One of the top ways the CDC says to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is to wash your hands with soap. Obviously we are in total agreement with that as we make soap and use soap. As you probably know our soap is all-natural. Some people may think that all-natural soap may not be as effective a weapon against disease but in fact, actually, the reverse is true. If you choose soap made with the right essential oils you can be adding an extra layer of protection in your efforts to stay free of the Coronavirus.
Essential oils with antiviral actions will help boost your immune system the most. Three of the best would be Tea Tree, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. We discuss their benefits more below.
To my knowledge, there are no chemical active ingredients used to create antiviral soaps. The only ones used are essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Antibacterial soaps typically had active ingredients of triclosan and triclocarban which have been banned in soaps by the FDA. The FDA also found that antibacterial soaps were no better at reducing bacteria than simply washing your hands well with regular soap.
Essential oils may have antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal or other beneficial properties that can aid your body in warding off disease. Many have a variety of other actions that can support different systems in the body including respiratory, lymph, nervous, muscles, joints and more. Essential oils typically should not be ingested but can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
(Melaleuca alternifolia) This is arguably the most important essential oil to be used against diseases or indeed many other health issues including minor cuts and scrapes. Its primary actions include: anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant and parasiticide. Tea tree is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves and is native to Australia. The essential oil is extracted by steam or water and has a fresh, camphoraceous scent. It has beneficial uses for skincare, the respiratory system, and our primary focus right now – the immune system. Boosting your immune system will help protect you against many diseases including COVID-19.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
(Eucalyptus globulus var. globulus) Another very important essential oil native to Australia is eucalyptus. Almost everyone is familiar with the scent of eucalyptus and pictures of cute Koala bears eating the leaves. The primary actions of eucalyptus essential oil include: analgesic (or pain reliever), antirheumatic (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, parasiticide and vulnerary (healing of wounds). You are probably aware of its benefits to the respiratory system but eucalyptus is also beneficial for skincare with burns, insect bites and infections to name a few. It has benefits also for the muscles, nervous system and as indicated by its antiviral actions in particular the immune system.
We only make one soap with eucalyptus essential oil and that is our Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap as mentioned earlier. It is one of our most popular bars with its fresh, penetrating scent and exfoliating poppy seeds.
Peppermint Essential Oil
(Mentha piperita) The scent of this essential oil is the best known of these three. Who has not had a peppermint candy or ice cream or perhaps a mint leaf in your iced tea? All those wonderful scents and flavors aside peppermint is also a hard-working essential oil with a list of beneficial actions. These include: analgesic (pain relief), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, and expectorant. Peppermint is useful in skincare, circulation and muscles, respiratory system, digestive system (upset stomach), nervous system (headaches) and the immune system.
Wrapping It Up
Staying safe in the midst of a pandemic is no easy matter as we have seen both by the number of deaths around the world as well as how our lives have been changed thus far. The World Health Organization and the CDC both have steps to take on how to protect yourself as much as possible. Incorporating antiviral essential oils into your hand-washing routine is simply one small step you can take to try and keep your immune system as healthy as possible in this difficult time.
I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented events.
And however, you do it — wash those hands!
Till the next post,
Notes: Information regarding essential oils is from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless. None of the information above is intended to be medical advice. For medical advice please consult a physician.