What is the Difference Between Antimicrobial and Antibiotic
Antimicrobial products kill the bacteria or stop them from spreading, it kills the bacteria, virus, protozoans and fungi. It is used to treat diseases in pets and other living things. Antimicrobial products have a broad spectrum they act as antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiphrastic.
Antibiotic are the medication, that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, which cannot fight viral infection. It kills the bacteria or either prevent their growth. The antibiotic interfere with formation of the bacterial cell wall or its cell content.
Is Lavender an Antimicrobial?
Lavender oil act as antimicrobial due to the presence of linalool, the oil has sedative, carminative, anti-depressive and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-inflammatory property which is used to treat small cut and wounds. It is also used to treat depression and insomnia. Lavender oil has the capacity to kill the fungi, bacteria and virus. It also acts as antioxidant.
Do Essential Oils have Antimicrobial Properties?
Many essential oil have antimicrobial properties like tea tree oil, lemon grass oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, cedar wood oil and lemon oil.
Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil has antiviral properties, it has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, it is used to treat acne, dandruff and nail fungus. It works against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Escherichia coli (E. coli),udomonas aeruginosa (P.aeruginosa) ,Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae). It treats food poising, skin infection and pneumonia.
Eucalyptus oil is derived from the eucalyptus tree, the oil has many health benefits like reducing inflammation, it also helps to treat respiratory problem, it also helps to treat scalp infection like dandruff and helps to lower the stress level.
Lemon grass oil:
Lemon grass oil has antibacterial properties, it is effective against bacillus subtilis and bacillus cereus, used to treat antibacterial infection.
Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous.
Reference By: Shigeharu Inouye
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Which Essential Oils has Antifungal Properties?
Many essential oil have anti-fungal properties like citronella, geranium oil, lemongrass and eucalyptus oil. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties.
It helps to fight with virus of different strains. The antibiotic nature of cinnamon is due to the presence of eugenol presence in cinnamon oil. We need to dilute the oil before use. It is more effective when combine with eucalyptus oil.
Thyme oil is also antiviral in nature due to the presence of thymol,it also kills bacteria along with fungal infection.
Peppermint essential oil is the most promising natural antiviral oil, it works against the bacteria as well as virus, the antiviral properties of oil is due to the presence of 1,8-cineole, limonene. These two component of peppermint oil fight against various type of virus.
Star anise Oil:
The antiviral nature of oil is due to shikimic acid, which is used by pharmaceutical company for preparing the flu drug. It is not good for internal use and is best after diluting it with coconut oil.
Ginger oil is the best for cold and flu. It fights against viral infection. It is effective against avian flu and simplex virus.