Many people now use essential oils to prevent viral infections. They also use these aromatic plant extracts when they’re sick.
How can I tell?
I base my statements on the wide array of germ fighting essential oils now on the market. They appear to be very popular, judging by the number of companies selling specific blends designed to kill pathogens.
Many of these products are named after a band of Medieval thieves, whom purportedly owned a very effective germ-busting aromatic recipe. This allowed them to steal from the sick, without catching a deadly plague.
Last year I purchased about seven bottles of a blend named Four Thieves. It seemed to work really well. During the height of cold and flu season, I ran a cold air diffuser. I put about 10 drops of this formula in a bucket of water. My kitchen was filled with an invigorating Christmas-like aroma.
(You don’t need to buy as much as I did, though. One or two bottles should get you through the flu season.)
Four thieves-type oils are now sold by a number of different companies. The oils found in most formulas are not expensive. So you shouldn’t have to pay a lot for it.
Two large MLM companies sell germ-fighting formulas. Both offer excellent products.
However, for my person use, I go with the non-MLM brands. One of my very favorite oil sources is Plant Therapy. Its Germ Fighting Synergy Blend contains the exact same mix of oils found in a a popular MLM formula.
Plant Therapy Antiviral Oil
Plant Therapy oils undergo extensive testing, for purity and potency. Each batch is tested twice, once by an independent expert.
I’ve bought a number of Plant Therapy oils, so I can confidently recommend them. The company works with world-famous aromatherapist Robert Tisserand.
Essential Oils and Viruses
Many mainstream doctors appear to be skeptical of essential oils. That’s because a lot of studies haven’t been done. Much scientific research is geared toward getting new drugs to market.
However, I wish more attention would be given to these natural plant-based remedies. They seem to be a lot safer than OTC cold formulas, which typically contain acetaminophen. This drug accounts for more than 50,000 emergency room visits a year. It’s the number one cause of sudden liver failure in the United States.
This life-threatening condition can occur in otherwise healthy people. It’s often the result of an acetaminophen overdose, which is fairly easy to do. The drug has a relatively narrow margin for error.
OTC cold medications may relieve symptoms. But they don’t shorten the course of an illness.
Essential oils, on the other hand, may attack the actual virus. One study published in the medical journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine was done on a formula called On Guard. This is sold by doTerra, an MLM firm. The results showed low concentrations of this product was effective against one strain of influenza.
On Guard was tested in a laboratory. This is not the same thing as a clinical trial. So we can’t say for certain it would work the same way, in someone who’s sick.
We also can’t say whether every other germ-busting aromatic blends is equally effective. On Guard is similar to the five-oil four thieves-type blends. But it includes orange oil, instead of lemon.
Last winter, though, I didn’t get sick once. I’d like to give essential oils all the credit. But I realize I can’t prove they kept me healthy. But I will be using my germ-fighting blend this year too.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.