15 All-Natural, Antiviral Essential Oils

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Using antiviral essential oils is somewhat controversial. According to the FDA, they haven't been approved. But using plants for healing has been around for centuries, and alternative medicine has been perfecting it in the last century.

Although viruses are not thought to be "curable", antiviral oils can help your immune system battle an infection or illness, moving cold or flus out quickly or preventing them from the beginning.

However, the antiviral properties below aren't found in every brand of oil.

It's easy to find poor quality essential oils in grocery stores, drugstores, even natural health stores. But none of those found in stores have undergone the strict protocols for growing, harvesting, extracting and producing the oils like doTERRA's essential oils. Even after their high standards, their oils still get tested for contaminants - not just occasionally, but EACH AND EVERY BATCH. We've been so impressed with the quality, purity and effectiveness of these oils, they have become the only ones we use and we even promote them as an affiliate here on Sustainable Baby Steps.

15 Natural, Antiviral Essential Oils

Each of the following essential oils have been found to have antiviral properties to varying degrees. The oils marked with * are the most commonly known, widely used, and generally found to be strongest. Be sure to visit your doctor and use your own best judgment when using any alternative remedies.

Basil Essential Oil

Basil is also anti-infectious and antibacterial, making it a great choice. It can be used topically (with or without dilution, depending on skin sensitivity) and can even be used in cooking or taken internally via capsules to fight systemic infections.
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Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia's other properties, besides antiviral, are antibacterial and antifungal. It must be diluted (1 drop of cassia to 4 drops of carrier oil) and shouldn't be taken internally, but can be massaged into reflex points or over areas of concern.
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Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon has many properties, including antibacterial, anti-infectious (especially urinary and intestinal), antiseptic and many more which aid and assist this and other antiviral essential oils. It is strong, so be sure to dilute it (1 drop of cinnamon to 3 drops of carrier), but you can cook, bake or even make candy with it for flus and colds.
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Clove Essential Oil*

This potent oil is one of the best antiviral essential oils, a strong antiseptic, as well as antifungal oil. Great for cleaning and diffusing, and is also antibacterial, disinfectant, and even antitumor. It can be used topically, diluted with 2 parts carrier oil, or taken internally with the right precautions.
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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is a natural insecticide, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory oil that can usually be applied without diluting. Its most known for coughs and respiratory infections and works great when massaged over the chest and throat.
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Helichrysum Essential Oil

This interesting little oil is powerfully antiviral, as well as antibacterial, antispasmodic and more. It's one of my favorites for healing, can be used without dilution for most people, and is generally recognized as safe to consume when indicated.
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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is also an antioxidant, antiseptic, even anticancer! It's great for cleaning, can be taken internally (dropped in water) or used topically, although sensitive skin may want to dilute.
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Lime Essential Oil

This citrus oil is among the antiviral essential oils, but is also antibacterial, antiseptic, and a tonic, among other things. It can usually be used without diluting, depending on skin sensitivity and can be taken internally (such as in tea or water), but it can cause sensitivity to the sun with topical use up to 12 hours prior, so I recommend using it before bed.
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Melaleuca Essential Oil*

Being one of the best antiviral essential oils, melaleuca is also widely known for its anti-everything properties: antifungal, antibacterial, anit-infectious, antiparasitic, antiviral, and more, including tissue regenerative and neurotonic. Sensitive skin might find they need to dilute (nut not always), and its a great cleaner.
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Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil

Melissa is also antibacterial, antimicrobial, antihistamine and more. You can add a drop to your tea, or apply to the skin or over the reflex areas for the area of concern.
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OnGuard Essential Oil*

OnGuard is our go-to oil for illness, infection, or anything really. It contains 5 essential oils, most from this list, and is powerfully affective at knocking out colds and flus, as well as for cleaning.
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Oregano Essential Oil*

Oregano is a highly potent antifungal essential oil. It's also very strong, meaning you should never apply it without diluting first. But you can cook with it! Great for very persistant fungus.
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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is not only yummy (you can add the oil to tea or water), but is powerfully healing to the digestive system. Apart from being one of the antiviral essential oils, it's also antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and more. You can usually apply it without diluting, inhale for nausea, or take internally as suggested.
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Purify Essential Oil*

Purify essential oil blend is specially created to be cleansing for the body, or even the home. It contains 6 essential oils, many of which are antiviral, antibacterial, and even energizing. Great to use when the whole house has a cold or flu, topically or otherwise.
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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme is said to be highly antibacterial, as well as antiviral, antimicrobial and antiseptic. It makes a great defense against many issues, although it should always be diluted (1 drop thyme to 4 drops carrier oil). It can be cooked with, as can any other "spice" oil.
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Homemade Antiviral Products

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Many didn't things can be made with the oils above to help you fight off viral infections and illness. Below are just some examples that may help you.

Natural Antiviral Cream
I'd recommend a base or carrier of shea butter, or even beeswax. If you have nothing else available you can use a lotion. Add a total of 2-3 drops per ounce of cream of one or more preferred essential oils and apply as needed. Store in a non-plastic container.

Natural Antiviral Ointments
The best base to use for an ointment, in my opinion, would be pure coconut oil. Mix 1-4 drops of one or more antiviral essential oils. Application can vary depending on the strength of your oils, from every 2 hours to 2-3 a day. Store in a glass jar, such as a small mason jar.

Natural Antiviral Bath Salts
Use either epsom salt (the high magnesium is great for your immune system) or sea salt, and mix 3-5 drops of essential oils to every 1/4 cup of salt. Mix well in a glass jar and scoop up to 3/4 cup for each bath. This remedy is ideal for chest colds, as the steam will also help loosen any congestion.

Antiviral Cleaning Products
If the family has been sick or there is a bug going around, cleaning the house with antiviral essential oils can help kill pathogens around the home while boosting immunity for the whole family. Learn more about natural household cleaners here. bath bombs, cleaning products

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