In winter, essential oils become a natural antiviral remedy to combat and prevent colds and flu so common in those cold months. Know what essential oils you can use as antivirals and stop those annoying symptoms.
What are essential oils
Essential oils are substances found in the seeds, barks, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are pure and fresh to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin.
They contain numerous chemical compounds from the plant from which they are extracted and therefore have specific therapeutic and medicinal benefits depending on the plant from which they come.
How to use essential oils as antivirals
The two essential ceites part of folk remedies. Who does not remember those hot baths prepared by grandmothers with essential oil of eucalyptus, myrrh, pine and tea tree that relieved the muscle aches of the flu?
Nature offers us a wide variety of essential oils with antiviral effects that will help us relieve nasal congestion and improve the respiratory tract such as tea tree, basil, anise, bergamot, cinnamon, dill, eucalyptus, bay leaves, juniper, lavender, mint, rosemary, pine, sage and thyme.
They help to eliminate mucus and therefore make it possible for us to breathe better.
Essential oils to relieve respiratory problems
They can be applied directly to the skin of the chest and back, through a massage. We can use them with the first symptoms, making frictions with a mixture of 10 milliliters of eucalyptus and scots pine, five milliliters of lavender, and one milliliter of thyme and another of cinnamon. We will apply 20 drops to the chest, back and soles of the feet several times a day.
Essential oil inhalations for colds
But they can also be used in steam inspirations or inhalations by adding a few drops to a container of boiling water. You just need to put a towel over your head and inhale the air, hold it, and then exhale it. This operation should be repeated several times a day.
Using the essential oil as an infusion
Another option is to ingest them through a drink. We can make them based on a tablespoon of honey and two drops of cinnamon essential oil, a drop of cloves, another of thyme and another of mandarin. We mix it well and dilute it in a cup of hot water. This drink can be taken daily to prevent colds or flu.
Use it in an aromatherapy diffuser
We can use them in an aromatherapy diffuser incorporating a few drops of essential oil of eucalyptus, lavender and scots pine. This option allows us to clean the environment and prevent flu states and is an ideal solution to allow us to breathe and fall asleep in states of nasal congestion.