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Top 5 Essential Oils For Infection

Posted on October 20, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 66 comments

Top 5 Essential Oils For Infection

With so many bacterial infections popping up across America, everyone is looking for ways to prevent and treat them. Though antibiotics have been used for many years to treat bacterial infections, some of the newest “superbugs” have become immune to their power. Scientists have been looking into the effectiveness of essential oils to reduce the spread of these bacteria in several ways.

Beating The Bacteria That Creates A Biofilm

There has been an uptick in unplanned surgeries that are performed to fight infections caused by previous surgery. Certain bacteria adhere to the surgical instruments, creating a “biofilm” that cannot be removed easily. Researchers have found a way to coat the instruments with essential oils to eradicate any bacteria that try to adhere to the device. They credit the powerful antibacterial properties in the essential oils, specifically tea tree essential oil, for combating the harmful bacteria. The application of essential oils to prevent infection also extends to devices that are implanted in the body. 

Battling Staph, MRSA, And Skin Infections

Certain essential oils have been found effective to treat staph and MRSA infections. These are two bacterial infections that can be found in hospitals or nursing homes. These infections can evolve, grow, and spread easily in close-quarters. MRSA is a dangerous skin condition that can lead to sepsis, toxic shock, and even death. Studies have shown the effectiveness of treating this skin disease with tea tree oil, resulting in a decrease in colonization and a 100% healing rate within 28 days. Other skin conditions such as acne, eczema, pressure sores, cellulitis, and skin ulcers can be treated effectively with essential oils that have a high concentration of antibacterial properties.  

Antibacterial Properties Are Stronger In Some Essential Oils 

The simple fact that doctors and researchers are relying on essential oils to fight infection is noteworthy. Though many people think that essential oils are for putting in a diffuser to make their home smell good, there is much more to these powerhouse components than good scent.

Essential oils have a wide range of properties that come from their natural chemical composition. Many are antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral. Some also have anti-inflammatory properties. A large number of essential oils are highly antibacterial, which make them excellent fighters of infection. This is important for people who have an allergy to common antibiotics such as penicillin, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline.

Top 5 Essential Oils For Infection

Best Essential Oils To Beat Infection

These essential oils have the highest concentration of antibacterial compounds and are best used for battling bacteria or infection.

1) Tea tree essential oil. This oil is also known as melaleuca oil as it comes from the leaves of the melaleuca plant. As discussed, tea tree essential oil has the ability to treat wounds infected with antibiotic resistant pathogens such as MRSA. It has been used to treat skin conditions for years, from eczema to psoriasis. When used in a diffuser, tea tree oil can help ease head and chest congestion while fighting bacteria in the nasal passages. 

2) Cinnamon essential oil. This oil is one of the most powerful oils for treating a number of infections. A study in 2006 found that cinnamon essential oil had the ability to inhibit activity in several strains of bacteria including:

  • Staphylococcus aureus – which can cause skin infections, pneumonia, heart valve infections, and bone infections.
  • Escherichia coli – also known as E. coli, a powerful bacteria that is a common cause of food poisoning.
  • Bacillus subtilis – a bacterial organism found in the soil that can infect humans. It is a common cause of food poisoning, but some forms of bacillus can cause Anthrax.
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa – can cause UTIs, respiratory infections, dermatitis, bone or joint infections, and infection in the soft tissues.
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae – often found in the hospital setting, this bacteria can cause pneumonia, UITs, and wound infection at surgical sites.

3) Clove essential oil. People have been using clove oil as a topical toothache treatment for hundreds of years. In the same study that found cinnamon oil to be a highly antibacterial agent, clove essential oil came in as the next best essential oil to inhibit bacterial growth. Clove oil can also be used to treat skin conditions such as acne and warts. 

4) Grapefruit essential oil. Citrus oils are powerful in their antibacterial properties, and grapefruit essential oil is no exception. Studies show that the essential oils that come from the grapefruit peel have significant antimicrobial properties that defend against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella typhimurium. It is highly effective at preventing infections in wounds.

5) Thyme essential oil. With the ability to help heal infections caused by upper respiratory infections, thyme essential oil is a powerhouse of antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic compounds. The antibacterial properties of thyme can be used to fight bacteria found in food, such as salmonella. Thyme oil can also be used to treat infections in wounds and help rid the body of toxins.

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25 Responses

Sandra Preti
Sandra Preti

October 30, 2019

So great to know! Thanks for sharing.

Calvin
Calvin

October 28, 2019

Really helpful to know.

Dana Rodriguez
Dana Rodriguez

October 28, 2019

This is such a useful post. I love Cinnamon essential oil so I really love knowing about this! I pinned it.

Jessica Staley
Jessica Staley

October 28, 2019

This article was very interesting. I’m going to give oils a try. I hate taking medicine. I would rather go the natural route

Bianca Kinney
Bianca Kinney

October 28, 2019

Such useful information. Imma have to put it to the test.

Angelica
Angelica

October 27, 2019

This is perfect timing! I just started using a neti pot for my sinus issues from a cold that’s been hanging on for a month. My doc recommended adding oregano oil to the solution but now I’m going to put in a bit of tea tree oil too! :)

Abbey Timmons
Abbey Timmons

October 27, 2019

I’m in healthcare and deal with a lot of harsh chemicals so I love having natural options for antiseptics at home. Thanks!

gloria patterson
gloria patterson

October 27, 2019

I never thought about using oils to beat infections. I knew tea tree was good for a lot things abut the other no ideal

Nakia Jones
Nakia Jones

October 27, 2019

Natural oils is the only way to go and I agree that Tree tea can stop, heal, and/or cure many health problems faster than a antibiotic

Eva Remter
Eva Remter

October 27, 2019

Great article full of beneficial information

Jennylyn Gross
Jennylyn Gross

October 27, 2019

good to know. thanks for the info

jesus alonso
jesus alonso

October 27, 2019

Great info. Thanks

Huma
Huma

October 26, 2019

Thank you so much for awesome information!

S. Stewart
S. Stewart

October 26, 2019

I love the Thyme essential oil the best; I could really use it!

Jessica Walker
Jessica Walker

October 26, 2019

Tea tree oil has so many health benefits.

Sharon Braswell
Sharon Braswell

October 26, 2019

I love Tea Tree oil for skin problems and infections but I wasn’t aware of the other oils cinnamon etc that also helped! I would much rather try essential oils than antibiotics with all of their side effects and resistance build-ups as well. Thank You!!

Di
Di

October 25, 2019

Great info… They’re also good for smelly teenagers.

Kiki Kentris
Kiki Kentris

October 25, 2019

Wow, I was only aware of the benefits of tea tree oil!!! I will definitely be adding the other 4 oils-cinnamon, thyme, grapefruit & clove to my essential oils for natural health care. Thanks so much for the great info! 🤗

Barrie
Barrie

October 25, 2019

We have been using Tea Tree Oil for infections, cuts, bruises, bites, and so much more for over 20 years! It’s the first oil we grab.

Deborah P,
Deborah P,

October 25, 2019

Essential oils have so many healthy benefits and this is ear infection season! I am guessing you could mix oils if you wish? I want to incorporate this in the virus battle we fight every season. Great advice & information thank you!

Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson

October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing this! Just another one of the many benefits of essential oils! My favorite recipe with essential oils is Thieve’s Oil blend, and it uses a lot of clove and cinnamon! Anything is better than getting sick!

Alice Morris
Alice Morris

October 25, 2019

I need some here for sure

John H.
John H.

October 25, 2019

I wasn’t aware that there are antibacterial benefits in essential oils.

Tammi Sheumaker
Tammi Sheumaker

October 25, 2019

I have been using natural remedies for 44 years. I hate the fact that Big Pharma tries to duplicate nature. I love the oils!!!

Donna L Holder
Donna L Holder

October 25, 2019

great info. i love using oils

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