Think about Ozone. You probably think about the ozone layer in the atmosphere that protects us from harmful UV rays. Well there is also another natural use for ozone! Ozone therapy. Ozone therapy has been around since the mid nineteenth century. One of the first ozone machines was patented by Nikola Tesla and his O3 Tesla Ozone Company. Tesla sold his ozone generators to doctors for medical use along with his ozonated olive oil.
What is Ozone?
Ozone is the combination of 3 oxygen molecules bound together. Ozone is naturally found in the atmosphere and can be generated by high levels of energy flowing through O2 compounds. A third oxygen molecule is bound to the O2 very weakly and can be stolen from its covalent bond easily.
Because ozone is capable of oxidation, ozone therapies can be used against mold, bacteria and viruses. “ Ozone therapy disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the phospholipids and lipoproteins. In fungi, O3 inhibits cell growth at certain stages. With viruses, the O3 damages the viral capsid and upsets the reproductive cycle by disrupting the virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation. The weak enzyme coatings on cells which make them vulnerable to invasion by viruses make them susceptible to oxidation and elimination from the body, which then replaces them with healthy cells. (NCBI)
Ozone can be used in more than just gas form. Just like Tesla, many ozone therapies consist of bubbling ozone into an oil and then using the oil on the skin to treat acne, open wounds and other pathogens on the skin (used in world war one). Ozone was also used in Europe in the early 20th century to purify their drinking water.
Because Ozone can be dangerous if inhaled directly you should always work with a professional when deciding to do an ozone treatment. Bluestem Wellness, a wellness spa, has the top of the line ozone machines when it comes to ozone therapy. All of the staff is very professional and knowledgeable about ozone saunas and their benefits alongside their plethora of other detoxification products. Located in Nashville, Tennessee Bluestem uses ozone to help boost immune function, detox the body, and help with inflammation. They provide quality therapies that are perfect for people interested in ozone treatment.
While humans have been using ozone for a long time, there is still more research trials to be done to see exactly how ozone can help fight other diseases, diabetes, COPD and much more.
If using ozone therapies you must make sure you do it in a safe and professional environment. NOTE DO NOT INHALE DIRECT OZONE AS IT CAN CAUSE RASH, IRRITATION OF THE LUNGS AND EMBOLISM.