Appropriate use of essential oils and their components in the management of upper respiratory tract symptoms in patients with COVID-19

This news article is aboutMarco Valussi, Michele Antonelli, Davide Donelli, & Fabio Firenzuoli (2021). Appropriate use of essential oils and their components in the management of upper respiratory tract symptoms in patients with COVID‑19. Journal of Herbal Medicine, 28, Article 100451. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hermed.2021.100451

Appropriate use of essential oils and their components in the management of upper respiratory tract symptoms in patients with COVID-19

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The involvement of the upper respiratory tract is common in COVID-19, and the majority of patients are treated at home with a mild-to-moderate form of the disease. Many approaches based on essential oils have been proposed for the symptomatic treatment of COVID-19.

This work aims to outline the potential and safe evidence-based uses of essential oils and their major components for the clinical management of mild respiratory symptoms caused by uncomplicated coronavirus infections, including SARS-CoV-2. Due to their wide use, a focus on the constituents eucalyptol and menthol has been provided.