Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils. The volatile extracts of the plants are described as essential oils, they are a complex mixture of organic chemicals. By nature all essential oils are antiseptic and anti bacterial some essential oils are having anti viral, hormone regulating, diuretic, anti inflammatory properties. Besides these properties all the essential oils have a certain aroma which affects us at mental and emotional level, that’s what is responsible for psychological benefits of essential oils. When Bubonic plague broke out in Europe, the only protection used was burning of herbs and use of essential oils, that is the need of the hour today. Today we have Aroma oils vaporizers to vaporize essential oils in the sick rooms and common areas.
For prevention and treatment of Corona virus oil of Eucalyptus globulus, will work very well, it is supposed to be anti viral besides being a good decongestant. In Clinical trials it has been observed that antiviral properties can be enhanced in combination of limonene, which is the active ingredient of Lemon oil. The penetration of this combination can be enhanced with the addition of Peppermint oil. At Aromatantra we had developed a blend called PROTECT, which can be used under the nose, chest and throat besides vaporizing the oil in the room or sick room. This oil blend can also be used in steam inhalation in cases of sinus and respiratory congestion.
Besides ingestion of certain essential oils like Tulsi (ocimum sanctum) is very beneficial. Tulsi, as a herb has been used in Ayurveda for more than 5000 years for respiratory disorders, cough and chest congestion. The ingestion of Tulsi oil combined with Frankincense and lemon oil will also help to fight the virus in the lungs and respiratory tracts. At Aromatantra we have developed a blend of all these oils and more, this blend can be used as drops to be added to drinking water, 5 drops in 1/2 ltr. water and to be sipped slowly throughout the day. It will help clear the viral infection in the throat and lungs.
I have heard from many of the clients that they cannot handle smells or perfumes. Now essential oils are not chemical based perfumes to irritate the nose and lungs of the people, instead they are helpful when inhaled in small doses. In fact essential oil of Peppermint is supposed to be the best treatment for respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis.
Besides aforesaid essential oils, the essential oils can be used for lymphatic clearing massage. Most of the diseases in the body are the result of congested or blocked lymph nodes. Basically our lymphatic system –
* Removes excess fluid and waste products from the interstitial spaces between the cells.
* It aids the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells.
*It absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body where they are used by the cells.
In the thoracic cavity, these nodes occur between the lungs and along the windpipe and bronchi, and receive lymph from this area and from the internal wall of the thorax.
There are many health problems that may result from congested and stagnant lymph drainage. Here is partial list of conditions that may improve with increased lymph flow:
Ringing in Ears
Ovarian & Uterine Cysts
Painful & enlarged breasts
Congestive Heart Failure
Dizziness – Vertigo
Enlargement of Heart
Frequent Colds & Flu
Toxin Accumulation Headaches
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Memory Loss – brain fog
Neck & shoulder stiffness
Eye diseases & poor vision
There are certain oils which are very helpful in moving lymph like Juniper berry oil which is the best diuretic essential oil, besides being a good bactericidal and antiseptic. Besides the oils of Rosemary stimulates circulation and moves the lymph. Grape fruit oil is also very effective in moving fluids in the body besides Black pepper and Ginger are oil are also good in increasing circulation. A blend of these oils can be used in a moisturizing base oil mix for self massage focusing on the lymphatic nodes especially the inguinal and axillary lymph nodes. If you want to fight Corona virus it is advisable to add Eucalyptus oil to the blend and massage the chest towards the axillary nodes in the under arm area.
I truly believe essential oils are the way to go during this tough time of Corona virus when nothing else is working, they safe, easy to use with no known side effect.
Dr. Ravi Ratan