Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) causes some of the most common viral infections in humans. Its genome is linear double-strand DNA. It is demonstrated that HSV is one of the causes of encephalitis, dermatitis, and genitourinary infections, and also the probable cause of cervical cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate the antiviral activity of different concentrations of medicinal plant essential oils on HSV type 1 in Vero cells in vitro condition.
In this study, in order to determine the antiherpetic effect of essential oils, the plaque reduction assay was carried out on Vero cells. For determination of cytotoxicity effect of essential oils, 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide was used. Analysis was performed using gas chromatography-mass chromatograph with a HP-5MS column.
The cytotoxic effect of different concentrations of Zataria multiflora and Eucalyptus caesia showed no cytotoxic effect in 0.02% and 0.02%, respectively, and results indicated no cytotoxic effect in Artemisia kermanensis, Satureja hotensis L and Rosmarinus officinalis up to their concentrations of 0.04%. Anti- HSV activity of different oils (concentration ≤ 0.02) did not show any cytotoxic effect on Vero cells viability. Anti-HSV-1 activity of these oils proved that increasing concentration of oils would inhibit virus plaque formation.
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It can be concluded that the oils studied in this research have significant inhibitory effect on HSV-1 and thus they could be used as an anti-HSV-1 agent in the context of herbal mouth wash.
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There are hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating the anti-viral actions of essential oils. Using these oils in support of your own health is really simple to do*
Here’s a quick review of the research, and how we use essential oils to keep us healthy throughout the year…
Yes, I’ll get into a little bit of chemistry, but I’ll keep it brief!
One of the great features of using essential oils therapeutically is the ease with which they get into our cells and our bloodstream. Because of their lipophillic (‘fat-friendly’) nature, essential oils pass through cell membranes, and make their way throughout our bodies when inhaled or used topically.
It has been proven in dozens of scientific studies that Melissa Essential Oil is an effective antiviral agent.
When you put essential oils on your throat, they pass through your skin to the lymph nodes in your neck. When inhaled, diffused essential oils penetrate the cells of your respiratory system:
– in the nose
– bronchial tubes
A search of pubmed.gov returns pages and pages of peer-reviewed studies, demonstrating the efficacy of essential oils as antiviral agents. A number of essential oils have been shown to have anti-viral activity, and these essential oils are rich in a class of molecules called ‘monoterpines’.
Linalool, the ‘sweet’ note in Lavender and a great many other oils is a monoterpine, which is effective in inactivating enveloped viruses (the virus which causes the flu each year is an enveloped virus).
‘Benchmark’ Thyme essential oil is a very potent antimicrobial blend of four strains of Thyme herb.
Researchers have found that essential oils ‘inactivate’ viruses in one of two ways: by inhibiting their ability to replicate and/or inhibiting viruses’ ability to fuse to cell walls and infect a host cell. What’s important to us here is that the oils act directly on the viruses themselves.
Many oils have also been shown to positively support our own immune system, enhancing its ability to ward off infecting microbes – essential oils thus provide two independent means of warding off illness from viral infection.
Another important discovery is that whole, natural essential oils are 10-times more effective in inactivating viruses than individual, isolated compounds from these oils.
That is to say, Tea Tree essential oil is approximately 10 times more effective than terpinen-4-ol alone (the compound in Tea Tree thought to be the most active antiviral constituent). This has been the case for each oil studied, and has been shown to be true when essential oils have been researched for their antibacterial properties as well.
To keep well during the cooler months, when a cold or flu may be going around, we’ll diffuse and topically apply our Super Immune blend. This is our combination of oils (all rich in monoterpines) that have demonstrated antiviral activity (the recipe includes Melissa, Bay Laurel, ‘Benchmark’ Thyme+, Hyssop, Ravensara, Pinus sylvestris, Lavender Tea Tree and Lavender).
As there is no single essential oil that is most effective against all viruses, blending several highly-active antiviral essential oils together can provide us with the most effective ‘broad-spectrum’ formula.
By inhaling these essential oils from a diffuser, you get an active amount of these essential oils throughout your respiratory system, and even in your bloodstream.
When diffusing isn’t convenient, you can also dab several drops of the oil on each wrist, and rub these on the neck, under the chin, for absorption by our lymph nodes. Being asked “who smells so good?!?” is an added bonus!
References: Schnitzler P, Schuhmacher A, et al. (2008) Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses. Phytomedicine. Sep;15(9):734-40.
 Astani A, Reichling J, Schnitzler P. (2010). Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Phytotherapy Research.2010 May;24(5):673-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19653195
 Garozzo A, Timpanaro R, et. al. (2011). Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia oil on Influenza virus A/PR/8: study on the mechanism of action. Antiviral Research. Jan;89(1):83-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21095205
 Li X, Duan S, et al. (2013). Melaleuca alternifolia concentrate inhibits in vitro entry of influenza virus into host cells. Molecules. Aug 9;18(8):9550-66.
+ ‘Benchmark’ Thyme essential oil is a blend of pure essential oils distilled from 4 strains of Thymus zygis. Its chemical profile is similar to that of a blend of Tea Tree and Thyme essential oils, though much higher in terpinen-4-ol than Tea Tree alone.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Testimonial: Amazing Result With The Epstein Barr Virus
My son Matthew, 17, developed Glandular Fever (Epstein Barr Virus) 5 weeks before he was to take his final exams of secondary school. I had not long been introduced to Young Living oils and had seen how they enhanced my reiki treatments so I knew I had received this gift for a reason.
He was the sickest I have seen him and so I jumped in with trust. I hit him hard with: Thieves, Frankincense, and Roman Chamomile on his feet (twice a day), RC and Raven (diluted) on his chest and throat (twice a day), PanAway on his throat (twice a day), and Palo Santo (a touch of magic I feel) 5 drops orally in a vegie-capsule twice a day.
I added a few drops each of Basil and Oregano with vegetable oil in a vegie cap once a day, and Peace & Calming at night to help him settle. He didn’t like the Thieves Spray on his throat at first but sat up “like a dog begging” for it once he felt its relief. He used it freely on himself when needed.
It took 4 days for him to “turn around”. He was now a new person. He started playing his music again, and hit the books for study, revising past exams!
Two weeks later: On repeat blood tests his liver enzymes have now dropped back to “almost normal” after being up to 7 times the normal limit in some of his levels. Matthew is totally back to his “normal healthy” self. I thank the Universe for allowing me the ability to treat my son with such love. Thank you to Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils! I continued to treat his symptoms (chesty cough) for 7 weeks adding some “Brain Power” to keep his head clear.
Nine weeks later: Matthew has received his exam results – a pleasing mark which will allow him to get in to his choice of course at the university.
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