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Antibacterial Essential Oils to use around the Home

Antibacterial essential oils

Antibacterial Essential Oils to use around the Home

Antibacterial essential oils have also been used for centuries to alleviate physical and mental ailments. So, which antibacterial oils are popular and how can you use them for aromatherapy use at home?

Influenza is a respiratory disease that is not only contagious but in some cases, it can also be life-threatening. It is a common illness that mainly affects the lungs, throat, and nose. With the recent pandemic of COVID-19, we are well aware of the fact that flu viruses are rapidly evolving to create pandemic alerts across the globe making them very difficult to treat with potentially fatal consequences. While medications are widely used to relieve flu symptoms the current COVID-19 scare is currently without a cure or vaccination leaving us all at the potential risk of infection.

While alternative therapies including aromatherapy may offer no direct cure to the current pandemic, people are reaching out to aromatherapy remedies to alleviate mental health symptoms to provide relief. 

While there is little evidence to suggest that antibacterial essential oils can fight virus exclusively, clinical tests have indicated a list of essential oils that have been able to inhibit certain types of bacteria and fungi. These popular anti bacterial oils include eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, orange, peppermint patchouli and lemongrass.

Self-care practices such as aromatherapy are popular because they are non-invasive but helpful in shifting your mood and alleviating anxiety which may help alleviate your physical and mental symptoms. Essential oils as part of aromatherapy can be used in several ways. Anyone who has tried a steam inhalation with eucalyptus or applied in dilution as part of a topical rub may discover their symptoms can often improve. Here is a mini-guide to some of the most popular antibacterial essential oils available on the market that you can try at home:

Benefits of Antibacterial Essential Oils

The benefits that antibacterial essential oils provide greatly depend on the type of oil and its application. For instance, the cooling effects and menthol of peppermint oil may be more effective when rubbed on chest directly rather than when used with a diffuser.

Make sure you dilute the oil when applying it topically to your skin. A good ratio is diluting a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil. Other ways to use essential oils include in a bath or for body massage. Here are some essential oils and ways in which they have been used in aromatherapy for their antibacterial properties.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil may:

  • Reduce the symptoms associated with fever
  • Alleviate cough symptoms
  • May remove fetid aromas in your home.
  • Disinfect wounds
  • Help you to breathe more easily
  • Soothe cold sores when applied topically

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil may:

  • Inhibit bacteria and fight infection
  • Be used as a healing treatment due to its antibacterial properties
  • Help eradicate germs in cleaning solution.
  • Kill a range of fungi and yeasts

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil may be used as a nasal decongestant to:

  • Relieve cough
  • Relieve congestion
  • Relieve respiratory tract fluid build-up

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil may have the following properties:

  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Diuretic

It may also help soothe cough, asthma, a build-up of phlegm, congestion and other respiratory discomforts.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil may offer:

  • Antibacterial properties and help prevent infection
  • Antifungal properties and act as a deterrent against various types of fungi
  • Anti-inflammatory properties and alleviate chronic inflammation
  • Antioxidant properties and help your body fight free radicals
  • Relief from nausea and gastric ulcers

How to Use Antibacterial Essential Oils for Flu

  • The most effective way to use antibacterial essential oils to relieve symptoms associated with flu is through steam inhalation. You can simply sniff the oil bottle directly or add a few drops of oil to a handkerchief to inhale it. Adding drops to a bowl of water may be an effective way to relieve congestion. This method helps you breathe better by clearing your nasal passage.
  • Dilute essential oils and apply them to the skin in massage is highly effective.
  • Diffuse essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser. Burning oils in a vaporizer is an effective way to improve room aromas and shift your mood especially when you are housebound.
  • Always choose pure essential oils over fragrant oils to ensure the integrity and potency of the oils that you are using.

For Internal Usage

  • Make sure you check the label to know the suitable dosage for internal use.
  • Consult a qualified doctor, herbalist or aroma therapist to use essential oils internally.
  • Always check essential oils for contraindications especially if you are pregnant or using them around children.

Note: Burning essential oils can cause their chemical structure as well as their therapeutic effectiveness to alter. It is best to keep essential oils in a cool dark place away from sunlight.

Our Final Thoughts

The opinions presented in this article are expressed by our writing team and staff only. Aromatherapy is a natural and holistic approach that may be beneficial around the home. 

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