Essential Oils To Protect Against Coronavirus
The World Health Organisation (WHO) held a news briefing at their headquarters in Geneva on 11/02/2020 to update the public on the continuing spread of coronavirus, which they have now identified as ‘public enemy number one’.
At the meeting it was announced that there have now been over 60,300 cases reported around the world, resulting the deaths of 1,369 people, almost exclusively in China.
This new strain of coronavirus has not previously been known or identified in humans prior to the outbreak reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
During the briefing WHO officially named this new strain of coronavirus ‘COVID-19’.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This virus is not the same as SARS, but it is from the same viral family.
How coronavirus spreads
This latest strain is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. This is why it is vitally important that everyone should practice good respiratory hygiene.
When sneezing and coughing, always use a tissue and discard it immediately into a closed bin, and if you are caught off-guard sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevents the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch. This is why it is very important for people to wash their hands regularly with either alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms are thought to appear between 2 and 10 days after contracting the virus, but may take as long as 24 days. Infection with coronavirus often causes only mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever, but for some people it can be more severe and can lead to breathing difficulties and even pneumonia. In approximately 1.5% of cases the disease can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as a weakened immune system, diabetes or heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Since the symptoms of this virus are similar to those of a common cold it can be difficult to identify the disease based on the symptoms alone. Therefore, laboratory tests are always required to confirm if someone has been infected with coronavirus. If you think you may be infected, the latest government clinical guidance in the UK is to stay indoors to self-quarantine and phone the NHS on 111 for advice. Don’t go to your doctors since this risks spreading the virus.
How it spreads
When an infected person sneezes, coughs, or even talks, the virus is expelled into the air as tiny airborne droplets which are easily inhaled, especially in a closed, hot, dry environment. According to the Consumer Health Information Centre (U.K), a sneeze can travel up to 30 feet, so public transport and air travel offer the perfect environment for this virus to spread. A stuffy atmosphere can cause mucous membranes to become dry which lowers our protection against colds and flu, as does sudden changes in body temperature which decrease the body’s defences.
We also know that viruses are also spread by contact, transmitted through not only obvious methods such as kissing, but by sharing food or drink utensils, bedding, computer keyboards and mice, telephones, pens and pencils, light switches, taxi and door handles. Viruses can survive on hands for several hours, so at times like this general hygiene becomes vitally important.
The eyes are equally as receptive to invading viruses as is the nose, so you should always wash your hands before touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Used tissues should be disposed of immediately and kitchen benches, table surfaces and bathroom units must be kept scrupulously clean.
Antivirus essential oils to protect against coronavirus
There are a wide range of essential oils that have been clinically proven to possess antiviral properties. Whilst these essential oils do not all offer the same level of defence, many have been proven to have a measurable effect on a wide range of infective agents such as influenza A and B, parainfluenza strains 1,2 & 3, vaccinia, herpes simplex and polio.
Since the new strain of caronavirus is still not fully understood, it is not yet possible to identify which essential oils will offer the best level of protection. More is learned about this virus on an almost weekly basis, but it could still be some considerable time before a cure is found. However, it is plausible to assume that some of the essential oils below are likely to offer a measurable level of defence in the same way that they do with many other known viruses.
The most powerful anti-virus essential oils to provide defence against coronavirus include;
- Cedarwood Virginian
- Clove Bud
- Eucalyptus Globulus, Radiata and Smithii
- Juniper Berry
- Lavender Spike
- Laurel leaf
- Tea Tree
- Thyme Sweet and Thyme White.
Most people will already have quite a few of these essential oils in their collection, and they can be used in several ways as a barrier against viral infection. Place a few drops on a tissue or face mask and inhale whilst on public transport, vaporise them around the home to kill airborne bacteria, and add them to liquid hand-wash soaps to keep your hands clean and protected.
Simply adding ravintsara, ravensara, tea tree or eucalyptus smithii essential oils to liquid soap to make an antiviral hand-wash can go a long way towards neutralising the viruses that contaminate hands when you’ve been out in public areas. Normal antibacterial soaps don’t offer sufficient protection to viruses, and both of these essential oils have powerful viricidal properties and make a highly effective anti-viral blend.
You could also add white thyme essential oil to this hand-wash blend, thereby increasing the spectrum of viricidal activity even more. During the SARS epidemic of 2003 in China, many of our customers were putting drops of essential oils on their face masks for extra protection whilst they using public transport or in crowds etc. If you you don’t want to make your own blends, Quinessence Anti-virus Synergy contains some of the most powerful, expertly blended anti-viral essential oils that can be used in the bath, on a tissue, and in a vaporiser to deliver you protection.
Since this new strain of virus continues to be a very serious threat right now, it certainly can’t hurt to use the essential oils you already have to avoid infection until a cure has been developed by scientists. According to the latest news, this could be many months from now.