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Top Antibacterial Essential Oils
Category: GENERAL

Top Antibacterial Essential Oils

Sometimes even a minor cut or scratch can lead to a much bigger health problem. That is because bacteria can invade and infect your injury, making something at first insignificant very significant indeed. One way to keep this from happening, as well as protect against unhealthy airborne bacteria and pathogens, is with essential oils (EOs). There are a few EOs that show excellent antibacterial properties, and you should keep them on hand at all times.

Essential oils derive their antibacterial effect from their unique natural chemical makeup, as each essential oil is made up of several, sometimes hundreds of distinct natural chemicals. Many are found to have antimicrobial activity, and boast synergistic effects. A blend of these oils delivers more potency than any one oil can by itself.

Several studies have found that Carvacrol, the primary molecule found in oil of Oregano is stronger than others in its antimicrobial activity. Other studies found that a blend of Carvacrol and Thymol are more potent together than on their own. 

1996 Study Reveals Top Antibacterial Essential Oils

In 1996, a study was conducted where 10 important essential oils were tested for their ability to repel 22 common forms of bacteria. Those clinical tests also subjected those same essential oils to 12 fungi that commonly infect humans. The findings were impressive, with 4 of the essential oils tested effective at repelling and treating all 22 bacterial strains.

Eucalyptus, Orange, Peppermint, and Lemongrass oils inhibited every bacteria they were exposed to. Palmarosa and Aegle essential oils inhibited 21 different bacteria. Ageratum and Patchouli oils were successful in combating 20 of the 22 bacteria, with Geranium and Citronella oils effective in inhibiting at least a dozen bacterial strains.

Of the 12 fungi also used in this clinical experiment, all were inhibited by Lemongrass, Patchouli, Orange, Citronella, Geranium, Aegel, and Palmarosa Oils. Peppermint and Eucalyptus, 2 of the essential oils, which were effective against all 22 bacterial strains, were also excellent in inhibiting 11 of the 12 fungi they were exposed to.

Unfortunately, not all of the more than 90 essential oils were tested in that important 1996 experiment. However, aromatherapy and essential oil practitioners know there are several more oils, which offer antibacterial properties for particular applications.

For example, Tea Tree essential oil (also called Melaleuca oil) is known as an excellent acne treatment. This is because the specific bacteria, which cause and aggravate acne are warded off by the particular antibacterial properties that Tea Tree oil delivers. Lemon essential oil is likewise effective for treating skin conditions caused by bacterial infection.

Cassia, Cinnamon and Clove essential oils are also full of antibacterial properties. 

Eucalyptus essential oil works well as a natural pest repellent, and also as an anti-inflammatory application as well as an antibacterial agent. 

Lime essential oil is both antibacterial and antiseptic, and can be used without diluting. 

Thyme oil provides excellent defense as an antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic agent, though it should probably be diluted in almost every case.

Choosing The Right Oils

It is important to select the right essential oils of antibacterial use and in the right amounts. 

Tea Tree is one of the most widely used antibacterial essential oils, and makes an ideal addition to a home’s natural first aid kit.

Geranium essential oil is a great option to have on hand at home, as it is an antibacterial that is gentler in action and scent. It has significant healing properties, and is ideal for both dry and oils skin, allowing for an antiseptic that will not dry out any skin tone. Being that it is an anti-inflammatory, astringent, and general tonic, Geranium is also good for acne, general dermatitis, and eczema.

Lavender essential oil has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it also helps alleviate stress, works well for cuts, insect bites, burns, and scrapes.  

When significant antibacterial action is required, Oregano oil is a good choices, and ideal for fighting stubborn nail fungus, but too intense for use on soft tissue areas.  

Essential oils may be the perfect replacement for that bottle of Neosporin or rubbing alcohol in your medicine chest, and natural remedies may be the ideal solution for many of the common mild injuries we incur on a day-to-day basis. 

 

 

The Best Essential Oils For 6 Common Skin Conditions
Category: GENERAL
The Best Essential Oils For 6 Common Skin Conditions
 
Some essential oils are naturally perfect for treating skin conditions. Yes, you can actually make your skin look and feel younger, stronger, and healthier with the application of a few very specific essential oils. 
 
Because the natural oils which are extracted from certain plants work on 2 levels (topical and internal), they guard and repair your skin from a host of problems. They also treat the negative emotions that sometimes attach themselves to sufferers of unsightly skin conditions. Lavender for one is calming, and helps reduce stress and elicit the relaxation response.
 
What Essential Oils Lead to Healthy Skin?
 
A wide variety of essential oils are good for your entire body and your skin as well. However, sometimes you want to treat or combat a very specific skin condition. In that case, employ the following essential oils, which have proven effective for treating these skin problems.
 
Dry, dehydrated skin – Lavender is an absolute must-have for your essential oil and aromatherapy kit. It helps hydrate dry skin and is especially effective in the winter months and cold weather climates in keeping your skin moist and healthy. Geranium is another essential oil, which is excellent for treating dry skin.
 
Eczema and dermatitis – If you have itchy, red splotches or areas of skin, you may have dermatitis or eczema. Those terms are widely used to refer to a host of skin conditions, which are itchy, red, and sometimes painful. This condition can be treated effectively with diet alone, and when Thyme and Helichrysum essential oils are also used, this embarrassing condition can disappear quickly. Tea Tree and Patchouli oils are also helpful and they smell really good.
 
Skin problems on your face – Your facial skin is more delicate and tender than the skin on most other parts of your body. That's why you must treat it differently. Try using Sandalwood and Myrrh oils as a topical application for treating skin conditions on your face, as they are not as strong as some other essential oils.
 
Rashes and itching – Lavender shows up once again as one of the most versatile essential oils. It effectively treats rashes, even when those rashes are accompanied by itching. Tea Tree oil is also excellent for treating rashes, and Peppermint oil is an effective anti-itching oil as well.
 
Sunburn – Tea Tree oil and Roman Chamomile essential oils quickly soothe sunburned skin. They can also be used to treat other types of burns. Unsurprisingly, Lavender is effective here as well.
 
Wrinkled skin – Frankincense, Geranium, and Fennel essential oils have proven to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Myrrh and Sandalwood are also good choices here, as is the multi-use Lavender.
 
Caution
 
Essential oils need to be diluted before topical use as they can burn the skin. Use a carrier oil with a formula of 1 drop of essential oil for each 1 ml of carrier oil, such as olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed and others. Do a quick test on a small patch of your skin to check for any adverse reaction. Certain essential oils should not be used by pregnant women, infants, or young children, so do your research.
 
• Sesame Oil: Sesame oil has been used for centuries as a bacteria-fighting medicine, and is great for wind and sunburns. 
 
• Jojoba Oil:  A super hydrating oil that rejuvenates and hydrates the skin and is ideal for all natural skin and health care and one of the best carrier oils for essential oils. 
 
• Olive Oil: Rich in antioxidants, olive oil is usually is typically the base oil for DIY lotions and creams. A good source of vitamins A and E, it is effective as an anti-aging option and works good for dry skin and eczema. 
 
• Grape Seed Oil: Grape seed oil is an ideal carrier oil for acne prone skin. It is a natural as-tringent contains linoleic acids, which have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It helps to control oil and oily skin that clogs pores and causes breakouts. 
 
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• Macadamia Nut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Peanut Oil
• Apricot Kernel Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Evening Primrose Oil
• Pecan Oil
• Rose Hip Oil
• Walnut Oil
• Wheatgerm Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Shea Butter
• Sunflower Oil
• Kukui Oil
 
How Essential Oil Steam Distillation Works
Category: GENERAL

How Essential Oil Steam Distillation Works

Steam distillation as an essential oil production process has been around for hundreds of years. For many reasons, this is one of the most favorable method of drawing essential oils out of plants. 

Essential oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils that are used for various medicinal and healing purposes. There are many different varieties, such as lavender, peppermint. Lemongrass, tea tree, chamomile, and jasmine oils. Each have their own unique properties that make them a unique and 100% natural method to reduce stress, heal digestive problems, induce calm and relaxation, stimulate the appetite, and for skin and hair health.

The steam distillation process is 1 of only 2 essential oil extraction models, which creates a product that is able to carry the Therapeutic Grade label. (Cold expression is the other.)

How Steam Distillation Works to Produce Essential Oils

Steam distillation works using boiling water, steam and water, or steam alone. In those 3 separate but similar steam-distilling processes, essential oil is produced by the effect of high temperature steam or water on plant material. The steam actually ruptures the membranes of oil located inside the plant. This releases the essential oil inside. That oil is then carried to a condenser.

The resulting substance is converted back to liquid form, with the essential oil floating on top. Oil and water are separated, with the water portion of the steam distillation process referred to as flower, hydrosol, or hydrolat water. That water is removed, and the remaining liquid is 100% essential oil.

What Equipment Is Used in the Steam Distillation Essential Oil Process?

Anything that interacts with the oil extracted from the plant has an effect on its efficacy. This includes the condenser type, separator, and cooking chamber, which are used in the steam distillation process. That is why cooking chambers, which are constructed, of safe, nonreactive metal are preferred. The preferred choice here is common stainless steel.

In addition, the type of steam distillation used will definitely affect the quality of your essential oil. For instance, a vertical steam dissolution procedure is widely regarded as producing the highest quality oils.

What to Look for When Purchasing Steam Distilled Essential Oils

Check with the manufacturer of your essential oil and find out just exactly what goes on in the steam distillation process. Whether using steam only, steam and water or boiling water, steam distilling plant material to extract essential oil results in a quality product. However, within this process different types of equipment can be used which will affect the end product.

A low temperature combined with low pressure has proven to be an excellent recipe for developing quality essential oils that receive the Therapeutic Grade label. This is how ancient civilizations slowly and methodically created essential oils that were extremely high in potency.

One other thing to look out for concerns how essential oil distributors can cut corners to lower their costs. Steam distillation, performed properly, can take up to 24 hours. 

In addition, in many cases 1 ton (2,000 pounds) of raw materials produces just 1 pound of oil! Ask your essential oil manufacturer if they shorten the distillation time or add solvents to their essential oil distraction process. Both of these procedures lower the quality of your oil, thereby lessening its effectiveness in treating your physical and mental conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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