Since so many people are struck with the flu and
terrible colds I am interrupting our series on
digestion to give you some information that you
can use as ammunition against those nasty
viruses floating in the air.
If you aren’t familiar with essential oils, this
will give you a little insight to their
properties and their value.
If you aren’t using them to fight the
crud … why not?!
Essential oils are the life blood of the plant
and are some of the oldest and most powerful
Essential oils have an ancient history.
Even Baby Jesus was given the essential
oils of frankincense and myrrh.
The Holy Bible includes over 1,301
references to essential oils, aromatic
oil-producing plants, and there application.
Essential oils have many healing
properties – they aren’t just for aromatherapy.
Essential oils have been known to help combat
everything from mild skin irritations to cancer.
I use oils on a daily basis, taking them
internally or applying them on my face (I make
my own moisturizer using essential oils, coconut
oil, hemp oil, avocado oil, and other
They are my first aid kit.
We don’t use Benadryl, Tums, or other over the
counter medications and rarely do we use
We use God’s medicine – essential oils.
Essential oils, in their pure state, are some of
the most concentrated and potent extracts known.
They are antiviral, anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial, hormone-balancing, and
They can have a great impact on the
central nervous system, can help relieve pain,
muscle tension, and can even be used to fight
Essential oils have a unique chemical structure
– one that can penetrate cell membranes, travel
through the blood and tissues, and can enhance
Essential oils can even change miswritten
or delete bad
Viruses and bacteria don’t get immune to them as
they do with some antibiotics due to the oils
I have seen AMAZING results using
So, what essential oils are good to fight this
nasty crud going around?
The following essential oils are antiviral:
oregano, thyme, basil, blue cypress,
lavender, cassia, cinnamon bark, clove,
(tea tree), mountain savory,
frankincense, ravensara, lemon, and one of my
favorites a blend called Thieves Oil.
Antibacterial oils include, but are not limited
to: Oregano, thyme, basil, citronella, cardamom,
cassia, cistus, clove, eucalyptus, geranium,
lemon, melaleuca (tea tree), mountain savory,
palmarosa, peppermint, ravensara, and rosemary.
There are several ways to apply essential oils,
including applying them directly to the skin.
Many are safe to apply directly on the
skin, but when applying to children, dilute with
a carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil).
Use 15-30 drops essential oil to one ounce of
Always apply first to the bottom of the
This allows the body to get used to the oils and
the feet contain the largest pores on the body.
A good rule of thumb when applying essential
oils is to only apply one or two single oils or
blends at the same time.
not always better!!
I like to put oils on an inflicted area and use
a warm compress to drive the oils into the
Rub 1-3 drops of desired oil on the location,
cover with a hot, damp towel and let towel sit
for 10-30 minutes, depending on the issue.
Essential oils added to the bath are a great
My daughter recently had the flu.
I mixed up a flu blend, put the oils in
the bathtub and she was only down for 24 hours.
We also use the Raindrop Technique to combat
viruses and bacterial infections.
If you get essential oils in your eye DO NOT
FLUSH WITH WATER!
Water will drive the oil deeper into the
tissues, causing much irritation.
Simply rub a carrier oil (olive oil,
coconut, etc.) around the eye (not in the eye)
and the essential oil will slowly lose its
The essential oils will not harm you, but it
will sting if you get them in your eye
Using essential oils in a diffuser in your home
is an excellent way to clean the air of unwanted
bacteria, fungus, mold, and unpleasant odors.
The oils may even improve concentration,
alertness, and mental clarity, improve digestive
function, help with weight management, stimulate
neurotransmitters, and relieve headaches.
Simply inhaling therapeutic grade
essential oils has health benefits!
A NOTE OF CAUTION:
When using essential oils, make sure you
know your source!
Are the oils you are using cut with synthetic
Are they the first distillation or fifth?
If they are not the first distillation, they
have lost most of their healing properties.
Are they steam distilled or cold pressed?
Just because the label says “Pure
therapeutic grade essential oil” doesn’t mean it
is 100% oil.
In fact, FDA guidelines allow for an oil
to be labeled “pure” while only containing 5%
Does the company you are purchasing your oils
from use a gas chromatograph machine to test the
chemical structure of the oil?
Does it test for synthetic chemicals in
the finished product?
Is it sourcing its raw product from
organic or wild harvested material?
Do your homework before purchasing essential
Most essential oils found in health food stores
are not 100% essential oil … they are cut with a
synthetic chemical, rendering the therapeutic
benefits null and void and sometimes harmful.
The price of the product is usually a tell-tale
sign of the oil's value.
Don’t be fooled by a $7-$10 half ounce bottle of
It’s probably not 100% lavender oil.
I use Young Living Essential Oils (www.youngliving.com/smit6526).
No other company offers the variety of
single oils or blends.
I also trust the source.
There are other reputable companies on the
market but none that offer the variety of oils.
Essential oils offer many health benefits …
benefits you should add to your arsenal.
Don’t let the crud get you down … fight
back with nature’s medicine and kill that nasty
cold or bacterial infection!
D. Gary Young, N. (2006). Essential Oils
Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science
David Stewart, P. D. (2005). The Chemistry of
Essential Oils Made Simple. God's Love Manifest
in Molecules. Marable Hill: Care Publishings.
David Stewart, P. D. (2003). Healing Oils of
the Bible. Marable
Hill: Care Publishings.