10 Flu-Fighters You Need in Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

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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10. Elderberry

 

 

2. Dandelion

 

 

3. Oscillococcinum

 

4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

5. Zinc

6. Turmeric

7.

8. Bergamot Essential Oil

9. Probiotics

10. Astragalus 

Sources

1. NCBI
Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016
2. ScienceDaily Elderberry Compounds Could Help Minimize Flu Symptoms, Study Suggests
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190423133644.htm
3. Food and Agricultural Immunology
Effect of Dandelion Root Extract on Growth Performance, Immune Function and Bacterial Community in Weaned Pigs
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4. BMC Anti-Influenza Virus Effect of Aqueous Extracts from Dandelion
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5. Centre for the Fight Against AIDS, Kaluga
Oscillococcinum in the Prevention and Cure of Influenza and Acute Respiratory Virus Infection
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/bf32/f46d8fedc6ffe8812e5878afa1b45f826725.pdf
6. NCBI
Management of Influenza-Like Illness by Homeopathic and Allopathic General Practitioners in France During the 2009-2010 Influenza
Season
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576893/
7. NCBI Protective Essential Oil Attenuates Influenza Virus Infection: An in Vitro Study in MDCK Cells
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576893/
8. Taylor Francis Online Inactivation of Airborne Influenza Virus by Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02786826.2012.708948
9. NCBI Zinc Intake and Resistance to H1N1 Influenza
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866616/
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Prevention and Treatment of Influenza, Influenza-Like Illness, and Common Cold by Herbal, Complementary, and Natural Therapies
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11. NCBI A Review on Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Activity of Curcumin
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12. NCBI
Curcumin Alleviates Macrophage Activation and Lung Inflammation Induced by Influenza Virus Infection Through Inhibiting the NF-KB Signaling Pathway
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5596526/
13. Hindawi Ginger and Its Constituents: Role in Prevention and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancer
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Identification of Suitable Natural Inhibitor Against Influenza A (H1N1) Neuraminidase Protein by Molecular Docking
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15. American Society for Microbiology Anti-Influenza Activity of a Bacillus Subtilis Probiotic Strain
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Astragalus Polysaccharide Enhances Immunity and Inhibits H9N2 Avian Influenza Virus In Vitro and In Vivo
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