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The Power of Vitamin C & Essential Oils

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by Tammera J. Karr

The history of essential oils is intertwined with the history of herbal medicine; in most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, and for thousands of years herbs were used as much for ritual as they were for medicine and food.

The Atlantic magazine highlighted the antimicrobial qualities of plant extracts and essential oils. The article notes that “various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin, and more.”

  • An Italian study found that thyme and clove essential oils were effective in treating bacterial vaginosis.
    • A US study found that tea tree oil was a more effective treatment for staph-infected wounds than conventional therapies.
    • Additional research found that lemongrass oil could reduce MRSA.

I reflected and realized I had shared information on this topic during a superbug outbreak in 2015. Just a little recap of an article from the Alliance for Natural Health – On April 14, 2015

A New Tool for Antibiotic-Resistant Killer Bacteria: Essential Oils; What should you stock to protect yourself?
Drug-resistant tuberculosis—and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in general. These infect at least two million Americans each year and kill 23,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to Karl Rotthier, the chief executive of a Dutch-based pharmaceutical firm, antibiotics are making their way into rivers and waterways due to lax safety measures. Some of the drugs are flushed directly down the toilet, while others pass through the patients first—and it all ends up in the water supply. Too many drugs come from manufacturing waste.

These nutrients also are shown in research to be effective natural antibiotics:

  • colloidal silver, the world’s oldest known antibiotic.
    • Vitamin D used in the successful prevention and treatment of TB.
  • Vitamin C is effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant infections.

Where Tradition Meets ScienceAn article released February 13, 2020, from Orthomolecular research on the Coronavirus; this is a perfect reminder of the value of vitamin C. Coronavirus Patients in China to be Treated with High-Dose Vitamin C – China is conducting a clinical trial using 24,000 mg/day of intravenous vitamin C for coronavirus and respiratory complications for seven days.

Viral pneumonia is a dangerous condition with a poor clinical prognosis. For most viral infections, there is a lack of effective targeted antiviral drugs, and symptomatic supportive treatment is still the current main treatment.

Vitamin C,  has antioxidant properties. When sepsis happens, the cytokine surge caused by sepsis is activated, and neutrophils in the lungs accumulate in the lungs, destroying alveolar capillaries. Early clinical studies have shown that vitamin C can effectively prevent this process.

In addition, vitamin C can help to eliminate alveolar fluid by preventing the activation and accumulation of neutrophils, and reducing alveolar epithelial water channel damage. At the same time, vitamin C can prevent the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps, which is a biological event of vascular injury caused by neutrophil activation.

Most deaths from coronavirus are caused by pneumonia. Vitamin C has been known, for over 80 years, to benefit pneumonia patients greatly. In 1936 Gander and Niederberger found that vitamin C lowered fever and reduced pain in pneumonia patients.

It is one thing to be sick from a virus and another thing entirely to die from a viral-instigated disease. The greatest danger with coronavirus is escalation to pneumonia.  Vitamin C is significant to the human body and plays a role in reducing the inflammatory response and preventing the common cold. Also, a few studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections.

“Vitamin C is effective in reducing the duration of severe pneumonia in children less than five years of age. Oxygen saturation was improved in less than one day.”

A recent placebo-controlled study concluded that “vitamin C should be included in the treatment protocol of children with pneumonia so that mortality and morbidity can be reduced.”

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