FLU SEASON 2014:
How Can the Creekside Creations help?
Every year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu, and more than 200,000 end up in the hospital due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the Palo Alto Foundation of Sutter Health, “Most cough, cold and flu viruses are thought to be passed from person to person by contact with respiratory droplets.
• Contact can occur by direct bodily contact (such as kissing) or touching something with virus on it (such as shaking hands with someone who has the flu) and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
• Respiratory droplets are generated by a person coughing or sneezing and can be propelled right into your eyes, nose or mouth over short distances, probably three to six feet.
• Adults with flu may be able to infect others beginning one day before getting symptoms and up to one week after getting sick. Children can be infectious even longer, sometimes up to several weeks. That means that you can give someone the flu before you know you’re sick as well as after you are feeling better.”
Other sources such as The Pittsburgh Gasette, are stating,
“Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1, the virulent strain that caused 13,000 deaths during the 2009 pandemic and has made an appearance each flu season since then.”
Many people have developed some immunity to that strain, but if it mutates into a more contagious, deadly strain, another pandemic is possible, health officials say.
Rick Zimmerman, a professor in the University of Pittsburgh department of family medicine, said the big question this year is, “Did H1N1 change?” There’s no proof of it yet, “but if it is proven that it has changed — and that’s the pandemic H1N1 virus of 2009 — we might have real concern about a flu outbreak,” he said. “I’m anxious to see what happens.'”
So now…. Just in time for the Cold & Flu Season looming, I’ll focus this blog on The Creekside Creations products that are meant to help prevent and treat any symptoms that you and your family may experience.
Wild Bergamot Hydrosol (Monarda fistulosa)
A natural treatment for colds, flus, sore throats!
It’s another tough flu season, upon us soon! Hand sanitizers are a must! Yet, the chemicals and alcohol in them are toxic, drying and irritating. There is a natural solution: Wild Bergamot Hydrosol! All organic, artisan distilled from a plant that is commonly known as Bee Balm. It must be the medicinal variety (Manarda fistulosa), not the common landscaping plant. Put one by the front door, carry one in your purse or glove box of the car. Spray your hands frequently! The anti-viral and antibacterial agents are amazing! It contains thymol & geraniol, both ingredients in Listerine mouthwash, so it’s also very good as a spray for sore throats!
What a wonderful find in the natural garden this plant is! Monarda has been used for many years as a natural treatment for colds, flus, sore throats. In fact, it contains two of the primary ingredients of the mouthwash, Listerine (thymol & geraniol)!
In aromatherapy use, Monarda is well known for treating stress, anxiety, and has the combined effects of calming the emotions, yet slightly stimulating to the energy level as well.
Topically, Monarda has been shown to be an excellent treatment for acne and other skin eruptions.
It is cooling when applied to minor burns or sunburns.
Effective as an analgesic & antispasmodic, it is useful to spray on muscle sprains and aches.
Freshly harvested organic Bergamot, artisan-distilled in pure fresh spring water
2-ounce cobalt blue glass spray mist bottle: $12.00
4-ounce cobalt blue glass refill bottle: $20.00
Cold & Flu Season Hydrosol
A Special Co-Distillation of organic oregano, savory and echinacea. This synergy of hydrosols is purported to ease the aches and pains, and to provide anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Early prevention and treatment of flu-like symptoms for adults and children! This synergy of hydrosols is purported to ease the aches and pains, as well as provide anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
People who have used this hydrosol comment that a few spritzes into the mouth 3 – 4 times a day, or a tsp. in a liter of water consumed throughout the day, helps relieve flu symptoms within 24 hours.
This hydrosol has also been effective against local skin infections — including impetigo — and other staph infections.
Other known properties include: Pain relief, amoebicide, anti-candida, treats upper respiratory infection, decreases lymph node swelling, and lessens nervous fatigue.
NOTE: This statement cannot be claimed as a prescription, but rather a suggestion for a natural approach to gentle healing.
Artisan distilled ingredients: freshly harvested organic oregano (Origanum vulgare), winter savory (Satureja montana) and echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
2-ounce cobalt blue bottle with spritzer: $12.00
4-ounce cobalt blue glass refill bottle: $20.00
Sniffy Tent Inhalation Formula
For immediate cold, flu, sinus and allergy congestion relief!
The pure, natural, therapeutic essential oils that are carefully blended in this formula are known to help alleviate chest, head and nasal stuffiness or discomfort.
To use, simply boil water in a medium saucepan and place it onto a counter or table. Avoid splashing or spilling.
Add 1 tsp. of Sniffy Tent Formula and stir. Make a tent by placing a towel over your head, and position yourself over the pot of water, at a comfortable distance from the heat and vapor. Breathe deeply through your nose. Hold each breath a few seconds. Repeat this breathing for up to 10 minutes, or as tolerated.
People have found relief of congestion by using this treatment morning and evening. Use more frequently if desired.
All natural pure and therapeutic grade essential oils of: eucalyptus, camphor, tea tree and peppermint.
4-oz. bottle: $30.00 (this will usually last a complete flu season, depending on how many people are in the household)
This product is not considered a prescription. Please consult your physician with health concerns, continued illness, or if you develop a fever. Do not take this internally.
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This unique salve offers relief from sinus congestion, a numbing of pain and deep penetration to an injury!
No petroleum, no chemicals to worry about!
This unique salve combines the sensations of cold and hot, resulting in a numbing of pain as well as deep penetration to an injury. Steam Cream is great for congestion and healing headaches! Simply rub on the affected area and experience immediate relief and a loosening of tension, congestion and pain.
Pure essential oils of peppermint, lavender, rosemary, ginger, camphor, cinnamon, black pepper and menthol; beeswax; and olive oil.
2 oz. non-breakable jar. $16.00
Add this immune system enhancing soap to the shower for a quick trip to the steam room!
The penetrating oils help to prevent colds and flu, boosts the immune system and keeps lingering bacteria and viruses at bay! So pure, stimulating and healthy!
Goats’ milk; shea butter; olive, palm, and coconut oils; essential oils of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and cinnamon.
Each bar is a generous 4 – 5 ounces. $7.00
Immune Support Diffuser Oil
The essential oils in this diffuser blend remove harmful bacteria and boost immune systems.
For homes or offices that have been invaded with cold or flu germs. These essential oils remove harmful bacteria and boost immune systems.
Use with either a diffuser lamp or candle, or place a few drops in a pan of steaming water. You can also drop the oil on a cotton ball and place it in a heating vent for a chemical free room freshener!
Pure therapeutic grade essential oils of lavender, tea tree, bergamot, eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, rosemary and clove.
1 oz. glass bottle. $15.00
We can’t prevent the virus from entering our environment. But we sure can keep it at bay, treat it as naturally as possible, and practice good preventative techniques such as hand washing and supporting our immune systems!
In the spirit of natural health,
Caryn Summers, RN, Founder,