Antiviral Essential Oils to Diffuse with 5 Diffuser Blend Recipes

Antiviral Essential Oils to Diffuse with 5 Diffuser Blend Recipes

Do you know that some essential oils have antiviral properties? Yes, it's true but did you know that essential oils thought to be “antiviral” do not kill all viruses. 

There have been limited studies done on the topic of essential oils and viruses and while this post is about antiviral essential oils to diffuse, it is not to be used as a treatment or cure, but as a natural way to support the mind and body through aromatherapy.

Antiviral Essential Oils List by Loving Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Coronavirus

At this point, there is no research into the effect essential oils may have on the coronavirus so it is important to keep that in mind when searching the internet on this topic. There's a really well-written and detailed article from Tisserand Institute about this exact topic, here is a snippet: 

"It’s important to note that prevention and treatment are not the same thing. An essential oil that kills virus particles in the air or on the skin is a different concept to one that interferes with the actions of a virus once it has entered the body. At this time, we cannot suggest any aromatherapy formulations to either prevent or treat SARS-CoV-2 infection."

Antiviral Essential Oils List

Antiviral simply means prevents viral growth. Here is a list of essential oils that are thought to have antiviral properties.

  • Bay Laurel
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Fragonia
  • Geranium
  • Ho Wood
  • Manuka
  • May Chang
  • Melissa
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Ravensara
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosalina
  • Savory (Winter)
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Reference: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Antiviral Essential Oils to Diffuse

Some of the essential oils from the list above are hot oil and may not be ones you want to use topically on your skin. Using them aromatically in essential oil diffuser blends tends to be a preferred method. They can also be used in aromatherapy inhalers or even essential oil sprays.

When it comes to diffusing antiviral essential oils, you can diffuse a single oil from the list above, create a blend of aromatherapy oils using a few different oils from the list, or try one of the blends we share below. Get creative and see what you like best with the essential oils you have on hand.

How to Diffuse Essential Oils

To use antiviral essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser, you need to add 5-10 drops of essential oil to the diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser, but you can use whatever size you prefer. It is best to diffuse in 30-minute intervals as to not overwhelm the space and your senses.

Here are the steps:

  • Place diffuser on a steady surface away from fans and direct sunlight
  • Add recommend water for your diffuser to the water reservoir tanks fill line
  • Add essential oil drops, 5-10 drops per 100-200 ml of water
  • Plug machine in and turn on with desired setting for your machine
  • Diffuse for up to 30 minutes

5 Antiviral Diffuser Blend Recipes

Here are a few essential oil diffuser recipes to clear the air and support wellness.

1. Fresh Mess

  • 3 drops Palmarosa essential oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 1 drop Patchouli essential oil

Antiviral Essential Oil for Cleaning - Fresh Mess Diffuser Blend Recipe by Loving Essential Oils with palmarosa, tea tree oil, and patchouli

2. Wellness Blend

  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Clove Oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 2 drops Orange Oil

Antiviral Essential Oil for Energy - Wellness Blend Diffuser Recipe by Loving Essential Oils with cinamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and orange oil

3. Thyme to Purify

  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil
  • 1 drop Thyme essential oil

Antiviral Essential Oil Recipes - Thyme to Purify Diffuser Blend by Loving Essential Oil with lemon, eucalyptus, and thyme

4. Respiratory Support

  • 3 drops Ravintsara essential oil
  • 2 drops Oregano essential oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Antiviral Essential Oil for Congestion - Respiratory Support Diffuser Blend by Loving Essential Oils with ravintsara, oregano, eucalyptus, and lemon

5. Fresh Air

  • 4 drops Orange essential oil
  • 3 drops Clove essential oil
  • 3 drops Tea tree essential oil

Antiviral Essential Oil Blends - Fresh Air Diffuser Recipe by Loving Essential Oils with orange, clove and tea tree

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Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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