tepid and use in enema, if child will not drink.  (Combine with ginger to enhance the effects of catnip.)  Catnip enema is also good for expelling worms and treating colic where other remedies have failed.
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