Flu season is upon us – and we’re always looking for safe, effective approaches to treating the flu. Due to the horrendous dangers associated with Tamiflu the drug is a hard no in our house, but through the years we’ve identified a number of awesome ways to fight and prevent the flu. From herbs and essential oils to homeopathy, our anti-flu armory has become quite extensive; and these are 10 of our must-haves for every flu season.
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4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
8. Bergamot Essential Oil
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