1. What to take/do when you've been exposed or have it in your house, but you're still well?
2. What to give to your kids for above?
3. What to take/do once you have it?
Beka, do you have some quick basics? I like what you said above about immune boosters before sick, but backing off once it hits.
If this flu spreads like they say, and seems to hit healthy people, we all need to be prepared BUT NOT AFRAID!
For the quick reader, the most important link I posted above is this article:http://www.jonbarron.org/strong-immunity-program/01-21-2008.php
Good idea, CountyCork...
And Larry, here are some of the things we do. I'm not saying we've figured it out what works best... just what works best for us so far!To avoid the Flu:
All berries. Berry concentrate, fresh berries, elderberry syrup, etc... I also recommend olive leaf extract, or olive leaf tea. Although we didn't do this during the last flu, I did buy some olive leaf afterward to use if another flu came around. I would also recommend taking garlic and GSE to avoid the flu.
I am still unsure about taking garlic and GSE during a flu because I did this during the last flu and it didn't work at all... I must have eaten a bushel worth of garlic cloves over a four month flu period and never got well until I stopped taking everything that is considered an herbal antibiotic. If exposed directly to the Flu:
spend the following day, or same day, out in the sunshine doing some kind of physical exercise. (Don't know why or how this works, unless it is related to vit D... but it does.) Continue taking the above recommended herbs.
If you contract the Flu and become ill:
Stop taking any herbs that may boost the immune system, such as elderberry, echinacea, etc... but do go outside and get some sunshine any time you can.
Other things that seemed to help were lots of sleep, hot baths/showers, staying warm, fresh air.
Herbs that we used to support the systems and reduce immune response discomfort were:
Eucalyptus oil - in a wet washcloth held to the nose, in the bath water, sprinkled on the shower curtains, sprinkled on pine needles and burnt like incense.
Ginger and honey - ginger juice expressed and mixed with raw honey into a thick candy-like syrup to ease a cough and loosen congestion.
Mullein burnt like incense, mixed with pine needles: This dries up a very wet cough that sounds scary...
I just turn a stainless steel pot lid upside down on my gas stove burner. Turn the burner on very low, and sprinkle dried mullein and pine needles in the pot lid. These will slowly burn and fill the house with the incense. Mullein sometimes works too well to dry up a very wet cough. If the cough gets too tight and dry... revert to the ginger and honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar: We add ACV and honey to water and sip for stomach upset and sore throats. I also put it in a spray bottle to spray into the back of the little one's throats. This works wonders for overcoming nasty bacteria with good bacteria. ACV in a wash cloth pressed to the forehead or soles of feet will lower fevers, as will some ACV in the bathwater. Kombucha works similarly, if you can't get ACV with the live bacteria (the mother.)
You can also put ACV 1/2 and 1/2 with water or rubbing alcohol in the ears to dry them out. I usually follow this with some warm Mullein oil. Earaches are the worst!
I think that's all from us...
(it does make you wonder if any of those funky conspiracy deals are true . . .)
what funky conspiracy deals?
PS: Just saw your post, Peggy...
We went off of everything (antibiotic/immune boosting herbs) except for sunshine and system supporting herbs. I even stopped taking vit C and garlic. And oh... we also used wet heat applied over the eustachian tubes for earaches.