Many of us have taken an antibiotic when we haven’t felt well. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Antibiotics aren’t effective against viruses or the flu (a viral issue). Especially in today’s world it’s so important that we all take a pro-active approach to our health. To do all we can now. To prepare now. To have things on hand. And having anti-viral essential oils on hand is one of the easiest things we can do to protect our health.
Melissa oil, also known as lemon balm, is one of the most well documented anti-viral essential oils. Melissa oil has been documented in medical journals, such as VirusDisease, showing that Melissa prevented the avian flu virus’s ability to replicate. Stopping a virus’s ability to spread or survive is critical.
Researchers from Japan’s Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University tested ginger against an influenza A strain in the laboratory. They found that the ginger extract stimulated the production of TNF-alpha expression by the immune system. This provided the means for the ginger to inhibit replication of the virus.
Researchers from India’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences also studied ginger along with other natural compounds for inhibiting H1N1 influenza A. They found ginger’s allicin content helped inhibit the virus by interacting with its binding capacity.
Cinnamon essential oil has been shown to be effective against many virus strains. The medical journal MicrobiologyOpen published a study showing that cinnamon oil was effective with the flu virus when combined with eucalyptus and rosemary essential oil.
Caution: Cinnamon is a “hot” essential oil. We would recommend diluting it with a carrier oil when applying topically.
Oregano essential oil is a popular herb in the mint family that's known for its impressive medicinal qualities. Its plant compounds, which include carvacrol, offer antiviral properties. In a test-tube study, both oregano oil and isolated carvacrol reduced the activity of murine norovirus (MNV) within 15 minutes of exposure
Oregano essential oil and carvacrol have also been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1); rotavirus, a common cause of diarrhea in infants and children; and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes respiratory infections
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most promising natural antiviral remedies, especially with the herpes virus – the cause of the common cold sore. A study published in the Phytomedicine journal showed that scientists reported that peppermint essential oil demonstrate high potency in lab tests against the herpes virus – even against strain that did not respond to the drug acyclovir in the study.
Peppermint essential oil is commonly used for digestive issue. But it may also help alleviate cold sores.
Manuka is commonly known for its honey production from its pollen. The essential oil of the manuka also has promising applications when fighting against viruses. In the research journal Planta Medica manuka essential oil showed effectiveness against the herpes simplex viruses. Both the essential oil and the honey derive their antimicrobial strength from this incredibl tree.
Manuka honey is incredibly powerful – as is the essential oil.
The medical journal Phytotherapy Research showed that thyme essential oil, when combined with tea tree and eucalyptus reduced viralinectivity more than 96%. When used on it’s own thyme is a powerful anti-infectious agent that has been shown to kill harmful bacteria and fungi, in addition to viruses.
Tea Tree, also known as melaleuca, is known for it’s antibacterial effect. But research in the medical journal Molecules found that melaleuca essential oil also prevented influenza virues from entering test cells. While the research was done in a clinical setting more research is needed, yet the results so far have been promising.
Star Anise has a licorice-like scent. Star anise is one of the most antiviral remedies available. This oil should be diluted when applied topically. Star anise contains a potent antiviral substance known as shikimic acid, which the pharmaceutical industry synthesized to create flu drugs.
Used copiously by the Aborigines for most maladies in their villages, eucalyptus is a potent antibacterial, antispasmodic, and antiviral agent. Like clove essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil has a profound effect over Staph infections. Quite amazingly, recent research from VIT University in India showed (real-time) that when Staph aureus comes into contact with eucalyptus oil, the deadly bacterial completely lost viability within just 15 minutes of interaction! It’s also considered one of the best essential oils for respiratory distress and has a familiar fragrance that most people love.
Quick Tips on Using Essential Oils
- Less is more when it comes to oils – use small amounts
- When applying oils topically dilute with a carrier oil
- Talk to your health care provider before using essential oils – especially if on medications
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