Do you know that the common cold or the flu cannot be cured or prevented by antibiotics, because it's a virus? In fact, using antibiotics pre-emptively or inappropriately can damage our immune system and make us more susceptible to other kinds of sicknesses.
Research has found that the following essential oils have significant anti-influenza virus properties: Bergamot oil is effective against flu viruses as a vapor after just 10 minutes of exposure. Lemon balm is also shown to prevent the avian influenza (bird flu) virus from reproducing. Cajeput essential oil will alleviate fever-coupled infections, respiratory system problems, sinusitis, bronchitis, fevers, muscular aches, and rheumatism. Its high levels of oxides and monoterpenes (1-8 cineole, limonene) gives this essential oil its antiviral properties.
Did you know there are hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating anti-viral actions of essential oils? And that using these oils in support of your own health is really simple to do?*
Here’s a quick review of the research, and how we use essential oils to keep us healthy throughout the year. Yes, I will get into a little bit of chemistry, but I will keep it brief and simple!
One of the great features of using essential oils therapeutically is the ease with which they get into our cells and our bloodstream. Due to of their lipophillic (‘fat-friendly’) nature, essential oils are able to pass through cell membranes, and make their way throughout our bodies when inhaled or used topically.
When you put essential oils on your throat, they pass through your skin to the lymph nodes in your neck. When inhaled, diffused oils penetrate the cells of your respiratory system – in the nose, sinuses, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs.
A search of pubmed.gov returns pages and pages of peer-reviewed studies, demonstrating the efficacy of essential oils and herbs as antiviral agents. A number of essential oils and herbs have been shown to have anti-viral activity, and these essential oils are rich in a class of molecules called ‘monoterpines’. Linalool, and a great many other oils is a monoterpine, which is effective in inactivating enveloped viruses (the virus which causes the flu each year is an enveloped virus). Thyme essential oil is a very potent antimicrobial blend of four strains from Thyme herbs.
Researchers have found that essential oils and herbs ‘inactivate’ viruses in one of two ways: by inhibiting their ability to replicate and/or inhibiting viruses’ ability to fuse to cell walls and infect a host cell. What’s important to us here is that the oils act directly on the viruses themselves. Many oils have also been shown to positively support our own immune system, enhancing its ability to ward off infecting microbes – essential oils thus provide two independent means of warding off illness from a viral infection.
Another important discovery is that whole, natural essential oils are 10-times more effective in inactivating viruses than individual, isolated compounds from these oils. That is to say, Tea Tree essential oil is approximately 10 times more effective than terpinen-4-oil alone (the compound in Tea Tree thought to be the most active antiviral constituent). This has been the case for each oil studied, and has been shown to be true when essential oils have been researched for their antibacterial properties as well.
Since influenza virus will settle on surfaces such as tables, appliances, toys, doorknob etc, I have formulated a product called “Surface Wipe” that can deal with the problem. This is a combination of oils that have demonstrated antiviral activity and lab-tested result show that it can kill 99.9999% bacteria using only natural ingredients.
As there is no single essential oil and herbs that is most effective against all viruses, therefore blending several highly-active antiviral essential oils and herbs together can provide you with the most effective ‘broad-spectrum’ natural formula.
Surface wipe is available at Caring Pharmacy.