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Colds Usually Knock Me Out For About Two Weeks

Author: Kelsi K.
Date: 05-11-2015
Views: 1,978
Word Count: 349
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Testimonial ID: 10626-OR
Scientific Studies: 7

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I am usually knocked out by colds for about two weeks and just feel so miserable. I start with those overwhelming sniffles and end up with a sore throat. I was SOLD on essential oils when I got over a cold in three days... without the sore throat.

On day one I started out with the sniffles, so on that first night I put Thieves essential oil blend on my feet and diffused the "Allergy Trio" (Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils). The next day I was not sure if this protocol was working, but I thought that I would be persistent anyway.

Then my throat began to get that "pre-sore throat" feeling. I read somewhere that "Thieves Tea" (consisting of hot water with 2 drops of Lemon, 1 drop of Thieves blend, and 1 drop of Frankincense) worked miracles. It totally did! My throat felt normal and was not scratchy, and I could breathe out of my nose for a few hours afterward.

I made a roll-on bottle of the Allergy Trio and applied it to my chest periodically throughout the day. That night I could hardly breathe again, so with my usual Allergy Trio and Thieves on my feet, I also rubbed Purification essential oil blend on my neck. That certainly helped, and I was able to breathe clearly most of the night.

On day three I felt much better but still had some of the nasties. I rubbed Purification on my throat three times that day and drank Thieves Tea. Right before I left for school I boiled water on the stove and dropped 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil in it. I placed a towel over my head and inhaled the steam. It totally helped clear out my nose. From then on I only had minor sniffles, if any at all.

That night I just put Purification on my throat. The next day my cold was completely gone. I was so happy that I was able to help myself by using essential oils rather than my usual methods.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1."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
2."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
3."The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
4."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
5."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."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."Streptococcus pyogenes [strep] plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis.... [T]hyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, oregano, clove, palmarosa, or cajeput [melaleuca] EOs [essential oils] are known to be active against Streptococcus pyogenes, while oregano, basil, mint [peppermint], rosemary, and lavender EOs are known to inhibit another Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus [staph].... We showed that cinnamon presented the higher activity against S. pyogenes compared to the other EOs tested.... 14 [essential oils] showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenes.... Among them Cinnamomum verum [cinnamon bark], Cymbopogon citratus [Xiang Mao], Thymus vulgaris CT thymol [thyme], Origanum compactum [oregano], and Satureja montana [Mountain Savory] essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred."Link

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