The two best antibacterial essential oils (avoid superbugs)
Over time, superbugs have become stronger and more difficult to treat with conventional antibiotics.
But as it turns out, recent research uncovered two powerful antibacterial essential oils that may help treat and prevent superbugs — even ones that have become resistant to drugs.
That’s right; essential oils — the kind you can get at the supermarket or order online without a prescription — may be our best defense against drug-resistant superbugs.
In this study, researchers tested eight different essential oils to understand their antimicrobial activity. Out of these eight oils, they found that two of them — thyme and cinnamon — could kill off harmful bacteria.
In fact, thyme essential oil was shown to eliminate nearly all bacteria within only 60 minutes.
These oils seem to especially eliminate the Staphylococcus species of bacteria, some of which can cause severe infections in immunocompromised patients.
They even have an effect on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is an antibiotic bacteria strain that is exceptionally difficult to treat.
If you’re one of those people who seem to always catch bugs that coworkers and family members pass around, thyme and cinnamon essential oils are a necessity.
"Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging," said Yiannis Samaras, co-leader of this study.
For hundreds of years, essential oils have been respected for their therapeutic properties. However, the reason for their antimicrobial effects in humans is still shrouded in mystery.
What research does show is that essential oils are highly tolerated and effective at combating a large variety of harmful fungal and bacteria species.
And the benefits don’t end there. Essential oils have also been used to treat a wide range of conditions, from acne to oral infections to dandruff.
“The oils, or their active ingredients, could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application,” explained the authors of this study.
“In the food industry the impregnation of food packaging with essential oils has already been successfully trialed. They could also be included in foodstuffs to replace synthetic chemicals that act as preservatives.”
With this information coming to light, it's easy to see why essential oils, though they have exploded in popularity in recent years, aren’t just a short-lived fad.
They may have a much wider range of applications than ever imagined, especially when it comes to medical and industrial utilization.
And research is sure to uncover more benefits, as well as reveal the exact mechanisms that give these oils such powerful effects.
Another study published in Microbiology recently uncovered that a compound found in cinnamon oil called cinnamaldehyde can stop the development of the bacteria strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, disrupting its formation by over 75%.1
This strain of bacteria is responsible for everything from pneumonia to ear infections to skin rashes.
In addition, these natural oils don’t seem to cause harm to good bacteria strains that contribute to a healthy body.
This means using essential oils may be a better alternative for overall gut flora health compared to antibiotics.
Whether you use them in diffusers, skin ointments, or cleaning products, essential oils may be the best way to protect you and your family from superbugs.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now