The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection of greater severity and longer duration than the common cold. The illness may last for a week or two, and it can progress to a dangerous case of pneumonia. Worldwide, up to half a million people die every year from influenza. If you have the flu and develop difficulty breathing, please see your doctor immediately.
Fresh, raw garlic is the most powerful natural remedy in your flu-fighting arsenal. Garlic has anti-viral properties and is also a powerful antibiotic. Mince a couple of cloves and let it oxidize for 15 minutes to achieve full potency. Garlic on an empty stomach may cause stomachache, so it’s best to eat something first. Pile the minced garlic on a spoon and wash it down with a glass of water. Garlic is most effective when ingested as soon as symptoms begin. If you suspect you have been exposed to the flu virus because of sneezing coworkers, take garlic as a preventative.