It’s very important to know the difference between the flu and a cold. While a cold can make you feel bad for a few days, the flu can make you feel quite ill for weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.
Colds usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or two, runny nose, and congestion follows, 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. With colds, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not usually mean you have developed a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection. Colds last about a week to 10 days and most times only affect the upper respiratory system.
The Flu is more severe than cold symptoms and comes on very quickly (overnight). Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu, in particular, is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea. Flu symptoms gradually improve in about five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for 2 or 3 weeks. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. If you notice shortness of breath, let your doctor know. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two. The Flu virus infects the entire respiratory system and can disrupt other systems of the body as well.
Both Cold and Flu viruses enter your body through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep hands germ-free with frequent washing to prevent both flu and colds.
Now to the very bad news. You can get a cold any time of year where the standard flu season runs from fall to spring of the next year. There are thousands of different types of cold and flu viruses and they mutated all the time, the Flu most of all. Which is why there is a new Flu vaccine every year, but even then, by the time we know the type of flu virus is the “dominant” one for that year it can mutate to something new making the vaccine less effective (but still a little helpful). This is what has happened this year. What was the “dominant” type when the season started has mutated to the point that the CDC is now telling us the vaccine has gone from 80% effective to 10%. Now most Flu or influenza viruses have a very short life outside of a host, But this new mutation has changed that some. A news report this morning stated that they, the CDC, has found that this Flu virus can be spread within 6 feet of the infected person up to 30 min after a sneeze or a cough.
So, without an effective vaccine and with Georga being one of 16 states that are seeing extremely high reports of Flu what are we to do??? Support our immune system, strengthing it and have the tools on hand to help our bodies fight the virus more effectively. Mother Nature offers some things that can help. Below is a list of products that are thought to help and have been used traditionally to support the bodies fight against the virus.
Wash your hands! Using water as hot as you can take and a good soap. Our GermFight Hand soap is made with powerful essential oils thought to be strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/foaming-hand-soap-1
Fire Cider is a blend of powerful herbs in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar that has been used traditionally to support the immune system and works as a “tonic”. Traditionally it is thought that if one takes some of this every day it will help to keep the body and the immune system strong. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/fire-cider
Immune UP Bath/Body Oil is a blend of essential oils thought to help support the immune system. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/immune-up-oz
Immune UP Inhaler is modeled after the old “Vicks type” inhalers. Formulated with essential oils thought to help strengthen and stimulate the immune. There are an adult and kid-friendly versions. system. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/immune-up-inhaler
Red Reishi has been used in Traditional Chines Medicine for thousands of years. Thought to strengthen and support the “CHI” the vital energy of the body. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/red-reishi
Elder Berry and Elder Flower have been used throwout Europe and the US to help fight the cold and flu virus. Studies in Isaral showed that people that used a extrat of the berries recovered in 2 days. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20031222/elderberry-fights-flu-symptoms#1 https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/elder-flowertincture https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/organic-elderberry
Garlic has a well-documented history of proven health benefits in supporting the immune system. Eat as much as you can at every meal and use as a supplement. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/garlicextract https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/garlic-oil
Honeysuckle is another herb used in Traditional Chines Medicine for the immune system. Thought to have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Echinacea has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years. In Germany, the Commission E, their version of the FDA has found that it helps stimulate the immune system and might increase the action of white blood cells. It has been a staple in the western herbal arsenal for over 200 years. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/organic-echinacea-whole-plant-tincture-oz-1
Aroma C is an all-natural vitamin C 500mg that herbal extracts and essential oils have been added to that are thought to help support the immune system. Vitamin C is extremely important when fighting immune stressors. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/aroma-c
All of these and more are available at AromaTherapeutics and at the Farmers Markets we are at. Don’t forget to see your doctor if you think you have a cold or flu as well.
None of this is intended to take the place of professional Medical care or to cure or diagnose an illness and is for your education only.