Candles With Essential Oils Kill BacteriaCandles With Essential Oils Kill Bacteria - Candles containing a synergy of essential oils can be used for more than just setting a mood and smell pretty. According to a new British study they also kill bacteria, essential oils, such as eucalyptus, orange, litsea and thyme can destroy bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus(staph) on surfaces.  The findings show a new way to destroy bacteria, Gaunt and Higgins worked on the project with John Hughes a professor at the University of South Hampton.

The scientist used essential oils of orange, palmarosa, may chang, thyme, and an element of tea tree essential oil called beta-pinene to make the candles, this synergy of essential oils demonstrated a nearly 100% reduction in bacteria. The staph bacteria was killed within 1hour, but it took about 5 hours to destroy the E. coli bacteria. It's believed that adding these essential oils to candles can help kill bacteria in the environment. It's believed that the candle flame and essential oil components bind and work together for a sterilizing effect.

For comparison purposes the scientist tested plain wax candles without essential oils, the plain wax candles had no effect on bacteria, and vapor created by the essential oil had little or no effect on bacteria.

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by the University of South Hampton and from an article posted on WebMD. If you wish to read the news releases follow these links as the original source.

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