1 oz blend of 1 part oil or oregano, 1 part olive leaf oil, 1 part bay leaf oil, and 1/2 part food grade iodine. Useful for relieving congestion and giving you peace of mind when having been out and about around others.
I ran a small grocery store and used Stay Healthy Steam every single day for the past year. Never even caught a cold this year. - Bob K.
I had some of this at home on hand as my husband and I would use when we got home from going out this year. My daughter and her husband came down with Covid after going to a nine year old's birthday party. I got my jar over to them pronto to do the steam. They were diagnosed on Thursday, did the steam on Friday and were feeling well enough by Saturday to be out doing yard work. The others who went to the party took several weeks to feel better. - Jean S.
Use 3-4 drops (about 1/20th of the eye dropper) per 4 cups of water. Add in 1 tsp of baking soda. Bring to a boil. Remove from stove. Put in a bowl. Close eyes and inhale steam at least a foot above the bowl for at least ten breaths through both the nose and mouth. DO NOT KEEP ON THE STOVE OVER HEAT WHILE INHALING as this can cause burns. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF THIS IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
We have provided all the research below on the essential oils and why doing this as a steam is the way to get the best results.
We use this as a general preventive for any contagious respiratory infections and do the steam whenever we've been around others (we also wear masks, practice social distancing, wash our hands, take immune boosting vitamins, exercise, get immunized against infectious diseases, and eat a healthy diet). We also use this at the first sign of congestion - from any source including allergies and have had very good results.
From this article:
"In 1918 and 1919, while fighting the “flu,” it was brought to the attention of the US Public Health Service that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks.
The coronavirus was found to be quite stable at pH 6.0 and 37°C (half-life, approximately 24 hours) but was rapidly and irreversibly inactivated by brief treatment at pH 8.0 and 37°C (half-life, approximately 30 minutes)."
"The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with 0 representing acidic solutions like battery acid and 14 representing alkaline solutions like liquid drain cleaner. Baking soda rests around 8.4 on the pH scale, slightly above the neutral mark of 7. The effect of baking soda will be influenced by the current pH of your water--you will not be able to raise the pH above 8.4, but you can raise the pH to a more neutral level if it is below 8.4."
1 tsp per 4 cups of water is more than sufficient to raise the alkalinity of the Stay Healthy Steam above 8 and possibly inactivate coronavirus.
According to the researchers, when they tested samples of the Covid virus against three different concentrations of povidone-iodine - 0.5%, 1.25%, and 2,5%., it was found that the solution had completely inactivated the virus, within 15 seconds. The same test was conducted with ethanol alcohol, but it did not show a similar positive result.
The findings further suggested that even a weak concentration of 0.5 of iodine could completely inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
The nose and mouth are known to have high levels of ACE2 receptors, the cells that act as entry points of the coronavirus into the human body. This is why most research works are focused on nasal sprays, irrigation, or even nasal vaccines in case of the coronavirus.
A study had previously also found that iodine solutions may be effective in inactivating the viruses in other similar infections such as SARS, and MERS.
The new study has been published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/fullarticle/2770785
From this blog post by an ENT Surgeon
How should I take steam?
Steam can be taken by either the convenient Steamer or from the boiling water on a heater. The second option is dangerous especially with kids.
It's not necessary to keep the face too close to container. Even a chair close to the steamer is enough. You can leave the steamer on and do your table work.
Can I take Nebulizer instead of steam?
A Nebulizer is no substitute of steam. It has different function which can not be done by steam either.
A Nebulizer is for lungs whereas steam is both for lungs and nose. Nebulizer is way of delivering drugs for local action in lungs while steam delivers moisture both to lungs and nose.
Some viruses like Rhinovirus which causes common cold are susceptible to heat. So taking steam helps in eliminating such viruses.
Studies have also shown that oleuropein exhibits a significant antiviral activity against respiratory syncytial virus and para-influenza type 3 virus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002804/ - Oleuropein in Olive and its Pharmacological Effects. As reported by Roxas & Jurenka (2007), the phytochemicals found in olive leaf extract have shown high antimicrobial and antiviral properties by interfering with the ability of bacteria and viruses to replicate themselves and cause infection.
L. nobilis essential oil containing beta-ocimene, 1,8-cineol, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene constituents were reported for inhibitory activity in vitro against SARS-CoV and HSV-1 replication. Essential oil has this activity with an IC50 value of 120 μg/mL and selectivity index of 4.16 (Bilen and Bulut, 2010).
Mexican oregano oil and its main component, carvacrol, are able to inhibit different human and animal viruses in vitro. Specifically, the antiviral effects of Mexican oregano oil on ACVR-HHV-1 and HRSV and of carvacrol on RV justify more detailed studies. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768712/
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