Essential oils come in many different varieties, with a huge range of uses and benefits. One of the best day-to-day uses for essential oils is in cleaning and controlling bacteria in your home. There are several oils with strong antibacterial action that are ideal for killing bacteria on home surfaces and objects. Combining several of these oils together into a blend can provide more benefits than any single oil can provide by itself, as you’ll see in the recipes below.
Last week a young lady emailed us with concerns about the safety of tea tree and lavender essential oils. She had heard of a report linking these two oils to estrogen-disrupting effects in boys. I was surprised because these two oils are widely regarded as two of the safest and most well-known oils. So I did a little research and got to the bottom of her concerns.
The report of concern was a 2007 article in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that tea tree and lavender oils found in personal care products caused three young boys to have enlarged breast tissue. The report also described a laboratory study that showed estrogen disruptor effects of the oils on human cells.
As a child I was highly allergic to wasp stings. Each sting was always worse than the last and eventually, a wasp sting meant a trip to the hospital. As a precaution, I began carrying an EpiPen (to prevent anaphylactic shock) in the outdoors in case of a sting.
A few years ago while camping in Colorado, I forgot to take along my EpiPen. On the last day or our trip, a bee flew in through the open window of the truck and stung me on the arm – the first sting I’d had in years.
If you wear dentures, cleaning them properly could help you prevent an infection from Staph or MRSA in the mouth, or even pneumonia. A few weeks ago, a new study showed that you can kill MRSA and Staph biofilms living on your dentures in three minutes using a common household appliance.
Bathing can do more than refresh, cleanse and hydrate your skin. It’s also a great way to relax and decompress from a stressful day. And most importantly, taking the right kind of bath can help your body control Staph, MRSA and other pathogens on your skin.
Eucalyptus oil is a mild, highly fragrant and very useful essential oil for infections. This multipurpose oil has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune support properties.
You may have heard that many people use nasal irrigation for help with allergy relief. But rinsing your sinuses can be a big help for Staph and MRSA sinusitis, as well as other sinus infections. Nasal irrigation can take some getting used to at first. But once you’ve done it a few times, nasal irrigation is quick, easy and can be an important part of MRSA sinus infection control.
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