Historical Antiviral Essential Oils

Historical Accounts of Antiviral Essential Oils

Throughout history, there have been written recordings of antiviral essential oils.  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. In yet another historical account a city known for it's perfumery and tanning avoided a cholera outbreak.

Essential Oils Protect Plants from Viruses and Bacteria

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.  

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.

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

Historical Antiviral Essential Oils

Hyssop was used during Biblical times as it was believed to be a very potent antiviral essential oil. It may be helpful in supporting the lower lungs.

Melissa Officinalis ( also known as lemon balm)-historically and scientifically has a reputation as being one of the most powerful of the antiviral essential oils. It helps  support a healthy immune system and may interferes with viral replication. 

Historical uses: 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 has been used historically as a potent antiviral essential. It supports a healthy immune system.

Historical uses: colds, flu, infections of the respiratory system, including bronchial infections and pneumonia.

Ravensara aromatica- History has recorded it as anti-infectious and antiviral.

Historically it was used for viral infections of the respiratory system, bronchitis, pneumonia, rhinopharyngitis, and sinusitus.

Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon- Throughout history these were considered broad spectrum antiviral essential oils because they have a history of being used during plagues and pandemics. They were used for acute and chronic infections of the respiratory tract, and for influenza. 

Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil)-Has a rich Ausralian History. Believed to contain potent antiviral constituents.

See Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Lemon (Citrus limon)-

See Lemon(Citrus limon)
Mountain Savory (Satureja Montana)- Diffuse and apply topically.

Historical Antiviral Oils as Part of Daily Routine

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

Using these historical antiviral essential oils, to support a strong and healthy immune system, may offer tremendous health 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 "germ" season we purify the air with an essential oil diffuser, apply the oils topically on our bodies, and take them internally as a food supplement. We do this to support a healthy respiratory and immune system.

Essential oils 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 healthy immune supporting properties.

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

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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.

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 these historical antiviral essential oils have an amazing ability to support your body’s healthy defenses, including your immune and respiratory system.

To be clear, none of the following recipes are intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, cure, or mitigate any illness or disease. These recipes may prove beneficial in supporting the body in healing itself. I firmly believe that it is the body that heals. I also highly recommend seeking professional medical care and advise when necessary. 

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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