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Opting For Feline Herpes Relief Over Kitty Treats


Author: Sydni G.
Date: 08-10-2014
Views: 2,184
Word Count: 279
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10024-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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We rescued our kitty, Maggie, from our friend's farm several years ago. After receiving her first couple of kitten shots, our veterinarian diagnosed Maggie with feline herpes, AKA feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR).

It is a herpes-like virus which causes her to develop respiratory troubles, such as violent hacking (coughing), excess mucus, runny eyes, severe sneezing, and a rattling sound coming from her lungs while breathing.

Meanwhile, I have been applying the Ravensara essential oil blend to the bottoms of both of my feet for the past couple of months.

Almost every night when I open the bottle of essential oil and the fragrance is released into the air, Maggie comes running into my room meowing. She waits until I am done applying the oil and have crawled under the covers and then she jumps up in the bed.

Maggie will smell my hands (allowing her to inhale the essential oil) and then rub her nose and the top of her head on one hand or the other. Then she will let me rub her from the top of her head all the way down her back and down to the tip of her tail.

Maggie also likes it if I rub both of her sides, and occasionally she will let me rub her chest, belly, legs, and paws. Even when Maggie grooms herself, she ingests a bit of the essential oil.

When Maggie inhales and/or ingests the Ravensara essential oil, it appears that her respiratory troubles decrease or at least temporarily disappear, and she seems to quickly drift off to sleep.

Sometimes Maggie enjoys smelling the lid to the Ravensara bottle instead of eating a few kitty treats.

I guess she has set her priorities!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: respiratory — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: respiratory — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: viruses,herpes — "The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link
4.Associated topics: influenza,viruses — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
5.Associated topics: respiratory — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
6.Associated topics: respiratory — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
7.Associated topics: respiratory — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
8.Associated topics: herpes — "The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link

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