THE POWER OF NATURE
In recent years, there has been much concern over the use of synthetic forms of antibacterial substances. Alternatively, there are other much healthier and natural choices. Essential oils, which are obtained from plants, flowers, leaves and other living sources, have been found to have quite powerful antibacterial properties. In depth studies and tests have proven that the use of topical and the inhalation of essential oils and their vapors when used properly, are an attractive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Of course, it is recommended that a licensed practitioner always be consulted prior to using these methods for any condition.
Over the last 15 years or so, pure essential oils have been investigated for their antimicrobial properties. For example, an article published in the National Center for Biotechnology (a/k/a NCBI), states certain essential oils such as Palmarosa and Patchouli are effective in fighting twenty or more forms of bacteria. Peppermint and Eucalyptus were not only effective against bacteria but also against eleven fungi.
Further expanding on Eucalyptus essential oil, NCBI claims this powerful natural oil also effectively supports the immune system, while also relieving inflammation and respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Essential oils were the first form of medicine known to man. Evidence of Egyptians and Chinese use of these oils have been found dating back thousands of years. There are numerous references to essential oils in the Bible, namely Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary and others.