Best Antiviral Essential Oils
The Antiviral Benefits of Essential Oils
Antiviral essential oils are so effective that no viruses can survive, meaning none will develop a resistance. It is a common complaint of antibiotics that they have no effect on viral illnesses, and that frequent use in cold and flu patients can lead to resistant strains of bacteria, making it harder to cure infections with them. However, there is no such problem with essential oils, which have been used to treat viral infections for millennia without viruses developing any resistance.
The powerful compounds found in essential oils which have antiviral properties are monoterpenols and monoterpenals. The relationship between these compounds and our bodies can effectively fight off virus cells without harming our own cells. Because they can only do so much, they will not annihilate viruses.
However, they can damage them enough that our own body can finish eliminating the main virus and help us recover. Most viral infections can be recovered from on their own if left long enough, as they die off naturally. However often our bodies need a little help getting rid of them, to limit the damage to our own cells. And that is the biggest advantage of essential oils.
The laurel family counts with two to two and a half thousand species in it, all of which are highly beneficial in essential oil form. Each part of each plant also has potential to produce its own oil, from the bark, to the leaf, to the fruit. This means that the variety of essential oils we can get from the laurel family is incredibly diverse. Most of them are not edible, however of the few that are you should be able to source food grade oils for ingesting.
Laurel oils are notoriously good for fighting off viral infections, making them one of few effective treatments. The flu, herpes, hepatitis, etc., are strongly attacked by laurel essential oils, making it a great complementary treatment. It can also help fight back severe bacterial infections, and alleviate the symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions by reducing the inflammation response. All in all, laurel essential oils are a great addition to your routine when it comes to preventing and fighting viral infections.