There have been recent studies to determine how essential oils and their complex mixtures of volatile phytochemicals full of antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and antiviral properties can both deter and mitigate the effects of a wide variety of viruses. For the immunocompromised, essential oils can prevent mortality both in their ability to provide protection as well as a healing agent restoring sense of smell and other 'Covid Long Hauler' symptoms.
How Eucalyptus and Lemon Essential Oils Can Prevent and Treat the Symptoms of Viruses
It is well known that eucalyptus has been used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. With its anti-inflammatory properties, essential oils sourced from eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) have been used to treat many respiratory ailments including pharyngitis, bronchitis, and sinusitis based on its ability to relax the sinus muscles. Eucalyptus oil has also been reported to have in vitro antiviral activities against various strains of viruses due to its active constituent eucalyptol against SARC-CoV-2. Moreover, eucalyptus oil has also been shown to have disinfection properties and inhibited the growth of viruses on surfaces which further supports its therapeutic active constituent, eucalyptol in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Like eucalyptus, recent studies have shown that lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) and its limonene compound is valuable as a natural anti-viral agent that may contribute to the prevention of the invasion of COVID-19 into the human body.
The Potential Dangers of Using Sanitizers both in the Air and on the Hands
Traditional hand sanitizer is loaded with things like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and synthetic fragrance, which can wreak havoc on everything from skin to hormones. The majority of hand sanitizers are made of alcohol, either ethanol or isopropanol, at 60%–95% concentration and can be toxic when used, increasing the risk of health problems such as eczema or skin cancer. It may sometimes even be lethal. The FDA keeps a list of alcohol-based hand sanitizers that people should not use due to the dangerous presence of methanol, or wood alcohol–a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Children are at particular risk and since the pandemic, the rate of poisoning in children have gone up 46%.
Moreover, The repeated use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is also contributing to a rise in superbugs as microbes become resistant to them. Superbugs include bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and can be lethal. Studies have already found that several bacterial strains have begun to become tolerant to hand sanitizers.
What's worse, most air fresheners don't purify the air with healing agents like essential oils, they contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aldehydes, potent neurotoxins that attack the central and peripheral nervous systems, in the air after their use. What's worse, plug in air fresheners use of phthalates (which are in many plastics, paints, pesticides and notoriously disruptive to the body) and formaldehyde (which is a known human carcinogen that has a definite link to cancers of the nose and throat).
Purifying Using Essential Oils as a Natural Defense to Viruses
Essential oils when diffused in the air or applied to the skin and their antimicrobial properties kill bacteria along with witch hazel another germs-killer, and aloe vera gel to nourish the skin and prevent chapping and cracking (it also gives your hand sanitizer that gel-like consistency we’re all used to).
With their antimicrobial and antifungal properties, essential oils can clear the air with healing scents and research supports that they inhibit the growth of airborne bacteria while reducing microbial contamination.
Last Word on Organic Essential Oils
It's also very important to make the distinction of why organic essential oils are better. Plants and botanicals grown for the purpose of producing an organic essential oil are grown in soil that's free of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers and contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
—for that added boost of healing power and without any degradation thereof.
Special Note: Essential oils have long been known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and antiviral properties and are being proposed to have activity against SARC-CoV-2. However, the existing information about these essential oils is very preliminary and the majority of claims are based on data obtained from preliminary in vitro studies.