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List of natural anti-bacterials for prepping

Let nature be thy anti-bacterial!
Preppers seeking natural alternatives for dealing with infections
can look to essential oils, plant-based remedies and other
substances found in nature.

Essential oils are a legitimate way to fight bacteria! The U.S.
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health,
published an abstract proving essential oils have antibacterial
activity against strains of six bacterial species.

The illustrious
list of essential oils with antibacterial components
includes:
  1. bergamot essential oil
  2. cinnamon essential oil
  3. clove bud essential oil
  4. geranium essential oil
  5. lemon essential oil
  6. lime essential oil
  7. oregano essential oil
  8. sweet orange essential oil
  9. rosemary essential oil
  10. thyme essential oil

Be sure also to see our popular article on natural antibiotics and
also
learn how to make your own hand sanitizer using essential
oils.

Prepper Anti-bacterials
Below is a list of antibacterials that are all-natural, including
essential oils that have antibacterial properties.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #1: Apple Cider Vinegar.
Braggs Apple cider vinegar has been around for more than 100
years and prized for its health benefits, but apple cider long
before then was used medicinally. The father of modern medicine,
Hippocrates, born 460 B.C., was well aware of the antibacterial
properties of apple cider vinegar and prescribed it to his patients.


Prepper Anti-bacterial #2: Bergamot.
You'll soon recognize bergamot as the citrus addition to Early
Grey Tea.
Bergamot essential oil has infinite uses to preppers,
and among the uses is that its an antibacterial.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #3: Colloidal silver.
Colliodal silver is a powerful antibacterial, making it an important
treatment for burns and it's also an antibiotic. Colloidal silver
soothes a number of skin ailments:

  • soothing burns ~ Curad Silver Solution provides a barrier to
    MRSA (and it says so right on the package).
  • minimizing scarring
  • relieving herpes sores
  • medicating boils
  • mitigating ringworm and
  • dealing with MSRA, also known as the superbug ~ Before
    antibiotics, there was silver! It wasn't until the development
    of penicillin that favor began to turn against colloidal silver,
    but now that antibiotics are losing effectiveness.

In addition to being an antibacterial and antibiotic, it's also an
antifungal. Learn more about colloidal silver benefits and uses.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #4: Camphor essential oil.
Camphor, also called Cinnamomum camphora, is an anti-
inflammatory and antiseptic, as well camphor has therapeutic
properties as both a diuretic, laxative and a stimulant. Camphor
also helps fight cold symptoms.

Camphor is not only a natural antibacterial for the skin to help
fight infections, it's also a natural antibacterial for acne healing!

Prepper Anti0bacterial #5: Clove bud essential oil.
Clove bud is known for easing pain (it's an analgesic ideal for
dental pain). It helps with inflammation and is a local anesthetic.
Clove oil can also be diffused as immune-boosting remedy. What
makes clove bud oil truly interesting is that it has
antifungal
properties that can help to inhibit Candida formation.

Clove bud is also an antifungal.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #6: Cinnamon essential oil.
There are two types of cinnamon essential oil: Cinnamon bark
essential oil and cinnamon leaf oil. Many feel Cinnamomum
zeylanicum (Ceylon from Sri Lanka) is the true cinnamon. A close
cousin is Cinnamomum verum. These are different from the
familiar American version of the spice Cinnamon Cassia. It is
confusing, but when looking for a
cinnamon essential oil, you  
must look for the origin: Sri Lanka.

Cinnamon bark oil, which is a warm and spicy elixir, helps reduce
inflammation, increase circulation, relieve depression, stimulate
immune system, increase libido and more. As a natural digestive
aid, cinnamon bark oil fights parasites. It also fights free radicals
and viruses! Cinnamon is a component of
Thieves oil.

Never apply cinnamon essential oil directly to the skin without a
carrier oil as it's very volatile.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #7: Geranium essential oil.
Geranium essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and
antioxidant properties. And geranium, a natural herbal yet floral
scent, also will ward off mosquitoes. Look for 100% pure
Egyptian geranium oil (Pelargonium Graveolens). Geranium
Essential Oil is widely used for treating the skin for hormonal
acne both to balance and regulate hormones and bacteria in the
body.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #8: Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Grapefruit Seed Extract has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-
fungal properties of interest to preppers. Grapefruit Seed Liquid
Extract is a versatile natural oil known to have antimicrobial,
antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. There are many tablets
on the market, which you can take for anti-bacterial/anti-fungal
maintenance. Grapefruit seed extract helps keep the beneficial
Flora.

Do not take grapefuit seed extract if you are taking certain
medications as it may interact.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #9: Manuka Honey.
Nectar of the gods, honey is a liquid gold, an amazing substance
and gift to mankind. Of particular note is manuka honey, which
has extremely strong antibacterial activity and is a well known
natural healing agent that virtually will never expire!

Honey is an ideal natural antibiotic. Along with first aid
applications, honey has been found to help improve the health of
skin. For people who suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis, or dry
skin, using honey as a topical treatment may help to alleviate
these common skin irritations.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #10: Hydrogen Peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide has an impressive list of prepping uses.   
Certainly hydrogen peroxide is an effective antibacterial for
cleaning wounds.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #11: Lavender essential oil.
Lavender is a natural antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic and a
highly coveted
essential oil for preppers to own.


Prepper Anti-bacterial #12: Lemon essential oil.
Certainly lemons have disinfectant qualities and they have
antibacterial qualities, as well. Just cut a lemon in half and rub
on the surface you want to disinfect. You combine your cleaning
efforts with baking soda to provide a bit of scrubbing action and
vinegar to further disinfect naturally.

You can get the concentrated antibacterial goodness of lemons
with
lemon essential oil.

Here's how to make a natural antibacterial soap from lemons:
Prepper Anti-bacterial #13 Lime Essential Oil.
Lime essential oil is an antibacterial that can sanitize wounds, as
well as household objects, clothes and rooms. As well it's a
popular essential oil to calm anxiety, improve mood, and reduce
stress.

The medicinal qualities that lime essential oil has is astounding.
Lime essential oil can not only fight respiratory infections, such as
bronchitis, coughs, and sore throat, but it can help relieve colds,
fevers, flu, and asthma. Lime essential oil is also known to be
effective against fever, malaria and typhoid.It's an all around
immunity booster!

Prepper Anti-bacterial #14: Myrrh Essential Oil.
Both Frankincense, Myrrh Essential Oil are excellent
antibacterials. Mentioned in the bible often with Frankincense,
myrrh has been used for thousands of years to treat infected
wounds.

Myrrh (botanical name  "Commiphora myrrha") has a warm, rich,
spicy balsamic aroma. Oil of Myrrh comes from the resin of small,
thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. This essential oil is
an oleoresin or natural gum. Oddly Myrrh is used in embalming,
making it an unusual gift for the baby Jesus as it may have been
symbolic; however, Myrrh has qualities which make it an
antibacterial.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #15: Olive Leaf.
Olive leaves contain powerful antioxidants and natural plant
actives that are highly anti-microbial. Olive Leaf was used by the
Egyptians and written about by Hippocrates! Pictured below
Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex is an anti-viral,
anti-bacterial, anti-
fungal. It's a powerful antioxidant that can help give support to
the healthy immune system, cardiovascular system, and joints.
Olive leaf features a natural antioxidant (oleuropein), which
neutralizes harmful free-radicals to bolster immune function.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #16: Oil of Oregano.
An active ingredient in Oil of Oregano is carvacrol, which inhibits
the growth of bacteria. According to Dr. Oz, Oil of Oregano is
effective at "Killing bacteria and can help the immune system
take action against viruses, fungi and parasites." Spicy and
invigorating, Oil of Oregano has been used to support digestive,
respiratory and joint health. Its anti-viral properties enter the
bloodstream to attack viruses too, making it an ideal immune
booster. Right Oregano oil is available in soft gels.


Prepper Anti-bacterial #17: Peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil is an antibacterial and has a wealth of therapeutic
effects. As a bonus, peppermint oil also helps relieve coughs,
headaches, and menstrual cramps. While humans love peppermint
oil, insects don't like it, which is why peppermint oil is effective at
treating fleas on dogs or head lice on humans.


Prepper Anti-bacterial #18: Rosemary Essential Oil.
Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) is known for being
a natural all-around remedy and anti-acterial. With a fresh, sweet
herbal aroma with a mild medicinal undertone, rosemary essential
oil is a warm, camphoraceous, purifying and uplifting oil.

Prepper Anti-bacterial #19: Saliva.
Yes, we're talking spit! Licking is instinctive and helps cleanse a
wound by instantly removing the particles, which you hopefully
spit out! Human and canine saliva has natural antibacterial
properties, which is why wounds in your mouth heal quickly
compared to other parts of your body.

Your instinct to lick a wound is actually a good thing; however,
while saliva is a bactericidal against
Escherichia coli and
Streptococcus, it is only slightly effective. Even so, it is
interesting to note that scientists in the Netherlands have found
that a
compound in human saliva speeds wound healing. So there
you have it: saliva is a natural antibacterial; however, the only
way to increase your saliva production is to drink more water.


Prepper Anti-bacterial #20: Spearmint.
Spearmint essential oil is a naturally antibacterial ingredient.


Prepper antibacaterail #21: Thyme Essential oil.
As a natural analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, and
antifungal, thyme oil is immensely useful to preppers. It's potent
stuff and not for everyone.
Do you dare use thyme essential oil?

What is an antibacterial?
An antibacterial is anything applied to the skin that's active
against bacteria to slow down or halt bacteria. Simply,
antibacterials are agents directed against bacteria. Antibacterials
apply to skin! Saliva has natural antibacterial properties, which is
why wound in your mouth heal quickly, so your instinct to lick a
wound is actually a good thing.

An antibacterial sponge will prevent bacteria from forming on the
sponge. It is not an antibacterial agent; however, it has
antibacterial properties. Bacteria can not live on the surface  of
this sponge.

What's the Difference between Antiseptics, Antibacterials,
Antibiotics, and Disinfectants?

Antiseptics
Antiseptics apply to the skin to prevent the growth and
reproduction of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic is
gentler than a disinfectant, because its applied to living tissue.
The microorganisms an antiseptic deters include bacteria, fungi,
protozoa, and viruses!

Believe it or not, some
mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash
antiseptics include ingredients such as cetylpyridinium chloride,
chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your Dentist), or zinc
chloride.

Antibacterials.
What is an antibacterial? An antibacterial is a substance "active
against bacteria." Bacteria can make you sick quickly. The good
news is that only 0.1% of bacteria you'll encounter will make you
sick.

By now you should know that the best antibacterial is to wash
your hands with ordinary soap and water, and not a chemical
antibacterial. If you want to increase the effectiveness of ordinary
soap and water, then by all means add some bacteria fighting
essential oils to your arsenal!

Antibiotics.
Antibiotics are an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a
microorganism applied topically or orally. Antibiotics are a kind of
antibacterial transported... used
in or on the body to kill or inhibit
the growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no effect on
viruses. See also our article on
antibiotics for preppers.

Antibiotics are a kind of antibacterial, or antimicrobial which
treats against or prevents bacterial infections. They may either
kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Disinfectants.
Disinfectants apply to surfaces (not skin). A disinfectant is a
chemical liquid that destroys bacteria. A disinfectant is stronger
than an antiseptic. It kills bacteria, and also viruses and fungi.

What's the best antibacterial?
By now you should know that the best antibacterial is to wash
your hands with ordinary soap and water, and not a chemical
antibacterial. If you want to increase the effectiveness of ordinary
soap and water, then by all means add some bacteria fighting
essential oils to your arsenal!

Here are
five reasons to stop using antibacterial soap.

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Antibacterial herbs
  1. Bay
  2. bergamot
  3. Calendula
  4. Cardamom
  5. Camphor
  6. Chamomile
  7. Citronella
  8. Cinnamon - also has antifungal properties.
  9. Clove - also has analgesic properties.
  10. Cypress
  11. Echinacea
  12. English lavender (lavender essential oil)
  13. Eucalyptus
  14. Garlic
  15. Geranium essential oil
  16. Ginger
  17. Hyssop
  18. Juniper
  19. Lemongrass
  20. Lemon verbena
  21. Lime
  22. Marjoram
  23. Marshmallow root
  24. Olive leaf
  25. Orange (sweet orange essential oil)
  26. Oregon Grape Root
  27. Oregano Oil
  28. Peppermint essential oil
  29. Pine
  30. Rosemary - Dried rosemary leaves contain up to 20%
    camphor!
  31. Sage
  32. Saliva - go ahead and let your dog lick your wounds!
  33. Spearmint
  34. Sandalwood
  35. Tea Tree
  36. Thyme
  37. Wintergreen
  38. Yarrow

List of Natural Anti-virals
  1. Astragulus
  2. Cat's claw
  3. Cranberry
  4. Ginger
  5. Lemon Balm
  6. Licorice root
  7. Mullein
  8. Olive leaf
  9. Oregano oil

Antibacterials are your friend and lifesaver; however mankind has
abused them. Natural antibacterials are ideal to incorporate into
your everyday life to keep the doctor away! Get into ,essential
oils, including oil of oregano.

Happy endings...
Ditch the antibacterial soaps! Preppers need antibacterials for
survival, though they don't necessarily need manufactured
antibacterial soap. Ordinary soap and water may be as effective
at killing germs than antibacterials soaps if not better. Add
essential oils and you're on the natural path towards health so
you can live happily ever after.

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