Measles is a highly contagious, airborne viral infection that strikes the respiratory system. It is spread through coughing and sneezing. After exposure to the virus, the incubation period is 10-14 days. Most people affected go through the infection without serious effects, but potentially it can be dangerous because it can make the patient vulnerable to bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections.
- Begins with cold-like symptoms such as runny, cough, fever, listlessness
- Red spots with white centers on the tissue lining the inside of the mouth
- Itchy rash appears 2-4 day after the spots in the mouth. The rash is red or reddish brown and may be blotchy. The rash may first show up on the forehead, and then the rash spreads downward over the face, neck and torso to the feet.
- Eyes red, sore and sensitive to bright light
- Flu-like symptoms
- Respiratory difficulties
- May have abdominal pains, vomiting or diarrhea
- Plenty of fluids
- Measles depletes the body's Vitamin A, and it's been suggested to supplement with as much as 400,000 units of palmitate fish liver oil (Vit A capsule) for 2 consecutive days.* (Respected neurodevelopmentalist, Kay Ness, recommends retinol instead of palmitate).
Helpful Essential Oils:
Rosemary ct verbenone
Immune Support (anti-viral blend)
Measles Essential Oil Blend from Purchon/Cantele
34 drops Lavender
17 drops Geranium
17 drops Rosemary
17 drops Tea Tree
Topical: Combine into a 5ml glass bottle with dropper orifice.
Air Spray: Into a 4oz spray bottle, combine 75 drops Measles blend with 1 tsp. Vodka. Shake well, then fill with distilled or filtered water.
Lotion: In a glass bowl, combine 15 drops Lavender and 5 drops Niaouli essential oils with 1/4 cup carrot seed macerated oil (the carrot seed oil helps relieve itching, but another carrier will suffice if you don't have the carrot seed oil on hand). Pour into a 2oz PET plastic or glass bottle. Fill the bottle to the shoulder with unscented lotion and shake vigorously to blend. Use a cotton ball to dab the lotion on the itchy spots as often as desired.
Bath: Fill tub to the suitable level with skin-comfortable warm water. In a glass bowl, combine 4-6 drops Lavender with 1/2 cup baking soda. Add to tub and agitate to disperse the oil. Soak for about 30 minutes and massage any floating droplets into the skin.
Oat Bath: Put a handful of raw oats in a in a muslin bag and add 7-10 drops of essential oils (such as German Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium). Tie the bundle securely, and let disperse into the bath water.
Diffuse: Viral-fighting oil/blend such as Immune Support, Ravensara, Plague Defense. If there are respiratory issues, consider diffusing Beathe Easy, Respiratory Relief or Lung Healing. By diffusing, you may eliminate the spread of the virus.
*Dr. McCandless http://starvingbrains.com/articles.htm
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, page 264.
Worwood, Valerie, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, March 2000, pages 188-191