Seeking more answers
The head of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) Dr. Daeng M. Faqih remained skeptical about the eucalyptus necklace and related products.
“There should be more research to provide proof that the aromatherapy eucalyptus necklace can be used as an antivirus,” said Daeng.
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But Daeng’s scepticism has not dampened the agriculture ministry’s enthusiasm.
“The eucalyptus necklace and other related products will be mass produced and available for the Indonesian public this August, following its official launch last May,” said Agriculture Ministry head of Research and Development Dr. Fadjry Djufry.
“The license for the necklace is still pending from the National Agency for Drug and Food Control [BPOM]. But other products like the roll-on and inhaler already pocketed the BPOM’s permit.”
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said the eucalyptus necklace and other products have been exposed to the influenza, beta and gamma corona viruses.
“The tests show that the eucalyptus product can eliminate 80 to 100 percent of the viruses,” he said in a written statement. “Aside from the necklace, the eucalyptus products will come in the form of roll-ons, ointments and diffusers.”
Indonesia currently has 64,958 Covid-19 cases and 3,241 fatalities.