Researchers are exploring both the effectiveness of essential oils for flu treatment and the best ways to apply these oils.
Research has found that the following essential oils have significant anti-influenza virus properties:
Bergamot oil is effective against flu viruses as a vapor after just 10 minutes of exposure.
Eucalyptus oil shows anti-viral activity as a vapor.
Red thyme oil is effective against flu viruses as a liquid phase.
Cinnamon leaf oil also shows antiviral activity as a liquid.
Tea tree oil is effective against the flu virus within 5 to 10 minutes of exposure, as found in another study.
Lemon balm is also shown to prevent the avian influenza (bird flu) virus from reproducing.
There are two basic methods for using essential oils:
Application to the skin: Topical application of essential oils should always be done by mixing them with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or nut oil. They can be massaged in or put into lotions and bath products.
Inhalation: This is done by floating the oils in hot water and inhaling the vapors or using a room diffuser.
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