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4 natural solutions to prevent the flu

4 natural solutions to prevent the flu

The flu strikes on average 2 million people each year in France. Plants, essential oils, probiotics, homeopathy… Solutions exist upstream to boost our immunity. There are 4 natural solutions to prevent the flu( immune system).

The cold sets in and the flu virus with it. There are well-known precautions such as : washing your hands thoroughly, coughing and sneezing in a tissue or in the crook of your elbow. 

There are also natural ways to prevent the flu from reaching us.

Plants to fight influenza infection

  • the echinacea contains active ingredients that stimulate the immune system and help fight against viral infections.
  • blackcurrant bud extracts , very rich in vitamin C, also act on immunity and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
How to use them? 

Take powdered capsules or dry extracts of echinacea from the beginning of autumn until the end of March. “I recommend 3 capsules of 300 mg of powder or 1 capsule of 200 mg of dry extract per day, 10 days per month,” says Fabienne Millet, doctor of pharmacy, specializing in phytotherapy and aromatherapy.

If the flu arrives, make a cure of three weeks. Otherwise, 200 to 300 drops per day of Ribes Nigrum glycerin macerate (blackcurrant buds) to be taken continuously or 10 days a month, at the same period.

Avoid in pregnant women who are breastfeeding while, in children, the doses are specific.

An essential oil for its antiviral effect

The essential oil (HE) ravintsara protects us against the flu.

  • In diffusion, its anti-viral effect cleanses the atmosphere by limiting the multiplication of viruses.
  • In dry inhalation, the HE of ravintsara can directly disinfect the entrance to the respiratory tract.
How to use them? 

Choose an electric diffuser, with mist, or with a dry air jet, to sanitize the house at the start of winter or at risk.

This is valid at any age, in pregnant or breastfeeding women. But not for adults and large children.

Also, in periods of risk, complete this prevention by breathing 2 drops of this HE on a handkerchief three to four times a day.

Homeopathy to prevent the attack of viruses

  • The infuenzinum is a very high dilution of influenza vaccine this year, the latter being defined annually by the World Health Organization. Made from the vaccine, it aims to prevent and fight against the flu.
  • The serum of yersin, it improves the body’s defenses. Combined with Influenzinum, antiviral protection is broader and stronger.
How to use them? 

Take the treatment until the end of March.

If the immune system is weakened, take 1 dose of one on Wednesday and 1 dose of the other on Sunday of the same week.

In addition to this, in the event of an epidemic, opt for the close-up scheme (Wednesday and Sunday).

But, in people at risk of complications from the flu, this homeopathic prevention cannot replace the flu vaccine .

Probiotics to boost immunity

The probiotics (Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum) are composed of bacteria and live yeast belonging to our intestinal flora “friend.”

By rebalancing this flora, capital for immunity, they strengthen the immune system and also protect against infections by a barrier effect of the intestinal mucosa to pathogenic germs, especially viral.

How to use them?

 To prevent the flu, start a food supplement (Ergyphilus plus, Probiovance I) in the fall. Also, avoid before 3 years and in immunocompromised people.

The flu shot? 

We recommend the flu vaccine for people aged 65 and over, adults and children (from 6 months) suffering from chronic diseases (asthma, hepatitis, diabetes, heart failure, etc.), pregnant women, obese people , health professionals or in contact with children.

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