Epstein-Barr virus, which is frequently referred to as EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family and one of the most common human viruses. Most people become infected with EBV sometime during their lives, occurring worldwide.
In the US, as many as 95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected.

epstein barrChildren may also become infected with EBV, and these infections usually cause no symptoms or are indistinguishable from other mild, brief illnesses of childhood. In the US and in other developed countries, people may not become infected with EBV until adulthood. When infection with EBV occurs during adolescence or young adulthood, it causes infectious mononucleosis in up to 50% of cases.

Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis include:

Sore throat
Swollen lymph nodes

In severe cases symptoms may also include:

Swollen spleen
Swollen Liver
Heart problems

There are no known links between active EBV infection and problems during pregnancy involving miscarriages or birth defects.

Although the symptoms of infectious mononucleosis usually resolve in 1 or 2 months, the EBV remains dormant in cells in the throat and blood for the rest of the person’s life, and can later be triggered. Periodically, the virus can reactivate and is commonly found in the saliva of infected persons. This reactivation usually occurs without any signs or symptoms of illness. In rare cases, the dormant virus has been found in the cases of some cancers, though it is not thought to be the cause of the disease.

Most individuals exposed to people with infectious mononucleosis have previously been infected with EBV and are not at risk. Transmission of EBV requires intimate contact with the saliva of an infected person. Transmission of this virus through the air or blood does not commonly occur. The incubation period, or the time from infection to appearance of symptoms, ranges from 4-6 weeks. Those with infectious mononucleosis may be able to spread the infection to others for a period of weeks, though this is often difficult to determine as the virus is frequently found in healthy people as well. Many healthy people can carry and spread the virus intermittently, and this is generally how the virus is spread. For this reason, transmission of the virus is almost impossible to prevent.

Symptoms related to infectious mononucleosis caused by EBV seldom last for more than 4 months. When such an illness lasts more than 6 months, it is then determined to be chronic EBV infection. Another possibility for diagnosis would be CFS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hypoglycemia may also be a trigger for these symptoms, as well as for flare-ups of this condition.

Essential oils for Epstein-Barr Virus:

Basil, Thyme, or Oregano
On Guard blend

Rub 2-3 drops of Balance on the feet each morning, and 2-3 drops of Frankincense oil on the spine each evening.

Additionally, blend the following in a vegetable capsule:

3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Lemon
3 drops Thyme (Oregano or Basil may also be used)

Take capsule 3 times daily with meals for 14 days.

For chronic EBV, Lifelong Vitality and Mito2Max may also be added to increase energy and reduce or eliminate symptoms, and DDR Prime may be helpful for controlling flare-ups.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

4 thoughts on “Epstein-Barr

  1. Julia February 17, 2015 / 7:01 AM

    Lavender and On Guard are listed but there are no references to application. How much and how often should these two oils be administered?

    • findhealingwithdoterra February 17, 2015 / 7:13 AM

      Lavender and OnGuard are most helpful if they are used daily on the bottoms of the feet. Rub on the big toe, down around the bottom of the mid-foot area. At any sign of symptoms, continue to apply in this fashion.

  2. Dean April 10, 2015 / 2:06 PM

    What are dangers/warnings of this application/ oils?

  3. findhealingwithdoterra April 16, 2015 / 10:03 AM

    Dean, I am not going to say there are no dangers to essential oils. Anything and everything in moderation. From my own experience it would take an extreme amount of oils to cause even a stomach ache, but this is only from my own experience. I would suggest to read and to use the minimal amount, just as you would if you had a prescription. If you are not seeing the difference you would like, increase the amounts slowly. I do know that when I compare the dangers openly listed on my prescriptions that the dangers from essential oils don’t seem to even compare. I trust the oils when I use them as they are designed. If you have further questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for the question! Glad to see you doing your due diligence.

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