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Top 15 Antiviral Essential Oils and Bonus Hand Sanitizer Recipe

The author has studied essential oils for 30 years and found many helpful natural remedies and preventatives for all types of ailments


Ways to Prevent and Protect Against Viral Contagions

During these uncertain times, catching a virus would be devastating to some and deadly to others. Protecting ourselves as best we can may prevent us from catching a flu or virus as well as make our lives more safe and enjoyable.

Everyone seems to be looking for natural remedies for many of our common ailments like colds and flu, but considering that there’s no real cure for most of these, keeping healthy, protecting ourselves and prevention are vital to lessen or even alleviate the chances.

Essential oils are one great way to use natural sourced products for prevention and protection from viral, bacterial and airborne contagions. I've been using essential oils for over 30 years on myself, family, friends, and clients.

Over the years through trial, error, and lots of research I've come to the conclusion that essential oils are God's little miracles, and I couldn't imagine my life without them. They've truly worked magic on myself, and so many people for so many different things I couldn't list it all here in one article, so I about 12 years ago I had to start a blog to keep track of things.

In this article you'll learn how to use 15 of my favorite anti-bacterial/anti-viral essential oils along with some other natural tips to help keep you healthy, happy and strong.

It's so important to take control of our own health and be responsible for ourselves and our family's well-being. By implementing these simple steps, it could keep you healthy, and may even save your life!

Essential oils have great potential in the field of biomedicine as they effectively destroy several bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. The presence of different types of aldehydes, phenolics, terpenes, and other antimicrobial compounds means that the essential oils are effective against a diverse range of pathogens. See more research here.


Best Ways to Protect and Prevent Illness Naturally

As it's been said many times over, it is surely true, that to stay healthy we all need to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat a lot of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, and top it off by taking a good multivitamin with extra Vitamin C and zinc added during the cold months.

Any doctor will say it's best to incorporate exercise and a regular stress prevention technique or techniques such as walking a few miles everyday, with added meditation or something like Qigong practice. I do both of these and have benefited immensely. Many people do things like aerobics and yoga or Pilates, Zumba, or use the gym to stay healthy and fit.

Just taking care of your body is great, but we can't forget about the health of our minds and spirits too. These add so much to our overall health and well being. Also adding prayer, or deep breathing exercises are key to maintaining homeostasis in the body, giving a sense of calm and peace, are both smart and vital to good spiritual balance.

All these types of practices and so many more are available for free all around us and are easily found on the internet. We all need to take care to keep our whole person in balance to keep our immune systems operating at their highest level.

Practicing common-sense hygiene is especially important during these times in our Covid culture, with hand hygiene and germ-prevention strategies in place at home and out. These small things can really make a huge difference.

We can raise the bar and add another level of protection by adding essential oils into our lifestyles. There are many studies that have shown certain essential oils can literally kill bacteria in seconds, and some have been lab tested against influenza and other viruses.

One such way of adding essential oils into our routines is using a home diffuser to boost protection. Home diffusers are almost essential in these times, as not only do they help prevent sickness, by killing germs lingering in the air, but help our home lives be more enjoyable by calming or energizing us as well.

I use diffusers in almost every room daily in our home. I love the instant change that envelopes the room after adding my favorite oil to the water and turning it on. Just by adding a specific essential oil can almost immediately change the climate of the room creating either a burst of sunshine, or a calming energy depending on which oils are added. Not only that, but it is really rare that anyone in the house catches a cold or flu. I'm not saying it's only the essential oils in the air helping that, because we all try to do everything possible to stay healthy, but I am sure it doesn't hurt one bit. I'm all for using anything I can to benefit everyone's health in the home.

Essential oil diffusers create a vapor mist from mixing water and the essential oils into a blended mist that diffuses into the air, and by using the following oils can help not only to clean the air, but make it easier to breathe, and may even help improve sleep.

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Home Essential Oil Diffuser for Large Rooms

A large room diffuser is best for most homes. It's not necessary to have one in every room. But if I was getting just one, I like the one listed above; the BZseed aromatherapy cool mist diffuser humidifier is tops from all the ones I've tried, as it has a large water capacity so I don't have to refill as often. It turns itself off when water is too low, has a beautiful LED changeable light display, and a lovey wood grain.

Just add water to the basin (I like to use distilled water so no sediment is left), and change up the essential oils depending on the time of day.

Morning I like to use citrus oils, peppermint, oregano, rosemary, and thyme to wake up and feel invigorated and refreshed.

Evening I like more calming oils like lavender, eucalyptus, blue yarrow and cedarwood.

Top 15 Antiviral Essential Oils

Some great natural antiviral herbs and oils are listed in numerous places, but many are not well documented by science, and yet knowledge has been handed down over centuries, so many are returning to nature's remedies for themselves along with western medicine, and the research is constantly being updated on a daily basis.

Essential oils are becoming an integral part of our western culture as they are more accepted now than ever. So many people looking for alternative natural medicines turn to essential oils for simple home remedies instead of running to the doctor for every little thing.

After using essential oils for over 30 years on myself, friends, family and beyond, I've found my favorites for antibacterial and antivirals in this list: Besides the physical, mental, and emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can protect us from airborne bacteria. This approach has been so effective that many hospitals are now diffusing essential oils to protect patients and workers.

It's always a good idea to research any essential oil before using it, as some are stronger than others and each one is unique in chemical composition, so may or may not agree or disagree with your person. There are many trusted sources for any information you could want about essential oils such as; Essential Oil University (EOU) ( And PubMed ® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

When choosing and essential oil from the following list, in my experience, most times following the 'sniff test' will lead you to the right oils for you, as our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for.

Here are my picks for best fifteen antiviral essential oils in no particular order:

  1. Oregano,
  2. Thyme, (thyme linalool for kids over 6)
  3. Eucalyptus (smithii is good for kids),
  4. Blue Yarrow,
  5. Lavender,
  6. Clove,
  7. Cinnamon (leaf and bark),
  8. Ravensara,(or Ravintsara) great esp. for older folks
  9. Tea Tree,
  10. Lemon Myrtle,
  11. Cedarwood,
  12. Basil,
  13. Lemon
  14. Peppermint,
  15. Rosemary

Side notes:

Children and Pregnant women should avoid the following oils:

  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • White Fir

Essential Oils considered safe to use while breastfeeding:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca- tea tree
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

*Peppermint can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.


Top 3 Antiviral Essential Oils

Here are my top three choices for natural antiviral essential oils:


Oregano essential oil is one of the best oils to have in our immunity tool kit, as it not only helps to boost our immune systems and improve the efficiency of our respiratory tracts (it loosens up and helps eliminate buildup of mucus and phlegm), but oregano essential oil can also soothe throat irritation and helps suppress coughing especially used in a diffuser.

Blue Yarrow

This beauty is not only a gorgeous color, but does wonders for the lungs and is so soothing and calming, not only will it help to break up mucus in the lung lining it has been shown to assist in keeping the lungs clear.

"Blue yarrow (Achillea clavennae) has been shown to inhibit respiratory disease-causing microbes like pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae, a virus that can cause bronchitis, according to a 2004 study in the journal Fitoterapia. Fans of this oil also say that its herbaceous scent creates a peaceful environment and helps calm the mind." -Amanda MacMillan

Read more about studies with blue yarrow here


Eucalyptus is one of those amazingly clever essential oils that can do so many things when you're not feeling your best, especially if you have a cold, flu, or worse. It acts as an anti-mucolytic and an expectorant (which basically means helps to dry up and get rid of mucus). A favorite thing to make and use anytime is a peppermint oil and eucalyptus inhaler for a definite breath of fresh air.

Blue Yarrow Essential Oil

Instructions for making 4 oz hand sanitizer spray

  1. Add 1 oz vodka or everclear or rubbing alcohol (any kind with alcohol concentration at least 60% or higher, so vodka has to be at least 120 proof) to a blue glass 4 oz spray bottle and add 2 oz aloe vera gel or liquid. Shake well.
  2. Next add 20 to 25 drops your choice of essential oils: Lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme, ravintsara, or any other antibacterial, or antiviral essential oil you like.
  3. Shake well. and mark bottle with a piece of paper , sharpie name and date of your mix, and tape on bottle. Make sure to shake before each use. Spray each hand, rub in until it evaporates and soaks in. If you just want an air sanitizer, use a diffuser for essential oils, or use this spray without the aloe.

Use of essential oils

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Candice Collins

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