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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Using Essential Oils to Care for Colds and Flu

It's a tough time of year as the seasons change again ~ we see many folks getting symptoms of colds and flu: runny noses, coughs, sore throats and body aches. Our staff has had great success using therapeutic grade essential oils themselves, and sharing them with others whom have avoided getting sick, or finally kicked their long-term illness.

Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic compounds of plants. In one respect, they are the signaling mechanisms of the plant world, created by an interaction of plants and the sun. These chemical messengers are distilled into little bottles for us to us to heal ourselves ~ and our bodies respond profoundly to this medicine. A simple scientific study recently showed how Eucalyptus essential oil significantly improved the phagocytotic ability of lyphocytes ~ the white blood cells responsible for ridding the body of foreign invaders. It was not the oil that was eliminating the foreign body, but the oil was changing the white blood cell in such a way that it could do its job more effectively.

Many other studies have shown the anti-viral effect of essential oils ~ this is due to the oils inhibiting viruses from entering the cells. One of the mechanisms proposed for this action is a change of 'membrane potential' of our cells, meaning that the electrical condition they normally reside in has been changed by the presence of the essential oil. And it is very important to note that only a tiny amount of essential oil is needed to create this effect ~ much less than is needed, for example, to eradicate all the bacterial from a petri dish (a common lab test for the anti-microbial action of a particular essential oil).

So what does this all mean for caring for the common cold and flu? It means we can fine tune our immune system with a small amount of essential oil to prevent ourselves from getting sick, and to lessen the duration and intensity of symptoms using essential oils if we've caught a cold. Essential oils penetrate our skin very easiliy, and just a few drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil massaged into our lymph nodes can make a huge difference for many, many people. It's easy to do, can be very rewarding, and one smells really wonderful to boot!

Here are a few ideas of using essential oils for supporting the immune system:

  • Massage 20 drops of Nialouli into the sturnum and under the armpits when stepping out of a hot shower. Doctor Kurt Schnaubelt believes this to be one of the most profound ways to keep the white cells prepared to properly defend the body.
  • Make a blend (only a few milliliters are needed total) of 1 part Melissa, 2 parts Thyme Linalool, 2 parts Hyssop and 2 parts Rosemary Cineol. Add 3 drops of this blend to a teaspoon of carrier and massage into the body as above, or massage the tops of the feet (a very important part of the energy pathways of the body for the respiratory system).
  • Choose 3 essential oils you are drawn to for caring for your immunity and your environment. Blend them in equal amounts (or let your intuition guide you to your own recipe) and diffuse them in your space using a nebulizing diffuser. These diffusers make a high concentration of essential oils in the air ~ enough for your body to absorb and boost immune system efficacy, and likely disinfecting the air around you at the same time.
Application of essential oils is very flexible. Many oils can have similar effects while having different aromas. Choose the oils you are attracted to, and utilize the knowledgebase available on the internet and through health professionals in your area to help them us their healing potential for you and your family.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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