As you head back to work and as your children go back to school in these Covid-19 times, you may want to keep some essential oils handy for use at home, school and work. (Or make your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray with our DIY recipes.)
Essential oils with antiviral and anti-microbial properties may help prevent viruses from spreading on surfaces (such as through sprays) or through the air (by diffusing them in a room or office). Essential oils sanitize the air in confined spaces and more importantly, boost your immunity!
These antiviral essential oils are able to “penetrate viral membranes easily leading to membrane disruption. Moreover, essential oils contain multiple active phytochemicals that can act synergistically on multiple stages of viral replication and also induce positive effects on the host respiratory system including bronchodilation and mucus lysis” says this article.
Clove essential oil
Clove essential oil is a powerful anti-microbial and antiviral essential oil that you can use topically or diffuse or even wipe down surfaces such as tables. It is commonly used for disinfecting, pain relief, arthritis and rheumatism. Clove essential oil kills bacteria (hence anti-microbial), relieves tooth and muscle pain. It is also effective for fungal infections and treats respiratory infections like coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is useful for respiratory issues. The antiviral activity of eucalyptus oil is mainly attributed to its cineole content and it is known to be a potent inhibitor of RNA viruses, including influenza A and B viruses. Cineole is also present in essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree, etc.
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral oil. It is also a fungicide and insecticide. Tea tree essential oil is also used to treat skin conditions including acne, rosacea, dermatitis, and psoriasis as it fights bacteria. It can be used as a powerful disinfectant too.
Thyme essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil has been traditionally used for colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, fevers and coughs. The most important constituent of peppermint essential oil is menthol. It can also be used for purifying the air. Besides peppermint, you may also use cinnamon, bergamot and lemongrass for disinfecting the air in meeting rooms or offices.
Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil is used for treating colds and flu. It is an uplifting fragrance that is perfect for adding to diffusers, air fresheners or just spritzing in the air. It contains strong antiviral properties that can help prevent the spread of the virus.
Cinnamon essential oil
Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years to improve immunity as well as treat and prevent colds and sore throats. It is also a natural home deodorizer.
Bergamot essential oil
Bergamot essential oil comes from the rind of the bergamot fruit. It offers anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-bacterial properties. Effective against bacteria and viruses, it is beneficial for people who suffer from asthma, colds and sinus infections.
Other essential oils you can try are juniper berry and pine as both are antiseptic and anti-microbial. Pine essential oil clears mucus and phlegm and protects against viral infections while juniper berry essential oil is most commonly used for sore throats and respiratory infections.
Use this list of antiviral and anti-microbial essential oils to help you and your family keep viruses and bacteria away!