Air quality is important to our health and well-being. Environmental pollutants and airborne pathogens are both threats to our health. There is a plenty of convincing information online to understand that we need to limit exposure to environmental pollutants. A few simple suggestions and observations are:
- Levels are higher during extreme weather conditions, heat, cold, inversion, etc.
- Close windows, limit outside ventilation during times of high outside pollution.
- Best controlled by eliminating the sources
- Are reduced with good ventilation (when outside pollution is low).
- Residential air filters and portable air cleaner are available commercially
- These can be eliminated by diffusing essential oils on a regular basis. Many oils are antibacterial, antiviral and/or anti-fungal. Oils suggested below blended together are excellent to protect against a broad range of infectious agents.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Essential Oils to Use:
Oils: Lemon, Orange
Also consider: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Sandalwood
Diffuse the following blends of oils or oils daily for 2 – 3 hours. Rotate blends or oils used periodically to address a broader range of pathogens. Some possible oil blends are:
- Invigorating Blend: Orange, Lemon, Peppermint
- Protective Blend: Lemon, Tea Tree
- Respiratory Blend: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon/Orange
When changing the filters in the home AC/Heater duct system add a few drops of Protective Blend or other blends to the filter to purify this system. (If a diffuser is not available this is another way, although not very efficient, to distribute the blend’s aroma throughout the home.) Always dilute oils with a carrier oils such as coconut oil before topical skin use.