Essences like lemon can eliminate up to 90% of bacteria present in the air. Discover this practical guide to essential oils, the aromatherapy-based natural remedy capable of preventing and fighting flu and colds.
Aromatherapy diffusion, thanks to essential oils, has become a great ally in the sudden changes in temperature. Its ability to clean the air of viruses and bacteria helps against the spread of infection, something especially useful when the cold weather arrives.
The effectiveness of essential oils against flu and colds
Essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus radiata, or tea tree, to name a few of the best known, have antiseptic and anti-infective properties and, according to a British study conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University, can eliminate up to 90 percent of bacteria present in the air.
This effectiveness is because essential oils are complex compounds of aromatic molecules that enhance each other when combined in synergy. Thus, they are capable of fighting a wide variety of pathogenic germs such as bacteria or fungi.
Aromatherapy, especially in a diffuser format, is ideal for winter and when the environment can be loaded with moisture due to rain.
How do essential oils work against viruses?
When a virus enters and spreads throughout the body, it attaches itself to healthy cells, preventing the immune system from detecting it. The diffusing essential oils cause the thousands of receptors in the nostrils to catch their particles, which destroy the virus membrane and allow the immune system to develop appropriate defenses and protect.
In this way, the oils penetrate the bloodstream helping to stimulate and improve the functioning of the body, making the immune system ready to develop antibodies and effectively resist attacks by viruses.
Guide to essential oils in flu and colds
- Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): antiseptic and purifying. Against mouth infections and ENT, period contagious winter epidemics
- Lemon (Citrus lemon): cleanses the air and increases the body’s defenses. Powerful antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial.
- Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus Radiata): decongests the airways. Colds, colds, and constipation. Very well tolerated by children.
- Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora): stimulates the defenses. Winter contagious epidemics period, is one of the most powerful essential oils against winter viruses and for cleaning atmospheres in at-risk patients such as babies, pregnant women, and the elderly.
- Niaulí (Melaleuca quinquenervia) : energizer, antibacteria and antivirus. Stimulates defenses.
- Mandravasarotra or Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans): for periods of contagious viral epidemics: constipation, colds, ENT infections, flu. Stimulates defenses.
- Black fir (Picea mariana): expectorant, antitussive, antibacterial. Fight fatigue.
- Hô stick (Cinnamomum camphora CT linalool): very suitable for pediatric contagious infections. Lung infections and ENT. Helps calm and fall asleep.
Recommendations for flu and colds
- To help fight the flu, it is recommended to spread Eucalyptus Radiata alone or mixed with Lemon, Tea Tree, or Saro in the air; in case there is already an infection, it is advisable to prepare a synergy of Ravintsara, Saro, and Laurel; and, to counteract tiredness, add black Spruce.
- For colds, blocked nose, and headache, a few drops of Eucalyptus Radiata should be rubbed on the chest and mixed with Ravintsara and Niauli to spread and cleanse the atmosphere.
- If the cold doesn’t allow you to breathe normally making it difficult to sleep, put a humidifier in the bedroom, and add a few drops of menthol. It will help you breathe and you can rest.