Essential Oils that are Anti-Bacterial
While many people do not know it, there are a few great essential oils that are antibacterial.
Anything that can kill bacteria or prevent bacteria from growing and spreading is considered anti-bacterial. Many medications prescribed by doctors for bacterial infections are produced for their ability to fight these germs that make you ill, but the medical community doesn’t have a monopoly on anti-bacterial products. It turns out that many essential oils are powerful weapons against bacteria, and there are easy ways to use these oils against any bacteria waiting to sabotage your health.
Powerful Essential Oils That are Anti-bacterial:
Some of the most powerful oils with anti-bacterial properties include the following:
- Bergamot Oil: Use this essential oil to help cure meningitis and urinary tract infections. It was once believed to work against intestinal worms as well, and it’s one of the most pleasant-smelling oils out there today. It has a citrusy scent that will brighten your mood and is often mixed with grapefruit, orange, lemon, and other citrus oils to create an energy-enhancing formula for diffusion.
- Oregano Oil: Many people keep this oil on hand to boost the immune system and fight off colds and the flu. It’s potentially as effective against bacterial infections as some prescription antibiotics, and many allergy sufferers find it the natural solution to seasonal sniffles and sinus congestion.
- Tea Tree Oil: Most essential oils are so harsh that you must dilute them with a carrier oil before applying them directly to your skin, but that isn’t the case with this one. You can apply tea tree oil directly to your skin to treat acne, psoriasis, and many other conditions that may cause a rash, itching, or other irritable symptoms. It’s also effective against head lice and dandruff, so use it to clean your scalp when you’re not diffusing it in the air to boost your immune system.
- Peppermint Oil: This is one of the most versatile essential oils because it helps fight bacteria as well as fungus and many types of viral infections. You can use it as a natural mouthwash or diffuse it into the air to fight the common cold or a bout of the flu, and it can even kill off salmonella and E. coli.
- Thyme & Clove Oils: These two essential oils are often used together to create a potent antidote for some vaginal bacterial infections. You must mix it with a carrier oil before applying it directly to the skin, and you may still need medical attention if you experience chronic infections or don’t find relief with this oil alone.
Do you have any of these anti-bacterial essential oils in your home? If not, you may want to add a few of them to your arsenal. You can diffuse them into your air or make your own hand sanitizer so that you don’t pick up germs when shaking hands or when pushing a cart through the grocery store.
There are so many ways that bacteria can get into your system, and essential oils are the purest way to eliminate them or to stop their growth. Simply mix some of these oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil and keep the mix on hand for those germ-invading occasions.
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