11 Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oils
viruses. That means that these valuable oils not only can fight and prevent infection in your body, but they also prevent illness, treat skin conditions, disinfect the surfaces of your home, and eliminate microbes floating in the air of your environment.
WHY WE NEED AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT
This soothing essential oil elicits feelings of tranquility and calm, often lulling you to sleep. However, do not mistake lavender for being just a pretty smelling oil. The name lavender is derived from the Latin name Lavare, which means to wash.
4) TEA TREE OIL
10) BASIL AND ROSEMARY
I have grouped these two essential oils together because of a recent study which found that they could inhibit the spread and growth of some 60 different strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli). The study published in August 2013 set out to examine these oils as an alternative treatment to deal with multi-drug resistant bacterial strains.
The antibacterial ability of these two oils was put to the test against 60 separate strains of E.coli and the results were extremely promising. Both basil and rosemary essential oils proved active against all 60 bacterial strains and the researchers felt the results could hasten the application of essential oils to treat and prevent many resistant strains of bacteria.
AND THE WINNER IS…
We saved the best for last. Cinnamon Essential Oil has good research showing it to be potentially one of the strongest antibacterial essential oils.
In a test against some nasty bacteria including:
Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus
Cinnamon Essential Oil came out on top as the most potent antibacterial oil. Cinnamon was effective at virtually all doses vs. all the bacteria tested, contains cinnamaldehyde –which as you can guess is unique to Cinnamon. The other oils effective vs. all the bacterial species tested were: Rosemary, Geranium, Clove and the citrus oils lime, orange, and lemon.
This list of oils is far from complete. Patchouli, lavender, lemon, grapefruit and sage are other oils with proven ability to fight certain antibiotic resistant bacteria strains .
One thing is for sure—there are many essential oil options when looking to fight bacteria.