Flu Pandemic Preparedness How to Protect Your Family

Flu Pandemic Preparedness – How to Protect Your Family

Remember this? What many dreaded has finally happened.  The WHO (World Health Organization) on Thursday declared we are now in a worldwide pandemic, with the swine flu alert raised to phase six, the highest level.  They also stated that the H1N1 virus has spread to enough countries with it considered unstoppable. Not that it is considered more deadly or dangerous, but certainly serious with almost 30,000 cases reported worldwide. What it just a scare or could it really happen?

During the swine flu scare in 2009, the United States had reports that the number of deaths would be higher on Friday’s update on the Center for Disease Control’s website. The declaration of phase six certainly was expected for weeks since many of the cases reported from the Southern Hemisphere where the flu season is under way, is showing itself something to be reckoned with. The WHO’s urgency for raising the alert level to six is so that production of a vaccine can be available by September before the flu season starts in the North. What all this just to get people to take a vaccine?

Maybe it was just a drill. But for those who do not want to wait for the vaccine or prefer not to take it, you can protect your family with a natural alternative, such as essential oils.  Essential oils are a powerful weapon against viral pathogens invading our bodies and are proven to take on all viral and bacterial germs.

Essential oils such as Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary oils are a must-have for any First Aid Kit because of the wide range of problems these oils can treat. For example, Camphor essential oil has for decades been known as an excellent weapon in fighting coughs, colds, flu and fever. It is also an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon is revered for its antiseptic properties and its pleasant spicy scent. It is best known for the treatment of stomach ailments (gas, diarrhea, upset).  This oil has the ability to combat viral and infectious diseases. Research has been unable to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can live in the presence of Cinnamon.

Got a toothache? Clove Bud Essential Oil makes a great choice. It relieves dental pain, tooth aches, mouth ulcers, and sore gums. Clove helps to neutralize bad breath. It is frequently added to tooth pastes and mouth washes. Not only is it a good for dental pain Clove Bud can help relieve minor aches and pains. It is also antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and has stimulating properties. It has also been found to help with other health problems like indigestion, coughs, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is native to Australia and is a welcomed addition to every medicine cabinet for its ability to fight colds, flu and fever. It is also effective for skin ailments like burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice and skin infections.

Herbalist regards Lavender Essential Oil as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes and its ability to accelerate healing of burns. It is also good as an analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, and as a diuretic. This thin, strong scented oil has a calming effect on the body and helps to reduce stress, anxiety and promote sleep.

Lemon has been historically recognized as a cleanser. It is recognized as being antiseptic, and as having refreshing and cooling properties. Research has also shown lemon essential oil to enhance the ability to concentrate. Lemon also is highly prized for its high anti-bacterial properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect, as well as for treating cuts and boils.

Rosemary a popular herb for cooking has medicinal purposes in Therapeutic Essential Oil form. It has the ability to stimulate cell renewal, stimulate hair growth, boost mental activity, relieve respiratory problems and reduce pain.

Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary can be blended to make the very popular Thieves formula to combat any type of viral or bacterial infection, protecting you and your family from the swine flu.