It hurts everywhere. It is one of the most brutal airborne attacks on humanity. Influenza or “the flu” made it’s deadly debut during the Influenza epidemic of 1918. This epidemic wiped out nearly 3 percent of the world’s population. The outbreak is even referred to as “The Spanish flu outbreak” because it hit Spain  the hardest. There have been more flu pandemics since the Spanish flu outbreak. Over decades of time, man has found different ways to combat against this deadly virus.

There is so much controversy surrounding the flu vaccination. Is it worth it to get it or not? That is often the main question that people debate about. The vaccination is a watered down version of the virus. A low dosage of the virus  is injected into the body. It is enough to show some flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccination. The vaccine is suppose to build up the antibodies in your body to defend against the flu virus if one shall happen to come into contact with it . Doctors and physicians everywhere always encourage people to get a flu shot. People are so skeptical, and for good reason. The question that should be asked is: What did people do before vaccines were available?

Over the last decade, we have seen the flu virus mutate and  cause both pandemics and an outbreak of fear worldwide. In 2005, a new strain of the flu virus known as the bird flu surfaced and quickly began to makes its way around the globe. In 2009, another more lethal strain of flu called the swine flu was born and did more damage than the bird flu. Both of these strains somehow mutated from animals  and made it’s way to humans. What made it so bad was that the regular flu vaccination wasn’t a strong enough defense against these new “super strains”.

The symptoms of the flu are:  Dry cough, overall weakness and fatigue, high fever, watery discharge from nose, muscle and joint pain, flushed skin, sore throat, and chills. In more severe cases, one may also experience vomiting and diarrhea in addition to these symptoms. Both the bird flu and swine flu symptoms mirror those of the regular flu but amplified.

When it comes down to your body fighting a virus, science teaches us that there is really nothing that we can take to rid ourselves of the virus. Instead, we can only treat the symptoms. It is up to our body’s immune system to do what it is supposed to do, guard your life.  The goal is to worship your body and take care of it by prevention. There are different herbs and foods that you can put in your body that are anti-fugal, anti-inflammatory, etc.

A few “Wonder Herbs” for combating the flu: Holy basil, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Turmeric, Grape fruit and other citrus fruit.