The book, "The practice of Aromatherapy, A classic compendium of

plant medicines & their healing properties" by Jean Valnet, MD

Edited by Robert Tisserand.



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Chapter 3 Nature's Antiseptics



"The essence of cloves kills the tuberculosis bacillus at a strength

of one part to six thousand....The antiseptic power of the essence

is such that even if used in a 1% dilution, it is still 3-4 times

more active than phenol. The essence of thyme is an excellent

antiseptic, obviously on account of the thymol it contains. Much has

been written on the bactericidal power of the peroxidised essence

(i.e. the essence oxidised to a higher degree) at a strength of

1.5%. The aqueous solution at 5% kills the typhus in 2 minutes. It

can kill the colon bacillus in 2-8 minutes, streptococcus and the

diphtheric bacillus in 4 minutes, staphylococcus in 4-8 minutes and

the tuberculosis bacillus in 30-60 minutes. At a strength of 0.1%,

the peroxidised essence of thyme in a diluted solution of soapy

water destroys the mouth's microbial flora within 3 minutes. The

essence of sandalwood is a specific for the disinfection of the

urinary tract, generally taken in capsules of 0-25g. Other essences

are also powerful urinary disinfectants, in particular juniper,

lavender and turpentine.



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The essence of lemon is second to none in its antiseptic and

bactericidal properties. The works of Morel and Rochaix have

demonstrated that the vapours of lemon essence neutralize the

meningococcus in 15 minutes, the typhus bacillus in less than an

hour, pneumococcus in 1-3 hours, Staphylococcus aureus in 2 hours

and haemolytic streptococcus in 3-12 hours. The essence itself

neutralises the typhus bacillus and staphylococcus in 5 minutes and

the diphtheric bacillus in 20 minutes. A few drops of lemon will rid

an oyster of 92% of its micro-organisms in 15 minutes.



The essence of German camomile has a constituent called azulene with

surprising bacteriostatic properties. At a strength of 1 part to

2000, it is efficacious against Staphylococcus aureus, haemolytic

streptococcus (agent of scarlet fever and acute rheumatoid

arthritis), and the Proteus vulgaris. Infected wounds have been

healed using a concentration of between 1 to 85,000 and 1 to

170,000.



The antiseptic properties of the essences of cinnamon, peppermint

and lavender are described in separate sections. I shall mention

here simply that the essence of cinnamon will kill the typhus


bacillus in a dilution of 1 part in 300."



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