Antibacterial Essential Oils? There are Many!

I first wrote on the best antibacterial essential oils in 2014. That was a while ago. There’s been quite a bit of essential oil research since then.

But the original study (from 1999) I looked at still applies. Why? Because it compared the antibacterial activity of 52 oils on ten drug resistant bacteria and fungi. Fifty-two oils! There hasn’t been research comparing so many since then. That’s why the study is still so relevant.

Antibacterial essential oils

It found three oils stood above the rest:

  • lemongrass
  • oregano
  • bay
    They weren’t the only strong antibacterial essential oils though. Rosewood, coriander, palmarosa, tea tree, niaouli, peppermint, spearmint, sage, and marjoram also performed well.

    Thyme and vetiver essential oil had great results too.

    I did this graphic a while ago, in my blogspot days. It explains the study I just talked about.

    antibacterial essential oils
    But… Yes, there’s a but. The study didn’t include some powerful antibacterial essential oils like cinnamon!

    Good thing more research has been done on more oils.

    More Antibacterial Essential Oils

    These are a handful of the thousands of studies that look at antibacterial essential oils. Seriously! There are thousands of studies. And new research is published every month.

    So what are you favorite antibacterial essential oils? Which ones do you use to clean and disinfect your home? Let me know in the comments section below. My favorites are tea tree, peppermint and thyme.
    Post first created: September 2014
    Updated: July 2018
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    1. Thanks for sharing this useful post!
      Kelly |

    2. This is indeed an informative post..Disinfecting house is really necessary to create healthy environment..thanks for sharing..❤️

    3. Great info! I love using essential oils!


      Seize your Style

    4. This is such an interesting post! I loved learning more about essential oils! Thanks for sharing!

    5. Oh my goodness, who knew there were so many! I’ve learned loads from this post, thank you hun xx

    6. I thought tea tree was the strongest disinfecting oil. Thanks for sharing this. I’ll be sure to pick these up.

      Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    7. the only essential oil that I use for absolutely everything is tea tree oil! As cleaning agent, as zit cream, for small cuts and wounds, etc etc… it does everything for me.

    8. thanks for sharing this. It’s great to know more about essential oils
      The Glossychic
      Wonder Cottage

    9. Thanks for sharing, I love essential oils and definitely need to buy new ones. xx

      Nora |

    10. I like tea tree but the scent seems to bother my husband. I think I will experiment with bay oil. That sounds like it would be lovely!

      Great post. I love your site!


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