We've been asked by several customers what makes our antibacterial hand care range smell SO darn good. We use four key essential oils in this range, and in addition to smelling amazing these oils have the added bonus of some real and practical antibacterial and antiviral properties. Read on for some interesting facts and information about these beautiful essential oils:
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
What's not to love about Lemon essential oil - it's like an aromatic hit of summer on the senses: uplifting, full of goodness, and imparting high vibes into every mood. But aside from it's happy personality profile, Lemon also offers some very real practical applications for anti infectious and antiviral use. The oil is packed full of aldehydes - chemical compounds that have a broad spectrum of activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses. The high level of aldehydes found naturally in lemon are one of the reasons it was a traditional and effective cleaning aid and also traditionally used in herbal medicine as a treatment for colds and flu. It's a great all round cleanser!
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Most of us know that Lavender is a go-to oil for stress and relaxation thanks to the Linalool content (a terpene also found in cannabis!) but did you also know that the complex composition of chemicals found within true Lavender oil have been demonstrated to have a strong antiseptic effect against Staphylococcus aureus (otherwise known as MRSA), strong antiviral activity against Herpes simplex, and strong antibacterial properties against bacterial strains such as E-Coli. This beautiful plant gifts us an oil that offers so much more than just relaxation. It's a potent protector and we love working with it!
THYME ESSENTIAL OIL
Thyme essential oil, has been studied and analysed in great depth for it's antibacterial and antiviral properties. As with Lavender, it's a power house for suppressing infections and has been used within herbal medicine for centuries, long before the chemical components that make it so potent were able to be identified and analysed. It contains high levels of compounds called thymols which are antibacterial and antifungal, while simultaneously having low toxicity to humans and animals. It's antiviral nature has also been demonstrated in scientific studies of essential oils and influenza, where it successfully suppressed the virus by 100% after an exposure time of 30 mins.
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
Rosemary is an incredibly energising oil and we love working with it when the days seem long and we need a little more mid afternoon va-va-voom! In addition to being a like a fragrant espresso shot, it's also incredibly useful for antibacterial and antimicrobial applications. A recent scientific study looked at the use of Rosemary as an antibacterial agent in foods, and found that it was active against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella choleraesuis. It's also a potent antioxidant and one of our favourite skincare ingredients, although due it's potency it has to be treated with some respect.
Our affordable antibacterial range which launched earlier this year may smell good, but the oils that are in this range are there to do more than just smell great. Our alcohol sanitiser has all of the above wonderful oils, in addition to 65%+ pure alcohol to kill germs on contact. It smells wonderful, AND is effective. We know you love it too, thanks to all the fantastic reviews that you have left for us. Thank you. We feel privileged to have been able to provide something to help us all stay safer this year.