“Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday [January 11, 2013].”
This season’s flu outbreak has become widespread across the United States, and it’s been reported to show increasing activity in 16 European countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging Americans to go out and get that flu shot.
However, they admit that the vaccine is only “moderately effective” at 62%.
“‘We have a good vaccine but not a great vaccine,” Dr. Arnold Monto of the University of Michigan, a co-author of the vaccine-effectiveness study, said in an interview [with Fox News]. “Every year we see vaccine failures.'”
Ever wonder what’s in the vaccine?
Aside from containing pathogens (theoretically intended to build our body’s immune system and resistance), you may be surprised to learn that vaccines also contain formaldehyde, thimerosol (a mercury compound), Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), and aluminum. Just when we have the awareness to avoid MSG and mercury in our food, and formaldehyde and aluminum in our personal care products, they’re loading up our flu shot with the stuff. No wonder so many people report feeling sick after the shot.
Our “modern day” immune systems are also not as strong as they used to be. We do have it within our bodies to fight off microbes; however, exposure to toxins (in our environment, agriculture, medicine, and personal care products) limit our innate ability to fight these pathogens.
Scientist Katherine T. Fuller (Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility) says that over-prescription of antibiotic agents (killing agents) are effective when there’s no resistance. “However, all organisms have the ability to mutate or change.” Microorganisms win out over antibiotics because they can reproduce a big population in a very short time. While the non-resistant organisms die, we’re left with the resistant microbes — one resistant microbe rapidly becomes two, then four, then eight….
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt (Medical Aromatherapy) says that synthetic drugs “may generate a beneficial action in one spot of the human, but what is normally termed as undesirable side effects is a representation of the action on other aspects of body or metabolism that are detrimental and not tempered or balanced by synergistic principles. Synthetics are not self-correcting in their action; compared to nature they are primitive.”
Essential oils have hundreds of complex components that make it very challenging for a pathogen to resist. “The chemical architecture of the oil has withstood the test of time. Mother Nature’s creation is “too smart” or “outsmarts” the potential pathogen,” says Fuller.
Thieves essential oil supports and builds our immune systems.* The blend got its name from four thieves who robbed the dead during the bubonic plague — without ever contracting the disease. They used a concoction of herbs, including rosemary and clove, to keep their immune systems strong and ward off certain death. Eventually, they were apprehended and given the opportunity to get a lighter sentence — if they forked over their formula.
Young Living added oils to the original formula to make it even more potent. Containing cinnamon (has a reputation for relieving discomfort during the winter season and supporting the digestive system*); clove, (nature’s richest source of eugenol, the highest scoring single ingredient tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. Clove is also known for its immune enhancing properties*); lemon (a powerful antioxidant known for its ability to act as a natural solvent and cleanser; it’s also been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in over 50 clinical studies); rosemary (naturally energizing and may be beneficial for helping restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue); and eucalyptus (has many health-promoting properties. This powerful essential oil contains eucalyptol as one of its major elements, which in laboratory tests has been reported as being effective against bacteria in topical applications.** Dr. Fuller says Thieves is “a synergistic power-packed blend.” The interaction of components “produce a total effect greater than the sum of the parts. One oil is like a chord in a musical composition; it is the harmony of the chords, like the harmonies of the oils, that produce a masterpiece blend.”
Fuller adds that essential oils also:
- Disrupt specific pathogens (bacteria, viral, mold) but do NOT disrupt our good bacterial flora*
- Reduce stress through normalization of blood serum cortisol levels and heart rate*
- Reduce inflammation in the body–absorption of nitric oxide free radicals*
- Assist body in the release of toxins, cleansing the body leading to rejuvenation of tissues*
(Fuller, McDanel, 28)
None of us have time to be sick. When I’ve felt cold or flu symptoms coming on, I rub a couple drops of Thieves on my feet and throat, then ingest several drops in a veggie cap. When I feel the beginnings of a sore throat, I put 2 – 4 drops in a glass with 4 oz of water and gargle. Works for me every time!
But the best approach is prevention. What’s awesome about Thieves is it comes in a variety of forms that may help protect you and your family.
There’s a supplement called Inner Defense that helps support healthy immune, digestive and respiratory systems.*
Diffusing Thieves essential oil is an excellent way to help eliminate airborne bacteria and even mold.* Dr. Edward Close says that “Thieves effectively eliminated 19 different species of mold 100% of the time and is 97.27% effective against ALL mold species.” To read more about his research, click here.
In my experience, Thieves is an exceptionally potent, preventative blend that I always try to keep on hand. And hey, if it worked for the Black Plague, it may pretty much kick the flu’s butt!
To order Thieves essential oil, click here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.
**Sue Chao, Craig J. Oberg, D. Gary Young, “Effect of a Diffused Essential Oil Blend on Bacterial Bioaerosols,” J. Essent. Oil Res. 10, 517–523 ( Sep/Oct 1998).