Stomach Flu Blues

Kiev is a lovely city. Possibly one of my favourites. Dan and I had an amazing time walking around and exploring this unique city. The Cyrillic script tripped me up the first day, but after the second day, I got the hang of it and could decipher what was going on, as it is a bit similar to the Czech that we speak.

It was with a bit of sadness that we lined up to board our plane home to Prague. I noticed as we were standing in line that I felt a little dizzy. Once we were settled in our seats I began to feel nauseated. I ordered green tea and hoped it was nothing. By the time the short flight was over I felt like I would pass out. In the car on the way home from Prague to our town, I had waves of nausea, severe stomach cramping, cold sweats, numbness and tingling in my arms and legs and heart palpitations. Dan thought I was dying.  We even had to pull over so I could lay with my legs above my head to keep me from passing out.

I was kicking myself for not having lavender oil in my first aid kit to aid in the shock my body was in due to whatever illness I was experiencing. At this point I was thinking that the water in Kiev finally got to me.

By the time we got home I couldn’t walk upright for the stomach cramping. Rebekah told me there was a severe stomach flu going around our town and perhaps I got it before I left. I took a bunch of herbs and a very special tea and went to bed, hoping for some sleep and for the cramping to subside.

The next morning, I was relieved to see that I had slept and my stomach felt very delicate but the cramping was lessening. I was exhausted and shaky and cold. Taking my temperature I saw that I had a fever of 38.5. My youngest daughter insisted that I return to bed. She tucked me in and my bed never felt so good. I slept a lot of the day with those weird fever dreams. I continued to drink this amazing tea and got out of bed at about 8:00 in the evening feeling a whole lot more human. The next day I was careful with my stomach and what I ate, but I felt like me again.

Rebekah got the flu a day later than me and had a very similar experience.


Fever Buster Tea

  • 1 part dried and ground Yarrow leaves and flowers
  • 1 part dried and ground Mint leaves and stems
  • 1 part dried and ground Elderflowers

Use a heaping tablespoon per cup of tea.

Allow the tea to steep covered for 10 minutes or longer.

Drink up to 5 times a day during and acute illness.


During a stomach flu, Yarrow acts as a diaphoretic (fever supporter), antimicrobic, antispasmodic (stomach cramps be gone!), analgesic (pain relief).

Mint relieves pain and spasm in stomachaches. It relieves nausea. It is a nervine, calming anxiety and tension. It is antibacterial and antiseptic and active against a wide range of bacteria including Salmonella enteritidis and E. coli.

Elderflower supports the immune system. The flowers are antimicrobial, they eliminate toxins and heat and they are anti-inflammatory. They protect the gut against irritation and stress with their antispasmodic and astringent actions.

This tea is a must have for cold and flu season and for this stomach flu with fever it was an excellent support, decreasing the duration and severity of our flu.


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