This article will discuss whether antiviral essential oils exist or not. Indeed, there are many oils which possess antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as essential oils for colds, but you may also have heard several commercials and promotions which declare that there are some types with antiviral properties. Well, since viruses are harder to kill compared to bacteria and fungus, do these kinds of oil exist? Well, let us check out the answer by reading this article to finish!
Pieces of research on the matter
When you are visiting pubmed.gov (a website owned by the US Institutes of Health and works as a digital library), you might want to search for medical documents and journals regarding essential oils. The chances are, you will find a lot of them and some of them mention essential oils with antiviral properties. It has been shown that a number of essential oils indeed have activities that feature antiviral effects and some, if not all, also contain a high amount of a molecule class called monoterpenes. These molecules can be found in many kinds of essential oils such as the ones extracted from lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, and others. Monoterpenes do a good job in inactivating enveloped virus- a type of virus which causes the flu happens every year.
How they work
Well, after we have read the previous paragraph, apparently, antiviral essential oils do exist since there are several pieces of research which have proved that they exist. However, how do these kinds of oils actually work? According to some researchers, the viruses are inactivated by the essential oils in two different ways: the first one is by inhibiting them from using their ability to replicate and the second way is that the oils inhibit the viruses from fusing into cell walls and infecting a host cell.
The oils, by the way, act directly on the targeted viruses and they are also able to support our immune system in a positive way by boosting its ability to stop any infectious microbes from harming our body.
By the way, there is a fact regarding this matter. Do you know that it is better to use whole and natural essential oils compared to their refined counterparts? The reason to the fact mentioned earlier is that whole and natural oils are more effective in inactivating viruses and it has been proven by several pieces of research- the effective can reach up to ten times compared to the refined oils! Well, now you know that antiviral essential oils do exist!