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There Is Wisdom In Allowing A Seasonal Cold

Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 10-17-2012
Views: 5,547
Word Count: 514
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 7880-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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It has been 10 years now since I found these wonderful Young Living oils, and my home apothecary continues to expand. Having acquired a respiratory vulnerability from seasons of wilderness cooking over campfire (tons of creosote in the lungs/sinuses), I was ecstatic to find a way to alleviate symptoms!

Gone was the cold, sniffles and cough in record time. Instead of months of bronchitis, I got it down to a week or two. When symptoms showed up in the fall I was all over it with the oils and often it went away before it started. And I considered this a win.

But something happened.

Two winters ago, I got chronic bronchitis, which turned into pneumonia. This was embedded deep in my lungs, with a virus and bacteria providing the perfect veil, confusing the immune system response and confounding me. It took months to decode. And yet months more to get better. I was demolished, exhausted and thinking to myself, "I have all this good stuff, and still no result".

The following winter, the fingers of bronchitis and pneumonia threatened to pull me down again for months while I doctored aggressively every day, and still felt exhausted and crappy. It was no way to live.

Please be assured, this is not about the oils. It's more about how I made use of them.

The body is wisely designed to unburden itself of common wastes and toxins as the seasons change, in the spring and in the fall. This is a necessary and vital function that must be allowed to happen. To thwart it is to court a whole other outcome, especially in the setting of food allergies or other health challenges that tax the body systems.

So this year I coaxed the detox by eating fresh apples every day, apple cider at night, no caffeine, sugar, light foods and finally it came. The fall flush of gunk finding its way out of the body. Embrace the snot!

I believe it was Dr. Hill who commented that the toxins released from a single cold or flu contain the seeds of 8 or more future illnesses. That's my ad lib version, perhaps someone else can clarify?

Nonetheless, I had this thought to let the detox begin, and then support myself through it. No need to suffer or prolong the symptoms. I use the Neti pot to irrigate the sinuses, the Young Living oils to help move congestion and reduce infection (including the Inner Defense blend) or raise vibration (the emotional blends). So far, so good. It appears to be working. And along with it a sense of lightness.

Numerous cultures subscribe to seasonal detox regimens such as the Ayurvedic system, German ancestry, etc and if you've read any of Gary Young's research, many of the indigenous people allowed their bodies to unburden seasonally as well with nutritional fasts and such. That's a lot of wisdom to consider.

For now, I'll just continue along my little way. If you're interested to see how the winter evolves feel free to be in touch.

Wishing you deep and everlasting wellness with essential oils!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: respiratory-system,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds — "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-system,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds,pneumonia,bronchitis — "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: virus — "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: virus,colds — "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-system — "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: infection,bacteria — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
7.Associated topics: infection,bacteria,respiratory-system,pneumonia,bronchitis — "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
8.Associated topics: infection,bacteria — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link

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