Essential Oils as Antibacterials

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Interviewer: You touched on this a little bit, but can essential oils treat things like bacteria? I know, [you're] careful to make claims like that - but viruses and things like that. Can you talk a little bit more about the benefits?

Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG): There is research. If any consumer goes to PubMed . . . 

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG): . . . and types in "essential oils and viruses", you can find information on what essential oils are antiviral; which ones are antibacterial. In fact, most essential oils have some antibacterial properties. So in terms of substituting a chemical cleanser for your countertops . . . 

Interviewer: Mm.

Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG): . . . to something with essential oils, which is also very simple to make with a little bit of soap, or no soap and water and essential oils, and spraying your countertop. And spraying the places that carry bacteria, like your phone . . . 

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG): . . . and your computer keyboard, and the toilet seat handle . . . 

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG): . . . and things like that. Those are great ways to employ essential oils to cut down on bacterial in the house.
Aromatherapist Mindy Green explains how essential oils may be used as antibacterials to clean and disinfect common household items.

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