Natural Flu Treatment Tips and Formulas

Natural flu treatment can be a safe way to help build your body's defenses and fight off infection.

| January 2014

  • Natural flu treatment protocols can include ginger teas or special herbal tinctures.
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  • "Herbal Antivirals" is Stephen Harrod Buhner's guide to natural flu treatment protocols and a litany of other helpful remedies.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

With Herbal Antivirals (Storey Publishing, 2013), herbalist and researcher Stephen Harrod Buhner arms readers with medicines that are easy to grow, easy to use, and easy to make — natural remedies that combine modern science with herbal methods. In this book, Buhner gives herbal protocols to intercede at all levels of viral pathology. This excerpt from “Viral Respiratory Infections and Their Treatment” includes valuable guides to natural flu treatment, including ginger juice tea recipes and herbal tinctures.

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Natural Flu Treatment Protocols

Again, just to emphasize this: there are thousands of combinations of plant medicines that can be created to treat respiratory infections. These are just the ones I have found useful. Please feel free to experiment, combine, innovate, and find your own unique combinations. There is no one right way to the truth.

An influenza infection can run the range from extremely mild to extremely severe. I break the disease down into four types, each needing a different approach: 1) early onset; 2) mild infection; 3) moderate infection; and 4) severe infection. I will go into some of the unique aspects of treating severe infections at the end of this section.

Early-Onset Treatment

I have found two natural flu treatment approaches that can short-circuit a developing episode before it gets a good hold in the body: oscillococcinum and an herbal tincture combination.


12/31/2014 8:20:09 PM

Oscillococcinum is a fake. Do your research. It is worthless has nothing to help you in it.

11/6/2014 11:51:32 AM

Hi, I found your article very educational. I also found the information to be more difficult to use because of some of the particular herbs not being very common, easy to have access to or just too costly. I like to use herbs for sickness and everyday well being so I was surprised at the fact you did not mention some of the more common antivirals such as garlic for one which most kitchens supply. I've used for myself and my family garlic and onion soup (strong) at the first signs of a cold (or flu because you don't know which one yet) and continue to drink it in mugs throughout the day for 2-3 days and it has worked wounders. This usually either stops it in its tracks or lessons it greatly. Like I said, I'm a big fan of herbs but I'm also a big fan of not spending a tremendous amout of money on tentures or expensive herbs when I can just go to my pantry for garlic, onions, and herbal tea that one can buy at the grocery store. Sincerely, Paula

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