30th January 2018
By Emmalene

Flu, it seems, is everywhere! And whats worse is that it seems there is no escaping it. Everywhere we go we talk to people who think it is inevitable, unavoidable and something we simply have no control over. But what is it and how can you protect yourself and your loved ones?

What is Flu and how can you protect against it?

Flu (influenza) is caused by the influenza virus. Signs to look out for include sudden fever, muscle ache, head ache, fatigue, a sore throat and cough and a runny nose and sneezing.  Cold and flu symptoms are similar, but flu tends to be more severe and comes on more rapidly.

Building a strong immune system throughout the year is one of the very best ways to protect yourself against Flu and other viruses.  Fresh air (just 15 minutes at lunch if that’s all you can mange), good sleep, plenty of water and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables will all help.  To further support yourself consider a high-quality Olive leaf extract such as our Eden Extract.   The incredible naturally occuring Oleuropein found in olive leaf has a unique feature that makes the leaves particularly effective in fighting against various micro-organisms and particularly viruses.  This, combined with a good qualiy Vitamin C supplement is natures very best defence.  We love our Purely-C which is bursting with camu camu berries which contain 30 times more Vitamin C than oranges!


How is it Spread?

Flu is easily spread by germs from coughs and sneezes which can live on hands and surfaces for up to 24 hours.  You can prevent spreading by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose with tissues or a sleeve when you cough and sneeze and regularly cleaning work surfaces and doors handles.  An Oregano based spray such as Germ-a-Clenz spray is a powerful, natural germicide which kills 97% of household germs and can be used on work surfaces and as a room spray.  It’s ideal when you are out and about to as a hand and surface sanitiser.


How can you recover quickly?  

If you do pick up the flu virus it normally clears up by itself after about a week but there are ways to help yourself recover.  Rest, sleep, keeping warm and drinking lots of water are recommended.  Hot lemon and honey can help to soothe a sore throat and keep away the chills.  It is definitely a case of ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ and let your body fight off the infection.  In addition, continuing to take Olive leaf and Vitamin C will help to support your immune system.


Wild grown top quality Oregano oil, known for its germicidal properties, can also be highly effective in fighting off the winter bugs.  Research in America which is detailed in Dr Cass Ingram's 2018 paper 'Flu is no major threat if using oil of wild oregano' has shown that wild oregano oil, vigorously destroyed the influenza A virus in cell cultures.  Oreganol P73, in oil form, can be easily added to water used to swill around the mouth and gargle with killing off any bacteria lurking there. It can also be added to liquid hand soaps and used topically on the soles of your feet.


However you choose to fight the flu this winter remember to listen to your body and be kind to yourself.

*this information is not intended to replace any medical advice.  If you are unwell please consult with your doctor*