Nature’s Germ Killers

Cold and flu season has everyone on edge. We are afraid to touch anything because of the potential for lurking germs.

Doctors always warn us to wash our hands frequently and many people arm themselves with anti-bacterial lotion and squirt and wipe all day long.

Now, researchers are concerned that overusing antibacterial soap can be dangerous because when so many people use the gels, bacteria develop stronger strains that become resistant to antibiotics.

Lucky for us, Mother Nature has provided us with some natural germ killers which can help us fight off germs and stay healthy without chemicals.

A number of natural essential oils have antibacterial and anti septic properties. Essential oils are made from plants and are commonly used for their scent and in some foods.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils, often to make you feel relaxed and to eliminate stress. But when introduced into your system, some of these essential oils have a greater benefit:

Essential oils of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and pine have antibacterial properties which help kill bacteria.

Camphor, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint and thyme are antiseptic which means they inhibit the growth and reproduction of microorganisms including bacteria and viruses.

A number of personal care products are available that are enhanced with natural germ fighters and you should consult with your medical practitioner about using them. Combined with other precautions that you should take during the cold and flu season such as a healthy diet, exercise and plenty of sleep to keep your immune system working well, these essential oils may help prevent illness.

Of course, make an appointment with your doctor if you really start to feel badly.

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