I have been interested in, and practicing, holistic wellness long before I knew it had a name. Lately, I have been reading up on Covid-19 and essential oils. Here is an excerpt from one of the papers: COVID-19 has emerged as a very serious threat to global health. Unfortunately, very few medications have been clinically shown to have efficacies against SARC-CoV-2 and its inflammatory complications. Friends, I hope you are taking this serious. There has been quite a bit of back and forth on masking and social distancing and I just am not interested in hearing one more person yelling about their civil right to not have to wear a mask. None of us have the right to engage in risky behavior that endangers the lives of others. There are people everywhere who are not masking up inside and around others. What can we do? Use essential oils as much as possible. Stock up NOW.
I am sharing this with you because the BEST medicine this that which you do not need. Also this is what is meant by the saying, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’. Go buy some prevention. Here is a list of what you will need.
A humidifier or essential oil diffuser. Pros and cons of each. A humidifier if used alone without essential oils can become a nightmare of germs and bacteria which can cause respiratory issues if no properly and routinely cleaned.
You can clean your humidifier with bleach or white vinegar added to warm water. First, UNPLUG YOUR HUMIDIFIER- dump out any water still inside of the machine being careful not to spill any into the motor. Place one cup of white vinegar into the base of the machine (again not the motor) and let it sit for at least an hour to loosen up any grime and slime that has accumulated. Into the large container that holds the water, I would add 5-10 drops of either; lemon, eucalyptus, any of the mints (including rosemary) to the water/vinegar combination or your own blend you use to disinfect, also with a cup of white vinegar and fill the rest of it with warm water. Clean out all areas touched by water. If need be, use a cotton swab to really get into those small areas. Rinse it all out a couple of times, and the base, making sure all the cleaning fluids are rinsed away. Refill all of it with distilled water and a few drops of essential oils.
If you already have a humidifier and love it; know how to take care of it, great. Now add some essential oils to it to help protect against, Covid-19. We will get into which to use in a moment.
For your diffuser, the same pretty much allies. It is smaller and different than your humidifier but still needs maintenance to keep it in good working order and to make sure mold does not grow in the water. You will want to clean your diffuser after every use. It can be tempting to use it continuously by just refilling the water reservoir. This can lead to it breaking down and/or accumulating mold and bacteria.
If you are buying your first diffuser, or have one but never read the manual… READ THE MANUAL! Either find the manual or look up your model on the Internet. Knowing your equipment and how to use it properly helps it last longer.
- UNPLUG your diffuser.
- Dump out any remaining water/oil.
- Follow the above photos for cleaning.
- Turn over the funnel part of the diffuser (the part the mist comes out) and clean it with the cotton swab asking sure to remove all dirt.
- Once all parts are clean (dust cord and outer parts of the machine without using water), reassemble the diffuser filling it with distilled water and your oil/s of choice.
A diffuser or humidifier may seem like an unnecessary expense, but I guarantee they are cheaper than treatment for Covid-19, less injurious to your health and Covid or not they can be extremely beneficial to your health.
Places to place humidifiers or diffusers; doorways to keep those going in and out protected, areas where family gather; kitchen, family room, dining room, and bed rooms to help keep respiratory tract clear and to promote relaxation while sleeping.
Essential oils to explore for use in your machines.
Cinnamon Cinnamon is a popular spice/oil used liberally in the fall and winter and for good reason. Cinnamon contains vital oils and other derivatives, such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. In addition to being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, cinnamon has also been reported to have activities against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.– quoted from paper found on the NCBI website. Link found in the word Cinnamon above. For educational purposes only.
Eucalyptus “Eucalyptus oil (EO) and its major component, 1,8-cineole, have antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), viruses, and fungi (including Candida). Surprisingly for an antimicrobial substance, there are also immune-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and spasmolytic effects. Of the white blood cells, monocytes and macrophages are most affected, especially with increased phagocytic activity. Application by either vapor inhalation or oral route provides benefit for both purulent and non-purulent respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There is a long history of folk usage with a good safety record. More recently, the biochemical details behind these effects have been clarified. Although other plant oils may be more microbiologically active, the safety of moderate doses of EO and its broad-spectrum antimicrobial action make it an attractive alternative to pharmaceuticals. EO has also been shown to offset the myelotoxicity of one chemotherapy agent. Whether this is a general attribute that does not decrease the benefit of chemotherapy remains to be determined. This article also provides instruction on how to assemble inexpensive devices for vapor inhalation.” taken from NCBI website for educational purposes only.
My husband and I just did a little experiment in which we combined the two. Not bad. This combination was suggested in this article: Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of three essential oil blends in which cinnamon, carrot and eucalyptus oils were recommended as a good blend. I have carrot seed oil but the smell is too off putting for me. It was when I bought it but I also think my Carrot seed oil has gone off. I will not b e replacing it. It is not an oil I would normally reach for and I would rather use another blend instead. I have a bottle of spearmint oil that blends well with; bergamot, lavender, lime and rosemary oils are good antibacterial oils but lavender and rosemary also promote restful sleep. Use in any combination. Experiment and see what you like. Another good all round blend is a ‘thieves’ oil blend.
Here is a recipe for thieves oil. Note the combination of cinnamon and eucalyptus oil.
50 drops Rosemary oil
100 drops Eucalyptus oil
125 drops Cinnamon oil
225 drop Lemon oil
250 drops Clove oil
This recipe fills a 2oz, or 60ml. Cut the recipe in half for a 1 ounce or 30ml bottle or make the whole recipe and divide it among several bottles to use in various ways; add to witch hazel and water to spray in your car or home, add to alcohol gel to make your own hand sanitizer with an extra kick of germ fighting goodness, lightly spray on masks to create an extra barrier against germs.
D.I.Y. hand sanitizer: 1 cup 91% isopropyl alcohol, 1/2 cup of aloe vera, 15 drops of essential oil; any of the above mentioned oils (not mentioned but good to use; tea tree or melaleuca oil). Blend well in glass or ceramic bowl, not metal, divide among squeeze bottles for hand sanitizer.
I hope this information (intended for educational purposes only and not intended to replace advice/treatment from your healthcare practitioner), helps you make your home, and car (even bus travel) safer and less stressful.
Does anyone know if hospitals or doctor offices are using diffusers? Let me know in the comments, please.