What is the Flu?
Influenza or more commonly known as the flu, is a serious illness. It is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness or even death1. Unlike other flus, like stomach flus that cause vomiting and diarrhea, the influenza affects the respiratory system, which includes your nose, throat and lungs 2.
In South Australia alone, there has been a 708.2% increase in flu cases from 2018 to 2019, with 287 deaths nationally so far6.
There are three different types of influenza that infect humans; types A, B and C.
Influenza A and B can cause major outbreaks and severe disease, with only Influenza A causing an influenza pandemic thus far3. Influenza C is what causes a common cold-like illness in children3.
Influenza B is basically a human disease, that stays within our species. Whereas Influenza A is a virus that can be found in many other species, such as in their natural hosts, water birds. There have been successful cases in which the influenza A virus has jumped the species barrier and become established within another species of which include humans.3
The virus can affect anyone, however there are those that are more at risk. Such as:
-The young and the elderly
-Obese people with a BMI of 40 or higher
-Those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and diabetes
-Or those with a generally weakened immune system
The flu has a rapid onset of symptoms that include:
-High fever (38C or more)
-Aches being the eyes
-runny or stuffy nose
Its important to remember that each person is different and that not everyone will get all symptoms, some may not even experience a fever.
How can Oil of Wild Oregano and Echinacea Extract help?
Recent studies have shown that certain species and plant parts, such as Origanum vulgare and Echinacea Purpurea, possess potent antiviral activities particularly against membrane-containing viruses4.
A study by Hudson and Vimalanathan in 2011 displayed the antiviral activity of Echinacea purpurea. Strains of human and avian influenza viruses, herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and rhinoviruses were all tested against Echinacea Purpurea preparation and all were inhibited by the preparation. On top of the antiviral activity displayed, some extracts displayed anti-inflammatory activity in virus-infected cells.4
The efficacy of Oregano oil was tested against murine norovirus (MNV), a human norovirus surrogate. Within 15 minutes of exposure to Oregano oil, the infectivity of the virus reduced significantly. The Oregano oil acted directly upon the virus capsid and subsequently the RNA. The MNV becomes inactive. It is concluded that the Oregano Oil and its compounds appear to cause the viral capsid to lose its integrity resulting in likely irreversible damage to the virus rendering it to be true virus inactivation. 5
It can be concluded that Oregano Oil can be used as a natural food and surface sanitiser to control viruses 4,5.
How to use Oil of Wild Oregano and Echinacea Extract?
Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano, and Oil of Wild Oregano & Echinacea Extract are already appropriately diluted with a carrier oil so that it can be used for both internal consumption and external use.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your doctor to discuss your use of Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking.
For use of Oil of Wild Oregano, take 1-5 drops in juice or water 3 times daily.
For use of Oil of Wild Oregano & Echinacea Extract take 5ml in juice once a day.
Always consult with your doctor, the flu is a serious illness which needs medical attention.
- Better Health Channel. Flu (influenza). [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/flu-influenza [Accessed 12 Jul. 2019].
- Mayo Clinic. Influenza (flu) – Symptoms and causes. [online] Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/symptoms-causes/syc-20351719 [Accessed 12 Jul. 2019].
- The Department of Health. (2015). What is influenza?. [online] Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/about-pandemic-whatis [Accessed 12 Jul. 2019].
- Hudson, J. and Vimalanathan, S. (2011). Echinacea—A Source of Potent Antivirals for Respiratory Virus Infections. Pharmaceuticals, 4(7), pp.1019-1031.
- Gilling, D., Kitajima, M., Torrey, J. and Bright, K. (2014). Antiviral efficacy and mechanisms of action of oregano essential oil and its primary component carvacrol against murine norovirus. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 116(5), pp.1149-1163.
- Government of South Australia SA Health. (2019). Flu :: SA Health. [online] Available at: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+conditions+prevention+and+treatment/infectious+diseases/flu [Ac