It’s week 10 of a flu season that may only be half over, and a wave of influenza across the entire United States has led to an alarmingly high number of sick people. Last week, 7.1% of all outpatient visits were for what’s classified as influenza like illness (ILI), said Anne Schuchat, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta in a telephone press conference this morning. That was a jump of 0.5% from the preceding week, indicating that this year’s flu may not have peaked yet.
In the last 15 years, only two U.S. flu seasons had a week with a higher percentage of outpatient visits for ILI, which is used as a proxy for flu because few cases are actually tested for the virus. And, Schuchat added, “We are by no means out of the woods.”
CDC has linked the high number of cases to the spread of an influenza variant known as Type A, subtype H3N2, which is both particularly virulent and hard to stop with the flu vaccine. A Type A subtype known as H1N1 also is circulating widely, as is a Type B virus.
Renovation Tea will offer free shipping during the month of February on orders $20.00 and over to help fight back against this flu epidemic with our selected products below:
Daily Dose Tincture: A natural antibiotic formula that is loaded with vitamins and minerals that help to alkalize your body and build your immune system. It is well known for its analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
The garlic also produces a chemical called allicin, which is what gives it its powerful smell and makes it effective as an antibacterial and antiviral food.
Our habanero peppers contain capsaicin which helps to stimulate the blood flow throughout the body, which can help relieve congestion associated with the common cold and sinus infections.
Flu Symptom Relief Tea:
Willow Bark- Fever associated with cold and flu and relief from headaches, cold and the flu.
Echinacea- Treats the common cold, influenza outbreaks and mild to moderate infections of all kinds. This is due to Echinacea’s actions in boosting the immune system and sore throat due to colds.
Goldenseal- It has been known as an effective antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic agent.
Elderflowers- Helps reduce excess mucous in the lungs and nasal passages, and it is used to treat a variety of respiratory ailments including asthma, cough, tonsillitis, laryngitis, sinusitis and bronchitis. It also has immune-boosting properties and is therefore used to treat colds, flu and fever.
Throat Relief Tea:
Eucalyptus - When inhaled, the steam from the eucalyptus tea can help alleviate chest infections and a host of respiratory and pulmonary ailments like colds, emphysema, whooping cough and asthma.
Willow Bark - Fever associated with cold and flu and relief from headaches, cold and the flu.
Wild Cherry Bark - May help fight cough, bronchitis, pertussis and other problems in the respiratory system. It is largely considered an expectorant and a cleaner of the air passages.
Goldenseal - It has been known as an effective antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic agent.
Add honey, lemons and cinnamon sticks for a healthy and beneficial addition to these healthy teas!