Given the recent emergence of the Coronavirus, and increased fear around it and the flu, it’s important first not to panic. Studies so far are showing that this virus, while concerning, is less deadly than other types of flu virus such as Bird flu, Spanish flu or SARS1. And, it’s airborne life is very short – it falls to the ground close to the person coughing. According to the CDC, the virus can spread with close contact (6 feet)2 which explains it’s transmission in crowded areas.
Fear is not helpful, stress lowers our immunity, and there are simple things you can do to love your immunity and protect your health.
The three most powerful preventative actions we can take are:
- Keep our immune system in shape by lowering stress, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, lowering our sugar intake, and staying hydrated.
- We can step it up a notch by using antimicrobial essential oils in diffusers or personal inhalers.
- Remember what Mom says: “Wash your hands!”
Clearing the Air
While this virus will not stay airborne for long, if you or others in your environment are ill, or you want to clear the air, you can diffuse oils to help purify your space.
Diffusion: (To use in an ultrasonic steam diffuser in 30 minute sessions 2-4 times per day, or in a nebulizing diffuser, for 15 minute periods.)
Check out this article by Amandine Peter for Diffusion Do’s and Don’ts! including how to do a strong germ cleanse for clearing a room in which someone has been sick.
Immune Diffuser Synergy Stock Bottle (approx. 5 ml – 130 drops)
Lemon (Citrus limon) – 70 drops
Thymus vulgaris (Thymus vulgaris ct. geraniol or ct. linalol) – 20 drops
Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans)* – 40 drops
Mix in 5 ml dropper bottle with orifice reducer.
*Due to 1,8 cineole content, take care when diffusing around children or asthmatics.
If you’ve been around someone who is ill, you could choose to do an inhalation of antibacterial and antiviral oils as soon as you can. Carrying an inhaler with you is a great idea. Here’s a blend to try, or create your own:
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus or radiata) – 8 drops
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct.linalol) – 4 drops
Lemon (Citrus limon) – 13 drops
Blend oils together, soak an organic cotton pad with the synergy, and place into an inhaler tube. Here are easy to follow instructions on How to Make an Inhaler.
Easy Hand Sanitizer
The simplest, and most important way we can protect our immunity in general, is what we all know, but often forget: Simply wash our hands.
Along with being careful not to touch eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with a possibly germy surface, washing your hands frequently or using a protective hand sanitizer such as the one here are powerful ways to avoid getting sick.
What else can I do?
Lastly, if you are ill yourself, avoid contact with others, and cough or sneeze into your elbow. Clean exposed surfaces frequently to avoid passing your illness along. Diffuse antimicrobial oils. Rest, stay hydrated, and if needed, see your doctor! Remember to call ahead so you can describe any recent travel experiences and your symptoms.
1NY Times, How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? By Knuval Sheikh, Derik Watkins, Jin Wu, and Mika Gröndahl, Feb. 7, 2020,