Hand lotion should be a daily use for everyone, It helps keep the skin on your hands supple and healthy. By infusing the hand lotion with the correct ingredients will increase its benefits and provide extra aid to your skin. Another benefit of hand lotion is the ability to heal damaged skin, damaged skin is susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.
Red Thyme Essential Oil – Thymus Vulgaris Thujanol
Masking, Perfuming, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Microbial, Anti-septic
The oil is often used when recovering from an illness or medical treatment, it prevents infection and treats respiratory infections (Battaglia, 2003). Red thyme essential oil is extracted from a medicinal herb which makes the oil acts as an antiseptic, antifungal and bactericidal (Essoil, 2016). The ancient Greeks and Romans have used thyme as a medicinal herb, a sprig of thyme was often carried into early courtrooms to protect against disease, Egyptians have also used it as an antiseptic
Tea Tree Essential Oil Melaleuca alternifolia
Tea tree oil is popular for its antibacterial activity, research shows that the oil has the ability to damage the cells walls of the bacteria, making it easier for the body to fight it (Cox et al., 2001). Research into this oil carried out in Australia also proves this oil to have antiviral properties, the oil was put against different viruses and the oil showed resistance against many of them (Carson, Hammer and Riley, 2006). Tea tree oil is also known to be antifungal; it has the ability to kill a range of fungi and yeast. A study was carried outputting the oil against candida albicans, a yeast that affects the skin, throat and mouth, positive results were seen from the study (Mertas et al., 2015)
Pine Scotch Essential Oil – Pinus Sylvestris
Antimicrobial, Masking, Fragrance
Pine essential comes from the pine tree, which is also known as the Christmas tree, just like the oils above this oil also has many benefits. Pine scotch essential oil has many applications, it’s used in aromatherapy can be used on skin and hair, its most popular application is medicinal. Pine essential oil known to support immune function, clear the respiratory tract and also address the symptoms of flu such as cough, sinusitis, and asthma (Pine Essential Oil – Benefits & Uses of Uplifting and Invigorating Oil, 2018). Some researchers have also claimed that pine essential oil can also be applied to the skin as an antimicrobial, however, more research needs to be done on this claim (Cherney and Rose Wilson, 2019).
Litsea Essential Oil – Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil
One of the main components of Litsea oil is Citral, which makes up approximately 70% of the oil. This, along with other ingredients such as aldehydes and alcohol give the oil its strong antibacterial and antiseptic qualities (Backe, 2017). The research was carried out on the effect the oil had on E. coli cells, results showed that once the oil was applied on the cells, the cell growth was lagged and the majority of the cells died within the first 2 hours or were heavily damaged, they concluded from this that this oil has a lot of properties to be a natural agent not only to be used in aromatherapy but also as micro bacterial agent (Li et al., 2014).
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil – Eucalyptus Radiata
Purifying, Cleansing, Antimicrobial, Anti-septic, Antibacterial
The chemical components of the oil is what gives its range of properties. Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its ability to reduce and eliminate harmful surface and airborne bacteria upon contact, it can be used on the skin, in aromatherapy and as a surface cleaning agent (Eucalyptus Oil Benefits and Uses – For Pain Relief and Skin Care, 2017). If the oil is used in its vaporized form it helps to clear sinusitis, stuffy nose and stops coughs and colds from spreading (Lyth, Charles and Howell, 2020).
Anise Star Essential Oil – Illicium Verum
Anise star essential oil is made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree, its usage is quite popular in the culinary world and the medicinal world. Its constituents are what gives its range of properties. Two of the most important components of this oil are its flavonoids and polyphenols, they are primarily responsible for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (Aly, Sabry, Shaheen and Hathout, 2016). The oil is also known to have antiseptic properties and provides the skin with an effective protective layer against any infections and sepsis (Nagdeve, 2019).
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