Essential Oils: Antibacterial, Antiseptic, and Antiviral
By Margaret Ann Lembo from The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing
Aromatic plants have played an important role in health, beauty, food preservation, and healing on all levels for millennium, with written records going back to around 3,500 BC. Ancient Egyptians used aromatherapy in the embalming and mummification process (2650–2575 BC) as well as in their daily lives. Still known today as master perfumers, the Egyptians were actually the first to extract the volatile oils from plants with the use of heat.
The antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties of essential oils have been used to ward off diseases for centuries. It is said that, during the Great Plague in Europe, essential oils were used to prevent the plague from spreading. There were a number of these plagues that went through Seville (1647), London (1665–66), Vienna (1679), and Marseille (1720). Historical accounts suggest that because the perfumers were constantly handling these aromatic substances in the making of perfumes, they were immune to this terrible illness.
Essential oils also work on an energetic level to rebalance us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and offer many physiological benefits. Emotional and mental rebalancing includes raising our spirits when we are feeling down to clear out negative thoughtforms as well as psychic debris.
How to Use Essential Oils
There are many ways for essential oils to have positive effects on the body, mind, and spirit. The three ways I recommend using essential oils, whether as single notes or part of a blend, are:
1. Diffusion—cold-water mist from a diffuser or mister into the air.
2. Inhalation—smelling the oil or blend directly from the bottle or as a mist.
3. Topically—application to the skin (usually the soles of the feet) with the use of a carrier oil or lotion.
Incorporate the use of essential oils into your daily life. It adds another dimension to life. Use it to raise your spirits or ward off infections. There are many essential oils that are antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral including: eucalyptus, lavender, orange, ravensara, and tea tree. There are many more essential oils that have therapeutic qualities and other qualities to ward off infections and keep us healthy.
Antibacterial: Kills and inhibits the growth of bacteria; bactericidal (e.g., angelica, basil, blue cypress, cinnamon, clove, coriander, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lemon, melissa)
Antifungal: Destroys fungus; fungicide (e.g., angelica, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, geranium, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, orange, oregano, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, spikenard, sweet marjoram, tea tree, thyme)
Antiseptic: Prevents and kills the growth of disease-causing microorganisms (e.g., allspice, angelica, anise seed, basil, benzoin, bergamot, birch, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyacinth, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, melissa, myrrh, neroli, niaouli, orange, oregano, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, spikenard, spruce, sweet marjoram, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, wintergreen, ylang ylang)
Antiviral: Removes, kills, and protects against viruses (e.g., angelica, benzoin, blue cypress, cinnamon, clove, elemi, eucalyptus, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lime, melissa, orange, oregano, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, tea tree, thyme)
This article has been excerpted from my book, The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing. Find out more ways to use essential oils in this book.
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; Angels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist, the creator of Smudge in Spray, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com