At a time when overuse of antibiotics is rampant, more people are turning to natural remedies. Even if you don’t take antibiotics very often, you are likely building up a resistance to pharmaceutical antibiotics. This is because antibiotics are present in many foods such as dairy and meats. Furthermore, synthetic antibiotics are present in many personal care products, such as hand sanitizers and soaps.
Therefore, it makes sense to use natural antibacterial essential oils whenever possible. As a result, your body is more likely to respond to pharmaceutical-grade antibiotics when you really need them.
Essential oils aren’t just good for aromatherapy and spa treatments. Through extensive research, the scientific community has discovered that they have many medicinal properties. Several very common oils offer unique antibacterial properties. As well, they do not kill off the good bacteria in your body, which you need to stay healthy.
Moreover, synthetic antibiotics have many potential side effects. They can cause severe allergic reaction, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. Side effects are much less common with essential oils. Nevertheless, it is always smart to test a small drop of a specific oil on your skin if you plan to use it topically or orally. This will ensure that you know if you are allergic to it.
Top Antibacterial Essential Oils
If you want to fight bacteria in a natural way, here are the top antibacterial essential oils that will help you do just that.
1. Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon essential oil can be very potent, so the best way to ingest it is to put a drop into baked goods or other dishes.
Make sure always dilute it before applying to skin, and do not use if you have sensitive skin. You can dilute 1 drop of essential oil with 3-5 drops of a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, before applying topically.
Finally, it is a nice oil to infuse for fighting airborne bacteria, although make sure it does not irritate your nasal membranes.
2. Thyme Oil
Similarly to cinnamon oil, thyme essential oil is great for cooking. It can add a strong flavor to meats and vegetable medleys, so use sparingly. Another great way to ingest thyme oil is to put 1-2 drops in a capsule.
I would not recommend this oil for topical use, unless you dilute it heavily.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This is one of the most functional essential oils, in my opinion. Tea tree oil uses include treatment of rashes, acne, skin infections, cuts and scrapes. It can be used directly on the skin. Diluting with fractioned coconut oil may be helpful if it dries out your skin.
You can diffuse tea tree essential oil or inhale directly to fight off bacteria in nasal passages. It can also be ingested directly by placing a drop under the tongue or taking a capsule.
Another name for tea tree oil is melaleuca oil.
4. Oregano Oil
Almost anyone that cooks is familiar with the herb oregano and its potent smell. Concentrated oregano essential oil can be very powerful, therefore I would not recommend putting it on the skin directly. Just as with thyme oil, if you choose to use topically, ensure you dilute 1 drop with 6 or more drops of a carrier oil.
It is best ingested by using a drop or two as food flavoring. You can also put 1-2 drops in a capsule. Some people are able to handle drinking a drop diluted in water. Although for me, the last option is too abrasive on the throat.
5. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass oil is a wonderful antiseptic that can be used for cleaning all types of surfaces around the house. Its antibacterial properties make it great for treating certain bacterial infections as well as fighting airborne bacteria.
You can add a few drops into any homemade cleaner or air freshener. You can also diffuse this oil.
Finally, lemongrass essential oil has a wonderful flavor that is less potent than lemon. It can be used in cooking or taken orally in a capsule with 2-3 drops.
Note of precaution
Some essential oils, such as thyme, oregano and cinnamon for example, can be quite potent without dilution. Also, they can cause skin irritation if applied directly to the skin. The best way to ensure you are using essential oils correctly is to check with a functional medicine or holistic doctor. You can also check with your family physician. Ensure that you are always using 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.
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