Essential oils - broad spectrum action against pathogens
Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of essential oils against bacteria, viruses, fungi and germs. The essential oils enter the bloodstream and thus the body organs through the skin or mucous membrane. There they act on certain receptor proteins on the cells and prevent pathogens from influencing them (cell membrane stabilizing effect).
The antiseptic effect of essential oils is based on the fact that, as a rule, they do not kill the germs, but they do prevent their growth and spread.
The antibacterial effect of essential oils is based on different biological laws than that of antibiotics. Antibiotics fight the bacteria by acting on the metabolism and other organic functions of the germs. On the one hand, many essential oils have the same effect by destroying the ecological environment of the microorganisms; but at the same time they strengthen the patient's immune system.
In contrast to antibiotics, they usually also fight fungi and viruses in addition to the pathogenic bacteria. Essential oils as multi-component mixtures have a better chance that bacteria will not develop resistance to them. This property makes them particularly interesting and valuable for applications in hospitals and nursing homes, where there is an increasing struggle with the problem of resistant germs.
The antiviral effect of the essential oils can probably be explained by the fact that they block the receptors by attachment to the surface of the cells and / or viruses, thus preventing the viruses from attaching to the cells and consequently preventing the viruses from entering the cells. This basically prevents a change in the cell metabolism and also the multiplication of the viruses.
Essential oils have an antifungal or fungicidal effect, so they are able to kill fungi and their spores or prevent the growth of mold and yeast. The antihistaminic (antiallergic) effect of certain essential oils is explained by the effect on the cell membrane of the mast cells, which are located both in blood vessels and in other tissues and react to certain stimuli with an increased release of histamine - some ingredients of essential oils reduce the increased release of histamine by stabilizing the cell membrane of the mast cells.
Under this link you will find some essential oils that are ideal virus-fighters since they are mixtures (multi-component mixtures) of essential oils. So you can turn your home into a virus-free zone. Positive side effect? It just smells wonderful and creates a feel-good atmosphere.
Note: I would like to recommend the following book to those who want to deal more intensively with the subject of the domestic effects of essential oils:
Basics - profiles - indications
by Monika Werner u. Ruth von Braunschweig
Published by Haug Verlag, www-haug-verlag.de
Source: Aromatherapy practice, basics - profiles - indications by Monika Werner u. Ruth von Braunschweig