• Leah Buckbee, CMA, LMT

Influenza, What is it? This includes the Corona Virus!

Influenza/ What is it?

Influenza is a disease caused by viruses. These viruses come through our country, usually twice a year, Spring and Fall. Anyone infected with these viruses are contagious anywhere from 1 week to 1 day of the onset of symptoms. The stronger the virus the faster the onset of symptoms. The corona virus takes approximately 1 week from infection to onset of symptoms. Influenzas A and B take about 1 day from infection to onset of symptoms.


According to the WHO (World Health Organization) Influenza A and B are predicted to be coming through the U.S. again this Spring. Flu shots should be available if they aren’t already. Call your local Dept. of Health to see where they are being made available.

Influenza A is more prevalent in adults, whereas influenza B is more prevalent in children, the corona virus can apparently affect any age group, but is most prevalent in the elderly and diseased populations. And as with any infectious disease the healthier your immune system, the better you can fight off the viruses. Using common sense and guarding health and safety practices are our best and most valuable tools for fighting these disease organisms. The best use of common sense is shown in the following warnings put out by the WHO:


· WASH YOUR HANDS frequently with warm, soapy water. And use hand sanitizer as well.

· Cough into your elbow, or a tissue. If using a tissue, dispose of it immediately after use in a covered waste receptacle, especially if in public. Use a regular waste can at home.


Flu season is upon us, no doubt. So, using our common sense to fight this disease will be the best germ fighter we can use. Monitor the areas we need to visit, keep travel at a minimum. Travel only as needed, especially into areas that have been declared more serious. Watch for cancellations, and quarantine warnings for areas worst hit. Remember using our common sense may just save us from unnecessary down time, and health complication.

There is a lot of misinformation on the web, and in the news in general. Again, common sense can reign if we let it. All viruses have their day, no doubt. But we do not have to knuckle under to “popular” and often ridiculous misinformation. It will help everyone if we stick to the facts in any situation. Just make sure your facts are the truth as well. Prominent and world-wide organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are well founded and trustworthy in their information network.

There is much speculation about the Corona virus, at this time. This virus is a mutation of an original virus and showed up in the U.S. late in 2019. Most of the viruses we experience now are all mutations of original viruses. That’s why viruses are called “smart bugs”. They learn over time how to avoid death by changing themselves and making it more difficult to kill them. However, they are still susceptible, and have always been susceptible to natural agents such as ‘vinegar’, which is a strong acetic acid, alcohol, which is a disinfectant, and many essential oils. Keeping our homes clean and germ free is not as hard as it sounds. And it’s not as expensive either.


The Following is a simple cleaning solution that can combat viruses, bacteria, and fungi before they become a nuisance to our health.

· 1 quart of regular tap water.

· ½ cup of vinegar (malt vinegar works best, but any vinegar will do)

· 1/4 cup of alcohol

· 25 drops of Tea Tree oil (or any essential oil that fights germs).


Here is a list of the top 10 germ fighters as essential oils.

· Tea Tree oil; antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, with a clean scent.

· Lemon Balm oil; antiviral, and antibacterial, and has a wonderful lemon scent.

· Peppermint oil; antiviral, antibacterial, and leaves a wonderful fresh scent.

· Cinnamon Leaf oil; antiviral properties in a liquid form. Has been proven to be effective against influenza A and staph aureus.

· Clove oil; antiviral, and antiseptic qualities.

· Grapefruit oil; a great antimicrobial. Has wide field of purpose.

· Eucalyptus oil; a wonderful antiviral in vapor form. Great when used in a diffuser.

· Red Thyme; A liquid antiviral also great in a diffuser.

· Bergamot oil; great antiviral in vapor form. Wonderful in a diffuser.

· Oregano; lab tested but not proven at this time.

The cleaning fluid addressed above can be kept in a plastic spray bottle and used regularly for cleaning all hard surfaces, and as a light spray to disinfect and deodorize the air.

There are many wonderful soaps, creams, and oils available from Honest to Goodness Massage Therapy. We use only medical grade essential oils for all our products. Please stop in or visit us at our website, honest2goodnessmassage.com

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Leah  Buckbee

CMA, LMT, MMA

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