2014 Influenza Threats
We haven’t even hit peak flu season, and 2014 has already handed us a rough flu season. We face significant threats from both avian and swine flu viruses, and flu season usually peaks in the US in mid-February.
H1N1 has been the primary flu strain this year, which is the same swine flu strain as the 2009-2010 flu season. It hits hard and fast, with a 2-4 day window from infection to becoming symptomatic. Texas has been especially hit hard by H1N1.
There are also two avian flu viruses traveling the world, H5N1 and H7N9. A nurse in Canada who had recently traveled to Asia, but who had no known contact with chicken farms or other birds, has died with a confirmed case of H5N1. According to the World Health Organization, H5N1 has a fatality rate of 60%. H1N1 is transmitted person to person, while the Avian flu strains transmits from bird to person.
Prevention & Care
At the risk of sounding like your mother, remember to:
- Get plenty of rest.
- East healthy foods.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Wash your hands with soap frequently.
- Avoid places where lots of people gather.
- Make sure you have adequate levels of Vitamin D.
- Maintain comfortable humidity levels indoors, as dry tissues are more easily infected.
Mycology is the study of mushrooms. My top cold or flu prevention strategy is a freeze-dried mushroom supplement from Fungi Perfecti. It’s part of their Host Defense line, and the blend is MyCommunity.
Preppers, you are going to want to stock up on this stuff. I swear by this. I’ve always been a bit weak at fighting off colds. When I take this regularly, I stay healthy.
Both elderberry and mushrooms support your immune response. Elderberry, however, is the premier herbal Influenza remedy. It has solid science to back up the literally hundreds of years of documented herbal tradition demonstrating as much.
If you find yourself run down, not getting enough rest, not eating corectly, under extra stress, etc., you may end up getting sick no matter what your precautions. If you’re sick with the flu, that’s no joke. You can find my elderberry syrup and tincture recipes here.
Fire cider is an age-old traditional home remedy made from hot and spicy herbs and roots in a vinegar base. It opens up the sinuses, and this is great for upper respiratory relief. In my own version, I use more ginger. And, after I strain the herbs out of the vinegar, I add some lemon juice before adding the honey. Here is a great video of Rosemary demonstrating how to make this remedy and a thorough description of all the ingredients.
Herbal Tussin Tea
If its your lungs and not your sinuses that are taking the brunt of the infection, help your lungs along with this naturally expectorant tea. Enjoy this naturally sweet and clove-flavored tea as needed to calm your coughing.
- 4 parts hyssop flower
- 3 parts mullein leaf
- 3 parts slippery elm
- 2 parts elecampane root
- 1 part colt’s foot (aerial parts)
- 1 part marshmallow root
- 1 part spearmint leaf
- 1 part clove
- 1 part licorice root
- 1 part thyme leaf
Using a tea ball or other strainer, steep 1 tablespoon of tea to 6 ounces of very hot water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
If you try any of these recipes, please leave a comment below in the comments section! I always love to get feedback from readers.
- H1N1 is primary flu strain for 2014 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/with-widespread-flu-activity-increasing-resist-urge-for-antibiotics/
- H1N1 hits Texas hard http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140110-dallas-county-flu-death-toll-rises-to-26.ece
- Confirmed death from H5N1 in Canada http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25662730
- WHO FAQs on H5N1 http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/avian_influenza/h5n1_research/faqs/en/
- Elderberry fights influenza http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/11/16
Want More Herbal Remedies?
Be sure to check out my books, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, Prepping for a Pandemic, and The COVID-19 Survival Manual for a ton of herbal, health, and preparedness information to keep you going strong through any disaster.