Supporting your body during the cold and flu season
The controversy around the flu shot has similar tones to the vaccine debate. I’m not going to jump into that boxing ring, for or against, is your choice. If my immune system takes a dive, I choose to adopt a more natural, nurturing approach to supporting my body.
I’ve had a sore throat and lingered on the edge of getting full-blown sick about 3 or 4 times this year. Each time I’ve used Essential Oils, a good diet, yoga and rest to support my body.
An Essential Oil blend I use frequently is On Guard, the protective blend.
This blend contains Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark and Leaf, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. Each has been added for a particular purpose, supporting the immune system and helping your body fight colds and flu naturally.
When I start to feel a bit unwell, I’ll take 3 drops of On Guard in a capsule 3 times a day. I also diffuse it during the day. As I start to feel better, I either rub a drop on the soles of my feet or take 3 drops in a capsule once a day.
If my throat is sore, I add 1 drop to 3-4 tablespoons of honey and store in a glass jar. I take a teaspoon of honey as needed. Another option is adding the honey to a nice hot cup of tea.
Why On Guard?
Beside my own experiences of its supportive properties, I think this case study speaks volumes.
The case study, published on Pubmed,* was conducted to determine On Guard’s ability to modify or control the influence of the H1N1 influenza virus. It took place at the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu in China.
The aim of the study was to determine the potential role of Essential Oils in antiviral activity.
Using a number of tests, including immunofluorescence microscopy (using fluorescent dyes to detect antibodies) and the western blot analysis (used to identify proteins) a canine kidney, infected with the influenza virus and incubate with the Essential Oils was tested against untreated cells.
The results showed the influenza virus was suppressed by the Essential Oils in a dose-dependent manner. The number of viral particles just beginning to form decreased by 49-90% dependent on the amount of oil administered.
There was also a decrease in the direct infection of the cells. The number of infected cells decreased by 45-90% dependent on the ratio of oil added.
The conclusion was that On Guard significantly reduces the effect of the influenza virus, without affecting the cell’s ability to transport molecules. In other words it did not affect the cell’s functioning, just the killed off the virus.
Your body, your choice. I choose a holistic view on health with natural alternatives. Whatever you decide on, please take care during this winter season.
* Pubmed is a free search engine accessing the MEDLINE database of reference material related to life sciences and biomedical topics. The US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database.