Natural Home Remedies to Fight Colds and Flu
Flu Vaccine Alternatives
now before it hits your home
Cold and Flu Stats
Problems with decongestants
Problems with cough suppressants
Problems with antiviral medication
Problems with flu vaccines
Problems with antibiotics
Herbs to use before cold/flu season hits
Herbs to use at the first sign of cold/flu
Herbs for sore throat
Herbs to use if it goes into the lungs
Herbs for intestinal flu
What to do if nothing has worked
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year in the United
States, on average:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the
- More than 200,000 people are
hospitalized from flu complications
- Approximately 36,000 people die from
the flu and pneumonia.
That's just for the U.S. The statistics worldwide are even worse: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 250,000 to 500,000 people die worldwide each year due to the seasonal flu.
History of the Flu:
Historically, there have been 3 pandemics of influenza A during the 20th century which spread throughout the world: "Spanish flu," "Asian flu," and
"Hong Kong flu"
- The "Spanish flu" was the deadliest
known. In 1918-19, more than 500,000 people died from the Spanish flu
in the U.S. and an estimated 50 million people died worldwide.
Nearly half of those who died were young, healthy adults. Many
died in the first few days of infection and others died of secondary
complications. This type of influenza ([A (H1N1)] is still in
existence and circulating.
- The "Asian flu" was first identified
in China in 1957 and spread to the U.S. in 3 month's time. It
killed 70,000 people in the U.S. and 2 million people worldwide. This was type [A (H2N2)]
- The "Hong Kong flu" began in 1968 in
Hong Kong and spread to the U.S. later that year. It caused about
34,000 deaths in the U.S. and 1 million deaths worldwide. This type of influenza [A (H3N2)] still
- The "Asian flu" and the "Hong Kong
flu" were caused by viruses containing a combination of genes from a
human influenza virus and an avian influenza virus. The "Spanish
flu" appears to have an avian origin.
- It is thought that the main reason
avian flu spreads to humans is because in the wintertime, the rural
Chinese farmers bring their chickens into the house to keep them
warm. Close contact with chickens is what appears to cause the
mixing of avian flu with human influenza viruses, which combines to
form a brand new type of influenza virus to which no one has an
immunity. Since no one has an immunity to it, massive numbers of
The Spanish Flu was a type of swine flu. Another swine flu caused an outbreak in 1976, however, only 1 person in the U.S. died. Over 500 cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome were reported and 25 people died due to vaccine complications, so more people died from the vaccine than died from the actual flu. Swine flu is thought to originate from close contact with swine. (Usually people who raise swine, feed them, etc.)
conventional medical research:
- The flu is caused by several varieties
of the influenza virus.
at all against viruses and may make colds and flus worse.
- Decongestants merely relieve symptoms
and do not shorten the duration of the flu
- Cough supressant medications used for
a productive cough (a "wet" cough that produces phlegm), can cause
pneumonia due to toxic material retained in the lungs.
- According to the information provided
by antiviral medication manufacturers, prescription antiviral
duration of the flu by a mere one day only.
In 2005 we ran into a flu vaccine shortage. The flu vaccine was defective:the virus was alive and not properly weakened. This
vaccine gave everyone the flu. What a nightmare! The batch
sent back, and the media was talking about one of the worst flu vaccine
shortages ever. More problems with vaccines
We now see that every year, concerns about the avian flu continue. Yet, the only answer offered is
a synthetic antiviral drug called Tamiflu®, which, upon closer
examination, is actually derived from herbs. More
Antibiotics NEVER work against cold and flu viruses:
Antibiotics work against bacteria, but they do not work against viruses. Bacteria do not cause colds and flu - VIRUSES cause colds and flu. ANTIBIOTICS ARE 0% EFFECTIVE AGAINST VIRUSES. Medical
doctors are well aware of the fact that antibiotics
not be used for a cold or flu. They understand that they should
prescribe them for viral infections, but they prescribe them simply because
patients demand them and not because they work. Since colds and
flus usually go away in time anyway, people are under the wrong
impression that they recovered because of antibiotics. In fact,
antibiotics may have delayed their
healing. Antibiotics are supposed to be reserved for the very elderly or those
who have weakened immune systems such as organ transplant recipients or
those undergoing cancer chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive
regimens. More about antibiotics.
Vaccines do not completely
protect against flu:
Finally, people are under the impression that the flu vaccine completely protects them from the flu. Each year, the vaccine is
educated guess that contains whichever strains of the virus seem to be
most prevalent. There are hundreds of strains of the flu virus
the virus mutates quickly, so sometimes the vaccine is completely
Many people have found out the hard way that not only did the flu
NOT protect them from the flu, but the vaccine ITSELF GAVE them the
This happens when the vaccine manufacturers fail to weaken the virus
sufficiently, and the virus is strong enough to cause an
infection. More about vaccines.
Contrary to popular opinion, colds and flus do NOT have
last for seven days.
I've used herbs to get rid of colds and
the flu in as little as one day. Many people take echinacea and
in powdered capsules and watch their colds and flus last just as long
if they hadn't taken it. This happens because they didn't take my
herbs. Instead, thinking they could get a better deal elsewhere,
they took cheap, weak and watered down formulas from the drugstores and
health food stores. You simply cannot get a strong echinacea
formula from a discount store because the fact remains that discount
stores cut corners and use lower quality herbs. Lower quality
herbs and herbs that are near expiration date are often sold at deep
discounts. Taking these herbs is like throwing your money down
the drain and they certainly don't do much to prevent or heal the flu,
Many people such as Christian scientists, Scientologists,
the Amish and natural health adherents are against taking vaccines and
medications. What are the alternatives?
Before the Flu Hits:
(Take one or more of the
Premium Formula - During cold and flu season, go through one bottle for a
week each month in order to keep the immune system strong.
The Echinacea Premium Formula
is the most potent echinacea formula available. It is about 10 -
stronger than powdered echinacea in capsules. Most people take
powdered echinacea in
They take low doses, fearing a possible overdose. Others are
of echinacea because they have autoimmune disorders. This
drags out their misery unnecessarily.
- I have used echinacea to
autoimmune disorders and I've never had a negative reaction to
Medical doctors think that echinacea works like a drug. It does
It works like a balancing herb having MANY actions on the body, NOT
a drug with simply one action. It is their ignorance that keeps
misinformation about echinacea out there. In reality,
is a balancing herb that will do to the immune system whatever is
It might rev it up, or it might tone it down, depending on what the
needs. In either case, it heals and it heals quite well no matter
takes it. Echinacea is a strong therapeutic herb that works best
when taken for short "bursts" such as one week out of each
month. Do not take it every day. If taken daily, its
effects weaken, but it is not harmful. See my special report on
the effectiveness of echinacea.
- Immune Valor - Unlike echinacea,
these tonic herbs can be taken on a daily basis throughout cold and flu
season to increasingly fortify and balance the immune system, whether
it is underactive or overactive. A synergistic blend of immune boosting
tonic herbs: Reishi, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Maitake, and Rhodiola. There has recently been research showing that Cordyceps has a very positive effect on those with severely weak immune systems (as in AIDS and cancer)
Essential Oil Blend - Contains
essential oils known for the
activity against viruses such as eucalyptus, oregano, lemon, and clove. Apply to bottoms
of feet during cold and flu season to protect against infection.
Diffuse in a diffuser at home or work for 15 minutes twice daily to
airborne viruses in the environment. If no diffuser is available,
use several drops of any antiseptic essential oil in a spray bottle with water and spray into the air wherever you are.
- Hand Hygiene: Very
important: wash your hands often, and do not
touch your fingers to your nose or eyes. Influenza is typically
spread through infected respiratory secretions. These secretions
are released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and
other people inhaled those infected particles. They are also
spread when an infected person touches their nose or eyes, and then
doesn't wash his hands. When he shakes hands with another person,
and that person touches their eyes or nose, the virus spreads to this
next person. This is called hand to hand transmission. Germ
Shield can be used as a hand sanitizer. Germ Shield is made
up of essential oils that have demonstrated activity against bacteria
and viruses.(Therapeutic grade essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree Oil) Many people do not like to use the conventional hand
sanitizers available at the drug stores since they contain toxic
chemicals as well as alcohol that dries out the skin. We don't
need toxic chemicals in order to kill germs -
therapeutic grade essential oils do the job nicely. Take a few
drops of the Germ Shield and rub into hands until it disappears.
This is a completely nontoxic, nondrying alcohol-free formula that
smells minty. The Essential oil of Lemon can also be used
as a hand sanitizer.
- Protective Barrier:
Keep in mind that most colds and flus begin colonizing
in the nasal area first. If you can kill the virus in the nose,
it cannot continue to spread. Germ
Shield can be applied on the upper lip just under the nose or in
the nostrils just before boarding an airplane or traveling with large
groups of people.
- Get Enough Sleep:
Studies show that when college students are staying up late hours
studying for final exams, their risks of catching a cold or flu rises
significantly. Getting enough sleep raises resistance against
- Keep Warm:
getting a chill lowers resistance against viruses. Wear a scarf,
hat and gloves when going out in cold weather.
- Stay Away From
Phlegm-Producing Foods, especially dairy products, and
especially ice cream. Sugar and dairy in the wintertime is a
great recipe for an infection to take hold and spread. I had a young patient who came down with chickenpox, and I asked his mother what he had eaten for dinner last night, and her answer was, "A big bowl of ice cream." Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to consume frozen foods or beverages such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles, ice water or other iced drinks in the wintertime or whenever it is cold outside. This is because the cold weather cools the body, which is already a slight stress on the body. But then consuming frozen foods and iced beverages chills the body even more, and this excess chill leads to an increased vulnerability to infection.
At the First Sign of a Cold or Flu
colds, runny nose, muscle
Blaster (formerly Super Hot Cider) - I've had
many people swear to me that
believe this is the cure for the common cold. This germ-blasting
is incredibly powerful. With garlic, onions, cayenne, ginger and horseradish root in a base of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, there is no germ that can survive in the body when this formula is used. This formula is not sweetened or otherwise watered down like the store-bought varieties. It is full strength and very
potent. This formula is so potent, that I've used it
to heal up pneumonia that did not respond to antibiotics. This formula helps the greatest number of people with colds and flus and is
my highest recommendation. Take 4 to 10
droppers full as needed.
Premium Formula - see above. At the first sign of a sniffle or cough, the dose is 1 dropper full per hour, or 2 droppers full every 2 hours. After the first 24 hours, and if there has been a response, the dose is then lowered to 2 droppers full 6 times daily.
Nutrients - getting sick is a big energy
This formulas is nutrient-dense, packed with naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals. It includes spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, barley grass, wheat grass, beets and risotriene. With this super-nutrient-packed formula, people can still function while their body is fighting off a virus. Make sure to take a double dose of four tablespoons per day for the extra energy needed to heal.
Colon - one of the most common reasons for a cold or flu is toxic buildup. If constipated, toxins accumulate in the body,
and then the body must use the cold/flu reaction to get rid of it. Take as many capsules as needed to reestablish 2 to 3 bowel movements
Herbal Formula - many
people have been responding well to this formula for colds and flus. It contains herbs (lomatium, echinacea, garlic, melaleuca, thuja, St. Johnswort) that have been shown in scientific research studies to have antiviral effects, sometimes working better than antiviral medications.43
Essential Oil is truly a miracle product for infections of all sorts. Not only does it act against viruses, but against fungi,
bacteria, parasites and protozoal infections. Sometimes only a couple of applications are needed to the bottoms of the feet before the infection responds. (dilute with carrier oil first) or mix 1-2 drops with tomato juice and take by mouth
Take one or more of the above
formulas. One formula is sometimes all it takes. Remember, these are extra strength herbal formulas.
The same results cannot be obtained with store-bought formulas. One would have to double, triple or quadruple the doses of store-bought formulas in order to get an effect. By this time, one is usually drunk from all of the alcohol-based formulas. These formulas, in stores, is mostly alcohol with only a bit of herbs. My formulas are mostly herbs with
only a bit of alcohol. I hate writing this paragraph, but too many people follow my recommendations with store-bought formulas,
trying to save a couple of bucks, and then they complain because they don't get well. Hint: no one should be buying their herbs in a conventional drugstore. These are cheap, low quality, watered down herbs that have been overly processed and probably even burned by the powdering machines before they were encapsulated. Until there is better quality control in herbal manufacturing, I can only vouch for the herbs sold on this website.
For Sore Throat:
Cough Syrup - this is such a soothing herbal syrup, and the cooling essential oils of peppermint and tea tree are so powerful. When you get a cough that just won't quit, you want something soothing such as the honey and essential oils, as well as expectorant power of herbs, like wild cherry bark, that helps you get the phlegm out, so that it doesn't stay inside and cause pneumonia.
of Cayenne Tincture and Peppermint
oil with water used as a gargle. Sounds like it wouldn't work, but it really helps the pain. When you gargle with these two together, they create a hot and cold sensation at the same time at the back of the throat - a welcome distraction from the pain. Additionally, cayenne interrupts Substance P, a substance the body produces during pain, so after several gargles, the pain diminishes. It's absolutely unbelievable. These two are like a godsend for a sore throat.
- Gargle with Echinacea Premium - not only it is effective against many strains of bacteria and viruses, but it is also a topical anesthetic that can numb the pain of a sore throat.