An antiseptic is a chemical compound that combats dangerous micro-organisms found on the surface of your skin, whether as a preventative measure or as a treatment for present infections.
An antiseptic is different from an antibiotic in that it does not fight dangerous micro-organisms found in the body. Antibiotics usually fight infections through the lymphatic system.
When it comes to caring for rashes, burns and wounds, many people are unaware of the benefits of using a natural antiseptic. An artificially produced antiseptic can actually be detrimental to your health, whereas a natural antiseptic can only be beneficial.
The Dangers of an Artificial Antiseptic
A debacle has recently emerged in the medical community over a chemical compound known as triclosan. Found in many antiseptic products, from soaps and handwashes to toothpaste (and sometimes even socks!), triclosan has been found to inhibit a certain enzyme that is necessary for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Oral antiseptics, such as Listerine and other mouthwashes, are used by many people on a daily basis. Unbeknownst to many, these mouthwashes commonly have a high chemical and alcohol content. For parents of children who regularly use mouthwash, this may come as distressing news. There have even been some shocking reports of people dying from intentionally ingesting large quantities of mouthwash for the alcohol.
The Benefits of an All-Natural Antiseptic
Natural products are usually safer than artificially produced ones. Especially in the field of medicine, natural products are generally known to be far less likely to produce unwanted side-effects.
Buchu: A Miracle Herb
The Buchu plant, indigenous to the Western Cape region of South Africa, has been used by South African locals for generations. Besides being a natural antiseptic, it is also an anti-inflammatory and an anti-fungal.
Prof. Patrick Bouic of Stellenbosch Universitys Immunology department has done some definitive research on the efficacy of Buchu. The research has shown that Buchu oil is rich in vitamins A, B and E; as well as iron, calcium and diosphenol.
Diosphenol is a naturally occurring antiseptic which is widely considered to be an effective antioxidant as well, combating free-radicals throughout the body. Vitamin A guards against viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, and together with vitamin E – also known as an anti-oxidant, an effective aid to healthy circulation, blood clotting and wound healing – these compounds make Buchu oil an effective antiseptic.
Where to Find Natural Buchu Antiseptics
Browse www.buchulife.com today for a range of herbal wellness products that use the miraculous oil of the Buchu plant, which has been approved by the WHO, FDA and EU.