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Influenza (Flu)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word "flu?" You're right if you think of a sickness that suddenly knocks the energy out of you starting with fever, body aches, and general malaise, and then becomes a respiratory illness. The Centers for Disease Control report that, in a typical flu season, flu complications send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. They also report that flu activity is picking up in the center of the country.

Most people who get influenza will feel fine in a few days, but some people do develop complications from the flu, such as pneumonia. The CDC lists flu symptoms that require seeking immediate medical help.

Not related to influenza is norovirus, sometimes called "stomach flu." Like influenza it often appears during cold weather months and spreads quickly attacking with bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is an illness that can infect the whole family, and is often reported to infect groups of congregated people, such as those on cruise ships.


The number one flu-prevention tip is lots of thorough hand washing and regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Another simple tip to avoid germs is wear your gloves when shopping or running errands.

Clean Frequently Touched Areas

Sol-U-Guard Botanical Hand Wash and Sol-U-Guard Disinfectant both contain thyme oil and citric acid. Both ingredients are necessary because some germs are vulnerable to thyme oil, and others are vulnerable to citric acid. Science Daily reports that when the antimicrobial power of eight essential oils was tested, thyme oil was found to be the most effective.

Made entirely of food-grade ingredients, Sol-U-Guard Botanical is safe to use around pets and children, and can be used on surfaces where food is prepared. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends the use of Sol-U-Guard Botanical on hard, non-porous surfaces including: faucets, sinks, door knobs, countertops, high chairs, changing tables, toys and any hard surface where big or little fingers repeatedly touch.

Herbs and Antioxidants

Traditionally some herbs and supplements are taken to help prevent colds and shorten their duration. Vitamin C and zinc are important for the maintenance of good health. Two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials tested a combination of 1000mg of vitamin C plus 10 mg of zinc in patients with the common cold. In both studies relief was faster with vitamin C and zinc than with the placebo.

Vitamin C, zinc with Oligo, Aronia, which is black chokeberry, and Astragalus can be found in both Activate formulas. Orange flavored Activate-C Immune Complex comes in individual powder sticks that can be mixed with hot or cold water. It does not contain Echinacea, but contains1200 mg of vitamin C.

Activate Immune Complex capsules do contain Echinacea and 550 mg of vitamin C. It is recommended to take Activate Immune Complex at the first hint of a cold, or for up to three weeks at a time.


Daily exercise may reduce the risk of catching a virus. Our immune system contains special disease killing cells that can increase by as much as 50% to 300% with exercise. Some people, when they feel a cold coming on, will gently bounce on a small trampoline or rebounder for a temporary immune system boost.

Cold Remedies

If and when you come down with a cold or flu, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us to act quickly to shorten the duration of a cold, and possibly avoid a secondary bacterial infection. Because colds are caused by viruses, most doctors no longer prescribe antibiotics for the common cold. T36-C5 is effective against viruses. You can dab one drop of T36-C5 every four hours directly under each nostril. Cool Shot Fresh Breath Spray also contains tea tree oil, along with bacteria inhibiting xylitol.

Essential Oils

RM Barry's Practical Guide to Essential Oils notes that Eucalyptus oil is used as a decongestant for treating sinus infection and bronchitis. It is used as an expectorant, and to prevent an asthma attack. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic qualities.

The book also recommends that, to fight a cold and get ready for bed, add 1 cup Epson Salts to a relaxing warm bath. Combine 3 drops T36-C5, 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil and 3 drops Lavender essential oil in 30ml carrier oil (6 teaspoons). Massage on arms and legs.

~ Richard M Barry

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Influenza Testimonials

The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.

My experience with flu since switching to Melaleuca is that I don't think I've had it! That's at least 7 years. Even years I didn't get the flu shot. I take Melaleuca Women's Vitality and Calcium Complete every day. My husband didn't take the Men's I bought him so I stopped buying it. The kids didn't take theirs either so I quit buying theirs. They got sick, sometimes even after they got flu shots. I did not. I think Melaleuca vitamins, and the general environmental advantages of Melaleuca products, have played a large part in my staying healthy.

~ Gabrielle

In response to the question about Influenza: I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE NOT HAD THAT....THANKS TO ALL THE MELALEUCA SUPPLEMENTS I CONTINUE TAKING. I AM 83 and have been using Melaleuca products since 1994. I do not buy anything at the store that I can buy from Melaleuca. I ENJOY BEING HEALTHY!!!

~ Louise

My hubby came down with the flu on December 26, while out of town visiting his son. He came home on the 29th stopping at nearly every rest stop for a nap just to get the energy to get home. When I heard he was sick, I started taking 2 Activate a day and doubling my water intake. When he got here, I used Clear Defense not only on my hands but around my mouth and nose. I concocted a banana drink that helped his cough, but it was G' Day Melaleuca Tea that finally got rid of it. I used our dishwasher, instead of hand washing the dishes, with Diamond Brite and added in a capful of Sol-U-Mel for extra sanitation. I washed our clothes the same way with our usual MelaPower, MelaBrite, and MelaSoft, adding in a couple capfuls of Sol-U-Mel for safety. With both of us taking our Peak Performance vitamins and getting plenty of rest, He got over the flu quicker than most and I didn't get it. Neither of us had been sick for as long as we can remember. Neither of us is certain how he contracted it, but thanks to Melaleuca products we are both doing great.

~ Eileen

I take Peak Performance Total regularly. I seldom get sick, but occasionally something sneaks through. Last winter I felt achy one day and added Activate to my supplements. I didn't feel 100% for a couple of days but soon was back to my regular self, except for a bit of a nagging cough. I was visiting with a friend who had been down with the flu for a couple of weeks and realized that all the symptoms I had experienced were the same as hers, but mine only lasted a short time and never did get me to the point that I was "down", just a little uncomfortable. I firmly feel that the Peak Performance Total and Activate were the keys for staying healthy when people all around me were getting ill and staying ill for days at a time. We have noticed that we just don't get really sick now that we have good supplements and especially as we use Activate at the first sign of any illness. It just doesn't get worse. Thanks Melaleuca for helping us have such good health.

~ Judy

We enrolled in Melaleuca over 20 years ago. We had 6 children and the thought of getting the flu was pretty devastating so I did everything I could to prevent it. I used Sol-U-Mel (diluted 4 to 1). I sprayed the beds every time I changed the sheets, which was once a week, and sprayed the house regularly especially the bathroom. Believe it or not, the flu was only able to invade our house once during that time. Downright incredible.

~ Pat

Our family love CounterAct Cold Relief Pack. I still remember the story when my daughter was at elementary school. She was so active all day around and never took a break. One day she came after school and she was very quiet. Soon found that she went to her bed to take a sleep. That's a surprise. I touched her head and felt very hot. She got flu. I gave her a pill of CounterAct for cold. In about half hour, she jumped out of her bed and went out to play with her friends. I could not believe that she recovered so quickly. I have rarely caught cold since I have been on Vitality Pack, but CounterAct is our family must-have medicine. Whenever any of our family members or friends are catching cold, we offer this quick medicine to help them to recover. Great product!

~ Daqing

I rarely get the flu anymore. Everyone around me can be sick but I am confident that I will either not catch it or will fight it off. The Peak Performance Pack and Coldwater Omega 3 have done wonders to boost my immune system, as well as it not being stressed from toxic chemicals as I have completely converted my home to Melaleuca cleaning and personal care products. If I do find I am getting a sore throat, I immediately put some MelaGel under my nose, and gargle with warm water and sea salt with a drop of the Melaleuca oil added, or use the Mouth Rinse. I also use the Hot Shot Breath Spray to take care of any germs hoping to make me ill. This always takes care of it and by the next day there are no signs of the sore throat or flu. The Clear Defense Hand Gel is also a fantastic help. I keep it everywhere, around the house, in the car and in my purse. Whenever I have been out I immediately use it to take care of any germs I may have come in contact with. Frequent hand washing with our disinfecting hand soap is a must, and I love that our soaps do not dry out my hands, no matter how many times I wash them. If someone comes in the house that has a cold or flu I immediately spray the air and surfaces with Sol-U-Guard. All of this takes care of flu bugs and keeps me flu free all year round! I love The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and this newsletter as it helps me know how to take care of any human, plant, pet, animal and household situation with our amazing products! Thank you RM Barry!

~ Sue

This is one of my favorite products! Last year Johnny (my son) had H1N1 flu virus. The doctor confirmed after he couldn't shake it. None of the rest of us got it since I use this product to clean with. Better and safer for you than bleach! I believe better than Lysol too. Can use everywhere in your home. Door knobs, handles, garbage cans, sinks, counter tops, bathroom, you name it. Plus I like that it has thyme oil in it which is a known cancer fighter.

~ Tammy

Last winter my husband and son-in-law got horrible colds. They were miserable! Well, I knew I did not want it so I immediately started taking Melaleuca's Activate C. I enjoy the drink version nice and cold. My husband had had this for a week already and I finally talked him into drinking a cup once a day for four days. He kicked it and was so grateful! My son-in-law didn't like it and is not great about taking pills either so his lasted much longer. I also love the Hot Shot Breath Spray and the Honey and Lemon cough drops when I feel myself getting a sore throat. Most times it stops me from getting sick! The Activate-C is on sale with a coupon during November so needless to say I ordered it to have on hand for the upcoming season! Thanks Melaleuca!

~ Starlene

Melaleuca is our prescription for health. For almost all of our 21 years as customers we have escaped colds, flu, and all of the illnesses going around. We have taken the vitamins: sometimes Vitality Total or Vitality 6 or 4, but always the Vitality Pack plus several other supplements. We have been toxic-free all of this time with Melaleuca cleaning and personal care items. All of this allows our immune systems to stay strong and resist viruses. We do keep Activate on hand in case we begin to feel a little sluggish but we no longer have the colds, bronchitis, sore throats, etc that we had before. Melaleuca is our major health plan!

~ Jane

I am writing about my mother-in-law's experience with Melaleuca supplements. For years she took supplements from the pharmacy and, or health food store and she always got a flu shot. But she always got the flu and every cold that went around. Since starting the Melaleuca supplements just over 3 years ago, and she also stopped getting the flu shot, she has not had the flu nor has she had a cold. She will be 95 in just a few months! She says that everyone remarks about her good health. Thanks again Melaleuca!!

~ Heather

Living in a northern New England area, we are susceptible to colds and flu this time of year. It seems every fall I get a cold trying to get adjusted to the temperature changes. This year at the onset of a scratchy throat and stuffy nose I started taking my Melaleuca Activate. I can take it alone or use the packet in my Melaleuca Tea, In addition to that an occasional CounterAct Cough Drop. Within one day the scratchy throat was gone and within two days no more stuffy nose. I make sure I am taking my Vitality vitamins regularly and a cup of Melaleuca Herbal Tea a couple of times a day. My symptoms improved so quickly I never felt tired or impaired. I also feel that staying on my Vitality vitamins helped to support my health. I have to give credit to Melaleuca for providing us with healthy ways to stay fit and live life to its fullest. Thanks

~ Susan

I have not had a cold for more than half a day, or the flu (no flu shots!) and no ear infection (my nemesis) since I started taking Vitality 4. I don't take any other precautions, like antibacterial soap or cleansers; my immune system is working and I just don't get sick anymore. Thank you, Melaleuca, for such an effective product!

~ Melly

Whenever I feel like I have the start of a sore throat or cold coming on, I make myself a hot Melaleuca Herbal Tea and add one sleeve of the Activate C and a teaspoon of natural honey. Tastes so good and is really comforting. I do this a couple of times during the day and usually feel like a million bucks the next day.

~ Jo-Ann

My family calls me "the healthiest family member." It's no wonder: I have been taking Melaleuca vitamins since October, 2010. I take them faithfully twice a day. It seems like I have a great resistance to all the bugs that come along. Thanks Melaleuca and RM BARRY for all the fantastic work you do

~ Theresa

I'm sure my story is like many others. Melaleuca products just really work. With severe thyroid disease I had a low immune system and got sick easily. After starting Activate I have not even had a cold since Jan of 2009. I recently had a test done by my Naturopathic doctor. She said the test showed my immune system is very high. I had a second test done at another office and was told considering my other health issues it is amazing my immune system is so high. I teach a Sunday school class with small children so I am frequently around sick children yet I stay healthy. After a few years friends began to approach me asking "why do you never get sick what do you do differently?" I have introduced them to Activate and now they won't be without it. I have had friends with cancer that have their doctors recommend that they take it to keep their white blood cell counts up. So thankful for activate the Melaleuca tea and daily Vitality.

~ Debi

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