If you are like the majority health-conscious Americans, you may want to avoid running to your local pharmacy to get your annual flu shot this winter. The flu vaccine contains many dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals.
Because the virus strains in the flu vaccine are bred in animals, fetal tissue, monkey brains, and eggs, most manufacturers tend to use preservatives to prevent the contamination of the vaccine. The majority of the preservatives used to prevent contamination are recognized carcinogens and are proven to be toxic in humans. Instead of poisoning yourself with the vaccine, try these two all-natural and simple flu home remedies to kick your yearly virus to the curb:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body. When suffering from the flu, your body’s pH becomes a bit more acidic than when you are healthy. Because apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body, it can be used to balance out your pH levels. That may mean relief from the irritating cough, migraine headache, and those debilitating body aches.
To use apple cider vinegar as one of your homemade flu remedies, simply pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV into a large glass. You then will want to add about 8 ounces of water to the glass. Mix the water and ACV together with a spoon and throw it down the hatch. Repeat this process about 3 times per day until you no longer feel ill.
Because hot liquids are known to stimulate the immune system, prevent dehydration, loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, and dissolve mucus in the lungs, hot tea is one of the best natural remedies for the flu. One of the best tea home remedies for flu symptoms is ginger tea. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and it helps reduce inflammation caused by the virus inside your body.
To make homemade ginger tea, you will need to slice 4-6 pieces of raw ginger. You then will need to pour about 2 cups of water into a pot, add the fresh ginger into the pot of water, and allow the water to boil for about twelve minutes or so. Once boiled, remove the tea from heat and pour it into your favorite mug. Sometimes ginger tea can be too sour or bitter for the taste buds. If this is the case, add a bit of honey, agave nectar, or lemon juice into the mug. This will surely give the tea a sweeter taste.
If ginger is not your thing. You can also try elderberry, echinacea, licorice root, and green tea. Even though they may not fight the flu virus head on, they surely will help relieve the symptoms you’re experiencing.
The two all-natural cures above are two of the best home remedies for the flu. They do not contain any synthetic substances, artificial flavors, or any added coloring. So you might skip waiting in line at the pharmacy to get a shot that may or may not even work and try the all-natural and safe flu-killing methods instead.