A Common Plant-Based Antiviral

“The coronavirus is a virus. To fight a virus, we need an ‘antivirus.’” 

My daughter and I started a wellness podcast called ‘Finding Clarity’

In the podcast we chat to experts in wellness, traditional and complementary medicine. Plant-based medicines are often used to help people achieve mind, spirit and body health. 

During one of our interviews, quite by accident, an expert shared some information regarding a plant based product with antiviral properties.  

It was a revelation that brought back memories of similar treatments that my mum and grandmother gave me as a child when I was suffering from cold or flu, the viruses we normally encounter. 

Intrigued, I looked at the research. Maybe this could help people with the coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic. 

Let’s be clear, I’m not suggesting that this will prevent infection, or is a vaccine, treatment or cure for coronavirus and please, if you suspect that you have coronavirus – please take all of the necessary precautions and seek medical advice and treatment. There is no proof or research to show that plant-based products will prevent or help with the coronavirus.

The trouble is, in my opinion, conventional medicine has been caught out. Conventional medicine doesn’t have a whole lot in the toolbox to prevent or stop coronavirus infection. A vaccination may not be available until 2021. 

By then, hundreds of thousands of us may have succumbed to the illness. Many will never recover. 

Back to our expert guest. So what plant-based product with antiviral properties did our guest share? 

The same plant based product that was “in particularly big demand during the global influenza pandemic of 1918-19”.

The same plant that has been used for millennia in Aboriginal cultures to treat illness;

Eucalyptus Oil

Where does Eucalyptus Oil come from?

Eucalyptus tree leaves specifically, but also the resin has been used as a medicine. 

Eucalyptus trees derive their common name – ‘Gum Tree’ from the resin.

Today, we’re most likely to come across Eucalyptus oil which is extracted from tree leaves. 

What gives Eucalyptus its antiviral properties? 

Eucalyptus species contain compounds that are anti-viral. Those compounds include; 

  • Pinene (also anti-influenzal)
  • Para-cymene (also anti-influenzal) 
  • Linalool
  • Citronellal and Citronellol.

  • How else could Eucalyptus help in the Coronavirus crisis?

    Eucalyptus extracts are a potent plant based medicine that could assist in other ways to battle coronavirus.

    In addition to antiviral properties, Eucalyptus also has a vast range of properties from other compounds, like ‘cineole’, that could be crucial with fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including;

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant
  • Immune system support or stimulant
  • Antimicrobial

  • Last thoughts about Eucalyptus

    Covid-19 has demonstrated that conventional medicine doesn’t have all of the answers.

    Plant-based products may have a place in helping people in the coronavirus pandemic. More research and testing is necessary.

    Eucalyptus medicinal products may contain compounds that offer antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, disinfectant and immune system support.   

    And, Eucalyptus plant products are readily available, including online, from supermarkets, hardware stores, healthcare stores and chemists. 

    I wish you the best of health and I hope that you are not touched by the coronavirus. 

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    A quick disclaimer – we are in no way linked to the sale of eucalyptus oil, or any company that produces or sells Eucalyptus products. 


    Williams, Medicinal Plants in Australia Volume 2: Gums, Resins, Tannin and Essential Oils. 2 Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd., Australia (2011), pp. 77-79

    Jeane, A. Worku, S.M. Sousa, V.G. Duarte, M.I.L. Machado, F.J.A. Matos, Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils of Eucalyptus

    Ethnopharmacol., 89 (2003), pp. 277-283, 

    Aleksic Sabo, P. Knezevic, Antimicrobial activity of Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehn. plant extracts and essential oils: A review



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