Flu Blog #2
This year, the most dominant flu strain infecting people is H3N2. Flu viruses mutate every year, and it's common to see several strains of flu during the same season. A similar strain called H1N1 was responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic, and the 2009 "swine flu" outbreak.
“H3N2 is historically the bad actor among influenzas," an expert says. "It's also associated with complications.” (1) We often discuss the anti-viral benefits of essential oils. While I always stress speaking with your doctor, you can and should ask her about essential oils if you may have the flu.
Specific to the H3N2 flu virus strain, “antivirals are needed to efficiently control disease progression and virus transmission due to the emergence of drug-resistant viral strains.” In one study, a major component of Turmeric (Rhizoma Curcuma) essential oil, was found to inhibit influenza virus replication showing antiviral activity against the H1N1 and H3N2 influenza A viruses and the influenza B virus. Specifically, the component inhibited the attachment and replication of the virus. It also showed “effective protection against lethal infection and reduced the virus titres in the lung.” “
Our results suggest that [Turmeric essential oil component] may have the potential to be developed as a therapeutic agent alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of influenza virus infection.” (2)
Along with the other essential oils we have addressed such as those in the Germ Fighting Blend, Oregano, Thyme, Tea Tree Oil among others. We see that essential oils can be valuable in the battle against H3N2 influenza by potentially inactivating the virus and minimizing its complications.
Ninette Jackson (Clinical Aromatherapist)
Josiah's Oils, LLC
8 Meadow Lane, Lancaster, Pa
Ninette has been working with essential oils for over 12 years and has undergone approximately 860 hours of study & testing to obtain her certifications. Her Aromatherapy shop, which she runs with her husband and great supporting staff, Josiah's Oils, has been in business since 2011 serving her customers with the highest quality essential oils and therapeutic blends, as well as diffusers, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, salves and more - ALL hand-made with Ninette's own recipes.
Ninette has experience teaching about essential oils uses and purity at local libraries, chiropractors' offices, parenting groups, nursing homes, Lancaster General Hospital, PA Herb & Garden Expo, Lancaster General Rehabilitation Hospital and alternative health groups. She has contributed her expert advice regarding essential oils in the media to publications including Wellness Magazine, & LancasterOnLine, LNP (newspaper). Ninette's essential oils blends have been featured in Kiwi Magazine, Wellness Magazine, The HealthBarn USA among many others! Ninette has authored the books Essential Oils Use & Safety Guide and Essential Oil Use Guide Second Edition, which are available on Amazon and other sources. Ninette also has a Doctorate degree from Widener University and Bachelors Degree from Rowan University.