Numerous research studies show that essential oils rich in 1,8-cineole, terpenoids, and citrals can be very effective against coronavirus and pinine for common flu viruses.
Prevention is the best approach when dealing with airborne infections. Along with hand washing, face masks, and social distancing, 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 to help your immune system kill the virus.
How to Use
The best (and safest) way to use essential oils is diffusion. You can use an ionic diffuser or nebulizer to “spray” molecules of the essential oil into the air you breathe. Buy a diffuser/nebulizer appropriate to your room size.
During the epidemic, put up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water or follow the manufacturer’s instructions. By diffusing essential oils in the room where you gather with your family in the evening for a few hours, essential oils will help kill most of the virus if one of you brought a “gift,” preventing the spread and disease.
Someone is Sick
- Keep diffusing essential oils in your home.
- Have an additional diffuser/nebulizer (running 24/7) for the sick person’s bedroom.
- A sick person will also benefit from steam-inhalation.
- For steam-inhalation, put two drops of essential oil into a cup of just-boiled water and make a sick person inhale the steam for 10 minutes (under the towel) every 2 hours. You have to make a fresh batch each time.
- Ravintsara Oil – Cinnamomum camphora 1,8 cineole
- Laurel Leaf – Laurus nobilis (Some people may experience mucous membrane irritation. Should not be used for children under five-years-old, use with caution for children under 10. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more than 60 minutes)
- Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Not to be used during pregnancy or if nursing or with children under five. Some people may experience eye irritation. For steam inhalation, use an inhalation cone instead of going under the towel to protect the eyes. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more than 60 minutes)
- Clove Bud – Eugenia caryophyllata (May cause skin and mucous membrane irritation. Avoid using clove with children younger than 10 years old. Avoid skin application. Should not be diffused in the room for more than 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 more information on aromatherapy treatment and the use of essential oils, contact Harmony Life at 919-469-1505. Want to learn about aromatherapy so you can do it yourself? Check out our aromatherapy classes.
For Light Reading
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