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Anti-Viral Essential Oils to Boost Immune System

We have great news! Before we all buy into the hysteria, panic and fear about the rise of a globally spreading virus, it is imperative that we remain informed about the tools which Nature already provides.  There are alternative remedies and prevention methods of which are natural and incredibly potent. To keep your Immune System [...]

We have great news! Before we all buy into the hysteria, panic and fear about the rise of a globally spreading virus, it is imperative that we remain informed about the tools which Nature already provides. 

There are alternative remedies and prevention methods of which are natural and incredibly potent.

To keep your Immune System active, strong and supported, you may want to consider essential oils. Hundreds of scientific studies have demonstrated the antiviral actions of essential oils. Using anti-viral and anti-bacterial active oils can support of your own health, boost the immune system and best of all, it is really simple to do.
We’ll review some of the research here within. While a health concern globally is currently the talk of many, you may want to consider maintaining your health and offering immune support to keep you healthy and protected all year round. Diffusing your home space or keeping a tiny bottle in your purse is like taking your daily vitamin.

One of the great features of using essential oils therapeutically is the ease  with which they get into our cells and our bloodstream. Because of their lipophillic (‘fat friendly’) nature, essential oils pass through cell membranes, and make their way throughout our bodies when inhaled or used topically. When inhaled, diffused essential oils penetrate the cells of your respiratory system – in the nose, sinuses, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. A pocket diffuser is perfect for this. Just add 3-7 drops to the wick inside and use it often, daily, or particularly if you’re at airports or taking a flight somewhere.

PURIFY is a blend of natural immune system supporting oils. This classic, broad-spectrum antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial blend contains pure therapeutic quality essential oils of Clove Bud, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Wild Rosemary. It offers a beautifully warm, sweet, spicy and herbaceous aroma. See it…HERE!

 

RESEARCH SHOWS
A search of pubmed.gov returns pages and pages of peer-reviewed studies, demonstrating the efficacy of essential oils as antiviral agents.
A number of essential oils have been shown to have antiviral activity, and these essential oils are rich in a class of molecules called ‘monoterpenes‘. [2] Linalool, the ‘sweet’ note in Lavender and a great many other oils is a monoterpene, which is effective in inactivating enveloped viruses (the virus which causes the flu each year is an enveloped virus).

Researchers have found that essential oils ‘inactivate’ viruses in one of two ways: by inhibiting their ability to replicate [2][3] and/or inhibiting viruses’ ability to fuse to cell walls and infect a host cell [4]. 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 viral infection.

As there is no single essential oil that is most effective against all viruses, blending several highly-active antiviral essential oils together can provide the most effective ‘broad-spectrum’ formula. 

Another important discovery is that true, whole, and natural essential oils are 10-times more effective in inactivating viruses than individual, isolated compounds from these oils.[2] That is to say, Tea Tree essential oil is approximately 10 times more effective than terpinen-4-ol 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.

Most may think to boost immunity in colder months, but one can diffuse and topically apply our Super Immune blend any time of the year along with Vitamin C supplements, for example. Super Immune is our combination of oils –all rich in monoterpenes that have demonstrated antiviral activity (the recipe includes Melissa, Bay Laurel, Thyme, Hyssop, Ravensara, Pine, Tea Tree and Lavender). There is no single essential oil that is most effective against all viruses, so blending several highly-active antiviral essential oils together can provide us with the most effective ‘broad-spectrum’ formula.

     

By inhaling these essential oils, we can get an active amount of these effective compounds throughout our Respiratory System, and even in our bloodstream. The effect we’ve noticed here at Ananda Apothecary is that staff who regularly ‘partake’ in the use of Super Immune Blend are less susceptible to viral infections and rarely catch colds. Having it at our disposal in the office sure has proven to be a successful preventative measure!

When diffusing isn’t a convenient option, you’ll love the ease and convenience of using an on-the-go Pocket Diffuser You can also dab several drops of the oil onto each wrist and rub on the neck, bottom of the feet and under the chin for maximum absorption by our lymph nodes. The skin absorbs essential oils readily and effectively!

*Do offer yourself a skin patch test however, just to make sure you are not too sensitive. This blend is not diluted, and therefore potent when used neat.

The only other caution is this: You may get asked what you’re wearing, or hear the comments:  ‘who smells so good?!?’ But at least you’ve been warned. 🙂 Enjoy.

(Check out our Pocket Diffusers … HERE!)

See below for to the BEST Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Bets! Click on any text below to see more information about each oil!

Blends: 

  • Purify
  • Super Immune
  • Pranafy
  • Clear Passage

Single Oils: 

  • Oregano
  • Black Cumin CO2
  • Tea Tree
  • Ravensara
  • Ravintsara
  • Eucalyptus (all varieties: Blue Gum, Narrow Leaf, Citridora)
  • Niaouli
  • Douglas Fir
  • Cinnamon (Burmanii) CO2
  • Bay Laurel
  • Thyme
  • Ginger
  • Clove
  • Lemon
  • Inula
  • Rosalina
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Lavender (Organic)
  • Melissa
  • Rosemary (Wild)


References:

[1] Schnitzler P, Schuhmacher A, et al. (2008) Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses. Phytomedicine. Sep;15(9):734-40.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693101

[2] Astani A, Reichling J, Schnitzler P. (2010). Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Phytotherapy Research.2010 May;24(5):673-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19653195

[3] Garozzo A, Timpanaro R, et. al. (2011). Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia oil on Influenza virus A/PR/8: study on the mechanism of action. Antiviral Research. Jan;89(1):83-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21095205

[4] Li X, Duan S, et al. (2013). Melaleuca alternifolia concentrate inhibits in vitro entry of influenza virus into host cells. Molecules. Aug 9;18(8):9550-66.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23966077

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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