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Epstein Barr

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Mononucleosis

Epstein Barr is a virus of the herpes family that causes a number of diseases, the most common of which is infectious mononucleosis. The virus is common in the environment in the US and many children will be infected but it will go unnoticed having similar symptoms to other minor childhood diseases. By adulthood 90 to 95% will have been infected with the virus. After once infected the virus lies dormant in the body and can be triggered at a later time. 35 to 50% of teenage children and young adults who did not acquire the infection earlier will develop infectious mononucleosis when exposed. The virus is transmitted thru saliva, hence the common term for mononucleosis of “the kissing disease”. 

It is believed to be associated with some forms of cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma), type 1 diabetes, and some autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome and multiple sclerosis. 


[search helps: EBV, mono, kissing disease, human herpes virus 4, HHV-4]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding Blend, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend), EucalyptusC, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Protective BlendC, Calming Blend

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: CinnamonE, CloveE, MelaleucaE, OreganoE, PeppermintE, ThymeE

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Suggested protocols:

To relieve symptoms: Grounding Blend (or other calming blends or oils) diffused or inhaled directly.

To address viral infection (a suggested blend):

  3 drops Protective Blend

  3 drops Thyme (or Oregano)

  3 drops Lemon

  3 drops Frankincense

Add to a capsule and take 3 times a day.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Kathy – I am interested in a protocol for Epstein Barr - thanks!

Amelia – Here is a protocol a friend is using: 3 drops Protective Blend 3x/day, 3 drops Thyme (or Oregano) 3x/day, 3 drops Lemon 3x/day and 3 drops Frankincense 3x/day

She puts it in a veggie capsule and takes with food/snack. Also because we know her infection is hiding out in her spine she is applying 2-3 drops of each mixed with FCO along her spine 2xday. She mixes it with FCO and divides this amount between the 2 spinal treatments.

She is doing to do this for 2 weeks and will see if it is gone. She does not have daily symptoms but instead they appear when she is under more stress and/or her immune system is weakened.

Pat -  Maybe you could consider one more oil that is essential with this condition and that is Grounding Blend.


Anonymous - Is anyone familiar with using essential oils for Epstein Barr?

Pat - Hypoglycemia is usually a precursor to Epstein-Barr virus. Treating the symptoms of hypoglycemia might be a very effective aid. Also remember that you want to attack the virus, so even diffusing oils in the lotus diffuser will work great. Using Calming Blend, Grounding Blend, Lavender and Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) will all help to alleviate the symptoms and give the relief needed. You will need to experiment to see what works the best. Calming Blend will be a great source for diffusing, and applying topically, also use in a warm bath as a spinal massage or just sprinkled on your pillow.

Rob - Additionally we know a gal that has used Frankincense applied topically on the crown of her head for symptoms of Epstein-Barr with success.  

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