6 Essential Oils That Kill Bacteria

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Chad Pegura | 15 comments

It's almost that time of the year again – that dreaded time when it seems like everyone around you is coming down with a cold or the flu, and all you want to do is stay healthy and germ-free through the fall and winter. Believe it or not, essential oils can help, and our aromatherapy diffusers used in junction with these can definitely help do the trick. So what essential oils can help get you through the winter? We're glad you asked!

Tea Tree

Tea tree is one essential oil which packs a mighty punch, as it's chock full of antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties – all of which work diligently to stimulate your senses and immune system. Tea tree oil is especially helpful if you find yourself suffering from a stuffy nose or congestion of any kind, and can even be used in a bath or steam treatment to clear your sinuses and kill any icky bacteria that may be lingering around, just waiting to make you even more sick.

Burglars Blend

Burglars blend essential oil is actually our own extremely effective blend of a variety of essential oils, all with their own bacteria killing trait, including:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal

In addition to these traits, it's also incredibly therapeutic, with antioxidant and astringent properties, and it's great for stimulating your immune system to help fight off any nasty colds that try to ruin your day.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one essential oil that you never have to worry about in terms of it not working, because you'll feel your nasal passages open up after the first sniff. It works as both a decongestant and an antiviral oil to fight colds and eliminate congestion, and also reduce inflammation to calm a sore throat. This means you can use it to alleviate the symptoms of:

  • Stubborn coughs
  • Sinus blockage
  • Bronchitis
  • Clear mucous

Like tea tree oil, you can use eucalyptus oil in an steam treatment to relieve blocked passages and reduce inflammation, and you can even gargle a few drops with warm water if you're suffering from a sore throat. If you do this, however, it is important that you do not swallow!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used in many different medicines to treat many illnesses and ailments, as it contains properties of the antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal variety. If you find yourself suffering from congestion, a sore throat, or even an infection, cinnamon may be the essential oil for you. It's important to note, however, that though many people do covet cinnamon's flavor, cinnamon essential oils should never be ingested, and it is always wise to do a patch test to check for allergic reaction before using on the skin.

Clove

Close essential oil, like cinnamon, has been used in many medications for its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Because it has such a high amount of these, it is often used to treat the symptoms of many different ailments, including:

  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Indigestion
  • Asthma

The ability to fight infection and stimulate the immune system is needed during the time of year where it seems that everyone is getting sick in some way. If you're in our store and looking for an essential oil with clove, be sure to try our Burglars Blend essential oil!

Lemongrass

While lemon itself has antibacterial properties, lemongrass has a much more mellow scent, with a gentler and less sour element. This essential oil helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria both internally and externally, so it can be great for helping alleviate ailments such as urinary tract infections, food poisoning, and body odor. Because it is also an antiseptic, lemongrass can also be used to treat wounds and fungal infections.

 

Diffusing Essential Oils

One of the best ways to fill your home with essential oils is to use a nebulizing essential oil diffuser. A nebulizer uses undiluted pure essential oils which acts quickly and effectively, killing bacteria that has found it's way into your home.

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15 Responses

Bree Harrison
Bree Harrison

October 18, 2016

I like mixing eucalyptus & lemon oils together and diffusing them in my raindrop diffuser; or adding drops to
the nasal inhalers for on the go. It has a fall, open your mind, cleeean kinda smell… ? ~ (the raindrop infuser is incredible!)

Bree Harrison

Ivan Khoo
Ivan Khoo

September 26, 2016

I always diffuse tea tree oil and lemon and peppermint oils to clear the air in my home. Great article.

Elizabeth Hernandez
Elizabeth Hernandez

September 21, 2016

Right in time to read this everyone at work is currently sick. Anything to help is always appreciated =)

Tamara
Tamara

September 20, 2016

Interesting! I love tea tree!

Cendy
Cendy

September 19, 2016

I’ve learned so much from you guys. Can’t wait to practice aromatherapy in our new home!

Vanessa
Vanessa

September 17, 2016

Interesting read. I love all 6 essentials oils. This is very helpful especially to my child who have cough. I will definitely try this.

Sheena Noel
Sheena Noel

September 16, 2016

I love tea tree oil and it’s many uses!

Arion Chu
Arion Chu

September 16, 2016

Good to know! Nice post!

serina ulrick
serina ulrick

September 16, 2016

Can’t wait to try a few out

Jenny Maxwell
Jenny Maxwell

September 16, 2016

Right timing post! I’d like to try Burglars Blend.

Ingrid Chiu
Ingrid Chiu

September 16, 2016

Very helpful information! I have never used diffuser before and now would definitely love to give it a try.

Carol Mead
Carol Mead

September 15, 2016

Great information for this time of year!

Terry Poage
Terry Poage

September 15, 2016

It is so nice to learn how all these oils can help. I suffer from a stuffy nose a lot and it is nice you can use different oils to help relieve it. My cat also suffers from allergies and I found that using these oils helps her too.

Tanya
Tanya

September 15, 2016

Interesting read. Will certainly be trying these out to ward off illness especially in the upcoming cold & flu season. I love lemon grass!

Tiffany Post
Tiffany Post

September 15, 2016

Thanks for this information, very helpful!! Love my diffusers by you , now they are the only ones I use…

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