Spreading of Airborne Bacteria and Viruses
As viruses and bacteria travel through the air it causes and worsens diseases. When someone coughs, sneezes or talks tiny water or mucous droplets filled with bacteria easily enter the air and scatter. Once you inhale these viruses or bacteria it begins the spread of colds, flu, coughs, tuberculosis and other infectious agents.
Being in crowded conditions with people will magnify the spread of bacteria and viruses. Rooms with poor ventilation will compound this and cause some bacteria and viruses to thrive. Add to that damp, humid air can increase the survival rate of viruses indoors, increasing your risk of sickness.
Essential Oils Proven To Kill Viruses and Bacteria
Essential oils are comprised of complex natural mixtures, with some of their main constituents e.g. terpenes, terpenoids, eugenol and phenylpropanoids, are the basis of their biological properties. Some essential oils high in these properties are eucalyptus, tea tree, cinnamon, clove bud and thyme. These are just a few essential oils that contain these constituents. Essential oils contain over 100 components with still much more to be discovered.
Scientific studies on essential oils high in these constituents show to possess noticeable antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral activity. In addition, these essential oils have also shown to be active against viruses, yeasts, and molds. Many other essential oils that contain limonene and citral such as lemon, orange, lime, lemongrass (just to name a few) have shown to break down and destroy cold and flu viruses too. With the right combination of essential oils blended together, they will create a powerful and natural way to fight off viruses and bacteria.
One of THE most effective ways of utilizing essential oils is by dispersing them into the air. By dispersing the essential oils into the air through a proper water-based solution (that allows oil and water to mix) the essential oils will get to work cleansing the air of these airborne pathogens and reducing the spread of infectious agents, i.e. colds, the flu, etc.
Dispersion of essential oils can potentially eliminate aerosolized virus particles in confined areas such as the home, car, office, etc.. Due to essential oils having a low toxicity profile and how they leave the body with such efficiency, one can feel at ease breathing in the aerosolized particles from the air.
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