Antiviral Essential Oils
for Family Health

Antiviral essential oils are a smart and safe way to care for your family’s health, including babies and children. They contain powerful anti-infectious properties. Our family has experienced the amazing benefits of antiviral essential oils.

Historical Accounts of Antiviral Essential Oils

Throughout history, essential oils have been used for their antiviral and immune stimulating properties. They have been used against infectious disease, to stop plagues and as protection from pandemics.

Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, is believed to have aromatically fumigated the city of Athens to combat the plague and during the 19th century, a city known for it's perfumery and tanning avoided a cholera outbreak.

Essential Oils Stop Viruses from Spreading

Viruses lie dormant until they find a living “host cell” to latch onto. Once inside the cell, they take it hostage and force it to make copies of itself.  This is called viral replication.  Then they are released to infect more cells and make more copies, over and over again. In fact, due to this ability for exponential growth, a virus can make millions of copies of itself in an extremely short period of time, within hours.  

Modern research shows that essential oils have the ability to stop viruses from replicating and spreading.

Viruses evolve, mutate, and change their genetic material. They can do this with surprising speed.

Essential oils also evolve to protect plants from viruses, bacteria and other infectious microbes. Due to this fact, it is highly unlikely that viruses and bacteria will ever be able to develop a resistance to essential oils.

Modern research shows that essential oils can also interrupt the life cycle of bacteria. This is good, as secondary bacterial infections quite often follow viral infections.

See Video: Flu Attack! How a virus enters your body: NPR

It is almost impossible to avoid being exposed to infectious disease. Viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens live on surfaces and travel through the air. Many are easily spread by humans and animals.

Our day-to-day lives expose us to infectious microbes; school, work, public places, etc.

That is why it is important to keep your family’s immune system strong. That is your first and finest defense against any infectious pathogens. Ultimately it is always your body that heals itself.

The good news is that the antiviral essential oils contain properties that kill viruses. Research shows that they have an amazing ability to support your body’s defenses, including your immune and respiratory system.

Now let me share with you something amazing. Essential oils have the ability to support your cell’s walls. Strong cells are more likely to resist penetration of viruses. When you apply an essential oil on your body it can travel into each and every cell within 21 minutes. This is powerful information for the health and wellness of your family.

Antiviral Oils as Part of Daily Routine

Using antiviral essential oils, before being exposed to viruses, can offer tremendous benefits. It is simple to apply them on your body and those of your family before leaving the house for the day, and again at night before bed.

It can easily become part of  your family routine the same as brushing teeth. You can apply them to the soles of the feet, chest, neck and back, morning and night.

During infectious seasons or when viruses are a threat we purify the air with an essential oil diffuser, apply the oils topically on our bodies, and take them internally as a food supplement. They can be added to food and drink.

The kids absolutely love a drop of lemon or orange essential oil mixed in a teaspoon of honey or agave. Lemon essential oil is one of our favorite oils that contains strong antiviral properties. This is what we do, during the cold and flu season.

A convenient way to do this is to place a diluted essential oil in a roll on bottle. Personally I prefer the steel roller ball bottles. They cost more but they seem to work better.

Good source for roll on bottles

Good source for steel roll on bottles

Recipe: Add 20 drops of Thieves Essential Oil Blend to 20 drops of carrier oil in a roll on bottle. Close bottle and shake to mix. For sensitive skin: 20 drops carrier oil and 10 drops of Thieves Oil Blend


If there is an infection, at the very first sign or symptom; fever, headache, body aches, or sore throat, we use the oils more aggressively.

Because viruses multiply so rapidly, it is important to act fast to knock them out. It is important to gain the advantage as quickly as possible.

I apply oils every 20 -30 minutes for the first few hours and “as needed” after that. Our family, through our own experience, knows that that the use of antiviral essential oils can dramatically shorten the duration of an illness.

Most antiviral essential oils and essential oil blends are safe for children. Always dilute the oil 1/3 with vegetable or carrier oil for little ones. The feet are a safe and effective place to use oils.

Please read "Essential Oil Safety"

Immune Boosting Recipe:

20 drops carrier oil

10 drops Thieves essential oil 

6 drops Oregano essential oil

4 drops of Frankincense essential oil

Directions: Add carrier oil, Thieves, Oregano and Frankincense essential oils to your roll on bottle. Close it and apply to bottom of feet as needed to the bottom of the feet.

*Note: Use this recipe at first sign or symptom or during illness. Apply 3-5 times daily until you feel better.

What Antiviral Essential Oils Should You Use?

Most essential oils contain antiviral and antibacterial properties. For example Frankincense and Lavender are called the Universal Oils. They are beneficial for basically everything so when in doubt grab Frankincense or Lavender.

But essential oils do have an affinity for specific conditions and also for supporting specific body systems. 

Hyssop-Is a very potent broad spectrum antiviral essential oil, excellent for infection of lower lungs.

Melissa Officinalis ( also known as lemon balm)-Is one of the most powerful of the antiviral essential oils, boosts the immune system and interferes with viral replication.  It is used for throat and respiratory infections, fevers, dysentery, cold sore blisters, herpes, and Epstein Barr. It has been reported to completely eradicate the herpes virus.
Eucalyptus radiata-Is a potent antiviral essential oil that stimulates the immune system. Excellent for colds, flu, infections of the respiratory system, including bronchial infections and pneumonia.

Ravensara aromatica- Anti-infectious and antiviral. Excellent for viral infections of the respiratory system. Used for bronchitis, pneumonia, rhinopharyngitis, sinusitus, herpes,  infectious mononucleosis, shingles, and viral hepatitis.
Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon- These are broad spectrum antiviral essential oils.  They have a history of being used during plagues and pandemics.

They are used for acute and chronic infections of the respiratory tract, and for influenza. 

Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil)-Contains potent antiviral constituents. Complements other antiviral essential oils and helps to create a broader antiviral synergy. Good to use in antiviral blends to help protect against secondary infections. This is an excellent oil for babies and children because it is gentle. It is not my first choice as an antiviral but as an antibacterial. When mixed with Lavender oil it is calming and mildly pain relieving. Diffusing melaleuca and lavender together can help with respiratory wheezing.

See Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Lemon (Citrus limon)-Is a very powerful antiviral and antibacterial oil. It improves immune function and promotes white blood cell formation. This oil has been shown to inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. It is good for respiratory and throat infections. I like to diffuse lemon oil with the thieves oil blend or lavender.

See Lemon(Citrus limon)
Mountain Savory (Satureja Montana)-Strongly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulates the adrenal gland and the immune system. Research suggests that this oil may have anti-HIV activity. Good for cuts, burns and abscesses. Diffuse and apply topically.

Essential Oil Blends:

RC- This antiviral essential oil blend is excellent for colds and congestion, this blend works very well when diffused to cut congestion and runny nose, especially at night during sleep. This is our favorite for colds. I use this blend on our children. I rub it on the vita flex points of the feet- lungs, bronchial, ears, etc.

Thieves Antiviral Essential Oil Blend

Thieves Essential Oil blend contains excellent broad spectrum antiviral properties. When diffused it kills airborne germs. This is our favorite for influenza. Its warming qualities help bring relief from aches and pains and it has definitely shortened the duration of illness in our family. We dilute this blend and use it on our children. I rub it on the vita flex points, along the spine, the lower back and behind the ears.  It can be applied topically, diffused and taken internally (adults only).<p>
Raven Essential Oil Blend-This oil blend gives the body strength in fighting respiratory infections. It is used for sinus, pneumonia, tuberculosis, flu, herpes, infectious mononucleosis, and rhino-pharyngitis.

Abundance Essential Oil Blend-This is a powerful antiviral essential oil blend that boosts the body defenses.
Exodus ll Essential Oil Blend- This blend is immune stimulating and antiviral. This formula was given to Moses as protection against the plague. This blend supports the respiratory system, stimulates the hypothalamus, is a powerful oxygenator and immune stimulant. Good for flu. Diffuse or apply topically. Dilution is required because of its high concentration of phenols.

A word of caution: Using antiviral essential oils for your family's health offers many health benefits. Clinical studies and research have shown their ability to kill viruses.

Viruses can multiply quickly, within a few short hours! Please use common sense and be aware that Infections can quickly go beyond the scope of home health care. Please contact your health care professional for any serious medical condition.  

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. In strict accordance with FDA regulations the information and products on this website are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, mitigate or diagnose any illness or disease.


Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease. ~Hippocrates

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