Look no further for Natural Food Preservatives, these are all organic, with no harmful chemical toxins.
Essential oils are concentrated liquid mixtures or volatile compounds extracted from plants. They are bioactive compounds, which are full of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. The antibacterial properties of essential oils are extensively documented for their effect on different microorganisms, and they can be used as natural preservatives in foods.
As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has turned a blind eye to the hazards, and ill effects of synthetic food additives, those of us who know better, are turning the other direction. We are choosing to use Essential oils. See the list of ailments, cancers, hyperactivity, and other immunological concerns associated with these chemical additives in our food supply.
In fact, essential oils can act as free radical scavengers, and are an effective treatment for antibiotic-resistant strains, that are making people more sick today than ever.
With essential oils, food preservation can be kept simple and non-toxic, and can actually benefit one's health. The oil's antibacterial properties can keep foods free of contamination and boost the body's antimicrobial defense system.
Here are some essential oils that could play a huge role in future food preservation.
Oregano and Thyme contain Carvacrol a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent. Carvacrol releases lipopolysaccharides, which destroys the outer membrane of bacteria. Carvacrol is also a powerful antioxidant and can keep food from spoiling. Thyme oil is the most efficient essential oil food preservative and will eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes of use. It has also been effective in eliminating E-Coli.
Cinnamon, Rosemary, Sage, Nutmeg, and Turmeric contain Monoterpenes which are effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria.
Clove essential oil is a rich source of Eugenol phenolics. These organic compounds halt the oxidation of other compounds therefore keeping food from spoiling.
Coriander, Lemongrass, Basil, and Sweet Marjoram are both effective against positive strains of negative bacteria.
Check back to see our ever growing list of Essential Oils in food preservation measures.
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