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Winter Colds and Flu

As winter draws in many people find they are more susceptible to colds and flu, and the colder months are known as ‘flu season’ in many countries. There are several theories as to why flu and colds may spread more readily in the colder months:

  • in cold weather we may be physiologically more susceptible to infections
  • in winter people are more likely to stay in closed environments (with less fresh air) so infections are more easily spread between individuals
  • tiny particles from the coughs and sneezes of infected individuals can stay suspended in the air for much longer periods in wintertime than in summertime, owing to the decrease in temperature and air humidity.

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Colds and flu are caused by different viruses but they share some of the same symptoms. Flu infections come on much more suddenly, and are usually much more serious than colds, though it can be difficult to tell the difference between a bad cold and a mild dose of flu.

Cold symptoms include:

  • sore throat
  • runny/blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • weakness
  • high temperature or fluctuating hot and cold

Colds can also cause aches and pains, earache, mild fever, tiredness and headaches.

Flu symptoms include:

  • sudden fever ( you may feel weak and very cold)
  • tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • sweating
  • chesty cough

Flu can also cause a runny nose and sneezing, though these are not defining symptoms


winter colds and flu

Cold and flu infections are commonly spread by tiny droplets of fluid in the air from the coughs/sneezes of an infected person, or via surfaces that have been touched by a person who has coughed or sneezed into their hands. You can reduce your chances of getting a cold or flu infection by ensuring you wash your hands regularly, reduce contact with infected individuals and clean shared surfaces such as door handles, telephone receivers, etc. If you get a cold or the flu you can reduce the risks of spreading the infection by always coughing/sneezing into a tissue and then disposing of the tissue and washing your hands as soon possible. You should also wash your hands after touching your eyes or nose.

Flu vaccinations are still offered as a preventative but there are also serious concerns being raised throughout the world around dangers (side effects, constituent parts, efficacy and long term immunity problems) so appropriate decisions need careful consideration. Please read:

What may Help

Colds and flu will usually ease over week or so without medical intervention. Keeping rested, hydrated and avoiding alcohol will help. If symptoms become worse or do not ease after a week please see your doctor.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is a natural antiviral and antibacterial. It contains two major phenol components, Thymol and Carvacrol

Oregano oil’s two major phenol components, Thymol and Carvacrol give Oregano Oil its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties:

Thymol is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal that stimulates the immune system. It fights bacteria (such as E-Coli, staphylococcus aureus), fungi (including candida), parasites (like intestinal worms). It has been shown to be effective in treating upper respiratory infections and also in treating renal and urinary tract infections.

Carvacrol has been shown to be effective against a wide range of infections including those caused by bacteria, parasites and fungi: for example, Candida Albicans, E-Coli, Giardia, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella and Listeria.

Together, they help:

- reduce inflammation (relieving headaches and swelling in the nose and airways)
- act as an expectorant (clearing sinus congestion)

Oregano Oil, can be taken as a few drops in a very small glass milk or milk substitute (the oil is powerful), followed by a large glass of milk or milk substitute or made into a vapour (place a few drops in some steaming water and inhale the steam with a towel over your head).

Oregano has GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status worldwide. Specific contraindications are during pregnancy or when using blood thinning medications.

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