Antiviral Essential Oils to Diffuse with 5 Diffuser Blend Recipes

With the growing popularity of essential oils, a lot of people are asking about their antiviral properties. While some sources argue that essential oils are not a reliable source for natural antivirals, other sources argue they can be good at boosting immune system and getting rid of viruses and bacteria. 

Antiviral Essential Oils to Diffuse - 5 Diffuser Blend Recipes by Loving Essential Oils

Do you know what essential oils have antiviral properties? This article will introduce you to some of the most popular antiviral essential oils to diffuse, as well as 5 diffuser blend recipes that use these oils.

Please keep in mind that there have been limited studies done on the topic of essential oils and viruses. 

While this post is about antiviral 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

Do essential oils kill viruses? At this point, there is little 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."

Best Antiviral Essential Oils List

You may be able to improve the natural strength of your immune system by diffusing antiviral essential oils.

Antiviral simply means that it prevents viral growth. Here is a list of essential oils with 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 oils 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. Read more about diffusing essential oils.

Here are the steps:

  • Place diffuser on a steady surface away from fans and direct sunlight
  • Add recommended water for your diffuser to the water reservoir tank's fill line
  • Add essential oil drops, 5-10 drops per 100-200 ml of water
  • Plug the diffuser 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 Diffuser Blend

This antiviral essential oil blend recipe includes the lesser known palmarosa oil. Palmarosa essential oil is good for general mood boosting and increasing well-being. It also has great anti-microbial properties, making it a nice addition to a diffuser in the home or at work.

  • 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

Here is a natural antiviral oil diffuser blend that packs a powerful punch.

  • 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

Try diffusing these antiviral oils to purify air and generate better air quality in your home or office.

  • 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 Blend

Diffusing essential oils is a common method used to assist with the respiratory symptoms of a cold, flu, or other ailments. This antiviral essential oil diffuser blend offer respiratory support too.

  • 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 Diffuser Recipe

We all know that fresh air is good for us, but sometimes it can be difficult to get outside. Let this cleansing oil blend freshen up the air in your space.

  • 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

Where to Buy Essential Oils?

Don't have the essential oils you need? Here are some of our favorite brands:

Safety Guidelines

Diffuse 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time, read more about how long to diffuse oils.

It is best not to apply undiluted essential oils onto the skin. When using essential oils topically on the skin, be sure to dilute with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil.

Using essential oils can improve a person’s emotional, physical, and mental state. For best results, make sure you use pure essential oils and learn how to use them properly.

People can have different responses to essential oils, you may find what works for one person, doesn't work for you. You can learn more here about what to do when essential oils don't work.

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