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Essential Oils Tropical Disease Rx ~ First Aid Suggestions for Travelers

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“Tropical countries may expose travelers to all sorts of exotic diseases, especially those spread through mosquito/flea bites, which I’m prone to.”

Tropical Disease Rx – Essential Oils Options
My husband and I traveled to India for a month, in late 2004. Tropical countries may expose travelers to all sorts of exotic diseases, especially those spread through mosquito/flea bites, which I’m prone to.

The Center for Disease Control makes everything sound dire and frightening… probably to keep Americans from ‘wandering abroad’ and learning about the rest of the world. Ooops, my political cynic just raised her ’squinty-eyed’ head! <grin>

Anyway, I dutifully researched ALL the possible major disease dangers for India and essential oils (EOs) to have in our first aid kits that might help…just in case.

Rx for TRAVELERS’ DIARRHEA (Montezuma Revenge / The Trots etc.):
YL Essential Oils – CARDAMOM, CUMIN, GERANIUM*, GINGER*, MELALEUCA*, MYRRH*, MYRTLE, NUTMEG* (chronic), ORANGE* (chronic), PEPPERMINT*, SANDALWOOD* (obstinate), SPEARMINT
*Used in France
**See ANTIBIOTICS BLEND below
Antispasmodic EOs – CYPRESS, EUCALYPTUS, Roman CHAMOMILE

Rx to prevent MALARIA:
YL Essential Oils – LEMON (3 dps) + PEPPERMINT (1dp) with honey in drinking water per quart / liter

Rx for TYPHOID:
YL Essential Oils – CINNAMON (EXODUS II & THIEVES); LEMON, MELROSE, PEPPERMINT, PURIFICATION, RAVEN, RC
Diffuse ~ Dilute w/V6 – Massage over intestines & intestinal VitaFlex points on feet
(see FREE charts – Sept 2007 post)
* * * * *
ANTIBIOTIC Essential Oils Blend: Take in 00 size capsules every 4 hours
Thieves – 12 drops
Oregano – 4 drops
Frankincense – 2 drops
* * * * *
Mosquitoes are carriers (vectors) for:
DENGUE FEVER; FILARIASIS-West Nile Fever; JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS; LEISHMAIASIS (Sand Flies); MALARIA; and PLAGUE

YL Essential Oils – Mosquito-Fleas-Sand Flies Repellent:
I use these at home, too, for gardening & those pesky fleas our animal buddies bring in.
Blend #1
– 5dps LAVENDER+LEMONGRASS add 3dps PEPPERMINT & 1dp THYME
* Put on feet or add to 1cup H2O / Spray
Blend #2
– 5dps CLOVE+LEMON+ORANGE
* Add to 1cup H2O / Spray
Blend #3
– 5dps LEMON+PURIFICATION
* Add to 1cup H2O / Spray
Options #4 & #5
– PEPPERMINT 8-10dps in 1cup H2O / spray (also for cooling off)
– PURIFICATION diluted w/V6 or H2O spray
for BITES:
LAVENDER or Mix 1oz carrier oil – 10 drops each = Purification+Frankincense+Melrose
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10 thoughts on “Essential Oils Tropical Disease Rx ~ First Aid Suggestions for Travelers”

  1. I would like to find out if any essential oils have a natural SPF. Can you point me to a good website where I might find this information?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Angela ~ Essential oils definitely help skin heal from sunburn (and burns of any type), but don’t specifically have SPF, sun protection factor.

      CAUTION: Some essential oils are photosensitive and may aggravate the danger of getting sunburned, so please heed usage guidelines!

      Checked one of my favorite reference books by Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment

      Ms. Worwood comments “Sesame seed oil is a natural sun filter…” and she offers a natural sun exposure blend on pg. 49 in the chapter entitled “Your Basic Travel Kit.” I’m sure if you use organic oils and therapeutic essential oils, this handmade blend will be wonderfully skin nourishing.

      Worwood strongly recommends that we stay out of the sun from noon to 3pm, and to use a sunscreen with at least a factor of 10. I would also suggest researching the SPF chemicals in commercial sunscreens to use the least toxic, carcinogenic ones. You may be able to find helpful information at Organic Consumers Association, an excellent watchdog consumer activist group that keeps an eye on organic standards and so-called organic beauty products.

      Thanks for you inquiry! I may make this apres sun blend for myself.

      Reply
  2. I realized this is much later than this useful post. However I was wondering how to use these on children under 3. What would the dosage be then?

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  3. We are planning a trip to Africa. This post was very informational. We have two children one is 3 years and the other is 9 months and still nursing. What would you recommend for them? Also, with me nursing, are there any oils I can take without drying up my milk supply?

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  4. I know this is an post but wondering what sources you used for the malaria protocol. We live in a highly malarious region, including cerebral malaria, and I would like to take the family off of prescription preventatives but have yet to feel confident enough in an alternative. Have you researched or read anything about papaya seed as prevention. Oils and papaya are the two options I am most confident trying. Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi Jennifer ~ Apologies for not listing my sources on this information. I would have to look through my essential oils library and articles I have bookmarked / downloaded to find the source I used. I’ll take a look to see if I can find the reference easily.

      Do the pharmaceutical products have side-effects you are wanting to avoid? No, I am not familiar with papaya seed used for malaria prevention. Is it made into an oil applied topically?

      Another way you could use essential oils, to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, is topically in an insect repellent or via diffusion to keep the insects away. Are you able to purchase essential oils where you live?

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    • Jennifer ~ Took a look at my library and found some other interesting info on essential oils that could be used to prevent malaria / deter mosquitoes. Ylang Ylang EO can be used as a quinine substitute per a 1966 article or study by Burkhill. for regular use it’s advised to dilute as a 10% solution to avoid sensitization. Lemon Verbena EO, and Mountain Savory EO are other options. All can irritate the skin, so follow dilution suggestions. Laurel nobilis EO, is a fourth option.

      Consider purchasing Valerie Worwood’s book and look for her chapter ‘Your Basic Travel Kit’ for more ideas.

      Reply
  5. For the RX blend, how long do you take it? And for MRevenge — are these oils to prevent or treat and what do you do with them? Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Donna,
      ~ These essential oils would be to TREAT MRevenge…to kill obnoxious bacteria in the digestive system.
      ~ I would have to do more research to see what ‘doses’ others suggest. You could buy or look for the reference book by Valerie Ann Worwood mentioned in another reply to a reader in your local library to see what she recommends. The point of this article is to inform readers essential oils can be used for these issues, rather than getting prescriptions for pharma drugs.
      ~ Generally essential oils are used until uncomfortable symptoms subside.

      The best way to AVOID getting travelers’ diarrhea is to ONLY drink / wash your hands, fruits, and vegetables / brush your teeth / in boiled water or bottled water from a trusted brand. To be even safer avoid raw foods and peel all fruits and veggies. Be vigilant and don’t ever think water from the sink is okay unless your in a country with safe water services.

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