Immune Harmony™ An Essential Oil Blend from VerVita™
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must
investigate discord. Plutarch – Greek Biographer
Immune Harmony™ captures the essence of several essential oils to maximize the effectiveness of the body’s immune filtering systems. The bladder, lymph glands, tonsils, spleen, and the sinuses are the principal sites responsible for the routine and persistent filtering, detoxifying, and cleansing of the body’s biochemical pathways. This harmonious blend of oils, given their ancient healing properties, works to generate a powerfully personalized, hygienic response in patients plagued by such common complaints as allergies, head colds, coughs, sinus issues, eczema, rashes, hives, urinary tract infections, swollen tonsils and lymph glands, fever, headaches, and dry eyes.
Essential Oils of Immune Harmony™
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
As perhaps one of the most effective natural antiseptics with an intense medicinal aroma, Tea Tree oil ought to be found in every home’s medicine chest. This Australian aboriginal remedy, like oregano oil, offers broad-spectrum, antimicrobial properties making it ideal for dealing with viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
Belonging to the Myrtaceae family along with Clove, Eucalyptus and Myrtle—all potent anti-infectious agents—Tea Tree oil clinical trials have shown it to be therapeutically efficacious not only because it is detrimental to all three categories of infectious organisms, but more importantly because it is a powerful immunostimulant especially for those with debilitating illnesses.
Historically, Tea Tree oil has been used for athlete’s foot, acne, blisters, burns, herpes, rashes, warts, infected wounds, respiratory issues, thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, sinusitis, fungal infection, ringworm, and candida albicans. Since it is not a skin irritant, it can be applied directly to the skin for general cleansing and purifying as well as specifically for cold sores (at the first burning sensation), for shingles and chicken pox blisters, for warts (applied over time), and for acne as a skin wash. Finally, Tea Tree oil bath and massage is often recommended before surgery as a preventative.
Thyme Serpolet (Thymus serpyllum)
Perhaps better known for its culinary properties and ability to delay putrefaction of meat and slow down proliferation of bacterial microbes in warm climates, Wild Thyme has been a prized substance from the time of Hippocrates and Dioscorides. The Greek language accounts for the origin its name (from thymos meaning “perfume”).
Thymic actions include antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune and digestive stimulant. Historical usage includes sluggish circulation and digestion, diabetes, worms, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, cystitis, vaginitis, impotence, nervous exhaustion, bronchitis, cold and flu, throat infection, sinusitis, hair loss and scalp psoriasis. The antiseptic properties of Thyme are effective with infections in all the systems of the body, especially the respiratory system. When confronted by intractable colds, coughs and sore throats, the “old wives” knew what they were doing in using Thyme as a pulmonary disinfectant through inhalation for nose, throat, and chest infections, not to mention as a mouthwash or gargle.
In addition to raising low blood pressure, Thyme is known for stimulating production of white blood cells, which strengthens the body’s resistance to invading organisms, and helps fatigued, depressed, and lethargic people. Stimulation of the cognitive function and memory are bonus effects of this multi-faceted essential oil called Thyme.
Lavender High Altitude (Lavandula vera)
The Mediterranean Lavandula vera or True Lavender is by most accounts probably the best loved and most widely used essential oil in all of aromatherapy. It is without doubt the most versatile all-purpose oil for all the body’s systems. Its universal popularity, however, accounts for its diminishing worldwide supply.
From the Latin lavare meaning “to wash,” Lavender traditionally was renowned for working well in cleansing wounds and treating war injuries by virtue of its antiseptic and analgesic properties. In medieval times it was considered to be both an aphrodisiac as well as a libido killer. Its properties are legion: sedative, refreshing, rejuvenating, tonic, bactericide, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, analgesic, antidepressant, decongestant, hypotensive, and vermifuge. Historical usage: skin disorders, insect bites, earache, colic, nausea, headache, itching, abdominal cramps, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, and stress.
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Today we typically think of Cinnamon as a culinary spice for cakes and cookies, candies, candles, hot apple cider and fruit salads. In ancient times, however, Cinnamon was used medicinally for thousands of years by such cultures as the Chinese, the Egyptians (as an embalming fluid), and the Hebrews, Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine referenced by the Jewish Torah in the 5th c. BC as the holy oil of the tabernacle, and by Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th c. AD as “the universal spice for sinuses.” During the Roman era religious temples featured decorative wreaths of cinnamon leaves as well as the more traditional laurel leaves. Indian Ayurvedic medicine considered Cinnamon to be an aphrodisiac and general tonic.
Historically, Cinnamon was used for lice, mouth care, warts, diarrhea, intestinal infection, indigestion, chills, influenza, infectious disease, and in short for many cancers. Cinnamon folk remedies included hot tea with ginger and caraway to prevent blood clotting in pregnancy, to stimulate uterine muscles and contractions in birthing, and to reduce bleeding in menorrhagia, as well as the nausea or vomiting of pregnancy.
Cinnamon does much more than provide a fresh, spicy comforting aroma for energizing, focusing, revitalizing, and enhancing reasoning; it acts upon the immune system by stimulating circulation, supporting digestion, by reason of its antimicrobial (viral, bacterial), and antiparasitic activities. Conditions which may benefit from Cinnamon include bronchitis, candida, diabetes, dyspepsia, fever, heartburn, herpes, menstrual pain, rheumatism, tuberculosis, and diabetes by minimizing insulin for glucose metabolism.
Cinnamon’s complex chemical structure accounts for its premier property of balancing both body and soul to enable the healing process to take place. Its usage today, then, address hysteria, manic depression, fluctuating moods, arthritis, asthma, boils, bronchitis, bruises, cold sores, convulsions, depression, earaches, hay fever, headaches, heart irregularities (palpitations), high blood pressure, hives (urticaria), infection, influenza, migraines, mucus, nervous tension, pineal gland activation, respiratory issues, skin conditions, sunburn and stroke, tension, tuberculosis wounds, etc.
One of cinnamon’s most important uses, especially when enhanced by other essential oils such as majoram and rosemary, is for the relief of muscular pain such as that in menstrual and childbirth pain, and minor conditions in babies such as colic. Another literally vital attribute of cinnamon is its ability to stimulate growth of new cells—a property shared with two other essential oils, Tea Tree and Neroli.
Blackcurrant (Ribes nigra) Tincture
This small blackberry tincture, in addition to suggesting life extension properties in animal studies and reducing the incidence of skin cancer, supports digestion (prevents and alleviates diarrhea), vision (improves night vision), and immunity by inhibiting the proliferation of candida albicans, suppressing the growth of Escherichia coli, inhibiting replication of the herpes simplex virus - type I, opposing influenza A & B viruses, increasing resistance to viral, tick-borne encephalitis, and perhaps even inhibiting the generation of superoxide free radicals.
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) Tincture
A tincture of Globe Artichoke leaves supports the digestive system by stimulating appetite, alleviating constipation and flatulence, improving gallbladder function, preventing gallstones, alleviating indigestion, intestinal cramping, irritable bowel syndrome, and vomiting. Supporting metabolism, Artichoke manifests antioxidant properties, improves bile secretion, lowers cholesterol (and LDL oxidation) and triglycerides, alleviates cholestasis, regenerates liver like Milk Thistle, and inhibits excessive alcohol from causing fatty liver.
Elecampane (Inula helenium) Tincture
This perennial European and Asian herb supports the gastrointestinal system (by eliminating intestinal parasites), the immune system (by inhibiting and/or killing detrimental bacteria, such as the deadly mycobacterium tuberculosis), and the respiratory system (by treating asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and emphysema).
Immune Harmony™ & Contact Reflex Analysis®
Corresponding to a CRA® PULSE of 30—Malnutrition/Gout/Sick Bladder (“Septic Tank Backup”)—Immune Harmony™ may serve to improve immune function and its common symptoms of immune insufficiency, viz., colds and influenza, corns and bunions, varicose and spider veins, incontinent bladder, cellulitis, and cystitis.
For those with compromised immune systems Immune Harmony™ can be applied directly to the forehead, chest, or bottom of the feet. Alternatively, these blended oils may be simply rubbed on the bottom of the feet and the right and left groin twice daily for ten days. Diluting the drops with high quality a carrier oil such as grape seed oil or olive oil will prevent skin irritation in sensitive areas.
Additionally, bathing or soaking the feet above the ankles in a hot tub with one ounce of Immune Harmony™ and three cupfuls of natural Epsom salts for an one-half hour (repeat as necessary one time per week for up to three weeks), which may stimulate the immune system as needed.
Patients who are unable to enter a bathtub can soak their feet in a hot foot bath, water above the ankles, with 1 ounce of Immune Harmony™ and 3 cupfuls of Epson salts for 1 hour. Add additional warm water as needed to keep the footbath comfortable and relaxing.
Note: Best results occur with the “spa” baths when one has a full stomach. Eat before bathing or having a foot bath.
Side Effects: Few experience a rash, slight fever or burning sensation when the immune system begins to work hard to cleanse the body. If this occurs add additional Epson salt or Magnesium Chloride to the water to reduce the fever and cool the burning sensation. If one feels faint, weak, or has a difficult time “catching their breath”, test for anemia. As essential oils are absorbed, they utilize the oxygen in the cells. If one is anemic, there is not enough oxygen moving through the body.
It should be noted that patients should not be discouraged from employing other investigational strategies which may afford additional clinical advantage in their clinical outcome.
Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation.
For Prevention and Maintenance: Apply Immune Harmony™ on the bottom of the feet one time per day. One can also choose to bathe or have a foot bath as described above, once every 4 weeks.
Essential Oil Safety for Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Safety
General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified healthcare practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, lactating, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of your healthcare practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test on the inner arm is recommended prior to using oil that you've never used before.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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