Fighting Swine Flu with Essential Oils

Apr 27, 03:58 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

The swine flu epidemic which is currently crossing the border from Mexico should be of concern to all of us. Swine flu is highly contagious as it is a cross-species virus to which we have no natural immunity. This flu is very similar to the typical winter influenza, with the added symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Although most swine flu cases are expected to be mild, mortalities are likely among children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

I would plan to have several broad spectrum antimicrobial essential oils on hand: oregano (Origanum herocleoticum), winter savory (Satureja montana), eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata), niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia viridiflora), clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) and/or ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. cineole). These can be used for room diffusion as a prophylactic, but their best application in the event of infection is as rectal suppositories in a cocoa butter base.

Additionally, strong antivirals such as lemon (Citrus limonum), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) and hyssop decumbens (Hyssop officinalis var. decumbens) can be added to the mix. These are especially effective for room diffusion and sanitization of frequently used items such as doorknobs, phones and faucet handles. For maximum effectiveness, vary the combination of essential oils used. Rotating the oils will help insure that the flu virus (and other pathogens) won't develop immunity to any specific essential oils.

To avoid infection, sanitize room surfaces frequently, and avoid contact with those who are infected. Wash your hands often, for at least 30 seconds, especially after being out in public places. 

Should you become infected, stay home! This flu is highly contagious, and showing up ill for work or school to bravely demonstrate your work ethic may cause well over half your coworkers or classmates to fall ill. Cancel any "feel good" appointments such as gym workouts, personal training sessions, yoga class or massage therapy. If you are infected, anything that stimulates the circulation will not make you feel better, and you risk spreading the infection to other organ systems, including the heart (not to mention infecting other people!).

By exercising a little common sense and applying a few essential oils, most of us should be able to stay healthy and flu-free.


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