Ode to Orange Essential oil

Orange essential oils have been studied in their ability to reduce bacteria on surfaces. How do they do it?

Orange essential oil is diffused through the air and lands on the bacteria and then just rips the bacteria cell walls open. Or orange essential oil is wiped on the surface of bacteria and then just rips the bacteria cell wall open. Specifically, it “inhibits the growth of Staph. aureus, causes gene expression changes consistent with the inhibition¬†of cell wall synthesis, and triggers cell lysis”

So sweet, innocent oranges are slaying bacteria? ¬†If its good enough for the Journal of Hospital Infection, it’s good enough for me.