Using Antiviral Oils

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There are many essential oils said to have antiviral properties, often along with antibacterial, antiseptic, and antibacterial. And then there’s decongestant, expectorant, and antispasmodic!! It may help to clarify what these properties mean as they are often bandied about in a way that makes this unclear.

  • Antiviral = inhibits the development of viruses often by suppressing their ability to replicate.
  • Antibacterial = active against bacteria by destroying them or suppressing growth, an example being antibiotics.
  • Antiseptic = deter bacterial growth, often confused with antibacterial and there is some overlap.
  • Antifungal = helps prevent fungal growth.
  • Decongestant = helps you breathe more easily when any part of your respiratory system is congested.
  • Expectorant = promotes discharge or expulsion of mucus from respiratory tract.
  • Antispasmodic = relieves muscle spasms or convulsions, in the context of the respiratory system eases breathing.

It should be emphasised that in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic there have been claims that antiviral essential oils can prevent you from catching the virus. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim, however they can be helpful in combating the symptoms and easing sleep.

The best way of using oils to combat a virus that affects the respiratory system is by breathing them in. There are a number of ways of doing this: Use them is a diffuser such as an oil burner or electronic diffuser; Inhale directly from the bottle; Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale; Use a steam inhalator; Dilute in a carrier such as an oil or cream and rub on the chest/throat.

Here are a few essential oils that have antiviral as well as other properties useful for a compromised respiratory and immune system:

        • BASIL = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant.
        • BERGAMOT = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.
        • BLACK PEPPER = antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant.
        • CINNAMON LEAF = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic.
        • CLOVE BUD = antiviral, antibacterial, strong air antiseptic.
        • CORIANDER = antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic.
        • EUCALYPTUS BLUE GUM = antiviral, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant.
        • GRAPEFRUIT = antiviral, air antiseptic.
        • LAVENDER = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.
        • LEMON = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.
        • LIME = antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, decongestant.
        • MARJORAM, SWEET = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.
        • PALMAROSA = strongly antiviral, strongly antibacterial, strongly antifungal, antiseptic.
        • PEPPERMINT = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant.
        • NIAOULI = strongly antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant, immune system tonic.
        • ROSEMARY = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant, decongestant.
        • ROSEWOOD = antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, immune system tonic.
        • TEA TREE = antiviral, strongly antibacterial, antifungal, strongly antiseptic, immune system tonic.