I study a lot about essential oils and herbs since it is my business and I hope to get licensed as a doctor of natural medicine and would be using these in my consultations and work.
The following is a short article a friend sent me awhile back (please note that the article was written in 1927, and just imagine how much healthier the world would be if the advice had been taken and acted on.)
I mentioned many months ago that I'd read an interesting article on the germ-killing properties of essential oils. Many of you indicated you'd be interested in the list, but then I had a heck of a time finding the magazine
and article again. Well, I finally found it. It was in the Oct. 2000 issue of NATURAL HOME, on page 20, in a section called "Environmentor."
The information is from The Mystery and Lure of Perfume, by C.J.S. Thompson, published in England in 1927. It reports on studies done in France at the Institut Pasteur and others.
"In a further test of the action of the oils upon organisms usually encountered in the air, on walls, or in the human body, certain bacteria
were exposed to the emanations from essential oils for various periods. The results went to prove that many of the bacteria were killed in less than an hour by the evaporation of certain oils, and in some cases after only a few minutes. Arranged in order of their bactericidal properties, these essential oils are as follows:
Cinnamon Cloves Verbena Lavender Patchouli Angelica Juniper Sandal Cedar Thyme Lemon Pine Wormwood and extracts of Jasmine and Tuberose."
Hence, our friends the plant allies may once again prove to be more effective cleaning/healing agents than all the new synthetic compounds.