Some of the most effective antiseptic essential oils include: Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree, Benzoin, Clove, Myrrh, Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Pine, Thyme and Rosemary.

Anticeptic herbs include: Arnica, Arrowroot, Camphor, Echinacea and Barberry,

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifola) is known throughout the world for its protective properties against infections, and may be the hands-down most popular antiseptic essential oil. The leaves have been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin infections, and with ten times the antiseptic power of phenol (a benchmark chemical used in studying antimicrobial action) Tea Tree is a must for every natural first aid kit. One of the safest and most effective ways of controlling minor infections is the immediate intervention action of Tea Tree. For minor ear, nose, throat, respiratory and general skin infections, Tea Tree essential oil will give quick healing support. Tea tree’s tolerability allows it to be used for longer periods of time without the slightest irritation. A drop on a Band-Aid can keep the reddening indication of infection from children’s cuts and scrapes, and when combined with Lavender, makes a soothing rendition of Grandma’s healing tincture.

Lavender essential oil is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, plus a stress reducer, especially for kids, and is helpful in the healing of small burns, cuts and insect bites. Lavender is an excellent soothing agent for nearly every situation; its aroma will bring calm - a useful effect in many situations where an antiseptic is required. For healing unbroken skin such as burns, apply Lavender ‘neat’ to the wound several times a day; insect bites also get a ‘neat’ treatment. For cuts and scrapes, keep a one-to-one blend of Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils available for the best all-purpose antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving solution. for the young ones. This soothing, antiseptic formula can be applied directly to the skin in small amounts, or applied to dressings before application.

For skin that is infected, or has eruptions, soaking in an aromatherapy bath can provide great relief as well as results. You can create an aromatherapy bath by adding a few drops of your specified essential oil directly into the bath water, or by using fresh herbs, crushed seeds, or roots which have been added to a muslin or mesh bag.

These can be infused into the bath water. Whichever method you prefer, make sure that the water is hot and that you soak for at least 20-30 minutes. Keeping the bathroom door closed will allow the steam to remain in the room adding greater benefits to your aromatherapy bath.

Before adding essential oils to bath water, make sure that they won’t cause skin irritation. If your skin can handle it, Garlic oil is highly antiseptic and cleansing but if you find it too harsh for topical application, take it either raw or in capsule form for internal healing as well.

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