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Top 4 Antibacterial Essential Oils

Top 4 Antibacterial Essential Oils

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Antibacterial essential oils - Dr. Axe

If you could get the support you needed to fight bacteria from a natural resource, why wouldn’t you? Interestingly, most prescription medicines are actually modeled after essential oils derived from plants, and whenever possible,  I suggest opting for a natural approach first and foremost. That’s why if you’re looking to fight bacteria, there’s no better option than a combination of healthy foods and antibacterial essential oils.

The reason for this is that when we put synthetics in our bodies, our bodies don’t know how to process these so-called foreign substances. And even if the medicine eliminates the problem, it’s likely to cause another. It can greatly interfere with our hormones, endocrine system, brain function and much more. Of course, it’s critical that you’re educated before you try any substance, whether synthetic or natural, but in most cases, the natural approach benefits you most, especially in the long run. A study published in Neuropharmacology shared that when synthetics were consumed, it caused issues with brain functionality by “impairing cognitive function” and memory. (1)

Another reason is that prescribed antibiotics can make bacterial strains antibiotic resistant. In other words, synthetic forms of antibiotics typically kill the good bacteria that resides in our bodies, and we need that good bacteria to stay healthy. At the same time, many antibiotics are not effective at killing bacteria at all because the infection you’re trying to fight becomes resistant to the medication due to its widespread use. Hand sanitizers are the perfect example of this antibacterial overkill.

That’s why you should cut back on the antibacterial soap and prescription meds and instead opt for these antibacterial essential oils.


Top 4 Antibacterial Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for centuries, fighting everything, whether we’re talking essential oils for anxiety and depression to essential oils for arthritis and allergies, so the idea of using them to fight infection is not anything new. They’ve been used to stave off anything from disease-causing bacteria and viruses to fungus. Ultimately, evidence shows that antibacterial essential oils can effectively kill bacteria without becoming resistant to it making, them great antibacterial and antimicrobial resources.

What I’ve found in clinical practice and consistent in medical literature is that oregano, cinnamon, thyme and tea tree oils are some of the most effective antibacterial essential oils for fighting bacterial infections.

1. Cinnamon Oil

Not only do I love the taste of cinnamon and use it all the time in my wellness tonics, baking and on my gluten-free oatmeal, but it’s even better knowing that every time I consume it, I’m fighting off potential bad bacteria in my body.

Studies published in the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice were conducted on the effectiveness of cinnamon oil against “planktonic E. faecalis” in a root canal procedure. The results showed that the cinnamon essential oil eliminated bacterial growth after seven and 14 days of procedure, making it a compatible natural option.

The study concluded that “Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oil is an efficient antibacterial agent against planktonic and biofilm E. faecalis and has can be a great antimicrobial agent in root canal treatment. (2)

2. Thyme Oil

Thyme oil is great as an antimicrobial. Studies were conducted at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Food Science and Technology to evaluate its effect against bacteria found in milk and salmonella. Like with the cinnamon essential oil, droplets of thyme essential oil with the GRAS recognition (generally recognized as safe) were placed on the bacteria.

The results, published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, indicate that the “nanoemulsions” could be great options for protecting our bodies from bacteria by using thyme oil as an antimicrobial preservative for food. Wouldn’t this be a better choice than the usual chemical approach? Of course! (3)

Top four antibacterial essential oils - Dr. Axe

3. Oregano Oil

Interestingly, yet not surprisingly, bacterial resistance to standard antibiotics has become a big problem in the health industry. This has brought more attention to plants as possible alternatives to fight bad bacteria.

Studies have shown that oregano oil and silver nanoparticles, also known as colloidal silver, have potent antibacterial activity against some drug-resistant bacterial strains. Results showed that both individual and combined treatments provided reduction in cell density, which gives way to antimicrobial activity through the disruption of cells. Overall, these results indicate that oregano essential oil can be an alternative in the control of infections. (4, 5)

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an amazing alternative to fighting bacteria topically. Research out of India showed that tea tree oil was effective against E. coli and staph infections when combined with eucalyptus, one of my recommendations for helping fight infections found in chest colds. The studies revealed that upon application, there was an immediate effect followed by a slow-released effect over a 24-hour period. This means that there is an initial cellular response at the moment of utilization, but the oils appear to continue working within the body, making it a great option as an antimicrobial as well. (6)

I recommend mixing one of these oils, or a combination, with one teaspoon of Manuka honey and/or coconut oil and applying topically to the affected area. You can even combine one drop each of oregano oil, cinnamon and thyme with Manuka honey and take it as a tonic, though I always suggest you ensure that you’re fully educated about all oils before ingesting them, especially if you have a medical condition or are pregnant or breast-feeding. Ultimately, what’s great about these oils is that they’re more gentle on the gut lining and can be used for short periods internally, and longer externally, as long as your doctor approves and you don’t have any negative reaction to them.

Many of my patients have great results against bacterial infections when working with a protocol that includes antibacterial essential oils, bone broth and probiotics.


Benefits and Uses of Antibacterial Essential Oils

1. Fight Bacterial Infections, such as Candida and E. Coli

Essential oils have been known to exhibit antibacterial properties for a very long time. A study was conducted using 52 different essential oils against various bacterial strains, including candida, salmonella and staph infections, along with skin infections and pneumonia. Two oils that the study specifically noted as being most effective were thyme essential oil and vetiver oil. This is why many pharmaceuticals may be looking to plant extracts to play a role in medicine and as preservatives. (7)

2. Combat Staph Infections

Several oils were studied at the Department of Biological Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University against various staph infections, including patchouli oil, tea tree oil, geranium oil, lavender oil and grapefruit seed extract. They were used individually and in various combinations to evaluate how effective they may be in providing antibacterial activity against “three strains of Staphylococcus aureus specifically Oxford S. aureus NCTC 6571 (Oxford strain), Epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (EMRSA 15) and MRSA (untypable).”

When used as vapors, the combination of grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were most effective as antibacterial agents, as was a combination of geranium and tea tree oil. (8)

3. Help Fight Infections Found in Hospitals

It’s no wonder that some people are uncomfortable when going to hospitals due to the numerous infections that are found there. Several essential oils were tested against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause severe problems with infections involving soft tissue, bone or implants. Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil showed positive results in their ability to fight several bacteria. In fact, these oils have been used in medicinal environments against various strains that have become resistant to other preventive medicines.

Further testing was evaluated using other essential oils, including thyme, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon, grapefruit, clove, sandalwood, peppermint, kunzea and sage oil. Most effective were thyme, lemon, lemongrass and cinnamon oil — however, all oils showed considerable antibacterial protection as effective topical treatments. (9)

4. May Battle MARCoNS

MARCoNS is a tricky strain of bacteria defined as multiple antibiotic-resistant coagulase negative staph. MARCoNS is challenging because it has this unique ability to protect itself from treatment, even antibiotics, by forming a protective biofilm.

According to research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, certain antimicrobial essential oils were able to get rid of bacteria within biofilms much better than prescribed antibiotics. The study tested a few essential oils to see how well they could be at killing biofilms formed by “Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PAO1), Pseudomonas putida (KT2440), and Staphylococcus aureus SC-01. P. aeruginosa” which is a bacteria found in soil, water and animals, providing the perfect pathway into the human body. Because biofilms are able to avoid treatment with antibiotics and may cause severe, even deadly, infections, there is a need for other safe and effective treatments that don’t create resistance to these dangerous strains. Cinnamon essential oil has been studied and may have the much-needed antibacterial fighting protection. (10)

5. Stave Off Bacteria While Traveling

Bacteria enters the body through openings, such as the mouth, ears and nose. You can eat them if the animal or plant you consume contains a virus or bacteria. They can be obtained through swimming in or drinking bacteria-infected water. These invaders can even get into the body through the pores of the skin.

But one of these easiest ways to get an infection is through the air. You can breathe it in, which may lead the bacteria to the lungs. This is why it is so important to cover your mouth when sneezing.

Traveling, especially in airports and train stations, can put you in a highly bacteria-susceptible position. We all have to breathe, but taking some precautions before, during and after travel can really help. I have a favorite tonic that I like to take the day before and the day of travel. I basically make a tonic using the ingredients from my Secret Detox Drink, but I add a drop of oregano oil, which is a natural antibiotic that can help fight off invaders as you come into contact with them. Oregano essential oil was used in research to show its efficacy against certain bacterial strains. Results indicated that oregano essential oil contained positive bacteria-fighting and antimicrobial effects. (11, 12)

 

Antibacterial essential oils benefits - Dr. Axe

 


How to Use Antibacterial Essential Oils

As I noted above, there are a few ways to use some of the essential oils. You can use them internally, (only if 100 percent pure), topically and by diffusing them. Here are a couple of my favorite antibacterial fighting recipes.

Antibacterial Super Tonic

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a glass and stir well. Once combined, drink.

Precaution: This should only be consumed if approved by your physician and through proper educational resources. It’s important that you’re certain that the oils you’re using are pure and approved for ingestion, as many oils have been combined with other ingredients. Always carefully read the label.

Antibacterial Super Topical Tonic

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 drop tea tree oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop vetiver oil
  • 1 drop lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or in the palm of your hand.
  2. Apply on the abdomen or directly on the infected area outside the body twice a day.
  3. If you notice any irritation, stop using immediately.

Precautions with Antibacterial Essential Oils

There are many antimicrobial, antibiotic and antibacterial essential oils that may be hugely beneficial to fighting existing infections as well as preventing them in the first place. Regardless, essential oils are a highly concentrated extraction from plants and need to be used with proper education. Make sure to check with your doctor, and if you doctor does not have any knowledge, find a holistic or functional medicine doctor in your area. You can search for functional medicine doctors to see who may be available in your area.


Final Thoughts on Antibacterial Essential Oils

  • Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, as is antibacterial overkill that leads to more bad bacteria spreading. Thankfully, antibacterial essential oils can help avoid this.
  • The top four antibacterial essential oils are cinnamon, thyme, oregano and tea tree oils. These antibacterial essential oils have been shown to fight bacterial infections like candida and E. coli, combat staph infections, help fight infections found in hospitals, potentially battle MARCoNS, and stave off bacteria while traveling.

Feng Shui – Wood

Feng Shui – Wood

In Feng Shui, wood energy is important for growth, development, and planning. In order to have balanced family and money lives, you need it in the western and northwestern areas of your home. One of the best ways to keep things flowing is to burn Feng Shui wood incense, which comes with the right mix of essential oils to fill your space with fragrance and good energy. Watch family matters grow smoother and prosperity come effortlessly. …

Boost Your Immunity

Boost Your Immunity

Essential Oil Recipe

Boost your immunity during the cold and flu season by using the following blend of essential oils on a daily basis:

Add the following essential oils to 1 ounce carrier oil:

5 drops Cinnamon

5 drops Clove

5 drops Eucalyptus

5 drops Lemon

5 drops Lime

5 drops Oregano

5 drops Peppermint

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Spearmint

Swirl gently until all oils are thoroughly mixed. Put 8 – 10 drops into your bath. Wear 2 – 4 drops as a body perfume. Use 15 – 20 drops as a massage. Place 3 – 5 drops into water added to an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

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Essential Oils for Pain

Essential Oils

If there is one thing you should have in your household at all times, it should be essential oils because they are the jack of all trades. They can be used for a variety of things such as cleaning our homes, fighting off colds, getting rid of skin imperfections, and providing us with a better sense of relief when we are in pain. Essential oils can treat headaches, muscle pain, tooth aches, cramps, neuropathy – the list could go on! With the collection of essential oils available, you can easily determine which works best for you and which to use in the event you are sensitive to another.

Safe Ways to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can ease pain by massaging into the affected area or through aromatherapy. You should remember to dilate your oils with a carrier oil or water before doing either. Essential oils should never be used without diluting it first because the skin either does not respond well or at all to highly concentrated areas.  The type of essential oils you decide to use will also determine its effectiveness depending on the issue you wish to address.

Eucalyptus

This essential oil provides both analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is best applied directly on the body or by adding a couple of drops into your bath. The spicy, warm oil is taken from the leaves and bark of a eucalyptus tree. The skin readily absorbs eucalyptus where it soon relieves pain caused by strains, sprains, aches, or nerves. It is also perfect for those who need to clear sinus congestion or have an insect bite.

Lavender

Lavender is a soothing, fragrant oil that is perfect for muscle or joint pain as well as stress. Applying or inhaling it can help promote better sleep if you are suffering from insomnia, stress, or restlessness because of pain prior to bedtime. If you deal with frequent headaches or migraines, lavender can also help, and you may place the oil on your temples for quick relief.

Rosemary

Another wonderful oil to try for migraines, headaches, and muscle or joint pain would be rosemary. If you struggle with concentrating or would like to improve your memory, this essential oil is the thing to use. Rosemary has an antidepressant effect too that is safe for all ages, but should be avoided by pregnant women.

Juniper

Juniper is not well-known to people, but it is probably one of the most relevant essential oils in regards to pain relief, anti-spasmodic, and anti-rheumatic. This means that it is especially helpful for those who have to deal with muscle spasms and the pain it causes. Joint aches and pain commonly lined with arthritis and fibromyalgia are reduced when Juniper is applied around the area.

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Essential Oils for SAD

Essential Oils that Provide Relief for Sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the following essential oils can provide relief and emotional support: Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose Otto, and/or Ylang Ylang.

Try placing 8 to 10 drops of one of the essential oils into your bath water; Wear 2 to 4 drops as a body perfume; Add 3 to 5 drops to water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

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Using Essential Oil Massage for Cancer Healing

How to Use Essential Oil Massage for Cancer Healing 

by Ty Bollinger

Since before the time of record keeping, essential oils have been used to support the body, mind, and spirit. Many ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Chinese highly prized essential oils, and valued them as sources of healing to include in their traditions of medicine.

These days the many beneficial properties of essential oils are best realized when utilized as an adjunct or supplement to other treatments for inflammation, and those that help heal from or prevent disease. Use essential oils in combination with a diet of healthy, real, natural foods that are chemical-, pesticide-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free.

The Dangers of Inflammation

One of the ways your body responds to stress is by creating inflammation, regardless to whether this is stress from your environment, lifestyle, or diet. The result will be an inflamed or heated area.

For example, catching a cold you are likely to incur a fever, which is a type of inflammation that your body uses to eradicate an invading virus. Of course, this is a beneficial and acute kind of inflammation. However, there is a modern-day epidemic that is destroying the balance of your body – chronic, low-grade inflammation.

You become more susceptible to disease and aging when your body is confronted with constant inflammatory response. Slowly, but surely, environmental and dietary toxins build up in your body, activating your immune system, keeping it on high alert, and hyper-reactive, all in a state of inflammation. Stress, chronic food allergies or sensitivities, and leaky gut are also sources of inflammation.

Healing Touch & Essential Oils

Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties: frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender, turmeric, and clove oils, just to name a few. Combining these oils gives you extra power to fight the dreaded inflammation that is so prevalent in bodies at risk of, or dealing with cancer.

A wonderful way to get the powerful benefits of these or any essential oil is through the healing touch of massage. Using touch in healing is a practice derived from techniques and customs that are as rooted in human history as essential oils. Originally massage was a sacred system of natural healing. Over extensive periods in history, cultural shifts have perverted this ancient art so it’s viewed as merely an indulgence, rather than the beneficial supplement to healing that it is.

Luckily, today, there has been a resurgence in the understanding of this form of holistic therapy. Nowadays it’s well-accepted that massage has the ability to reduce pain, improve lymphatic flow, enhance immune function, increase alertness, and ease depression, among other benefits.

As you probably know, there are many different types of massage. Modern therapists practice various techniques that come from traditions that span back across time and geography. The goal remains the same – assist others to experience a higher quality of life, and improve their emotional and physical well-being.

Research dedicated to proving the benefits of massage therapy continue to grow. All of these benefits can aid in healing from cancer, as well as to help stop it from gaining a foothold in the first place.

Studies show that massage can:

  • Help fight depression – In 2010 researchers reviewed the effects massage therapy has on symptoms of depression by carrying out a meta-analysis of 17 studies with a combined 786 participants. Each of the studies demonstrated the positive effects of touch massage on depression, when compared to those in the control groups.
  • Reduce stress – Sports Medicine published a review stating the positive effects of touch massage on muscle soreness and recovering after injury or physical exertion.
  • Offer pain relief – In 2014, meta-analyses revealed that massage therapy reduced pain, anxiety, and depression in 404 patients with fibromyalgia who received at least five weeks of massage therapy.
  • Promote hormone balance – Studies indicate massage can decrease adrenocorticotropin hormone, nitric oxide, and beta-endorphin levels while increasing levels of oxytocin.
  • Lessen inflammation – In 2012, a study examined the results of touch massage on young males with damage to their muscles. It was observed that massage mitigated cellular stress, and decreased the expression of cellular stress.

Essential Oils + Massage = Greater Healing

Using essential oils in combination with massage can enhance the benefits, greatly. The proven benefits of massage coupled with the myriad of therapeutic components of essential oils create a powerful combination of restorative therapy, for a wide variety of conditions and health challenges.

While there is an abundance of massage therapists, not all use essential oils in their practice. Ensure you ask before booking a massage session. Do also ensure the oils they use are 100% pure and certified organic.

The Best Essential Oils for Cancer Healing

We’ve written extensively on The Truth About Cancer about the healing benefits of a wide range of essential oils. Here is a brief recap of my top five favorite cancer-fighting oils:

Frankincense

Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, and helps boost immune function. It improves circulation, reduces stress, and is a recognized pain reliever. It has demonstrated the ability to speed regeneration by contracting and toning tissues. In addition, essential oil of frankincense provides neurological support.

Beyond cancer treatment this essential oil has other benefits, including: encouraging skin health, aiding digestion, easing arthritis pain, and balancing hormones.

Lavender

Lavender is excellent for its ability to calm the nervous system and ease stress and anxiety. It also helps improve the quality and depth of sleep.

Lavender has long been used for pain relief, and in recent years has been studied extensively for its inhibitory effects on cancer tumor growth. Other uses for lavender essential oil include its ability to heals burn and skin irritations, relieve allergy symptoms, and as an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal.

Myrrh

In cancer support, myrrh essential oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and in research studies is indicated in the inhibition of cancer cell growth. It is reported to support healthy hormone balance, be an effective pain reliever, and is also anti-fungal.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil has antioxidant properties and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Peppermint also stimulates cell regeneration, promotes new tissue growth and liquefies mucous, making it ideal for respiratory issues. It is also one of the best essential oils for aching muscles.

If suffering from nausea, try inhaling or diffusing peppermint essential oil. Peppermint is also one of the best oils for stomach upset by helping to reduce gas and improve digestion.

Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric oil is very promising in cancer treatment regimes. This is due to components observed to inhibit enzymes that can lead to inflammation, suppress tumors, kill fuel and oxygen sources for cancer cells, stop cancer stem cells from returning, and preventing metastasis.

Turmeric essential oil has been shown to promote apoptosis (cancer cell death), yet has the ability to differentiate between normal and cancerous cells. Turmeric is a renowned anti-inflammatory, with thousands of research studies to date demonstrating its myriad of benefits.

Outside of cancer healing benefits, turmeric essential oil can also offer assistance in: helping wounds to heal, preventing Alzheimer’s, regulating blood sugar, weight loss, and relief from arthritis.

Note of caution: While using essential oils can enhance your life and health in a variety of ways, they are not cure-alls. Those dealing with a serious disease should use these therapeutic supplements as part of a supervised treatment plan.

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