How to Use Antiviral Essential Oils

Kill germs with antiviral essential oils... and smell great too!

Did you know that antiviral essential oils can do something your doctor can't? Yep, it's true - you do NOT have to wait a week for a virus to "go away on its own". You can take care of it yourself at home - and smell great while you're doing it! Making your own aromatherapy remedies is an excellent way to protect your health naturally.

Don't get me wrong: There's definitely a time and place for prescription medication. The problem is that many over the counter and prescription drugs have negative side effects, and your system often has to work to get rid of associated toxins.

Using natural remedies such as healing foods and antiviral essential oils (don't forget washing your hands!) can be a good way of preventing some illnesses in the first place. And if you do get sick, essential oils can often help relieve your symptoms and clear up the virus sooner.

Let's start with the best antiviral essential oils and then get 5 fast ways to use them to kill germs - and make your house smell great!

Best Essential Oils for Cold & Flu Viruses

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Tea Tree
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Ravensara
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

Get these oils from Mountain Rose

Best Essential Oils for Cold Sores (Herpes Virus)

  • Melissa (Lemon Balm)
  • Tea Tree
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemon

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4 Fast Ways Use Antiviral Essential Oils


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1. Disinfect Surfaces

Put a drop of tea tree and a drop of lavender or lemon essential oil on a damp cloth and use it to wipe down surfaces.

Use for counters and tables, as well as door handles, phones, light switches, computer mice and keyboards - you want to disinfect all the hard surfaces germy hands have touched. Click here for more disinfectant cleaning recipes.

2. Clear the Air

Add 5 drops orange, 3 drops cinnamon and 3 drops clove essential oil to your aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer for a warming, germ-killing essential oil blend. Or use 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops bergamot and 3 drops eucalyptus for a fresh, invigorating disinfectant blend

3. Steam Your Head!

This is especially good for respiratory tract infections. Boil a quart (liter) or two of water in a pot. Put the pot on a table (use a thick mat to protect the table) and add 1 drop tea tree, 1 drop thyme and 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil.

Use a towel to make a tent over your head and the steaming pot of oils. Stay in the 'tent' for 10 to 20 minutes, coming out for air whenever you need to. Do not burn your face!

4. Massage Your Feet

No kidding. Use this massage oil blend morning and night to boost your immune system and reduce the growth of viruses attacking your system. Place 10 drops lavender, 7 drops tea tree, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop palmarosa and 1 drop lemongrass in 4 tablespoons (60ml) carrier oil.

Massage into your feet, concentrating on the area above and below the base of your toes (reflexology points corresponding to the lymph/respiratory meridians.)

What Next?

Already sick? check out some good aromatherapy remedies for colds and flu. Or use the search box below to find recipes with disinfectant essential oils in them.

For example, to find aromatherapy remedies with Tea Tree, type in "tea tree" (without the quotes) and hit Search. Every page on this website that includes the words Tea Tree will pop up. Browse through them and decide what recipe might suit you best.

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