Numerous researches show that essential oils rich in terpenoids and citral can be very effective against coronavirus and pinine for common flu virus.
Prevention is the best approach when dealing with airborne infections. Along with hand washing, essential oils can be your powerful allies in the battle against viruses.
How it works:
To simplify the explanation: essential oils destroy the virus by exploding the envelope that encloses it helping your immune system to kill virus.
How to use:
- Prevention: The best (and safest) way to use essential oils is diffusion. You can use ionic diffuser or nebulizer to “spray” molecules of essential oil into the air you breath. Buy diffuser/nebulizer appropriate to your room size. During the epidemic put up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water (for diffuser) or follow manufacturer’s instructions (nebulizer). Diffuse essential oil in the room where you gather with your family in the evening for a few hours. If one of you brought a “gift”, essential oils will help to kill most of the virus preventing the spreading and disease.
- Someone got sick: Keep diffusing essential oils in your home. Have additional diffuser/nebulizer (to run 24/7) for the bedroom of the sick person. Sick person will also benefit from steam-inhalation. For steam-inhalation put 2 drops of essential oil into a cup of just boiled water and make sick person to inhale the steam for 10 minutes (under the towel) every 2 hours. You will have to make a fresh batch for every steam-inhalation.
Suggested essential oils:
- Laurel Leaf – Laurus nobilis (Some people may experience irritation of mucous membranes. Should not be used for children under 5 years old, use with caution for children under 10 yo. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more then 60 minutes)
- Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing or with children under five. Some people may experience eye irritation. For steam inhalation use inhalation cone instead of going under the towel to protect eyes. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more then 60 minutes)
- Clove Bud – Eugenia caryophyllata (May cause skin and mucous membrane irritation. Avoid using clove with children 10yo. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more then 60 minutes)
- Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis
- Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
- Larch Tamarack – Larix laricina
- Scotch Pine – Pinus Sylvestris
- Norway Pine – Pinus resinosa
- Siberian Fir – Abies sibirica
- Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus (May irritate mucus membranes)
- May Chang – Litsea cubeba (Not be used with people who have Glaucoma. Not to be used with children under five years old)
For light reading:
Procyanidins and butanol extract of Cinnamomi Cortex inhibit SARS-CoV infection, Min Zhuangab, Toshio Hattoria , ScienceDirect 2009
Specific Plant Terpenoids and Lignoids Possess Potent Antiviral Activities against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, Chih-Chun Wen, Yueh-Hsiung Kuo, Jia-Tsrong Jan,?,× Po-Huang Liang,@ Sheng-Yang Wang,| Hong-Gi Liu,@ Ching-Kuo Lee,X Shang-Tzen Chang,? Chih-Jung Kuo,@ Shoei-Sheng Lee,? Chia-Chung Hou,† Pei-Wen Hsiao,† Shih-Chang Chien,† Lie-Fen Shyur,*,† and Ning-Sun Yang*,†, Journal of Medical Chemistry 2007, 50, 4087-4095
Screening for Antiviral Activities of Isolated Compounds from Essebtial Oils
Herbal Medicine: Development and Validation of Plant-derived Medicines for Human Health, edited by Giacinto Bagetta, Marco Cosentino, Marie Tiziana Corasaniti,Shinobu Sakurada
Phytochemical Analysis and in vitro Antiviral Activities of the Essential Oils of Seven Lebanon Species by Monica R. Loizzo ,Antoine M. Saabb ,Rosa Tundisa,Giancarlo A. Stattia ,Francesco Menichinia ,Ilaria Lamprontic ,Roberto Gambarid ,Jindrich Cinatle , and Hans Wilhelm Doerre
Essential Oils of Aromatic Plants with Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, and Cytotoxic Properties – an Overview by Reichling J.a · Schnitzler P.b · Suschke U.a · Saller R.
Biological Properties of Thuja Orientalis Linn by Priya Srivastava1, P. Kumar2, D. K. Singh2, V. K. Singh2