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With an increased resistance of micro-organisms to manufactured antibiotics, there has been a resurgence of interest in antiseptic oils. Most essential oils have natural antiseptic properties because the plants from which there are extracted produce them to protect themselves from invading micro­ organisms.Tea tree is one of the best known and most versatile essential oils with powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, yet it's gentle enough to treat children.

Treating infections

Antibacterial oils can be used for a number of treatments. A cold compress with a few drops of thyme or lavender, for example, can be applied to cuts and grazes. Urinary infections respond well to aromatic bathing, while chest rubs, dry and steam inhalations can be used to treat viral colds and symptoms of flu. Skin infections require gentler antiseptic action. Lavender and tea tree are ideal as these are the only oils that should be applied neat to spots.

Use the antiseptic properties of essential oils such as lavender to combat infections and to treat grazes and cuts.