How to protect your family from flu using ancestral “folk medicine” – elderberry and echinacea

Updated September 22, 2023. Originally posted January 2018.

Have you noticed the hacking and coughing yet? While around the world we may have attempted to “flatten the curve” with the COVID-19 mandates in 2020 and 2021, an unintended consequence may have been the weakening of immune response to common ailments such as the common cold and flu. International travel, and return to school and the office has created a plethora of opportunity for us to wade through a cesspool of pathogenic viruses. And depending on your Ayurvedic prakruti, vikruti, and khavaigunya (or your body’s weak space; weakness in channels of transportation or transformation), expressing in symptoms that you know you tend to get hit hard with, these ailments may express more or less severely, with or without fever, aches, fatigue, cough, congestion, sniffles, or stomach pain and upset.

Both Elderberry and echinacea are simple herbal remedies which have been passed down from generation to generation, and for good reason. They are powerful allies to have on hand this season, as we move through autumn and winter.

Worried about that tickle in the back of your throat, achy teeth, or headache accompanied with body ache, and want to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the flu this season?

You can protect yourself and your family by keeping simple remedies on hand. Elderberry and echinacea in combination are as effective in reducing the severity and length of flu as Tamiflu, without gastrointestinal side-effects of nausea and vomiting.

echinacea and elderberry for flu

Echinacea and Black Elderberry work as effectively as Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) to shorten the duration and severity of flu symptoms, without the unpleasant side-effects of gastrointestinal upset (increased nausea and vomiting). Who needs THAT when they’re already laid out with the flu?

We’re re-sharing our post from 2018 so you can learn more about the energetics, virya, and rasa of these important plant based medicines from an Ayurvedic standpoint and why we ALWAYS keep them on hand in our family’s natural medicine cabinet.

Read more: If it’s flu, Elderberry and Echinacea reduce duration and severity of symptoms from our blog feed In the News.

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