Over the years, essential oils have found a place in every home. They smell great, kill germs, and don’t have a bunch of chemicals. You might even use them to clean surfaces like countertops and windows. Plus, when used in a diffuser, essential oils fill the room with incredible aromas. But their benefits don’t stop there.
According to various studies, the anti-microbial properties stay intact when oils are diffused into the air. This is pretty amazing news, considering that air happens to be what you breathe! It is especially useful during flu season or if you live with someone with a bad cold. After all, disinfecting surfaces is only one part of your home. The air is home to even more toxins, germs, and everything in between. That’s why purifying the air with these five essential oils is such a smart move.
1. Tea Tree Oil
According to a 2012 study in Aerosol Science and Technology, tea tree’s anti-viral properties carry on into the air. When diffused, it can completely destroy and inactivate the influenza virus! Needless to say, tea tree oil might be your new best friend during the flu season.3
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Many people use eucalyptus oil for its rejuvenating scent. But when it comes to biological activity, the oil provides antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. The best part? It’s no different as a vapor. Like tea tree oil, eucalyptus has shown antiviral activity against influenza. And while it’s not as strong as tea tree, the powers of eucalyptus shouldn’t be overlooked. Consider combining the two for an amazing anti-flu blend.4 5
3. Cinnamon Bark Oil
Love spicy scents? Diffuse cinnamon bark oil, a potent antimicrobial remedy. A 2001 study found that, out of 14 different oils, it exhibits the strongest effects against germs like E.coli, streptococci, and the influenza virus. The major constituent, cinnamaldehyde, is the reason behind these benefits.6
4. Lemongrass Oil
In the same 2001 study, lemongrass oil came in second place. When diffused, it inhibited the activity of germs like the influenza virus and streptococci. Lemongrass oil pairs well with eucalyptus, so why not combine the two?7
5. Thyme Oil
If you’re a fan of herby aromas, try thyme oil. The major active compound, thymol, rivals the activity of cinnamon bark’s cinnamaldehyde. Its antimicrobial properties aren’t as strong as others, but it can definitely lend a hand.8
How To Purify The Air With Essential Oils
Electric diffusers are the best way to diffuse essential oils. After water and oil are added to the device, it produces a vapor. This spreads through the air and fills the room with amazing aromas.
Diffusing essential oils isn’t the only way to purify the air. Once in a while, open up the windows and turn on a fan. It’ll encourage stale air to move on out and allowing fresh air to creep in. You can display a few plants for an extra dose of purification.
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|↑2||Pazyar, Nader, Reza Yaghoobi, Nooshin Bagherani, and Afshin Kazerouni. “A review of applications of tea tree oil in dermatology.” International journal of dermatology 52, no. 7 (2013): 784-790.|
|↑3||Pyankov, Oleg V., Evgeny V. Usachev, Olga Pyankova, and Igor E. Agranovski. “Inactivation of airborne influenza virus by tea tree and eucalyptus oils.” Aerosol Science and Technology 46, no. 12 (2012): 1295-1302.|
|↑4, ↑5||Dhakad, Ashok K., Vijay V. Pandey, Sobia Beg, and Janhvi M. Rawat. “Biological, medicinal and toxicological significance of Eucalyptus leaf essential oil: a review.” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2017).|
|↑6, ↑7, ↑8||Inouye, Shigeharu, Toshio Takizawa, and Hideyo Yamaguchi. “Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact.” Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy 47, no. 5 (2001): 565-573.|