Cold and Flu season is here and many folks are asking what essential oil have anti-viral properties and may be beneficial to help prevent or fight off one of these afflictions should we be caught off guard.
Upon doing research for this article many essential oils have anti-viral properties to varying degrees.
In several of our aromatherapy practitioner manuals written by world respected Aromatherapists, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, Martin Watt and Kurt Schnaubelt are lists of several essential oils that are considered anti-viral. Other helpful resources in creating this list included information by Julia Lawless and Chrissie Wildwood.
Several of these oils work better against specific virus types but many of them work against the majority of viruses to varying degrees. We personally have seen many of them work against flus and colds and related viral infections.
Eucalyptus oils – just about all of them with the following being the most effective: Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Polybractea and Eucalyptus Radiata. Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon leaf, Bay Laurel, Clove Bud, Niaouli, Melissa, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosemary and Sage.
not in any specific order – Basil, Cajeput, Coriander, Hyssop, Lemon, Lime, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Rosewood, Tarragon, and Tea tree .
These same oils are found in many of our popular blends - such as our Four Robbers Blend, Pure Cleansing Blend, Easy Breathe Blend and Protect Me! Blend.
At the first sign of a cold or flu diffusing our Four Robbers Blend and our Pure Cleansing blends which contain a significant blend of the essential oils known to be effective against viruses can often times nip the infections in the bud or help reduce the severity of the condition.
Or, if you prefer try this blend – this is for diffusing throughout the house.
Eucalyptus Globulus – 2 ml (40 drops)
Eucalyptus Radiata – 1 ml (20 drops)
Ravensara – 10 drops
Cinnamon Leaf – 10 drops
Peppermint – 10 drops
Blend well in an amber bottle.
Then place between 5-10 drops on any Fan type Diffuser. Run for about 15-20 minutes several times a day, reapplying essential oils to the cotton pad as needed.
This is a very strong blend and you may need to decrease the amount you diffuse into the air depending on the size of your room. This blend is for Diffusion only. Do not use on the skin even if you dilute it – it is too strong for skin application.
If exposed to colds and flus’ and you didn’t get to use essential oils soon enough, you can still use those suggested and add others to help with any other symptoms you should develop.
Prepare now as with all the stress throughout our lives, many will have weakened immune systems and can be more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses – flu and colds don’t have to be one of them.
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