Many essential oils are tremendously antibacterial, anti-infectious, and antiseptic, yet completely harmless to healthy tissue. In fact, in most cases, they are highly beneficial to healthy tissue – a rare combination.
Jean Valnet, M.D., who studied essential oils and used them in his clinical practice emphasized their antimicrobial and beneficial properties:
“Essential oils are especially valuable as antiseptics because their aggression toward microbial germs is matched by their total harmlessness toward tissue.”
The problem with antibiotics
The problem with synthetic antibiotic drugs is that they indiscriminately kill both beneficial and harmful bacteria. This often results in diarrhea, yeast infections, poor nutrient assimilation, fatigue, degenerative diseases, and many other disorders.
The other problem with synthetic antibiotic drugs is that they composed of a single type of chemical. Bacteria and microbes quickly adapt and learn how to develop immunity to that chemical. Each drug is only effective on a limited number of germs or microbes – and those microbes tend to “figure out” and develop immunity to that drug very quickly.
Stronger and stronger drugs have to be used, but that doesn’t stop the bacteria. They continue to develop resistance to the stronger drugs, until there are no drugs left. This has given birth to a widening range of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that has become a serious health threat worldwide.
Why bacteria cannot outsmart essential oils
Essential oils, however, are composites of hundreds, if not thousands of naturally-occurring chemicals and constituents. Because of their complexity, bacteria and microbes might develop immunity to one or two constituents, but they cannot become immune to all of them. There are simply too many constituents and too much variety.
This is easy to understand when you know that no two batches of oil are exactly the same. The levels of each constituent varies according to the season, the weather, the soil, the amount of sunshine received, where they are grown, the time of year and even time of day they are harvested. Because there are millions of combinations and variations in the oils, there is no way bacteria can outsmart them. Germs, bacteria and microbes are left defenseless.
Please understand, we are not talking about the inexpensive essential oils you find at the drug store or health food store. This effect only occurs in the highest quality, naturally grown essential oils.
Which oils are the most effective?
Two essential oils with the most antibacterial, anti-infectious, and antimicrobial properties are cinnamon and oregano. In l985, Dr. Jean C. Lapraz stated that, according to his research, no microbe could survive in the presence of the essential oils of cinnamon or oregano. Thyme, mountain savory, melaleuca, ravensara, rosewood, and eucalyptus radiata are others.
Essential oils can also be combined into blends, to create an even more powerful antimicrobial oil. Some of these blends are Thieves, Exodus II, ImmuPower, Melrose, Inspiration and Sacred Mountain.
The Thieves blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon and rosemary was tested at Weber State University and found to dramatically inhibit the growth of many difficult to control bacteria including Micrococcus luteus and Staphylococcus aureus (both gram negative and gram positive).
The same blend exhibited an astounding 99.96 percent kill rate against one of the toughest gram negative bacteria, Pseudomona aeruginosa, as well as Streptococcus oralis, Streptoccus pneumoniae, and Candida albicans. Pseudomona aeruginosa has thicker cell walls than most bacteria and tends to be much more resistant to antiseptics.
Here is a listing of some of the most antimicrobial oils and blends:
|Thieves® Essential Oil Blend|
A blend of powerful, therapeutic-grade, antimicrobial essential oils. Tested at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and found to be 99.96 percent effective against airborne bacteria.
|Thieves® Product Line|
The world’s most powerful germ-fighting substances have been captured in a bottle for you to use in your home, in dental care, in throat lozenges, in convenient wipes and as a spray.
|ImmuPower™ Essential Oil Blend|
A powerful blend of immune-boosting therapeutic-grade essential oils that create a fragrant and protective haven while increasing positive energy.
|Exodus II™ Essential Oil Blend|
A timeless blend of essential oils from the same type of plants that Moses used for temple incense.
|Melrose™ Essential Oil Blend|
Strongly assists the regeneration of damaged tissue and helps fight infection and fungus.
|Inspiration™ Essential Oil Blend|
Includes oils traditionally used by the native peoples of Arabia, India, and North America for enhancing spirituality, prayer, meditation, and inner awareness, many of which also have antimicrobial properties.
|Sacred Mountain™ Essential Oil Blend|
A powerful blend of conifer essential oils, including spruce, fir, and cedarwood, evokes the feelings of sanctity found in the mountains.
|Purification™ Essential Oil Blend|
An antiseptic blend formulated for diffusing to help purify the home and work environment. It cleanses the air and neutralized mildew, cigarette smoke and all manner of bad odors. Can also be used to cleanse cuts and scrapes and neutralize insect bite poisons.
|RC™ Essential Oil Blend|
Formulated with several eucalyptus oils, pine, spruce, myrtle, marjoram, lavender and more to help give relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis and respiratory congestion.
|Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil|
Cinnamon is one of the most antimicrobial essential oils. It is anti-infectious and antibacterial for a large spectrum of infections.
|Oregano Essential Oil|
One of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong germ-killing, immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.
|Thyme Essential Oil|
One of the strongest antioxidants known, as well as one of the most antiseptic. The phenols found in thyme oil are highly antimicrobial. Thyme supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.
|Mountain Savory Essential Oil|
Strongly anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, immunostimulant, general tonic, stimulant.
|Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil|
Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, melaleuca is highly regarded for its wide range of uses. It supports the immune system* and is beneficial for the skin.
|Melissa Essential Oil|
True Melissa has powerful antimicrobial constituents and produces unfavorable environments for certain viruses and bacteria. Although it is very powerful, it has a gentle and delicate nature.
|Ravintsara Essential Oil|
An antimicrobial oil that also supports the nerves and respiratory system. Ravintsara scores 8,927 on the ORAC antioxidant scale.
|Rosewood Essential Oil|
Anti-infections, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal, soothing to the skin. It has been researched at Weber State University for its inhibition rate against gram positive and gram negative bacterial growth.
|Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil|
Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and a good expectorant. It has been studied for its action against viruses. The chemotype of this oil is used extensively for respiratory infections, particularly chronic respiratory conditions.
Many other oils posses antimicrobial qualities to varying degrees. When used in conjunction with other oils in blends, they can become powerful agents.