What is Respiratory Virus EV-D68?
My two-year-old little man just started preschool – and I have to admit, my biggest point of anxiety hasn’t been his ability to adjust to a new routine and environment – I’ve been most nervous about the flood of new germs he’s being exposed to every day, especially the super-virus EV-D68.
If you haven’t heard of respiratory virus EV-D68, count yourself lucky! This nasty super-cold virus is circulating in the Midwest and has caused high percentages of hospitalization and even the need for intensive care in children and the elderly.
EV-D68 starts like any other cold but soon progresses in severity. Initial signs include coughing, difficulty breathing and in some cases a rash. More severe cases include fever, wheezing and respiratory difficulties often resulting in hospitalization for treatment.
As of now, the states that have been affected most profoundly include Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. It is expected to extend beyond these areas as well.
Read on to find out the strategies I’m using to calm my worries, boost my family’s immune system and ward off the super-crud going around earlier than usual this year.
The first steps of prevention may sound obvious, but it’s easy to undervalue their worth and become lax about follow through. You won’t want to go into this year’s cold and flu season without remembering these essential preventative measures.
#1 – Wash your hands (and your kiddos’ hands) with soap and water for 20 seconds – especially after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, before eating and after being in a public place.
#2 – Clean and disinfect surfaces – you know the routine – doorknobs, shopping cart handles, toys, food prep surfaces, counters and tables. Don’t forget cell phones and remote controls, as they are notorious for being germ havens.
#3 – Eat a healthy, clean diet with lots of fruits and veggies. Your immune system functions best when it’s not bogged down by inflammation caused by processed foods. Fruits and veggies provide essential nutrients to keep your body functioning at its best to ward off unwanted invaders.
Even with strong follow-through, it’s impossible to completely avoid exposure to viruses and bacteria. This time of year, you’ll want to boost your basic good hygiene prevention practices with the incredibly effective germ-eradiating power of essential oils.
Essential oils are the pure extracts of a plant’s immune system, which explains why they are so good at boosting ours by attacking unwelcome intruders. Follow these tips to ensure an advanced level of protection.
#1 – Apply germ killing essential oils to hands.
Apply oils to your hands like you would use a hand sanitizer to kill germs and reduce your internal exposure to them. There are a few essential oil blends on the market designed to boost the body’s immune system by fighting against viruses, bacteria, mold, fungi and more. Some common blends include Young Living’s Thieves, Aura Cacia’s Medieval Mix and DoTerra’s OnGuard. You’ll want to make sure the oils you are using are Certified Pure Theraputic Grade to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid using a product with synthetic additives.
To make hand washing more effective and to ensure you’re getting in your daily dose of OnGuard for illness prevention, you may want to consider the convenient OnGuard handsoap or go the DIY route and make your own.
#2 – Apply immune boosting oils to feet.
Massage in a drop of two of OnGuard essential oil, Thieves or your selected immune boosting blend on the soles of your feet to service every cell in the body. Essential oils enter the bloodstream through the skin, similar to a hormone patch. When you place essential oils on your feet, you are increasing their absorption because the large pores on your feet draw the oils in efficiently and effectively. Using immune boosting oils on your feet daily help cleanse cells of viruses and bacteria before they progress to a fully established infection. This preventative measure helps the body do what it was made to do.
#3 – Clean and disinfect your surfaces using essential oils.
Surface cleaning with essential oils can be more effective than any other product on the market. If you like DIY cleaning products, you can make your own cleaning solution by diluting a blend such as Purify into a basic water and vinegar solution or you can create your own germ fighting blend with oils such as Lemon, Melaleuca, Wild Orange or Rosemary for surfaces. You can also use the readymade OnGuard cleaning solution – a little goes a long way!
Check out the results of a test done by swabbing the bottom of a shoe and comparing the result of a surface treated with OnGuard and not treated with OnGuard. What a profound difference! There is no trace of growth in the petri dish that was treated with OnGuard. Scientific studies have been completed too, this oil blend is a tested powerhouse!
#4 – Diffuse antiviral and antibacterial essential oils.
An essential oil diffuser breaks the oils into tiny particles that can be suspended in the air for up to 6 hours. Especially for airborne germs and illnesses like EV-D68, diffusing OnGuard can be extremely effective in preventing in the spreading of this super-cold by stopping it in its tracks before it makes its way into your respiratory system.
This is a wonderful strategy for playgroups, classrooms, preschools and day care centers but also important to do in your own home.
Effective Treatment: Eradicate Viruses and Relieve Symptoms
But what happens if you’re already sick? The congestion is creeping in, the fever is rising, your head is pounding and your energy is tanking.
Did you know, there’s no vaccine for EV-D68?
And there’s NO MEDICATION ON THE MARKET that can cure a viral infection.
Over the counter meds only treat symptoms of colds. Viruses live INSIDE cells. Today’s modern science hasn’t been able to create a drug that can penetrate the cell wall.
Prescription antibiotics are somewhat effective against bacterial infections because bacteria live outside the cells.
This is one case where nature provides a product much more superior to manmade medicines. Each essential oil contains dozens of diverse compounds from the immune systems of plants, concentrated into a few tiny drops.
Essential oils can easily cross the cell membrane, penetrating to where viruses attack and eradicating them, bringing balance and health.
In this way, essential oils not only prevent viral infections but are the ONLY effective treatment in RECOVERING from viral infections in the way that antibiotics can help you recover from bacterial infections. (By the way, essential oils can do that too – without any synthetic ingredients or unhelpful side effects!)
Protocols for Cold and Flu Eradication & Relief
If unfortunately you’re showing symptoms or have been diagnosed with any cold or flu, including EV-D68, use these steps to treat your symptoms and eradiate your illness:
#1 – Overcome Virus & Bacteria Infection
Destroy the viral infection with this blend: OnGuard, Oregano, Melaleuca, Frankincense.
You can apply these one drop at a time to the bottoms of your feet or fill empty veggie caps with a few drops each and take with water every 2-3 hours until symptoms subside. For a child, dilute in a roller bottle and apply to bottoms of feet. You can add or substitute other oils such as lemon, rosemary, thyme, clove and cinnamon. Note: Be careful to dilute the hot oils oregano, thyme, clove and cinnamon.
#2 – Respiratory Support
Clear mucous from nasal and lung passageways, open up airways by using Breathe, peppermint and/or eucalyptus essential oils. You can diffuse these oils, apply to your big toe (it works!) or put a few drops with carrier oil in a bath. My favorite protocol by far (especially for my toddler) is to dilute in some coconut oil and massage onto chest and back to provide incredible respiratory relief.
#3 – Lower Fever
Apply one drop of peppermint on feet every 20-30 minutes until the fever breaks. You can also dilute and rub on chest or put one drop with carrier oil in lukewarm bath in order to bring incredible relief (especially to little ones who are suffering).
#4 – Tame Tummy Woes
Apply DigestZen directly onto your chest or tummy (dilute if needed). Add a drop of DigestZen to chilled water, put a few drops in a veggie cap or use the new DigestZen soft gels. Peppermint is also amazing for tummy woes. Rub peppermint on the back of your neck or put a drop under your tongue to profoundly reduce nausea. Also try ginger, cardamom and fennel for digestive support and tummy troubles.
#5 – Soothe Aches, Support Rest & Recovery
Lavender is an incredibly diverse oil, known for everything calming. Applying this oil on your feet, in your bath, on your forehead, chest, spine or wherever it feels good. This gentle but potent oil calms anxiety and stress, alleviates body aches, soothes the whole system, reduces inflammation, supports restful sleep and much, much more. You really can’t go wrong with lavender! It is the Swiss army knife of essential oils.