Michelle LaBrosse, PMP
As more and more of my friends and family succumb to the swine flu, I have been mailing them my swine flu recovery kit. Yes, it might seem a bit odd for them to be opening this package that contains a large tuber of ginger, a box of zen green tea and a small container of agave nectar. But for those who have tried this and reduced the severity and length of their flu symptoms, yes it is a GREAT swine flu recovery kit. Ginger has been used since ancient times to relieve common flu symptoms of congestion, upset stomach. It is a well known anti-inflammatory as well. And what is happening in your body when it’s fighting off the flu virus, inflammation. The green tea is a great detoxifier - helps the liver and kidneys more efficiently get rid of the toxins being tossed off from your body fighting the flu virus. And the agave nectar - a low glycemic sweetner for the tea. Won’t spike the blood sugar - something that the flu invaders love. Here is what I do with these three ingredients:
Slice up the ginger root - a lot of it - at least 1/4 cup per quart of water. Bring the water to a boil and then just let the ginger root sit in the hot water. Toss in several tea bags. Sweeten to taste with the agave nectar. Drink at least six cups of this a day until you start feeling better.
If you start feeling flu like symptoms coming on - start quaffing this gingerroot tea mixture. If you are already in the full blown throes of the flu, have someone get you these ingredients and start drinking it. You’ll be on the mend a lot faster.
Standard Disclaimer - this is no substitute for medical advice. If you have a serious medical condition, and get the flu, get to your doctor.
Another great remedy is homemade chicken soup - already wrote up a great recipe for this. Great anti-viral properties come from cooking the living daylights out of a chicken. Don’t think it has any voodoo origins either. I posted a chicken noodle soup recipe that will do the trick back in the summer - http://www.michellelabrosseblogs.com/2009/05/the-chicken-noodle-soup-project/.
For more of my flu remedies (I was one of the lucky ones who got the swine flu before it became that popular) check out this earlier post - http://www.michellelabrosseblogs.com/2009/04/flu-remedies-7-tips-that-help-you-heal/