December 20, 2019
Beat the Flu this Season with Immune Boosting Herbs:
Inevitably, Flu Season is upon us. Troubling statistics remind us of how potentially dangerous the Flu Virus can be. In the 2017-2018 season, the Flu caused nearly 49 million illnesses and 80,000 deaths in the U.S alone. 
If left untreated, the Flu can wreak havoc on your Immune System and produce strong fevers that threaten your overall health. So, what do you do?
Most people turn to Over-the-Counter Flu Medications as their go-to source for dealing with symptoms. They will go about their routine as usual, waiting for their yearly flu to come so they can treat it.
This helpless approach involves acceptance of getting sick every year. You can avoid this vicious annual cycle by bolstering your Immune System with a strong preventative plan. Before deciding on a healing plan, it’s important to learn more about this Virus that is affecting everyone.
What is the Flu?
As defined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by Influenza Viruses that infect the nose and throat.
Experts believe that the Flu Virus spreads through when people emit their germs. This can be from anything such as coughing, sneezing, talking or spreading germs through touch. 
Identifying subtle to moderate Flu Symptoms and how your body reacts to sickness can help you further prepare and adapt. Below are some of the major Flu Symptoms you need to look out for.
- Fever over 100℉
- Cough or Sore Throat
- Body Aches/Chills
- Head and Muscle Aches
- Excessive Fatigue
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Sensitive Skin or Scalp
- Dizziness and Imbalance 
Treating the Flu:
There is no single Magic Treatment that will knock-out your flu within minutes. It simply doesn’t exist. Over-the-counter medications like Phenylephrine, Acetaminophen and Dextromethorphan can offer support when your body is experiencing Flu Symptoms.
However, your Flu Duration is ultimately contingent on your body’s ability to fight off free-radicals, viruses and germs that attack your system.
The most natural way to fight a Cold or Flu is with an adaptive Immune System. It acts as your body’s main line of defense. Wondering how to boost your Immune System?
Immune Boosting Herbs:
A compromised Immune System is due to both inherent and external factors. This includes Genetic and Environmental Factors as well as Consumption Habits and Dieting. Fortunately, there are several ways to get daily support.
The Flu Shot is one way to stimulate your Immune System to create antibodies that attack the Flu. Though, use of the Flu Shot has proven controversial in recent years because of the fear for potential side effects.
Many people turn to ancient Home Remedies for the Flu. These are derived from Indian Ayurvedic practices and Eastern Medicine. This holistic form of healing is centered around building a powerful Immune System through natural herbs and self-healing.
Below are 12 Herbs and Spices that will give your Immune System that boost it needs to power through these monotonous Flu Season Months:
- Matcha Green Tea
- Reishi Mushrooms
- Oil of Oregano
- Olive Leaf
- Pine Pollen
- Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Foods that Boost the Immune System:
- Citrus Fruits
- Red Bell Peppers
- Sunflower Seeds 
Immune Boosting Bitters with Herbs:
Consuming Bitters is another way to fortify your body’s defense. This Tonic Recipe has 8 Immune System Boosters that create a synergistic effect when combined.
- 1 Tbsp of Honey
- 1 Ounce of Dried Astragalus Root
- 1 Ounce of Dried Angelica Root
- ½ Ounce of Dried Chamomile
- 1 Tsp of Dried Ginger
- 1 Tsp of Dried Orange peel
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Tsp. of Cardamom Seeds
- 10 Ounces of Alcohol (Vodka Recommended)
- Dissolve the honey in 2 teaspoons of boiling water. Let cool
- Combine the honey and the next 7 ingredients in a mason jar and pour alcohol on top.
- Seal tightly and store the bitters in a cool, dark place.
- Let the bitters infuse until the desired strength is reached, about 2-4 weeks. Shake the jars regularly (about once per day).
- When ready, strain the bitters through a coffee filter. Store the strained bitters in an airtight container at room temperature. 
Additional Ways to Beat Flu Season:
- Daily Exercise
- Plenty of Rest
- Avoiding Artificial Ingredients
- Practicing Strong Hygiene
- Quitting Smoking
- Cold Weather Attire
- Drinking Fluids