Aromatherapy & West Nile Virus
Using essential oils to prevent west nile virus
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How West Nile Virus is Spread
West Nile Virus is an avian virus, which is spread by infected mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites an infected bird it can then transfer the virus to other birds, animals and humans by biting them.
West Nile Virus Symptoms
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), West Nile Virus “can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease”. About 80% of people who contract the virus develop no symptoms. About 20% of victims experience West Nile Virus Fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. About 1 in 150 victims will develop more serious symptoms including headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.
Preventing the Spread of West Nile Virus Locally
Deet-Free Insect repellent
Make sure you use a good, deet-free insect repellant whenever you go out. Some aromatherapy companies, including Green Valley Aromatherapy, make a deet-free insect repellant from pure essential oils. If you can’t locate a ready-made natural insect repellent, try the following essential oil recipe.
Essential Oils to Repel Mosquitos
Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon eucalyptus) and Citronella are two of the most effective essential oils to use against mosquitoes. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) lists Eucalyptus citriodora as one of the “EPA registered products that provide repellent activity sufficient to help people avoid the bites of disease carrying mosquitoes. Products containing these active ingredients typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection: EPA registered products that provide repellent activity sufficient to help people avoid the bites of disease carrying mosquitoes. Products containing these active ingredients typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection.”
Recipe for Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent
Pour 30ml of rubbing alcohol, witch hazel or vodka into an empty plastic spray bottle. Add 3ml of any of the following essential oils or a combination of these oils: Eucalyptus citriodora, Citronella, Clove, Cedarwood, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Lemongrass. Mix well and spray on the skin regularly. (Click here for essential oils).
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