Many people are familiar with Tea Tree as a super oil that is active on three levels: antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. But there are MORE super oils that contain all three of these properties as well. Take a look to discover which essential oils belong in your home apothecary and wellness toolkit. This post may contain affiliate links.
Super oils: Antifungal, Antibacterial and Antiviral essential oils
- Laurel Leaf (Bay) Essential Oil (Laurus nobilis) (avoid during pregnancy)
- Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil (avoid during pregnancy)
- Citronella Essential Oil (avoid during pregnancy)
- Clove Bud Essential Oil (always use highly diluted)
- Fragonia Essential Oil
- Ho Wood Essential Oil
- Kanuka Essential Oil
- Manuka Essential Oil
- May Chang (Litsea Cubeba) Essential Oil
- Melissa Essential Oil – Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) (avoid during pregnancy)
- Niaouli Essential Oil
- Oregano (Origanum) Essential Oil. (avoid during pregnancy)
- Palmarosa Essential Oil.
- Rosalina Essential Oil
- Sage Essential Oil (avoid during pregnancy)
- Savory Winter Essential Oil
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
- Thyme (red) Essential Oil (avoid during pregnancy)
Always use essential oils diluted in a carrier oil when applying to the skin topically. Take care when selecting oils for use during pregnancy-many are not suitable during this time. Do not ingest essential oils.
Top 10 fighter oils for defending your immune and body systems
If you were going into the jungle (or on an airplane breathing recirculated air), what essential oils would provide your best defense? I would choose oils that pack the most punch, have the greatest versatility, and are reasonably affordable. Here are my top 10 picks:
- Tea tree-(Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Oregano-(Origanum vulgare)
- Peppermint-(Mentha piperita)
- Niaouli-(Melaleuca quinquenervia)
- Thyme-(Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool)
- Frankincense-(Boswellia carterii)
- Eucalyptus-(Eucalyptus globules)
- Ravensara-(Ravensara aromatica)
- Rosemary-(Rosmanarius officinalis)
- Lemongrass-(Cymbopogon flexuosus)
Choosing a synergistic blend
Sometimes you need to have a go to blend on hand. Nature Notes can help. Here are 3 synergistic essential oil blends containing many of the above super oils. Here’s how to use them:
How I use Medik EO blend
This blend contains members of the melaleuca family. It has a slight medicinal aroma, but is balanced with refreshing peppermint and pine. This blend is useful for use in a diffuser, in the shower or sauna, or diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically to the skin to help deal with skin rashes and the like.
How I use Sheild EO blend
This is one powerful smell! Since it contains 2 different kinds of thyme, plus oregano, you know it means business. I can’t really say that it smells good- but it when you want to protect your immune system it really doesn’t matter. Best used in the diffuser, but you can also dilute it in a carrier oil to use as a body oil (especially on the feet before bed). If you have sensitive skin, be careful doing this- the oils may irritate you, even when diluted.
How I use Superhero EO blend
This combination has a citrus hit, with grounding vetiver and cleansing juniper. I like it in the diffuser when I need to work and focus, while the oils do their job cleaning the air I’m breathing.