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Posted by admin at 16:02 on 10 Feb 2020


The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) have donated two thousand protective masks to several Chinese and Hong Kong provinces for our members and friends via our schools affected by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. The masks are destined to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Fujian, Kowloon and Wan Chai. 

 “I hope the supplies reach where they are needed as soon as possible, so that people who are suffering the disease could feel the concern from the IFA. Although we may geographically be oceans apart we stand side-by-side to fight the virus” Pauline Allen, IFA CEO.


IFA Trustee Martyn Yates in a recent blog for the IFA talked about how “Viruses invade the cells in our bodies, after which they can reproduce and multiply. Consequently, they damage our cells and that makes us sick with things such as colds, flu, sinus problems and in extreme cases HIV and more currently, the Corona virus.  However, it is important to remember that there is a ‘window of opportunity’ before a virus invades our cells, when it is extremely vulnerable and, therefore, more easily eradicated than when it has inhabited a host cell. What can we do to avoid them?

As Aromatherapists our first port of call is always our essential oil box. Common oils that will help us fight viral invasions, that we probably all have, are the ones like Tea Tree, Bergamot, Eucalyptus (radiata), Lemon and of course Lavender. Others that are more specific for viral infections include Ravensara aromatica, Cajeput, Origanum compactum, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Winter Savory and Thyme (ct thymol or carvacrol).  However please note, many of these latter oils have safety issues attached to them so need to be researched carefully before use.

One of the best methods of using these oils – singly or in combination – is through an aroma diffuser. Simple to use – set them up, set them off and away they go defending us for hours. The moment you feel you have something brewing from a viral point of view, the old-fashioned method of ‘inhalation’ is a great way to administer essential oils. In addition to this, and especially as we go out and about our lives, it’s a good idea to carry an aroma stick with you, containing one or a combination of oils. In addition, one drop of your chosen blend can always be added to the inside of a face mask, assuming of course that you have no underlying respiratory conditions, such as asthma, etc.

Always remember that a healthy body and a strong immune system is our best line of defence. So make sure you look after yourselves, keep fit, eat well, get plenty of sleep and do all the things you know will look after your health.”

The IFA will continue to raise funds to keep giving as much as we can. Our sincere condolences go out to the victims of the virus and support for efforts to fight its spread and sustain the great commitment by the Chinese community that has already been put in place to combat the epidemic.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about the charity work of the IFA please click here and for more information about the therapeutic properties of essential oils and coronavirus-19 please visit our blog.