Viral Infections

influenza flu virusThe most common viral infection is a flu virus. Common colds are often caused primarily by a virus as well. A virus is significantly smaller than the one-cell bacteria. Bacteria can be seen under many microscopes but viruses are submicroscopic which means it requires much more powerful microscopes to see them such as an electronic microscope. Unlike other things that can infect the body a virus is not considered a living “thing”. It rather is made up of molecules (DNA or RNA) surrounded with a protein that is only able to exist if it invades a cell in our bodies. It survives and creates more viruses at the expense of the cell it invades and moves on to take over other close by cells which results in the virus spreading its harmful effects throughout the body. Science has yet to find a beneficial virus. Some scientists hope to find a virus that can help cure some diseases. Bactria on the other hand can be good or bad for the body.

Below is a list of common viral infections and other common illness caused by viral infections.

• Chicken Pox (Shingles)
Common cold
• Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
• Meningitis
• Mononucleosis
• Mumps
• Rabies
• Tonsillitis

Many diseases are caused by infectious parasites such as bacteria, viruses, and/or fungi.

Difference Between Bacterial Infection and Viral Infection

Viruses are about 100 times smaller than bacteria. Viruses are also much harder to get rid of in the body. Viruses reproduce inside of a host cell. They use a human cell for example to make more viruses of their kind. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.

Essential oils that can stop the growth of micro organisms like bacteria or fungi “antibacterial” include Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme.

Oils that have been studied to help control or get rid of viral infections are, Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Myrrh. Oregano, and Thyme.

The molecular constituents found in essential oils that have been found to have antiviral activity include, but are not limited to; anethole, carvone, beta-caryophyllene, citral, eugenol, limonene, linalool, and linalyl acetate. Some studies claim that some essential oils have the ability to attack viruses inside of the host cell and even stimulate the immune system.

Often times people may try to get rid of a sickness such as a cold or flu with an oil that is antibacterial. This may and can help with the symptoms of of a flu or cold however the root cause is a virus. Thus it is important to consider the antiviral essential oils as a way to get rid of the root cause.

Suggested Oils to Use

Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Melissa, Myrrh, Oregano, Thyme

Also consider: antibacterial/viral: Clary sage, Grapefruit, Lime, Peppermint, Sandalwood

Suggested Ways to use

In all viral infection scenarios we recommend consulting a medical professional.

Viral infections vary in many ways. Some common antiviral oils such as oregano and cinnamon can be stronger and more sensitive to the skin. These more sensitive oils are often taken internally in a capsule 1 – 2 drops each.

Other oils may be applied safely on the bottoms of feet.