Can Essential Oil protect from Viruses?
Yes, they most certainly can. Many Essential Oils exhibit antimicrobial properties, but did you know? Among the 250 which are commercially available, roughly only a dozen possess high antimicrobial potential. Here are a few 👇🏽
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has demonstrated antibacterial activity against clinical strains of bacteria, which were isolated from patients with respiratory tract infections. It can be used to treat infections of the mouth, throat, upper respiratory tract, and lungs. Additionally, the antibacterial activity may be accompanied by an immunostimulatory effect.
Thyme Essential Oil
Antimicrobial activity is the most extensively studied topic when it comes to Thyme Essential Oil. It also showed promising antiviral activity, particularly high bacteriostatic activity against the majority of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and this was impressive; Thyme Essential Oil also displayed 100% inhibitory activity against the influenza virus.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil showcased high levels of virucidal activity(destroys viruses) and inhibited the growth of bacterial strains, such as E. coli, L. monocytogenes, P. aeruginosa, S. enterica, and S. aureus. Peppermint demonstrated synergistic/powerful antibacterial effects (up to 30x more) when combined with other Essential Oils.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove holds the highest O.R.A.C value of all Essential Oil (1,078,700 compared to blueberries at 2,200) and it has been proven to destroy the wall and cellular membrane of microorganisms, pass through cytoplasmic membranes or enter cells, and then inhibit the proper synthesis of DNA and proteins. A study was conducted in which eugenol-rich Clove Essential Oil was active against 38 strains of Candida albicans isolated from the oropharynx, damaged skin, and vagina.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil has antimicrobial activity against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. This oil was also 100% inhibitory against the influenza virus and exhibits an anti-HSV1 activity by directly inactivating free-virus particles and might also interfere with virion envelope structures required for entry into host cells. Cool and amazing!
Tea Tree Essential Oil
The strong antimicrobial properties have allowed the use of products for oral hygiene and dermatological applications and that Tea Tree Essential Oil reduces the growth of bacteria.
You can find these Essential Oils and more conviently blended into our skin and body Super Budders.
Complete Article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6612361/
Citation: Wińska, Katarzyna et al. “Essential Oils as Antimicrobial Agents-Myth or Real Alternative?.” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 24,11 2130. 5 Jun. 2019, doi:10.3390/molecules24112130