Treat the flu.
The flu can strike at anytime and when it does, you get cold chills, then a fever, then the next thing you know your throat is sore, your nose is running–and not to mention sneezing your head off. There are many symptoms of the flu and one of the worst, in my own experience, is vomiting. When you are so sick and all you do is vomit, you should go to your doctor. However, there are also natural ways to ease the symptoms of the flu and to make you feel better all around.
1. Make a saltwater mixture by adding a pinch of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle. Gargling with salt water will ease your sore throat that comes with the flu and it will wash out anything that is stuck in your throat. Try not to swallow the salt water, because it is high in sodium.
2. Make a tea of bayberry bark and ginger root. Take a teaspoon of bayberry bark, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root, ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder, and 1 cup of boiling water and mix together to make a tea. Let this tea sit for 20 minutes and sip slowly.
3. Make your own cough syrup. Take 1 garlic clove, peel it and put it in a jar. Cover the peeled garlic with honey and set it in a warm place for up to two weeks. You will know the cough syrup is ready when the garlic turns opaque. Take a teaspoon as needed and dilute with water or lemon juice if needed.
4. Make an onion cough syrup. Repeat step 3 with only one exception, leave the onion cough syrup stand overnight instead of two weeks. Take one teaspoon 4 to 5 times a day as needed.
5. Make an herbal cough syrup using two parts elecampane root, one part horehound root, and two parts marsh mallow root. Mix all of the herbs together, cover with honey and let stand in a warm place for one day. Strain and use this herbal cough syrup as needed.
6. Make anise tea by crushing one teaspoon of anise seeds and putting in one cup of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes before straining. Drink up to 3 cups every day or more or less as needed.