Recent concerns about the current, Nov. 2020 rise in COVID numbers we wanted to take a moment to refresh your memory of the best ways to avoid contacting this serious health threat. To that end this blog has been updated with additional information about the antiviral properties of essential oils and how to best employ them to protect yourself and your family.
The COVID-19 viral scare started just prior to my recent trip to California to undertake continuing training courses for my Chi Nei Tsang certification through the Chi Nei Tsang Institute/Tao Touch with Master Teacher Gilles Marin.
While we were there in the midst of the storm, Gilles offered the advice reprinted below. What he presents in in line with the foundation of my practice...it's JUST COMMONSENSE!
Below you will find reassurance and knowledge! Maya Angelo said, "when we know better, we do better"
We fear influenza because it does pose the potential to take lives. The elderly, the immune compromised and the young. Everyone else in between would be unlikely to develop symptoms that could be life threatening, IF they are in good health. Having a strong immune system is an investment you make in yourself.
The foundations of having a strong immune system are basic...
Essential Oils as a preventative against the Covid-19 transmuting virus strains
For centuries populations world wide have relied on sacred plants for healing. When one takes a closer look at these plants we see that they all contain high levels of what are called phenols. These are a particular class of flavonoids contained with in herbaceous plants. Phenolic compounds have long been associated with a variety of biochemical and pharmacological properties including antioxidant, antiviral, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory activities.
To learn more about current research on the efficacy of phenolic plant oils see this abstract,"Essential Oils as Antiviral Agents" from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, NCBI
Here are some of the top essential oils for use against viral infections including SARS-CoV-2
** Menthol is a concentrated extract of mint that is so pure it crystalizes upon extraction. Menthol crystal is made liquid when added to another essential oil or carrier oil such as coconut oil. It can also be liquified with alcohol. I use a small amount of alcohol added in a few drops to my jar of menthol. This allows me to use a tooth pick to catch a tiny amount of menthol to add to my steam inhaler. Menthol is extremely potent and should only be used in very tiny amounts.
There are a variety of ways to use these powerfully protecting oils to prevent the Covid virus from colonizing in your nose, nasal passages, sinuses, eye, ears and mouth.
Essential Oil Inhalation: Using a vessel such as this small hand held inhaler from VICKS, or a steamy pot of water on your stove you would ada few drops of a blend of at least three essential oils in the list above. Be careful not to overload the inhaler. These oils are extremely pungent! Gently breath the steamy air into your nose and also through your mouth. The steamy vapors will also reach up to the eye are and may cause your eye to water. This is GOOD. The tears will wash out the eye the oil vapor will kill or greatly reduce any viral presence.
Repeat this procedure at least 3-4 times daily. I know it may seem like a hassle, but getting this virus is far worse!
I use this Vick V1300 Inhaler differently than suggested by the manufacturer. I do not use the plastic top section, it does not fit most faces very well. I heat water salted with whole sea salt to the near boiling point, pour into enough water to reach the carburetor. Then simply inhale through the nose and mouth up t ten times. I usually hit it again before it's cooled off. Repeating through out the day. You can reheat the same salt water and add more oils, literally just a drop or two of the oils of your choice.
Essential Oil Diffusers: These handy tools are a good way to diffuse the phenols of essential oils into your room(s). Having multiple diffusers going in your home or office is the best way to go. Again these oils are potent, don't over do it, but do keep them regularly refilled and add more oils through the day. We run them in our home and office 24/7.
There are many essential oils companies that provide oil blends to fit the bill. DoTERRA's On Guard, Eden's Garden's Fighting Five, Plant Therapy's Germ Fighter, Rocky Mountain Oils Breath Ease are just a few of the reputable essential oil providers to choose from.
Masking: There are lots of arguments about the effectiveness of masking up. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, the mask allows you an opportunity to further expand your use of essential oils to prevent infection. Using either a light alcohol blend of oils in a spray or simple apply a drop of oil or oil blend to your finger tip and then rub onto the surface of your mask, concentrating in the area of the nostrils. This will provide a continuos source of protection while you're out and about! Some of the essential oil companies have room sprays that will work for mask application.
Reprinted by permission...Gilles Marin
Instructions to prevent getting the flu, or any kind of other airborne sickness, and to help eradicate the COVID-19 contagion:
Being in times of epidemics we have to assume that we are carrying the flu virus or covid-19 with us all the time. The only thing we can do is to neutralize it, on and in ourselves, to prevent it from reproducing and spreading.
If you feel like you are just getting the flu:
The flu virus cannot survive a disinfected environment, so, even, and especially, if it is already in your system, it needs several days to incubate before it can reproduce and make you very sick. It incubates in your throat and your nasal cavities. If you gargle with a disinfectant and breathe essential oils of thyme it will kill the virus during its incubation period and you should feel relieved within a day or two. However it is essential to continue the treatment for three days to make sure you eliminated the possibilities of new infections during the time of incubation.
Avoid mucus producing food products such as pasteurized dairy, sugar, especially in drinks such as sodas and reconstituted fruit juices from concentrates, starches such as industry produced boxed cereals, potatoes, wheat, corn and rice, and their derivatives. Don’t tax your system with overeating. Even healthy foods in excess strains the digestive organs leading to congestion. Eating lightly will save your energy for your immune defense system.
If you feel like you are not getting better that means that you will get worse:
It is recommended that you do not go to the hospital. Hospitals are already overwhelmed by the excess number of people seeking shelter and medical attention. In addition, all they can do there is to keep you under observation and feed you the worst diet while being quarantined with a bunch of other infected people. Remember hospitals don’t provide home remedies and they are unable to provide you with the diet you will need to recover. It will be much better to prepare yourself to stay at home especially if you get sicker, weaker and unable of taking care of yourself.
Be Perpared: You need to build a network of support by connecting together a circle of friends and family members on which you can count on to take care of each other. Tell them your plan if one of you gets sick. Keep an eye on each other and provide care and nutrition. You have to build that network before you get too weak to ask for help. Use your phone, use the internet, establish a circle of relationship to check on each other on a regular basis. The better part of our humanity comes out naturally out of people during times of crisis. We need to enhance this natural capacity to help evolve our social skills toward being helpful, supportive and more humane with each other. This will eventually make human consciousness evolve naturally toward a better future.
Make a list of the kind of food you need, cooked the way you like it. You will probably loose all your appetite for several days. Preparing to eat minimally but vital. Green algae, maca, whole food source multivitamins, and other "super foods". Have these items on hand now, before anyone gets ill. Call and consult with your local health food stores. Simple blended soups and fortified drinks or smoothies are good choices. Make chicken stock or bone broth with vegetables. Blend it so it is easy to drink and to dilute if your appetite goes down.
Gilles's Grandmother’s famous 7 Vegetables Longevity Soup Recipe
About Gilles Marin...
Founder and Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute and Taoist Healing Energetics in Berkeley, California. Gilles has studied and practiced massage therapy since 1976. Born in the south of France, he received his degree in Philosophy of Education and afterwards studied with Aikido Master Andre Noquet President of the European Aikido Federation. Master Noquet taught traditional healing methods such as kuatsu, shiatsu and jin shin jyutsu which he studied in Japan in the 1950’s with legendary martial arts master and peace activist Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute - Berkeley, California
Founding Director - Taoist Healing Energetics - Berkeley, California
Co-directeur de l'institut de Chi Nei Tsang - Nice, France
Universal Healing Tao and Chi Nei Tsang Senior Instructor
Author: Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang
Five Elements, Six Conditions, A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal Alchemy Healing Buddha Palms Chi Kung
Numerous Guided Meditations available as CDs or downloads
"There is no intelligence required for healing. To heal, we don't need to be intelligent, we don't need to be good, and we don't need to deserve it. Healing is pure grace. To heal, we do need honesty. We need to be true to ourselves. We need to be able to admit that we have feelings we wish we didn't have. We need to own these feelings so we can outgrow them, and so we can mature as human beings."
BTH Note: It is a true privilege to train with Gilles Marin. His wisdom and practical experience as a teacher, healer and advocate for humanity is as impressive as his compassionate demeanor.
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