• Jeanette posted an update in the group Influenza – Flu Advocate Network

    One of the greatest qualities about using essential oils for prevention and wellness is they have the ability to penetrate cell walls. As you may know, bacteria lives on the outer cell wall, whereas viruses live inside the cell interior. This is why the oils are can be effective in fighting virus. Best to catch it at the first sign of sickness. Be sure to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils!

    • Eric Drew replied

      Thank you Jeanette! Can you tell us what oils are effective in fighting flu and cold viruses?

      • Jeanette replied

        For the onset of flu: (aromatic and topical application) melaleuca, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, blend of cinnamon/clove/rosemary/eucalyptus/orange.
        For a virus: (aromatic and topical application) melaleuca, clove, melissa, rosemary, eucalyptus, oregano, thyme, blend of cinnamon/clove/rosemary/eucalyptus/orange.
        Be careful with the topical use of oregano and thyme and clove and cinnamon, they are strong oils and will irritate the skin if used without dilution. Start with 10%-12% EO diluted in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
        I hope this helps!

  • Jeanette posted an update in the group Influenza – Flu Advocate Network

    Protective essential oil attenuates influenza virus infection: an in vitro study in MDCK cells.

    Influenza is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The recent pandemic of a novel H1N1 influenza virus has stressed the importance of the search for effective treatments for this disease.

    Essential oils from aromatic plants have been used for a wide variety of applications, such as personal hygiene, therapeutic massage and even medical practice. In this paper, we investigate the potential role of an essential oil in antiviral activity.

    We studied an essential oil blend known as OnGuard (cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, wild orange) and evaluated its ability in modulating influenza virus, A/PR8/34 (PR8), infection in MadinDarby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. Influenza virus was first incubated with the essential oil and infectivity in MDCK cells was quantified by fluorescent focus assay (FFA). In order to determine the mechanism of effects of essential oil in viral infection inhibition, we measured hemagglutination (HA) activity, binding and internalization of untreated and oiltreated virus in MDCK cells by flow cytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy. In addition, the effect of oil treatment on viral transcription and translation were assayed by relative end-point RT-PCR and western blot analysis.

    Influenza virus infectivity was suppressed by essential oil treatment in a dose dependent manner; the number of nascent viral particles released from MDCK
    cells was reduced by 90% and by 40% when virus was treated with 1:4,000 and 1:6,000 dilutions of the oil, respectively. Oil treatment of the virus also decreased direct infection of the cells as the number of infected MDCK cells decreased by 90% and 45% when virus was treated with 1:2,000 and 1:3,000 dilutions of the oil, respectively. This was not due to a decrease in HA activity, as HA was preserved despite oil treatment. In addition, oil treatment did not affect virus binding or internalization in MDCK cells. These effects did not appear to be due to cytotoxicity of the oil as MDCK cell viability was only seen with concentrations of oil that were 2 to 6 times greater than the doses that inhibited viral infectivity. RT-PCR and western blotting demonstrated that oil treatment of the virus inhibited viral NP and NS1 protein, but not mRNA expression.

    An essential oil blend significantly attenuates influenza virus PR8 infectivity in vitro without affecting viral binding or cellular internalization in MDCK cells. Oil treated virus continued to express viral mRNAs but had minimal expression of viral proteins, suggesting that the antiviral effect may be due to inhibition of viral protein translation.
    Despite antibiotics not being able to treat the influenza virus, results show OnGuard Protective Blend reducing this virus by up to 90%. OnGuard plays an important role in keeping families well without harsh side-effects.

  • Eric Drew posted an update in the group Influenza – Flu Advocate Network

    This is important to know!