In terms of what the everyday student might experience placing essential oil on a wart will certainly remove it and the skin will reform without a scar. So that is evidence of anti viral properties of a particular component. Here the argument is whether therapeutic properties can be attached to any particular component and whether it is the whole fresh oil that must be used which has many dozens of components. So general properties can be inferred though. I think we can all agree alcohol is relaxing!
In terms of EOs vs antibiotics they do have very differant actions. EOs will kill the germ while as I understand it antibiotics attach themselves and so modify the germ having the body eliminate the modified germ. Besides the side effects of antibiotics causing cancer etc there is the issue of growing resistence which became evident within years of the first use of penicillin so requiring ever increasing doses and ever increasing side effects..
COMPONENT GROUP PROPERTIES SOURCE
|arbutin||phenol||diuretic, urinary antiseptic||marjoram|
|geraniol||alcohol||antiseptic, hormone like||geranium|
|menthol||alcohol||relaxing, mucolytic, carminative,||peppermint|