Essential oils offer a number of health benefits, which other treatments like massages, spa treatments and aromatherapies do not.
According to the experts, essential oils can be used for the treatment of a number of diseases and they also contain powerful antibacterial properties.
People have been using these oils for centuries, because they knew the benefits that they offer against viruses, fungi, and bacteria, as well as their effectiveness in treating skin conditions and infections. They destroy bacteria without any side effects.
Here are the best antibacterial essential oils:
- Cinnamon essential oil
According to the researchers, one of the strongest essential oils with antibacterial properties out there is the cinnamon essential oil. A study conducted in 2006 analyzed this type of oil against some bacteria including:
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Escherichia coli
- Bacillus subtilis
- Klebsiella pneumonia
- Pseudomonas aeruginosin
When compared to essential oils like lemon, rosemary, lime, clove, orange and geranium, the cinnamon essential oil proved to be the most successful one.
The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice conducted a separate research that further confirmed the effectiveness of this oil and its ability to eliminate bacterial growth just after 7 and 14 days of the procedure.
If you want to successfully destroy bacteria in the mouth, you can prepare a toothpaste with this oil. You can also destroy the bacteria that are in your room by diffusing it in the air. When this oil is combined with other antibacterial agents such as eucalyptus oil, tea tree or clove, it will destroy 99 percent of the bacteria in the air in just a couple of minutes.
- Tea tree essential oil
This type of essential oil is packed with antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It can be safely applied to the skin and it can treat warts, eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Because it comes from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to Australia, it can also go by the name melaleuca oil. It has been used by the Aboriginals for centuries as a natural antiseptic.
It became known to the public in 1920s and the man to “blame” was Arthur Penfold. He was a chemist and he published papers about this plant and its antiseptic properties.
A 2013 study researched the effects of tea tree essential oil on people which had wounds that came as a result of Staphylococcus aureus, and the researchers found out that it greatly reduces the process of healing, when compared to the people that were conventionally treated.
You can use this oil in a diffuser in order to alleviate chest congestion, flu or cold symptoms or stuffed up nose.
Seam inhalation is also a very good way to destroy bacteria. Just add 5-6 drops of this essential oil in a steaming water and then cover your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors for around 5 minutes.
- Bergamot essential oil
This oil has a very pleasant scent that is very beneficial. It is packed with antibacterial properties and it can destroy intestinal worms. It can also treat tension in the muscles, heal scars and treat headaches.
On top of that, it can also fight infections like meningitis, endocarditis, and urinary tract infections. It can also treat sore throat, acne, herpes and mouth ulcers.
In order to treat an urinary tract infection, rub a diluted form of this oil on your abdominal area.
- Grapefruit essential oil
This oil is a natural antibiotic which can effectively fight a number of common infections. A 2011 study proved that this oil is very effective against bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Salmonella Typhimurium and Proteus Vulgaris.
It also contains some antimicrobial properties that can prevent and treat the infections that can be found in cuts and wounds. It can also stimulate the function of the endocrine gland and the production of gastric juices.
If you want to soothe depression, mental fatigue and headaches and also to stimulate the lymphatic system, you will need to inhale it.
- Clove essential oil
This oil is known to soothe toothaches and it has been its primary function for hundreds of years. Researches showed that this oil is only bested by the cinnamon oil when it comes to fighting bacteria like E. coli. If you want to treat your toothache, just put one drop of this oil on a cotton ball and then press it on the painful area for around 15 minutes.
It can also treat some skin conditions like acne and warts, but in this case, it should be applied topically. It can also be inhaled when you want to treat common colds, asthma and cough.
- Lemongrass essential oil
According to the different studies, this oil is one of the most powerful essential oils, and because it contains so much antibacterial properties, it is used in antibacterial cleansers.
It will treat your body internally as well as externally, and it can also treat skin condition, bacterial infections and body odor. It can also be mixed with carrier oil, and can then be used as a skin toner and a natural cleanser. Lemongrass essential oil can treat athlete’s foot and can effectively fight fungal growth. It will also boost your circulation, treat backache and muscle spasms and it can relieve cramps.
- Thyme essential oil
Thyme essential oil contains antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibacterial and calming properties. Its bacteria fighting effects were estimated by the researchers at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Food Science and Technology. The results showed that this essential oil is an ideal treatment that can protect the body from bacteria, when it is used as a food preservative.
This oil can treat illnesses, flu, cure infections, prevent respiratory issues and detoxify the body. It can also effectively relieve fatigue, wounds, menopausal and pre-menopausal symptoms and arthritis.
Another research revealed that this oil can also treat menstrual cramps much better than ibuprofen. To treat this type of pain, add a couple of drops in the diffuser or hot water and inhale the vapors.
Please remember that not all essential oils are the same, because they are different because of their potency and quality. If you want to get the most out of your essential oils, you will need to choose 100 percent pure and organic oils.