Daily Essentials: Essential Oils for Dengue

Background:

Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. According to Center for Disease Control, an estimated 400 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness.

Most cases in the United States occur in people who contracted the infection while traveling abroad. But the risk is increasing for people living along the Texas-Mexico border and in other parts of the southern United States. In 2014, an outbreak of dengue fever was identified in Hawaii with other outbreaks in 2013 in Brownsville, Texas and Key West, Fla.

Based on medical professionals, Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

Common Symptons

High fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. In severe cases there is serious bleeding and shock, which can be life threatening.People may experience:

Pain areas: in the abdomen, back, back of the eyes, bones, joints, or muscles

Whole body: chills, fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite

Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting

Skin: rashes or red spots

Also common: bleeding, easy bruising, headache

Essential Oils

The information below is not meant to diagnose or cure . Please consult your doctor before using any oils and follow what your local health officials are advising you for preventive measures.

Citronella

Citronella Essential Oil – Citronella is widely used as an anti-parasitic which prevents the growth or spread of harmful airborne bacteria, repels flying insects, uplifts negative moods, and relaxes the body and mind.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Oil is also anti-parasitic and its vapors act as a decongestant when inhaled for colds and bronchitis, expectorant for loosening phlegm and easing congestion. Vicks VapoRub includes Eucalyptus Oil.

Peppermint

Peppermint Oil helps any digestive ailments from nausea to diarhhea.

Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil is not only anti-parasitic but also great to boost your immune system in fighting any bacterial and viral infection. Rich in vitamic C, lemon is definitely an immune booster and it increases your blood count.

Lavender

Lavender oil is anticabterial and anti-viral, also great for reducing fever , muscle aches and relaxing the body to get that restful sleep.

Ginger

Ginger relieves indigestion, nausea, reeduces muscle pain and soreness. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

HOW TO USE THE OILS

After Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion or body oil directly to damp skin.

Bath, Foot: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.

Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.

Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times.

Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.

Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)

Inhalation, Hot Water: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.

Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.

Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.

Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the area in need.

The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.

For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.

Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. ( No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)