3 Essential oils with powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD

A 2006 review published in the Clinical Microbiology Reviews showed that numerous components of tea tree oil have antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Experiments conducted to explore the potency of tea tree oil against infections revealed that it inhibited the growth of Gram-positive bacteria including Micrococcus and Enterococcus faecalis. Tea tree oil also altered the permeability of Candida albicans, a type of pathogenic yeast.

A recent study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine also demonstrated that the essential oil of eucalyptus leaves has antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli.

The study revealed that thyme oil extract was able to stop the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative pathogen that causes urinary tract infection. Similarly, thyme oil extract also inhibited the growth of C. albicans. (Related: Evaluating the safety and efficacy of Zataria multiflora (Shirazi thyme) as cough medicine.)

3 Essential oils with powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD