Flu There is understandably a lot of anxiety and concern regarding flu outbreaks over the past few years and I have decided to share some of my thoughts and tips regarding how to deal with the situation from a holistic point of view. Firstly since you are obviously thinking about your health, why not take this as an opportunity to give yourself a complete boost so that should you be unlucky enough to get ill you will hopefully have the resources to make a speedy recovery.
This might include some or all of the following:

Really think about what you are eating and drinking. Make a conscious effort to eat nutritious meals wherever possible and maybe start making your own juices or smoothies.

We are all feeling the pace of life speeding up at the moment – why not make a conscious effort to SLOW DOWN. Make sure you get your 8 hours sleep a night or have a nap at lunchtime if that is possible. Enjoy your lunchbreak instead of rushing around trying to fit in extra chores.

Besides these obvious lifestyle improvements there are additional supplements you may consider to bolster your immune system such as Echinacea, Olive Leaf extract and probiotics to improve your bowel flora, especially if you have been on antibiotics recently.

And of course constitutional homeopathic treatment can really help to eradicate any inherited tendencies and rebalance yourself, giving you increased energy and immunity.

The history of homeopathy and flu
Homeopathy has been successfully used to battle flu epidemics since it was first conceived Perhaps the most recent use of homeopathy in a major epidemic was during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. The Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy, May, 1921, had a long article about the use of homeopathy in the flu epidemic. Dr. T A McCann, from Dayton, Ohio, reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%. This last figure was supported by Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) who collected 26,795 cases of flu treated with homeopathy with the above result.
The most common remedy used was Gelsemium, with occasional cases needing Bryonia and Eupatorium reported. Dr. Herbert A. Roberts from Derby, CT, said that 30 physicians in Connecticut responded to his request for data. They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. Dr. Roberts was working as a physician on a troop ship during WWI. He had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. He reported, “All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way.”
I would be happy to treat you should you or your family experience flu symptoms but thought it would maybe be a good idea to recommend a few remedies that you could get hold of just in case you are struck down and really can’t be bothered with a full blown homeopathic consultation.

Contact me to ask about flu remedies for yourself or your family.

A further tip I would like to share is my recipe for elderberry syrup, inherited from my Mother in Law, and used with great success over the years. In fact I have since found out that there is indeed scientific evidence as to why elderberries are so effective in helping with the recovery of flu.

Elderberries can be picked in August so this is a great project for the summer holidays and believe me you will appreciate it in the winter!!

Elderberry Syrup

4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp cloves

Pick the fruit on a dry day, wash well and drain thoroughly. Strip the fruit from the stems and put into a pan, adding just enough water to cover. Simmer for 30 minutes until the berries are very soft. Strain through a jellybag or muslin and measure the juice. Allow 500g sugar and 10 cloves to each 500ml of juice. Heat the juice gently, stirring in the sugar until dissolved. Boil for 10 minutes and then leave until cold. The syrup may be frozen in small quantities or packed into small, screw-topped, soft drink bottles which have been sterilized.

So over to you now! – and if you’re still considering Tamiflu or the Flu jab you may want to read up on it on a website I was pointed to called Naturalnews.com or Dr Mercola.