Did you know that all essential oils are to some degree antibacterial? Some even have a combination of antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties that can help us stay healthy and fight off infection. Since we live in an environment that is essentially covered in microbes, I thought it prudent to include a post about the best essential oils that have these properties.
In order to best defend yourself against germs, you must first know what you’re up against. There are two main types of microbes we come into contact on a daily basis – gram positive and gram-negative bacteria. This topic can get complicated really quick, so suffice to say that the difference between the two types has to do with whether or not the cell wall has a single or double layer. This is important for Doctors to know as it strongly determines which antibiotic will work against that strain. This is also true for essential oils.
An essential oil may be labeled as “antibacterial” but that doesn’t mean it will be effective against all strains of bacteria. However, the great thing about essential oils is they can be mixed unlike pharmaceuticals. This means you have a better chance at killing off as many different types of bacteria as possible whereas if you mixed antibiotics – well, it might not go so well!
The utter complexity of the compound that make up different essential oils is enough to give us a very distinct advantage. Synergistically blending essential oils together will only enhance its effectiveness.
Of course, we may never have the technology at home to determine the exact microbe attacking us, but if you feel like you have a bacterial infection, a virus, or a fungal infection, use essential oils with those opposing actions.
If you have no idea what’s affecting you, I suggest having a few of the oils below on hand as a mean for broad spectrum control.
Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral Essential Oils and How to Use Them
Below is a table of 56 common essential oils that have either antibacterial, anti fungal, or antiviral properties (or a combination of these).
How to Use Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
Adding a few drops of essential oil to bubble bath, bath salts, or bath oil before filling the tub is a great way to absorb essential oils through osmosis and inhalation. Choose essential oils that are specific to what you need and enjoy the soothing aroma of the oils as they go work on cold and flu symptoms.
Infusing a carrier oil with the power of essential oils is a great way to up immunity and protect your health after a hot bath or shower. Choose a few specific essential oils for your needs from the table above and add them in the appropriate amounts to 1oz of carrier oil. You can see the proper dilutions for over 400 essential oils HERE to help you determine the correct amount needed. Typically, 30 drops of non-hot essential oil is fine in 1oz of carrier oil. Hot essential oils are oils like oregano, cinnamon, clove, ginger, black pepper, etc.
Before bedtime, apply the infused carrier oil to arms, legs, back, and torso for best results.
Adding antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral essential oils to a spray is another great way to keep microbes to a minimum. You can spray your hands with it, disinfect surfaces, and even kill airborne germs when sprayed throughout a room. They’re also convenient as the spray can be small and easily carried in a purse or pocket.
Add 30 drops of essential oil (taking care with hot oils) to 1oz of water. Shake well before use.
This is one of my favorite methods to use during illness to help keep others protected from catching a cold when someone in the family is sick. The airborne essential oils help kill off germs, freshen the air, and boost the immunity of those who are breathing the aroma of the oils.
Adding a single drop of diluted essential oil to the palm of your hand, rubbing your hands together, and then cupping your face while inhaling deeply is a great way to use the airborne antibacterial properties of essential oils.
This is especially useful on flights and in other cramped spaces where there is little airflow to help cleanse sinuses and lungs.
Alternatively, you can add a drop of straight essential oil to a tissue and inhale from it.
Topically, Mixed in Raw Honey
When dealing with a bacterial or fungal infection, adding a single drop of essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and then applying it to the affected area is a great way to kill of germs. Raw honey is also an excellent wound healer in and of itself so pairing it with potent essential oils will help your body overcome resilient infections.
As a side note, you can apply plain raw honey to the wound itself and essential oil infused honey around the wound but not in it.
You can also mix a single drop of essential oils in 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel for fungus infections and acne legions.
What have been your favorite antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral essential oils? Please share in the comments below!
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