Antibacterial soaps, sanitizers and sponges are evil. They kill every germ they come in contact with. Even the good guys. They poison our bodies, lower our immune systems and cause bacterial resistance.
With less drama, experts say most antibacterial products do more harm than good. As usual, nurturing Mother Earth provides healthy alternatives! Here are a few natural antiseptics:
- Cinnamon Oil is a hot since the New Yorker published, “The Claim: Cinnamon Oil Kills Bacteria” earlier this month. Based on recent studies, some researchers recommend sanitizers with cinnamon oil. Read this link for the numerous health benefits of cinnamon!
- Tea Tree Oil is always in my medicine cabinet for my homemade cleaner and acne assistance. This article covers it’s many antiseptic applications from bruises and headaches to sunburn and warts.
- Thyme is the main active ingredient in Listerine, did you know? It’s also used to cure toe-nail fungus and tea made from thyme is said to help coughs and bronchitis.
- Honey. Another lucky break. According to Wellsphere.com, honey is not only antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s nourishing and soothing.
- Oregano is widely used in the Mediterranean so it’s no wonder they are known for their healthy diets! From fighting food-borne pathogens to it’s usefulness as a natural sleep aid, oregano is used to treat colds, indigestion, fungal infections and parasites.
- Garlic (another Mediterranean favourite) may actually repel vampires it’s so strong! Among it’s many curative powers, garlic is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, has anti-aging properties, boosts the immune system, improves memory and alleviates arthritic pain.
- Clove Oil is used for a variety of ills, including dental care, infections, stress indigestion and diabetes. OrganicFacts.net published an article about the benefits of clove oil.
- Eucalyptus Oil is another natural antiseptic with many applications. For starters, it’s used to treat wounds, flu, fever, muscle pain, insect bites. Here’s a HowStuffWorks article that goes into more detail.
It’s important to note here that just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe. We’ve already exposed the killing side of nature with the above. It’s always wise to research for high quality products from trusted manufacturers and validate safe levels for homemade recipes.
What’s your favourite natural antiseptic?