Oh yes. It's happened.
I’ve caught that nasty spring flu that’s been making it’s rounds around the Greater Baltimore/DC Metro area. Probably brought on by a mixture of my super hectic week last week, hanging out with a sick kid on Monday, and the totally insane ‘world is maybe gonna end soon’ temperature fluctuations we’ve been having.
At first I tried to deny it. It’s just seasonal allergies, right? I’ll do my usual allergy remedies (more on that in the coming weeks) and be on my way.
But boy I was wrong. After my typically grocery shopping trip I came home and was completely unable to function. Body aches, chills, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches… the works. So I broke out my go-to remedies, and figured now would be a good time to share them with you all.
Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry syrup has been used for generations to prevent and treat the flu. Elderberries are very high in Vitamin A and C, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. All great for the flu. It’s easy to find on Amazon, or you can make your own with this recipe from Wellness Mama.
Zand Zinc Lozenges. We got these at work over the winter and they’ve been awesome for sore throats. The elderberry ones are a great way to get some of the benefits listed above, and the lemon mint ones are great too. Zinc is known for regulating immune function, and shortening the duration of the common cold.
Emergen-C. This one’s a no-brainer, but it’s still one I keep handy for times I’m feeling the ick. High doses of Vitamin C can help shorten the duration of the cold/flu and speed up recovery.
Oscillococcinum. I always keep this homeopathic remedyfrom Boiron on hand for times like this to relieve symptoms like body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. The bonus is it doesn’t have any side effects like drowsiness, though it does work best if you start taking it as soon as symptoms come up.
And of course, obviously, plenty of rest and clear fluids. If you’re in the “I’m surrounded by the infected” camp, also add in some Echinacea to help keep the sick at bay.
Good luck to the fellow flu-infected.
What about you? What are your go-to's for the flu?