Jan 23, 2018

Cold and Flu, What’s the difference?

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill from a few days to weeks; and may even result in more serious complications like pneumonia.

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or two. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and congestion follow, along with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible. Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold.

Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly. Symptoms of flu include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. May also be accompanied with vomiting and diarrhea.

Holistic view

When excess mucus, toxic materials, drug accumulations, poisons and other undesirable materials accumulate within the body, the body’s natural reaction is to unload this material before it reaches a high enough level to cause death. The body then reacts with colds, flu, measles, chicken pox, or some other disease. The first indication of disease that generally appears is a fever. Usually a person’s first thought, when they see someone has a fever, is to hurry and lower the temperature to “normal.” This is a mistake because the fever is nature’s way of letting us know the person has toxic material in their body which should be removed quickly. The fever should not be ignored, but we should work with it. Fever is the bodies natural response to fighting infection.

A fever can be an aid and a blessing if worked with intelligently. But if it is fought against ignorantly, or ignored–it is a killer. One should assist the fever to rebuild a malfunctioning area by the cleansing and nourishing process. As a person develops a fever, the body is doing two things; One, it is draw healing aids from the body (if they are there), and the other is to discard or burn up unwanted materials. True, a fever must not be allowed to reach too high a level, so herein we will show simple ways to help the body unload unwanted toxic poisons, filth, and excess mucus from the body.

When a fever begins you are being given a signal that there is trouble in the system and something needs attention. Often it is a common response to mask the symptoms, and though this may provide some short term temporary relief, one must address the cause otherwise it is like trying to bail water out of a boat without first plugging the hole, the symptoms will just continue or get worse.

When working with a fever condition such as that which is found in cases of colds, flu, etc. it is vitally important for the sufferer to stay hydrated due to such symptoms as: sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, and other types of fluid loss. As the body needs to stay hydrated but also replenish an exhausted and nutrient depleted system we need to provide the body with such things as: plenty of clean-filtered water, herbal teas, and freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juices, preferably organic as one doesn’t want to introduce foreign substances such as: pesticides, herbicides, toxins, etc. into an already toxic condition.

As mentioned it is important to address the cause rather than the symptoms of disease. So, what is the cause of colds and flu? Of course, bacteria and viruses. But we live in a world made up of viruses, bacteria, germs and countless other disease-causing material. So, why do some people get sick while others don’t? The best answer is environment, specifically the environment of the body. Disease is largely the result of blockage of some type. Blockage in the body prohibits movement, it keeps old material from leaving the body and nutrients and oxygen from nourishing the body. This is why it is so vital to keep the elimination channels open. However, as in the case of disease usually the person hasn’t been living the healthiest lifestyle. In such cases, especially in fast advancing disease like cold and flu, it is important to work on the elimination channels as quick and efficiently as possible. It is always best to start with the bowels as it is the body’s largest elimination organ. In the event of an already present condition the best option is usually an herbal enema even and especially in the case of diarrhea. An herbal enema can help alleviate constipation but it can also help nourish and hydrate in cases of diarrhea. It is usually best to use either catnip tea or red raspberry leaf tea, cooled or at room temperature, one does not want to burn the intestines by administering hot tea as an enema. A cool tea will be soothing to the area and will allow the body to retain the fluid longer helping to hydrate and break up toxic material more thoroughly for elimination. Cleaning the bowels will also allow other organs to follow their natural course and eliminate properly. Other times the toxic material is higher in the body and needs to be eliminated more quickly than through the bowels. Sometimes the body will do this on its own by causing the person to vomit, cough, sweat, etc. But sometimes the body needs help eliminating in these ways. If such help is necessary things like: emetics, expectorants, or diaphoretics may be necessary.

An emetic is that which will help assist the body in vomiting. Though vomiting is undesirable it is also often necessary to eliminate toxins from spreading deeper into the body which would further spread infection and disease. Sometimes a person has vomited to the point of dry heaving which is the body’s attempt to eliminate an already empty stomach. If one has reached this point, or to keep them from reaching this point, water or herbal tea will provide volume enough to assist the body in flushing any remaining toxins the body may be retaining. Other times there is plenty of substance in the stomach but the muscular action in the stomach is not strong enough to emit. In such a case as this tincture of lobelia may prove useful in helping purge the stomach.

Perspiration is also an essential process of the body healing itself. Most often, in fevers, the body sweats profusely. There are other times where the pours won’t open which keep the toxins circulating within and throughout the body. It is important that the fever be worked with rather than worked against. Diaphoretics help the body to sweat, but they won’t make the body sweat more than what the body can handle. Yarrow tea is a fever specific diaphoretic which helps open the pours of the body helping to purify and eliminate toxins and poisons. As long as moisture is going into the body and perspiration is occurring, there is little damage that can be done by fevers.


When one is sick it can be helpful to do hydrotherapy. This process can be done by first, starting an herbal tea. We prefer to use Yarrow or Red Raspberry Leaf tea in cases of cold and flu. While the tea is steeping, turn on a heater in the bathroom. Then turn on the shower as hot as it can go and let the room get nice and steamy. When the bathroom is nice and hot, plug the tub and turn the water to a comfortably warm-to- hot temperature, leaving the heater on. Try to keep the door closed as much as possible to keep the heat in. While soaking in the tub drink one should their tea which they prepared beforehand, as much as can be tolerated (I like to have at least 8-16 ounces). Yarrow tea will help you sweat out the toxins, and Red Raspberry Leaf will keep you hydrated and is high in vitamin-C and Iron which will help in fortifying the bloodstream, and is perfect for overall health. After this hydration process it is important that the person go to bed since this process makes them sweat and sleep will often break the fever at this point.


Cold and flu vary greatly in their: symptoms, severity, and variety from person to person and from one season to the next. However, understanding the underlying cause of disease (blockage) one can combat most sickness and disease naturally and effectively. There are many herbal aids with their own specific medicinal qualities and actions. Becoming familiar with these uses one can alleviate the symptoms while also eliminating the cause altogether.