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Essential Oils and other Natural Tips to Aid in the Prevention of H1N1, Swine Flu and Flu Viruses

I thought this was important enough to share…

Everyone should read this information on preventing the flu, swine flu, and H1N1 by using essential oils and following a few simple steps.

I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

1.      Wash your hands

2.      Use hand sanitizer

3.      Use a home/car/room diffuser

4.      Eat right, exercise and take a multivitamin

5.      Vitamin C

6.      Zinc

7.      Vitamin E

8.      Tea Tree steam inhalation

9.      Use these foods;

“(PRWEB) May 10, 2006 — A Biology teacher from Australia, named Stephen Jones, has done extensive research into the H5N1 virus and compiled a list of natural foods that are effective against it and listed others that are detrimental.”

Helpful foods:

  • ·        Garlic
  • ·        Green Tea
  • ·        Apple Juice
  • ·        Cranberry Juice
  • ·        St. John’s Wort tea

Detrimental foods:

  • Dairy products (increase mucous production)
  • Bananas – increases mucous production.
  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Echinacea
  • Kimchi
  • Elderberry juice
  • Micro Algae (Chlorella and Spirulina)

References:

REad the rest of the article at; http://the-health-gazette.com/496/natural-antivirals/

Resources;

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/ (search using Pubmed ID number listed after each food)

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Also read this email from a Nature’s Gift Aromatherapy Blog;

Health Care Provider seeking Swine Flu (H1N1) guidance

Thought I would post (with permission, of course) an email exchange from earlier this week. (The title of this post is the subject line of the Email.)

Marge,So sorry to bother you again.
My husband and I are both health care providers, and both actually on the “front line” in emergency medicine. We also both work in emergency management. As such, we are both considered in the “high risk” group for both seasonal flu and H1N1. We also have 3 children, ages 17, 12 and 2 who will be considered in the “high risk” group for H1N1.

Because the peak for H1N1 is predicted for October, and the vaccine will be available in limited quantities in mid to late October, I am sincerely concerned about protecting my family.

I’ve attempted research in this area and have come across many essential oils for the prevention of H1N1 – Ravensara, Ravintsara, Cinnamon, Lavendar, Clove, etc., but am not sure the best way to use them to protect my family (diffuser, massage, inhaler,etc.). I have read that rubbing Ravensara on the soles of the feet every morning and evening will afford some protection, but am concerned about using it on the 2 year old and using it long term. I am also not sure of the safest oils to use to protect my 2 year old.

I have purchased Ravensara, Ravintsara, Thyme Linalol, Eucalyptus smithii, and the Flu Foil and Germ Beater blends, but any guidance you could give in their use, use of any additional oils or therapy, and duration of use would be greatly appreciated.

-”Because I suspect others might be pondering the use of Essential Oils to protect themselves and their families against the promised H1N1 epidemic, I thought sharing my comments in public might be appropriate.
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First… as a health care provider, I’m sure you know that I can neither give advice, nor even suggest that the essential oils we make available could have any possible therapeutic benefits. To do so would leave me open to the FDA charging me with selling “unregistered drugs”…

having said that.

For the two year old I would definitely use the ravINTsara, not ravensara.. What I would do for your whole family (I’ve seen case studies where this was used in schools and the absenteeism rate plummeted)… I’d blend ravintsara into aloe vera gel…as high as a 10% dilution… 5% for the 2 year old, and use that as “hand cream” three times a day.

For the whole family… I would diffuse Flu Foil… or even use inhalers on a regular basis (ie, every hour or so, for you and your hubbie…or between patients.) I’d reserve the Euc Smithii for ‘cold symptoms’… it’s the best decongestant for the little one…and effective for all of you… best by diffusion, or a drop on the pillow case.

I’d use the Germbeater as a room spray, or occasionally diffuse it… keeping in mind that it is truly aimed at bacteria, rather than viruses..virii?? specifically.”

Ravintsara, Ravensara, Palma Rosa, Eucalyptus and Lavender are the oils used in Nature’s Gift FLU FOIL, but you could very well make your own blend by purchasing the separate oils.

And as for the Germbeater blend that includes the following essential oils:

Lemon Myrtle, touched with Tea Tree and Lemon scented Tea Tree, Ravensara for its antiviral potential, Cedarwood, Pine, Lemon Eucalyptus for molds and spores, and the powerfully germ killing Cinnamon Bark. This is not a blend to use on the skin, it will burn, and contains a known sensitizer. It is designed for the diffuser, or to be diluted into a room and countertop spray.

-cont.

“The thyme linalol would be a gentle and safe antibacterial for the little one, as well as the whole family. I suspect that, had you not already purchased it, you might find Thyme Thujanol a bit more effective, but you have the linalol on hand, so I would go with that.

I’d look at alternating the ravensara and ravintsara for the older members of the family…either by diffusion, or, as mentioned, in the Aloe gel… it is my personal belief that it would be a more effective anti viral than the antibacterial soaps you probably use in your practices.

I’d think about diffusing flu foil and germ beater alternately…

and I’d look at using one oil or blend for 3 or 4 days, then alternate with another… ie, perhaps ravensara for 3 days, then flu foil, then back again. I think switching off is better than always using the same oils.

hope some of this helps… you and yours are most definitely on the front lines and more at risk than the general population. GOOD LUCK… and I hope to hear come winter that you all made it through ‘flu season’ unscathed!!!

as you can tell, I’m not much on the theory that the oils should be applied to the soles of the feet OH..and neither cinnamon nor cloves should be used topically. We have them both in our germbeater spice blend… but I’d not use them other than in a room spray or a blend for diffusion.

hope all of this helps.

I would LOVE to post your question and my rambling answer on our blog with your permission…”

Posted by Marge at 11:16 PM

Labels: anti-viral essential oils, flu prevention, H1N1 virus, swine flu

1 comments:

Carol said…

This is such good advice. I am a second grade teacher and my principal will not let me use any oils in my classroom. I was hoping to be able to diffuse some blends. He is afraid someone will have a reaction and even if it’s not caused by an essential oil blend a parent might think it is and sue us. So, I can only use them on myself.
I am going to order the Ravintsara Oil. I didn’t realize it was better than the ravensara. Thanks again for your help!

Read more: http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2009/08/health-care-provider-seeking-swine-flu.html#ixzz0StBdiALA

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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?


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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being.

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?

Have you tried using essential oils or making any of your own hand sanitizers? or diffuser blends?

read my ehow article

How to make a non-drying anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

http://www.ehow.com/how_4772522_make-essential-oils-aloe-gel.html

How To Go Green Without Spending Too Much Green; How to Make Eco Friendly Air Fresheners and Household Cleaner Recipes

Green

Green

How to Make Environmentally Friendly Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

With the sagging economy, industrial pollution, wastefulness and uncaring going on in the world; life can really get you down sometimes.But, we can decide to make it better, even if only a little at-a-time. With everyone trying, even a little bit can make a big difference.

When we do our best to live “green” or “eco-friendly” by taking care of our surroundings we are making a difference, and who wouldn’t want to do that without breaking the bank?


Making your own natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?


smell the lavenderAir Freshener

It’s so simple to make your eco-friendly air-freshener , but first you must first choose which essential oils you’d like to use. This will be the biggest expense of your homemade products. Any /all of the essential oils listed below are excellent for purifying and cleaning the air; freshening it naturally.

You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

To make your choices easier, I’ve listed the essential oils most used for air freshening in descending order of their antiseptic/anti-bacterial qualities;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon.

(as for the order of which is most antibacterial, etc… this list  is only typical and approximate as many times depending on the specific essential oil’s originating plant material, chemotype, growing conditions and other factors; for instance; Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Rosemary may actually be higher on their antiseptic / anti-bacterial list of attributes at any given time.)


Dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl); or instead of the grain alcohol you could use 10ml of mentholated spirits.

Add that mixture to

approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water (or a little less so as to fit into a 16 ounce spray bottle).

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use) and spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

I always write on the bottle “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used with a Sharpie so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance can see what the ingredients are. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.


natural wood floors

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else.

This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo; on natural wood and even on linoleum it works brilliantly.

Just get a 16 oz. spray bottle, ( I like to recylcle them or get them at the dollar store)

Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • 1/3 alcohol (I use rubbing alcohol and it works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less strong smell),
  • Add about 3 drops of liquid dish soap and
  • about 25 drops of Lavender, Lemon or Orange essential oil.

Shake well before each use. Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.


16oz spray bottle

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything. It works just as good as more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle.

Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve.

Just spray and wipe away. For touch to clean surfaces, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle


scrub a dub dub

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is so simple to make and you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.

This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops.

Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency.

You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional).

Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that is to be cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.

natural face

Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make.

Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to

2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml);

Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.

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I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

A great place to find organic oils, herbs and such is Mountain Rose Herbs as they are world renown for their fresh ingredients. Also, Young Living Oils is a wonderful company for the best therapeutic grade essential oils in the world.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

earth-and-moon

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Sources; http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Organic-Pergo-Floor-Cleaner_W0QQugidZ10000000006170856

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