Kill essential oils from germs

Studies show: essential oils are effective against hospital germs
Targeted use of the antibacterial effect against MRSA in clinic operations

13.04.2015 – 10:00


Oy-Mittelberg (ots)

The fight against multi-resistant germs - so-called hospital germs - is now declared a top priority. Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe takes the rapid spread and problematic treatment of stubborn bacteria as an opportunity to tighten hygiene regulations and regulate the administration of antibiotics. Natural essential oils can provide valuable support in the fight against multi-resistant germs. Their far-reaching germicidal effect has been extensively studied.

In addition to the more strictly regulated administration of antibiotics in the future, the 10-point plan from Health Minister Hermann Gröhe (CDU) is primarily about stricter hygiene regulations and corresponding training in clinics. The spread of dangerous, antibiotic-resistant germs such as MRSA can be prevented in a particularly simple, effective and cost-effective manner through the use of aroma care and room fragrances with high-quality, naturally pure essential oils. Essential oils can also make an important contribution to the care of so-called risk patients.

Studies on the effectiveness against MRSA germs

Many studies confirm the antibacterial and indoor air purifying effect of essential oils - since the 1960s *:

210 different types of bacteria were found in a closed room, including stubborn mold and staphylococcus germs. Just 30 minutes after the essential oils had been sprayed, their germicidal properties could be demonstrated. So only four types of germs were detectable.

The result of a study by Dr. Jean Valnet, a prominent aromatherapy advocate in France. He compared the frequency of microbes in a pine forest in Fontainebleau, a large wooded area near Paris, with the air conditions in a Parisian apartment. In the forest there were five microbial germs in one cubic meter of air, whereas in the apartment there were 20,000 germs per cubic meter of air (cbm) and 9 million pathogens were found on the carpet. The enormous antiseptic power of the essential oil of the spruce needles could thus be illustrated.

Thyme (main component thymol), peppermint (menthol) and eucalypthus (eucalypthol), as well as other conifers and herb essences have a strong cleaning effect. Lavender and orange have also been extensively studied. Essential oils can develop their effect even in very subtle doses. A Swiss study ** showed that feeding essential oils (in this case savory) into ventilation systems has been shown to have an antibacterial and thus cleaning effect.

Complexity - the natural recipe against hospital germs

All-natural essential oils - take a closer look at the natural metabolic products of plants that these z. B. protect against insect infestation - bundle the entire immune system of the plant. Due to their versatility, the volatile, strongly scented and fat-soluble oils even effectively fight antibiotic-resistant germs (multi-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA for short).

How can that be?

While antibiotics usually only consist of one substance that the pathogen can easily overcome after a while, essential oils have an extremely complex structure. Some of them contain more than 500 ingredients, the nature of which varies over and over again, depending on the origin, the season and the time of harvest. This complex structure prevents germs and pathogens from "learning" - as with antibiotics. Rather, you have to deal with the essential oil's profile of action over and over again.

Essential oils - useful health aids in everyday life

Experts today agree: If rooms are flavored with essential oils, the burden of bacteria, viruses and fungi is demonstrably reduced. Essential oils are therefore the ideal companion to reduce the risk of infection and contagion - e.g. B. in schools, kindergartens, senior facilities and clinics - to lower. In this way, with simple and natural measures as well as active awareness raising, effective health care can be implemented both in the private and in the business sector.

So-called aromatherapy uses the abilities of essential oils with the aim of maintaining your own health and that of other people. Today aromatherapy is recognized as part of phytomedicine and assigned to science-oriented medicine. While in countries like France and England essential oils are also administered orally by doctors, in Germany the use of essential oils is concentrated on external applications such as massages and rubs as well as measures for gentle room fragrancing. In clinics, aroma care is carried out by trained staff. The products used are subject to the Cosmetics Ordinance, to which the manufacturers must be bound.

For personal use, high-quality aromatherapy products can serve as useful helpers in everyday life to protect yourself from infection. Whether as an airspray, roll-on or as a fragrance mixture for the fragrance lamp - the beneficial and holistic effect of aromatherapy stimulates the body's defenses.

*) Kinadeter, Möhring, Poppe. "Building blocks for a positive microclimate - healthy living and living in the biological force field", Delphin-Verlag Munich 1988, page 278: Prof. Griffon, member of the French pharmaceutical academy and the highest hygiene chamber in France examined the bacteriological purity of the air. Dr. Valnet also refers in his investigations to the findings of the pharmacist Cuthberg Hall from 1904.

**) M.C. Pibiri et al .: Keeping indoor air clean and sanitizing ventilation systems with essential oils, in "The international Journal of Aromatherapy (2006) 16, 149-153 and V. Edward-Jones et al .: The effect of essential oils on methicillin-restistant Staphyloccoccus aureus using a dressing model, in: Burns 30 (2004) 772-777.

Literature: Wabner, Dietrich / Beier Christine: Aromatherapie, Munich 2009 Steflitsch Michaela and Wolfgang: Aromatherapy - Science, Clinic, Practice - Vienna 2007

To raise awareness, the PRIMAVERA Academy trains around 6000 experts in the fields of aromatherapy and natural cosmetics every year. The findings of aromatherapy are also made available to the business world in a separate business area.


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