How This Amazing Plant May Protect Your Family during Winter Cold & Flu Season
When properly extracted and bottled to preserve its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, Thyme has amazing antibacterial and antiviral properties that research scientists and pharmaceutical companies have known for decades. Now you can learn how to use thyme essential oil to support your family's natural immunity. Scientists have been studying and confirming the antibacterial and antiviral activity of molecules that are found in thyme for decades. That’s right, a plant you may already be familiar with in the kitchen has medicinal qualities you may NOT be aware of. Thyme’s ability to fight bacteria (Streptococci vulgaris, S. pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, S. mutans, etc) and viruses (Influenza H1N1 and Herpes Simplex) in the air and on surfaces is attributed to its monoterpenes. Montoterpenes are the special molecules that make up the plant's volatile oils.
Keep reading, I’m going to break it down for you and avoid as much chemistry as possible. I’ll explain how this little herb packs a punch when it comes to knocking colds and flu out of your home.
Let’s establish WHY so many of us are ill during the winter.
#1. We are all indoors more. Schools, workplaces and community activities especially during the holidays, all contribute to social gatherings where viruses and bacteria are likely to be spread.
#2 According to Harvard's online publication, Science in the News, viruses, particularly Influenza, are happiest during cool, dry weather. Indoor central heating dries out the air in our homes and the mucus membranes in our nasal passages. This provides the flu bug with a super-highway to our respiratory system.
#3 There are more than 200 viruses that cause the Common Cold, the most common (no pun intended) is the rhinovirus. It’s easily transmitted from contaminated surfaces such as doors, public restrooms and shopping carts. The Common Cold makes you feel yucky and lowers your immunity making you more susceptible to more serious infections such as Flu, Pneumonia or the bacteria, Streptococcal p., or v., which can cause ‘strep throat’
Now you know the Why.
Let’s discuss What gives Thyme its amazing natural antiviral and antibacterial properties.
#1. Herpes Simplex or the Common Cold and Flu (particularly Influenza H1N1) are highly susceptible to Thymol, a key constituent in Thyme. Thymol is a monoterpene - a fancy chemical word for a tiny molecule that has super powers when it comes to viruses and bacteria. Simply put, because of thymol’s molecular structure it is able to pass through a virus’ cell wall, destroying the lipid layer and causing the cell to die.
#2. Thyme is even more amazing when it comes to upper respiratory and sore throat bugs. How often do you or your kids come home from work or school with a cough and sore throat (your Dr. calls it ‘bacterial pharyngitis’)? It hurts to swallow, an earache usually develops and the subsequent nasal drainage (runny nose). It is well documented by research that Thymol along with a secondary monoterpene in thyme essential oil, Carvacrol are what makes Thyme essential oil so effective against bacterial strains collectively labeled ‘Strep’ for Streptococci pyogenes, vulgaris etc.
Thyme EO primarily destabilizes the cellular wall of Strep bacteria, leading to a breakdown of cellular activities including energy for replication, thus leading to cell death.
#3. Research studies have concluded diffused thyme essential oil is highly effective in eliminating pathogens from ambient room air. Pathogens specifically susceptible to the monoterpenes found in thyme essential oil, Thymol and Carvacrol were, Streptococci pyogenes, S. pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, E. Coli., and Haemophilus Influenzae when diffused over 2 hours in a controlled study environment. Researchers were surprised at the unexpected susceptibility of H. Influenzae to the anti-viral properties of diffused thyme essential oil.
My family's full winter arsenal for wellness includes diffusing Thyme and taking daily supplements to support our body's natural immunity. I'm a nurse and I know for a fact that we will all pay for our health sooner or later. I prefer sooner on the wellness side.
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Diffusing high quality, pure Thyme Essential Oil in your home daily is a simple and cost effective way to support your family's natural immunity during seasonal flu and respiratory illness outbreaks. Applying Thyme essential oil to your chest or feet can also help boost immunity.
Taking Supplements infused with Thyme essential oil during the Cold and Flu Season to support your body's natural immunity will help you continue doing all the winter activities you enjoy!
No biggie if it's not for you but we haven't had the flu in years plus, we managed to avoid catching the big C (and I'm a nurse in a busy hospital).
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I am not a physician. The information I share is intended for educational purpose only. No product I mention is intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. You are encouraged to do your own research and make the best decision for yourself and your family.
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