Flu season can lead to days or even weeks of misery that cannot be relieved by antibiotics. There are ways to treat viral infections from home that can help to alleviate the discomfort, or even prevent them from getting a foothold all together. Sick tea, or anti viral tea is the best solution for avoiding the flu or lessening its duration. There are several different ingredients that can be used to brew your own anti viral tea from home.
Ginger contains anti viral properties. It also provides antiseptic, pain reliving and antioxidant compounds. It is an excellent choice or preventing and treating sore throats, colds and inflamed mucous membranes. On top of all of this, ginger has a mild sedative quality to help you get the rest that is needed when you are under the weather.
Garlic contains anti fungal and anti bacterial compounds. It also helps to boost the immune system and a natural antibiotic.
Echinacea flower petals and leaves contain anti bacterial compounds and is a powerful immune system booster. It is helpful in preventing both bacterial and viral infections.
Sage is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic. It helps to promote good digestion, to ease sore throats and to alleviate pain from menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon is an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal herb. It increases blood flow and helps to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Clove contains antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It works well as an anti inflammatory to relieve aches and pains from flu. It’s most common use is to help ease pain and fight infection.
Peppermint is used as a painkiller and fever reducer. It helps to induce sweating and a cooling of the body temperature. It also helps to relieve congestion of the bronchi, lungs and trachea by loosening up mucous.
Goldenseal contains anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral compounds. It is also antiseptic and an immune system booster. It helps to activate white blood cells for the destruction of fungi, viruses, bacteria, and tumor cells.
Fresh lemon juice is an excellent source of vitamin C and enhances the flavor of sick teas.
To make an antiviral or sick tea, simply combine the ingredients that you feel will be the most beneficial for you. Whether your goal is to prevent flu or to treat a condition that is already in progress, choose among these effective home remedies for brewing. Simply chop up the ingredients you will be using, place them in a cheesecloth bag, or you can boil them right in the pot with water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the tea, and enjoy.