With this year’s flu vaccines being only 10% effective, according to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, herbal medicines look more promising than ever. For the entire general public, natural medicines should be the primary therapeutic intervention for the 2018 flu pandemic. The flu shot is unreliable. Surely, the appropriate natural medicines are more reliable and, also, safer than any medical intervention available. This is demonstrated by the 2017 Australian experience, where despite fairly extensive immunization some 250,000 people were severely sickened, and up to 600 died.
In the United States it is hardly better. There have been hundreds of deaths, including in children and young adults. In some areas it is hitting particularly hard, for instance, Phoenix, Arizona, where the flu incidence is 700% higher than normal.
Clearly, other answers for the population must be provided. These answers are found in herbal medicines, as well as certain food-like therapeutics like raw honey and ginger. Plus, since food is safe, these are ideal alternatives for children and even infants. As well, a number of herbal extracts have been shown to kill both cold and flu viruses, the most powerful of which is oil of wild oregano.
Here is a list of five reliable natural-herbal medicines that can be used for combating colds and flu, even in the event of pandemics. The following were selected because of their potency and reliability. They were also selected for their ability to not only strengthen the immune system but to actually kill the virus.

Raw Honey

The most potent of all honeys are the wild kinds from bees never fed sugar. Such wild honeys are relatively rare. While Manuka honey is a powerful germicidal type, it may or may not be from bees which are never sugar-fed. The feeding of sugar weakens the bees and, thus, the end product is less potent than the truly wild-source type. Examples of wild honeys which would be potent for supporting health and also in the natural treatment of flu include Canadian prairie honey, wild oregano honey, wild African forest honey, wild thistle honey, and wild goldenrod honey.

Oil of Wild Oregano

Wild oregano is the most powerful naturally occurring antiviral substance known. Studies such as Antiviral Research’s in vitro assessment show that it literally dissolves these viruses, rendering them noninfectious. High-quality wild oregano oil is safe for use in all age groups and may be used both internally and topically. Search for brands with long-term reputations that are listed for daily use and also for potential use in large quantities, which may be necessary in pandemics. Daily use oil of oregano, as tiny gelcaps (about six drops per capsule) or as the oil, or as the juice or aromatic essence, can be used for prevention: so that the flu virus cannot set hold in the body.

Wild Sage

While it is pungent and often little used, sage is a most important natural antiviral complex. Studies have shown that it is effective against a wide range of viral invaders, including the herpes type 1 virus and the measles virus, which it readily obliterated. As demonstrated in Antiviral Research wild sage oil, combined with oils of wild oregano, cumin, and cinnamon, caused 100% destruction in tissue culture of the human coronavirus, while also inducing a 99%-plus kill in a higher concentration of the human influenza A virus. Sage extracts have long been used in throat remedies such as soothing agents. Yet, even more powerful than this is the intake of the actual oil from edible, wild, high-mountain species, as found, for instance, in the multiple spice oil capsules used in the study or as wild sage oil emulsified in extra virgin olive oil. Of note, the village people of Greece and Turkey, who rarely get the flu, routinely drink infusions of wild sage, calling it ‘mountain tea.’


Studies have shown that cumin, particularly its extracted essential oil, is highly antiviral. In one study published by Ijaz and Ingram it was found that cumin oil, combined with oils of oregano and sage, obliterated all traces of the human cold virus in vitro, while killing some 99% of influenza A when given in a larger dose. Cumin seed oil is available in a number of herbal supplements, in one case a combination of desiccated oil of cumin seed with oils of wild oregano and sage, as well as simply the oil in an extra virgin olive oil base. Additionally, the seed itself is highly effective as both an antiseptic and also an immune-potentiating agent. Thus, it should be routinely added to food, especially soup, vegetable dishes, bread, cheese, and stir-fry.

Black Seed and its Oil

It is apparent that there is major emphasis in terms of colds/flu on the powers of spices. Even garlic is a type of spice. All these substances are directly germicidal. Yet, they also offer the additional benefit of boosting overall immune capacity. This could be no more the case than with black seed and its expressed oil. It has been well established that black seed helps reverse a compromised immune system. Directly, it boosts the functions of the B and T lymphocytes, the monocytes, and the anti-tumor NK killer cells. In one study the extracted oil was found to significantly decrease viral loads in a terminally ill patient with hepatitis C. Viruses are known to attack and victimize humans by destroying lymphocytes. In a test model published in the International Journal of Immunopharmacology it was found that this dangerous viral lymphocyte attack, in this case by mouse-sourced cytomegalovirus, was curtailed by black seed oil. The artificially infected liver and spleen cells were completely cleared of viruses by black seed oil in ten days, while positive markers of activated immune function, such as gamma interferon and macrophage counts, were raised.
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