Essential Oils Help Control the Spread of Germs, Bacteria and Viruses
By: Ma. Lourdes A. Biscocho
Date: March 13, 2020
We have seen the increasing public health awareness in terms of protecting ourselves from getting inflicted with the dreaded corona virus (COVID-19). Establishments are mandated by the government to do clean-ups and disinfection constantly reminding everyone to take precautionary measures. The same goes for our homes. We need to rid our abode of infectious bacteria and viruses especially with the current declaration of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization as pandemic. Many people purchase chemical-laced cleaners to try, but they may be doing more harm than good. Instead, we can eliminate bacteria and viruses with natural essential oils. These antiviral essential oils can help lift you up emotionally and it can lead to faster healing too.
And we are glad to say Legánde offers some of the best:
- Tea Tree
Tea Tree is very much useful in killing topical and airborne bacteria and viruses plus a natural antiseptic and antifungal properties which can kill mold.
Peppermint has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. With all of its properties, it is an excellent way to boost the immune system. The compounds present such as camphor and menthol are resistant to many dangerous strains of bacteria like E.coli, Staphylacoccus infections and Salmonella. A great essential for purifying the air at home.
Since lemon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it makes an excellent cleaner and disinfectant for metal surfaces, dishes, clothes and even the body.
Lavender is an authoritative essential oil which can boost the immune system and resist diseases and viruses. Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Lavender is useful in treating various skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne and other inflammatory conditions of the skin as well as stopping infection in cuts, wounds and burns.
The anti-bacterial agents found in lemongrass are highly effective against bacteria that are responsible for skin infections, pneumonia, blood infections, and intestinal infections. It also has anti-fungal properties which can stop the growth of yeast and mold and even permanently counter any chance of reoccurrence.
Rosemary essential oil's anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-septic properties make it a natural homemade multi-purpose cleaning spray to cleanse indoor environment and eliminate harmful bacteria.
Ways to Use Essential Oils to Fight Germs, Bacteria and Viruses
- Topically: To use any of the mentioned essential oils or a blend of your choice, add 4 drops per 10ml of a carrier oil (argan oil, fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil). Use this as a chest and body rub when you feel a cold or flu is coming: it will attack the bacteria or virus causing the infection and will help diminish any symptoms you might have.
- A Cleaner: To kill germs on surfaces, add 25 drops of essential oils in 250 ml spray bottle with distilled water and vinegar and spray and wipe down all surfaces in your home, office and car. Also use essential oils in your mopping solutions to cleanse your floors.
- Air Purification: To purify germs and viruses from the air, diffuse 8-10 drops of essential oils.