10 Best Antibacterial and Immune Supporting Essential Oils

The world can feel like a scary place full of "germs" around every corner, especially when we spend a lot of time in public places and tight work environments.  It’s important to keep ourselves healthy and prepared by strengthening our immune systems and knowing how to combat bacteria and illness when we come in contact with them.  Having the reassurance that we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our families is the best way to put our minds at ease.  There are a lot of ways to do this and essential oils are just another tool in our arsenal to combat the scary world of mysterious germs.  There are essential oils that contain chemical compounds that may work to kill bacteria, fight infection, and support a healthy immune system, helping to keep us healthy and thriving.  

Here are the top 10 essential oils to help protect and prepare us...

Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to have some of the most powerful antibacterial properties of any oil.  It has been used for nearly 100 years to promote the healing of wounds and provide relief for skin conditions.  When diffused, tea tree oil may stimulate the immune system and help ward off infections.  It also has expectorant properties which may help relieve congestion and soothe respiratory issues. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known to be refreshing and immune-supporting.  It can help combat bacteria on surfaces and in the air.  Eucalyptus may boost the immune system by enhancing its phagocytic response to pathogens, allowing our bodies to eliminate the illness faster. 

 Lemon Essential Oil has been found to have some of the most powerful antimicrobial properties of any oil.  This makes it a great ingredient for cleaning surfaces to help defend our homes against germs and bacteria.  Lemon oil may also have immunity-supporting properties, like the promotion of white blood cell production. 

Lemongrass Essential Oil is another multipurpose oil that is great for disinfecting, immunity-boosting, and helping out bodies defeat illness.  It has been known to inhibit and kill bacteria as well as promote quick healing.  Lemongrass oil may also help to boost the immune system by helping the body absorb nutrients more efficiently in the digestive system. 

Peppermint Essential Oil is believed to possess strong antibacterial capabilities and is known to help eliminate harmful bacteria.  It can be used to cleanse and disinfect the home and has the added benefit of deterring many pests.  Peppermint oil also supports healthy respiration by helping clear congestion in the lungs and sinuses. 

Oregano Essential Oil has been found to have potent antibacterial properties, making it another must-have for illness protection.  It may help to ease inflammation which can soothe pain and irritation.  Oregano oil is also a powerful tool for the immune system, helping to ward off harmful bacteria. 

Clove Bud Essential Oil can be helpful in protecting the body from infections.  It is frequently used for mouth health and to combat general infections because of its strong antimicrobial properties.  Clove Bud may help support strong immunity and reduce resistance to ailments due to its antioxidant content. 

Cinnamon Essential Oil has a long list of benefits that include stimulating the immune system and helping to fight infections.  It is believed that cinnamon essential oil may eliminate bacterial growth and it is also known to be an effective disinfectant.  Cinnamon Essential oil may help to enhance circulation which is helpful in facilitating pain relief and improving lung function. 

Lavender Essential Oil has a long history of being a versatile tool to soothe many different conditions.  It has been found to combat bacteria among its other calming benefits.  Lavender oil is beneficial for immunity by helping support a good night’s sleep and reducing feelings of stress.  Stress and poor sleep quality can both be contributing factors to lowered immunity. 

Ginger Essential Oil has historically been used in folk medicine to help soothe colds, fevers, and inflammation.  It is known to facilitate the elimination of toxins from the body by boosting digestion.  Ginger Essential Oil may also help to support the immune system by promoting a healthy response to inflammation. 

 

Here are a few DIY recipes to help us harness the antibacterial power of these essential oils…

 

Breathe Easy Diffuser Blend

Ingredients

Instructions

Add water to your diffuser up to the fill line.  Add drops of the essential oil blend.  This diffuser blend recipe is formulated for a 200ml ultrasonic diffuser.  Adjust the amount according to the size and directions of your diffuser.  

 

Goodbye Grime Surface Cleaner

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a 16oz spray bottle and shake until thoroughly combined.  Shake well before each use and store in a cool, dark area out of the reach of children and pets.  Spray on counters, floors, and other surfaces in the home and wipe clean. 

 

Quick Heal First Aid Salve 

Ingredients

Instructions

Heat beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler until fully melted.  Add coconut oil and stir to combine.  Remove from heat and gently stir in essential oils.  Pour into tins and allow to cool and set overnight.  Apply a thin layer to the affected area to speed healing and combat germs and infection. 

 

Germ Shield Hand Soap

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all ingredients to the foaming soap dispenser, replace the top, and shake well to combine.  Use 1 to 2 pumps and warm water to wash your hands.  

 

Freshen & Protect Disinfectant Spray

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.  Add in the desired essential oil blend and alcohol.  Shake well to combine.  Spray on commonly touched surfaces and high-traffic areas of the home or workspace.

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