Fighting the Flu

I just came across this published research about the effectiveness of essential oils in fighting viruses.  This particular study focused on the On Guard blend used with the Influenza virus.

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.

No wonder my family has had such a good year, healthwise.  We use the On Guard blend often when someone is coming down with an illness – either on the bottom of the feet, or internally.  I’m going to have to do a little more homework to figure out how I can apply the ratios mentioned in the article to our daily use, but it’s interesting to see this research support the experiences we have been having.

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