When we have the flu, we often want to take antibiotics to get over the illness as quickly as possible. However, we should know that antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, they do not kill viruses. In such cases, natural remedies at home can be very useful, as there are many of them that are very effective and quick in killing the viruses that are lurking in our bodies.
Some essential oils can also be useful during the winter cold season. Here are some essential oils that are very effective against viruses. You can use them in the early stages of the illness to prevent the symptoms from getting worse and to make the course of the illness much shorter and faster.
The essential oil of cinnamon can also be used against several strains of viruses. When combined with rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils, it can be very effective in killing flu viruses. However, it is important to know that it is forbidden to use internally. Mix a few drops in some carrier oil and rub the chest with this oil. But use with caution – test the skin – as cinnamon essential oil can irritate the skin.
Oregano oil also has antiviral properties, and is particularly effective against the flu virus. Lemon balm essential oil also has antiviral properties, and laboratory tests have shown it to be effective in killing certain strains of viruses, including the flu virus.
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most promising natural antiviral agents, particularly effective against the herpes virus. Ginger essential oil has also shown antiviral activity against colds and flu, and has also demonstrated efficacy against the herpes simplex virus.
Thyme essential oil, when mixed with tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil, has also been shown to be very effective in clinical trials, reducing the infectivity of the virus. Thyme essential oil is considered effective not only against viruses but also against bacteria and fungi.
Tea tree essential oil has outstanding antibacterial activity, but recent research has also shown that it is effective against certain strains of viruses.
Aniseed oil also has antiviral activity and is most beneficial when massaged into the skin. It is best used mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.