CAN THEY HELP WITH COVID-19?
Herbies, aromatherapists and holistic medicine users have used teas and tinctures, blends and oils to promote a better immune system. It all starts with good hygiene–sigh…
I know… let me tell you why.
A few years ago, I went to a local herbalist for a class on Prevention of cold and flu with herbs.
The very first thing for prevention was: wash your hands, keep them away from your face.
Oh, What about herbs? They are antimicrobial right?
The second thing was “Rest and be less stressed….” “and the herbs?” I thought.
We did talk about elder, ashwaghanda, garlic, and the like, but that was the start of the class.
Let’s dive in—So, how do essential oils keep us safe NOW?
Or during any cold and flu season? Can they?
A new study on “Essential Oils as Antiviral Agents, Potential of Essential Oils to Treat SARS-CoV-2 Infection: An In-Silico Investigation”, by Joyce Kelly, et all. (2020). shows essential oils as antiviral agents, and the potential of essential oils to treat the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
How cool is all that?
Tea tree is safe to diffuse add 3-4 drops to clear the air. The aroma is medicinal.
For a musty bathroom, use a spray of 3-4 drops of tea tree oil in distilled water.
SIBERIAN FIR (Abies siberica)
Smells like a Christmas tree…..use in the diffuser with or without tea tree oil to clear the air in the winter season…or now with Covid. I’m not saying that essential oils cure viruses.
As with all diffusers, check the instruction manual on how many drops to use for your own diffuser. diffuse safely around pets by providing them access to leave the room. They might not like the smell.
It is best to diffuse 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off throughout the day rather than leaving the diffuser constantly on. A diffuser with a timer is great for this.
There are many uses for both of these oils, and I wanted to touch on the anti-microbial properties.
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Orchard, A., & van Vuuren, S. (2017). Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2017, 4517971. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4517971