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Natural Anti-bacterial Ingredients

Currently we are in a state that no one could have predicted or imagined. Covid-19 aka “Corona Virus” has stumbled upon us and we seek many supplies that we need yet they are nowhere to be found. Many are turning to desperate measures, but the good news is some products currently in our possession may have the cleansing ingredients we need. See our top picks of natural anti-bacterial ingredients below:

 

Eucalyptus (U-ka-lip-tis)

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an essential oil that can be used for various things like asthma, bronchitis, headaches, gingivitis, flu, fever, diabetes, ulcers and many other conditions. Eucalyptus is a tree that is native to Australia. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree. Eucalyptus oil is available as an essential oil that is used as a medicine to treat a variety of common diseases and conditions including nasal congestion, asthma, and as a tick repellent. Diluted eucalyptus oil may also be applied to the skin as a remedy for health problems such as arthritis and skin ulcers. Eucalyptus oil is also used to ease cold symptoms and provide respiratory health benefits (Rxlist, 2017). Eucalyptus leaf contains chemicals that might help control blood sugar. It also contains chemicals that might have activity against bacteria and fungi. Eucalyptus oil contains chemicals that might help pain and inflammation. It might also block chemicals that cause asthma (WebMD, 2020).

 

Lemon (le-mon)

If life gives you lemons, squeeze all the juice out to stay healthy! According to Livescience.com lemons have been known to fight against cancer, kidney stones, heart malfunctions, and even liver disease. Lemon (Citrus limon) juice contains many bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, carotenoids, limonoid, tannin, and terpenoids. The bioactive compounds contained in lemon (Citrus limon) each have an antibacterial. Lemon (Citrus aurantifolia) juice besides being used as an antibacterial, it is also useful as an antioxidant. The main content of lemon (Citrus limon) juice is vitamin C and citric acid (Ekawati & Darmanto, 2019).

 

Peppermint (Pep-per-meant)

Peppermint plant

Peppermint was used in ancient Greece and Egypt as a culinary flavoring and medicine and was employed in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing systems to treat colds, cramps, dyspepsia, nausea, sore throats and toothaches. Peppermint is presently used to treat digestive complaints, headaches, menstrual cramps and coughs, and it is used as an ingredient in warming and cooling topical preparations to relieve pain. Peppermint shows antimicrobial properties in test tube studies, inhibiting a wide variety of pathogens. Peppermint shows potent antibacterial effects in vitro, as well as somewhat weaker antifungal effects.  Peppermint also has antiviral effects in vitro, inhibiting the growth of influenza and herpes viruses (Sarao, 2020). In other words, peppermint blocks growth and spread of germs, it may be nice to travel with it.

 

Aloe (Al-low)

Aloe plant

Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant used for management of various infections since ancient times as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and immune-boosting properties (Jain, 2016). Aloe has very soothing properties, great additions to hand sanitizers, lotions, cosmetics. Aloe Vera contains various powerful antioxidant compounds. The gel contains most of the bio active compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Some of these compounds can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria (Leech,2020).

 

Tea Tree(Tee- tree)

Tea Tree is perfect in hand sanitizers, insect repellent, household cleaners and natural deodorants. It also helps to fight acne and blemishes. Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi. Terpinen-4-ol also appears to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders. These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing (Healthline, 2017).

 

What are your favorite anti-bacterial ingredients? Comment below.

 

 * Before use contact physician

 

 

 

 

References

ER Ekawati and W Darmanto 2019 IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 217 012023. Obtained from article via web. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/217/1/012023/pdf

Jain, Supreet et al. “Antibacterial Effect of Aloe Vera Gel against Oral Pathogens: An In-vitro Study.” Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR vol. 10,11 (2016): ZC41-ZC44. doi:10.7860/JCDR/2016/21450.8890 Obtained via web https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198455/

Leech, Joe. 7 January 2020. “What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?” Obtained from Web. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318591

RxList, 2017. Obtained from Web. https://www.rxlist.com/natural_cold_flu_remedies_slideshow/article.htm.

Sarao, Carolyn, 2020. Obtained from Web. https://www.leaf.tv/5943739/peppermint-oil-for-yeast-infection/

Healthline. Spritzler, Franziska. 21 April 2017. “14 Everyday Uses for Tea Tree Oil”. Obtained from Web https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tea-tree-oil#section1

WebMD, 2020. Obtained from Web. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-700/eucalyptus

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