MRSA (Staph Infection) and Young Living Essential Oils

I am often asked which Young Living essential oils are helpful for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). I cannot and will not – diagnose, treat or prescribe or tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do – the information in this article is based on a scientific study, and what I do to prevent certain types of unwanted illness and diease. This information is for educational purposes only. Please do the related research yourself to find out more as each situation and person are different, and decide what works for you.

A total of 91 Young Living single essential oils, and 64 Young Living blends were tested for their inhibitory activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in 2008. Of the 91 single Young Living essential oils 78 exhibited zones of inhibition against MRSA. And of the 64 Young Living blends 52 exhibited inhibitory activity against MRSA.

Since the 1950s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that the proportion of overall staphylococcal infections due to MRSA has risen steadily from 2% in 1974, to 22% in 1995, to 63% in in 2004[1] in the USA. Although initially most MRSA infections were acquired in hospital (HA-MRSA) settings, the first appearance of a community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) occurred in 1982 among intravenous drug users in Detroit.[2]

Since 1982 CA-MRSA (Community Acquired -MRSA) has grown annually into an ever-increasingly source of infections among individuals previously labeled as belonging to ‘low-risk’ groups.

Since cases of HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA are increasing, as are the rates of antibiotic therapy failures, many have been searching for new methods of prevention and treatment.[3-6] Research has revealed some promising novel antimicrobial candidates including superior quality essential oils, such as Young Living’s.

In vitro data indicate that many Young Living essential oils have antimicrobial activity.[7] The activities that were investigated and their actions against various pathogens, including MRSA, were demonstrated. [8-14]

There are also several clinical studies [15, 16] and case reports [17, 18] noting the successful use of YL essential oils in treating MRSA nasal carriage or MRSA infections. Specifically, Dryden et al.[15] and Caelli et al.[16] reported that topical YL tea tree (YL Melaleuca) was effective as standard therapy for reducing MRSA nasal colonization; Sherry et al.[17, 18] reported successful treatment of patients with staphylococcal wound infections. However, several review articles[17, 18] have reported that, while use of essential oils as antimicrobial agents is promising, additional in vivo studies and more clinical studies involving larger numbers of subjects are needed.

Previous studies done in the YL lab have shown inhibition of Streptococcus pneumoniae and other pathogens by various YL essential oils, but these oils were not tested specifically against MRSA.[7, 22, 23] Thus, this study was initiated to screen YL essential oils for inhibitory activity against medically important bacterium to determine their potential as candidates for use as disinfectants, antiseptics, or topical treatments against MRSA.

The Results of the Young Living Single Essential Oils

Of the 91 YL single essential oils that were screened by the disc diffusion assay, 78 had measurable inhibitory activity, while 13 exhibited no detectable inhibitory activity against MRSA.

Of the YL single essential oils tested, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, mountain savory, cinnamon bark and melissa showed the highest levels of inhibition.

Remarkably, the YL essential oil lemongrass (60 mm) completely inhibited all MRSA growth on the plate.

Significant zones of inhibition (45-57 mm) were found for these other YL essential oils: thyme, cumin, Eucalyptus citriodora, tsuga, oregano, Melaleuca arternifolia.

Intermediate inhibition zones (35-42 mm) were detected for the YL singles of: ledum, Eucalyptus dives, niaouli, manuka, peppermint, elemi, and rosewood.

Results of the Young Living Blends

Of the 64 YL blends tested, 52 showed zones of inhibition, while 12 showed no detectable inhibitory activity against MRSA.

Of the YL blends, the blend called R.C. scored the best (>83 mm), with the blends Motivation second, Longevity third.

An Observation

It was noted that the single essential oils that showed little or no detectable zone of inhibition when combined with other singles can produce significant zones of inhibition, suggesting a ‘synergy’ is occurring between the essential oils. For instance, the blend ‘Motivation’ showed anti-MRSA activity greater than the individual single oils when tested alone. Thus, the diameter of the zone of inhibition is greater than would be expected if the effect was only due to the YL oils acting independently. Likewise, the data for the other two YL blends, R.C. and Longevity, imply synergism of the combined single oils in the blends.

What I like to do to ‘Prevent’ MRSA and the Cooties in general…

Whenever possible I like to practice ‘prevention.’ A perfect example occurred this past spring when I seriously injured my foot and ankle and had to go to the Emergency Room. Here’s what I did because it was convenient…

I took a bottle of my Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer and added to the 1 oz. bottle 7 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, and shook it up good.

Prior to getting out of the car, we squirted a nickel size dab of the Thieves hand sanitizer in our palms and rubbed it in well being sure to cover all parts of our hands.

After leaving the Emergency Room, but before opening the door of our car, we again paused to do our dabs of Thieves hand sanitizer.

As a general rule, I always carry a bottle of Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer in my purse, and keep one in the car – both have several drops of lemongrass added. We apply a dab prior to getting out of the car, particularly so when we will be touching things that many others have touched – like gas pump handles, door handles, shopping carts (which are extremely filthy! A side note: I do NOT recommend putting your purse, food or items in the child seat of the carts as they are loaded with bacteria, urine, and feces – studies have shown).

I personally prefer to take a proactive stance. What you choose to do, think, and follow is entirely up to you.

What I would do if I were in a Nursing Home or a stay in a Hospital

I would bring my Nebulizer Essential Oil Diffuser, a bottle of R.C. and a bottle of Lemongrass – and – my Thieves Hand Sanitizer (with several drops of either lemongrass or R.C. added to it). I would also bring these items into these places if a loved one were there and leave them for that individual to use as needed.

Many hospitals in the UK diffuse (vaporize) essential oils to help prevent the spread of infections and as such their death rates from infection have also gone down. Researchers at the University of Manchester stated that essential oils could be easily blended into soaps and shampoos for use by hospital staff to stop the spread of the deadly bacteria, see article.

Fabrics Harbor MRSA (studies show)

To address this, I would use my Thieves Household Cleaner in the laundry (one capful per load in place of laundry detergent) and I would add a few drops of lemongrass to the load.

Additional facts regarding MRSA and where and how long it can live on various surfaces.

Therapy Dogs May Fetch Hospital Germs, NY Times Well Blogs

Bacterial Contamination of Fabric Stethoscope Covers, Chicago Jornals Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

While all of this sounds scary my personal opinion is that it’s important to be proactive. Whether it be from not sharing towels and clothing, washing hands frrequently with a NON-antibacterial soap frequently, or choosing to use essential oils – any of these practices will be helpful in prevention.

“MRSA is spread by contact. So you could get MRSA by touching another person who has it on the skin. Or you could get it by touching objects that have the bacteria on them. MRSA is carried, or “colonized,” by about 1% of the population, although most of them aren’t infected. Staph (MRSA) can be a problem if it manages to get into the body, often through a cut. Once there, it can cause an infection. Staph is one of the most common causes of skin infections in the U.S.” source: webmd.com

As I said, using common sense and practicing smart behavior can help prevent acquiring MRSA.

If MRSA were in My Home

If I were in a situation where MRSA were in my home or on people living in my home – I would do ALL of the above regularly.

Normally, I regularly diffuse my oils anyway, and I use Thieves Household Cleaner for all of our laundry, and only use my Young Living oils to clean my house and surfaces. They smell great, help kill unwanted microorganisms, and are nontoxic – I’ve cleaned my laundry and home in this way for years, even if superbugs and MRSA weren’t around – I prefer it over any other products.

Inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by essential oils

Sue Chao 1 *, Gary Young 1, Craig Oberg 2, Karen Nakaoka 2

1Young Living Essential Oils, Lehi, UT, USA

2Department of Microbiology, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA

References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MRSA in Healthcare Settings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Atlanta GA, 2008

2. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_MARS_spotlight_2006.html [accessed 24 April 2008].

3. Saravolatz LD, Markowitz N, Arking L et al. Ann. Intern. Med. 1982; 96:11-16.

4. Carr AC. N.Z. Pharm. 1998; 18: 1-5.

5. Carson CF, Riley TV. Rural Industr. Res. N.Z. 1998; 1-52.

6. Carson CF, Riley TV. Comm. Dis. Intell. 2003; Sippl: S144-147.

7. Carson CF, Hammer KA, Riley TV. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 2006; 19: 50-62.

8. Chao SC, Young DG, Oberg C.J. Essent.Oil Res. 2000; 12: 639-649.

9. Chang ST, Chen PF, Chang SC. J. Ethnopharmacol. 2003; 77: 123-127.

10. Hayes AJ, Markovic B. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2001; 40: 535-543.

11. Imai H, Osawa K, Yasuda H et al. Microbes 2001; 106(S1): 31-39.

12. Nostro A, Blanco AR, Cannatelli MA et al. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 2004; 230: 191-195.

13. Edwards-Jones V, Buck R, Shawcross SG, et al. Burns 2004; 30: 772-777.

14. Elsom GKF, Hide D. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 1999; 43: 427-428.

15. Sherry E, Warnke PH. Phytomedicine 2004; 11: 95-97.

16. Dryden MS, Dailly S, CrouchM. J. Hosp. Infect. 2004; 56(4): 283-286.

17. Caelli M, Porteous J, Carson CF et al. J. Hosp. Infect. 2000: 46: 236-237.

18. Sherry E, Boeck H, Warnke PH. BMC Surg. 2001; 1:1.

22. Martin K, Ernst E. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 2003; 51: 241-246.

23. Chao SC, Young DG, Oberg C. J. Essent. Oil Res. 1998; 10: 517-523.

Disclaimer: This article is only my opinion and what I choose to do for prevention. The information found on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe any condition – it is for educational purposes only. Please do the related research to discover what is right for you and always seek medical attention when you are experiencing problems.

Can the Common Fly Spread Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Apparently “YES!” A study published in January 2009 took a look at chickens being fed antibiotic feed (which is typical) and looked at the common fly and found that they were in fact carrying antibiotic (drug resistant) enterococci and staphylococci. Here are the results of the Johns Hopkins funded study…

Antibiotic resistant enterococci and staphylococci isolated from flies collected near confined poultry feeding operations.

Sci Total Environ. 2009 Jan 19;
Graham JP, Price LB, Evans SL, Graczyk TK, Silbergeld EK

Use of antibiotics as feed additives in poultry production has been linked to the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in farm workers, consumer poultry products and the environs of confined poultry operations. There are concerns that these resistant bacteria may be transferred to communities near these operations; however, environmental pathways of exposure are not well documented. We assessed the prevalence of antibiotic resistant enterococci and staphylococci in stored poultry litter and flies collected near broiler chicken houses. Drug resistant enterococci and staphylococci were isolated from flies caught near confined poultry feeding operations in the summer of 2006. Susceptibility testing was conducted on isolates using antibiotics selected on the basis of their importance to human medicine and use in poultry production. Resistant isolates were then screened for genetic determinants of antibiotic resistance. A total of 142 enterococcal isolates and 144 staphylococcal isolates from both fly and poultry litter samples were identified. Resistance genes erm(B), erm(A), msr(C), msr(A/B) and mobile genetic elements associated with the conjugative transposon Tn916, were found in isolates recovered from both poultry litter and flies. Erm(B) was the most common resistance gene in enterococci, while erm(A) was the most common in staphylococci. We report that flies collected near broiler poultry operations may be involved in the spread of drug resistant bacteria from these operations and may increase the potential for human exposure to drug resistant bacteria.

When I read studies like this it makes me wonder… what criteria they’re using to determine that humankind is the most intelligent species on earth!?

I mean just look at how ‘smart’ these bacteria actually are

I can’t think of any other species on earth who would do, or even ‘want’ the capabilities that we have to produce some of the most appalling conditions, not only for the foods we eat but for ourselves. 

It’s times like this that I am soooo glad that I’ve been a proponent for 30+ years of REAL organic crops that aren’t Genetically Modified (GM), REAL free-range animals out there eating grass and insects, and that I know how to use therapeutic grade essential oils. 

True, on the superficial level, it may look like we’ve made huge advancements on feeding our species and in our health care… however, I have a suspicion that it’s going to come back to bite us in the ass with a vengeance.

Disinfectants, Biocides and what ‘WE’ can do to STOP Superbugs, Staph Infections and MRSA

Quite simply, how did we get into a MRSA mess? We over-used: antibiotics, antibacterial soaps and antibacterial cleaners, and lack of cleanliness in health care facilities.

Now that we ARE in a pickle, what were our mistakes and what can we do to remedy the situation?

What MRSA looks like on the skin

What MRSA looks like on the skin

When common disinfectants are used in low levels (this is NOT suggesting you should use these health-threatening disinfectants in higher amounts!), researchers found that they actually make certain bacteria stronger and resistant to antibiotic treatment, i.e., MRSA and hospital acquired staph infections. This is true in hospital settings, and certainly applies to the low-level disinfectants many use around their homes.

Researchers exposed Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) taken from the blood of patients to low concentrations of several biocides, which resulted in the appearance of resistant mutants.

If bacteria that live in protected environments are exposed to biocides repeatedly, for example during cleaning (such as in hospitals, nursing homes, gyms, etc.), they can build up resistance to disinfectants and antibiotics. Such bacteria have been shown to contribute to hospital-acquired staph infections, MRSA, and “Community Acquired MRSA”. Continue reading

Copper Surfaces Kill Germs, Viruses and MRSA

With all our technology and the ease we have in communication today I don’t understand why things like this are not known by everybody, we had what, more than 4,000 years to spread the word…

Over 4,000 years ago, the Egyptians used copper to sterilize wounds and drinking water, and the Aztecs treated skin conditions with the metal.

The ancient Greeks also knew of coppers benefits. Hippocrates, sometimes called ‘the father of medicine’, noted that it could be used to treat leg ulcers.

Today, copper is a common constituent in medicines including antiseptic and antifungal creams. Copper is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Many of those with arthritis wear copper bangles. Continue reading

Patchouli, Tea Tree, Geranium, Lavender Essential Oils & Grapefruit Seed Extract Study on MRSA / Staph

1: Burns. 2004 Dec;30(8):772-7.

The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using a dressing model.

Edwards-Jones V, Buck R, Shawcross SG, Dawson MM, Dunn K.

Department of Biological Sciences, the Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, M15GD, UK. v.e.jones@mmu.ac.uk

Patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender essential oils and Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) were used singly and in combination to assess their anti-bacterial activity against three strains of Staphylococcus aureus: Oxford S. aureus NCTC 6571 (Oxford strain), Epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (EMRSA 15) and MRSA (untypable). The individual essential oils, extracts and combinations were impregnated into filter paper discs and placed on the surface of agar plates, pre-seeded with the appropriate strain of Staphylococcus. The effects of the vapours of the oils and oil combinations were also assessed using impregnated filter paper discs that were placed on the underside of the Petri dish lid at a distance of 8mm from the bacteria. The most inhibitory combinations of oils for each strain were used in a dressing model constructed using a four layers of dressings: the primary layer consisted of either Jelonet or TelfaClear with or without Flamazine; the second was a layer of gauze, the third a layer of Gamgee and the final layer was Crepe bandage. The oil combinations were placed in either the gauze or the Gamgee layer. This four-layered dressing was placed over the seeded agar plate, incubated for 24h at 37 degrees C and the zones of inhibition measured. All experiments were repeated on three separate occasions. No anti-bacterial effects were observed when Flamazine was smeared on the gauze in the dressing model. When Telfaclear was used as the primary layer in the dressing model compared to Jelonet, greater zones of inhibition were observed. A combination of Citricidal and geranium oil showed the greatest-anti-bacterial effects against MRSA, whilst a combination of geranium and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (Oxford strain). This study demonstrates the potential of essential oils and essential oil vapours as antibacterial agents and for use in the treatment of MRSA infection.

Do not expect to get these types of results with the poor quality essential oils that flood the marketplace. Due to improper handling and/or processing they are nothing more than novelty aromatherapy products.

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Superbugs, Staph, Bacteria and Viruses – the scientific community and essential oils

Thieves essential oilScience is now beginning to acknowledge the value of the healing substances found in high quality therapeutic grade essential oils. Clinical research has shown that essential oils are highly anti-viral and anti-infectious. In 1995, Dr. Jean C. Lapraz discovered that there are two essential oils in which no bacteria or virus could survive. This is a significant breakthrough since today there are so many life threatening viruses and drug resistant bacteria. A recent study done at Weber University has proven that four essential oils will kill 100% of the bacteria and virus in any room where they are diffused.

Doctors once predicted antibiotics would vanquish infectious diseases. But the bugs are rapidly overwhelming today’s medicines. Bacteria naturally evolve (and communicate between species) to resist antibiotics, a process first spotted just five years after penicillin’s debut in the 1940s. But resistance appears to have sped up in the last decade, largely because antibiotics are being overused giving the germs more chances to mutate.

Dr. Valnet points out that pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria do not become resistant to essential oils as they do to modern-day synthetic antibiotic drugs.

Dr. Valnet states, “Infectious microbes do not appear to become accustomed to the essential oils as they do to the many forms of treatment using antibiotics.”
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Lemongrass Essential Oil – powerful!

Lemongrass-Oil-4Young Living Lemongrass essential oil has a light, citrus aroma and is distilled from the long slender, grass like leaves. It is said that lemongrass helps rejuvenate the mind and has been found to improve mental clarity. It has also been the subject of research published in the Phytotherapy Research Journal, where it was found to have powerful properties when applied topically to the skin, namely its anti-fungal action.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference states lemongrass is antifungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation and promotes lymph flow.*

Lemongrass is being used by many with connective tissue problems ranging from torn rotator cuffs, to slap tears, injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons, used as a natural blood thinner, for sinus and respiratory complaints, bladder infections, varicose veins, Salmonella, digestive problems and fluid retention.*

Recently the country of Israel published a report showing lemongrass effective against cancer cells.
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Young Living Crash Test Dummies

The Young Living Crash Test Dummies are busy testing the effects of Young Living essential oils and products. See the results here…

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Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils – natural healing powers at your fingertips

Properly distilled essential oils contain virtually all of the plants healing nutrients, oxygenating molecules, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones and more. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, a therapeutic grade essential oils are from 50 to 70 times more potent than the dried herbs or fresh plants that they are derived from.Lavender-Oil-8

Unlike dried herbs, which can lose up to 95% of the plants healing nutrients and oxygen molecules, property harvested and distilled Essential Oils do not. Read more about how antioxidants get into plants.

Research further shows that Essential Oils when applied to the soles of the feet will penetrate every singe cell of the body within 21 minutes. This has made me become much more aware of not only what I put my feet on, but what I put on my feet. If the essential oils are absorbed through my feet I can only imagine what they can absorb if I were to walk across a damp carpet that’s just been shampooed, or a floor the has just been washed with chemical cleaners… or worse yet, what my dog or children absorb – they’re always on the floor.

Because the life force of the plant is contained in Essential Oils, and because this life force synergizes so favorably with the human body, Essential Oils are now being considered as medicine by some of the world’s most prominent doctors.

Clinical research has proven 100% pure therapeutic-grade (without solvents or chemical additives), Essential Oils can:

  • support a healthy Immune system
  • create an environment unfriendly to viruses, bacteria, fungus
  • act as a general antiseptic
  • can retard or inhibit tumor growth

See list of links to scientific studies.

Recent research has also shown that many of the “super germs” (like staph/ MRSA) that have modern medicine so concerned, cannot survive in the presence of certain Therapeutic Grade Essential oils.

Read more about essential oils and supergerms and find my small but growing list of scientific studies.

This is certainly a message of hope!

Young Living offers health solutions found nowhere else on earth. These essential oils truly represent the new frontier of medicine; they have resolved cases that many professional had regarded as hopeless.” ~ Terry Friedmann, M.D. Cofounder of American Holistic Medical Association

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Hospital Fabrics Harbor Antibiotic-resistant Superbugs

BBC News Online: Health
23 February, 2000

Potentially deadly bacteria may be spread around hospitals on common fabrics used for clothes, towels and curtains, scientists have found.

Researchers from Ohio have found that harmful bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” can live on these materials for longer than three months. It’s not surprising that vancomycin-resistant enterococci survive for so long.

A National Audit Office report released last week found that hospital acquired infections kill at least 5,000 people in the UK each year.
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Rosemary Essential Oil – improve mental clarity, ease anxiety and more

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue. It is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products.Rosemary may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods while cooking. Read more about cooking with essential oils

The name of the essential oil is derived from the Latin words for dew of the sea (ros + marinus). According to folklore, rosemary originally had white flowers: however, they turned reddish-blue after the Virgin Mary laid her cloak on the bush.

In 1817, an Egyptian scroll was found dating back to 1500 B.C. It was a medicinal scroll mentioning over 800 herbal prescriptions and remedies for the many diseases successfully treated. Rosemary, as well as other oils, were used extensively for anointing and healing the sick.

Since the time of ancient Greece (about 1000 BC), rosemary was burnt as an incense. And later cultures believed it warded off devils, a practice that eventually became adopted by the sick who then burned rosemary to protect against infection.

Until recently, French hospitals used rosemary to disinfect the air [I suspect that we will see a rise in the use of essential oils in hospitals because of MRSA and other superbugs that are immune to antibiotics and chemical cleaners. Many high quality essential oils combat staph extremely well] Read more about why essential oil quality is so important

The Romans considered rosemary a sacred plant, a gift from their gods, and used it for religious cleansing and purification, as gifts of beautiful wreaths for weddings and other celebrations, as food, beauty rituals and as herbal medicines. Dioscorides, first century doctor to the Roman legion, wrote more about Rosemary than any of the other 400 healing plants in his Materia Medica.

Rosemary has an approximate ORAC of 3,309 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter. See more ORAC scores for other essential oils and some foods

Rosemary was part of the “Marseilles Vinegar” or “Four Thieves Vinegar” used by the grave-robbingbandits to protect themselves during the 15th century plague.Medicinal Properties of Rosemary:

Liver-protecting, anti-tumoral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparaitic, enhances mental clarity/concentration, and may be useful in counteracting bacterial/fungal and drug-resistant infections.

In the garden against insect pests, the essential oil of rosemary is also promising.

Uses for Rosemary:

Infectious disease, liver conditions/hepatitis, throat/lung infections, hair loss (alopecia areata), impaired memory/Alzheimers.

Rosemary is found in these Young Living blends:

Clarity, En-R-Gee, JuvaFlex, Melrose, Purification, and the popular blend Thieves.

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Read about the The Vibrational Frequency of Essential Oils

How to use:

For dietary or topical use.

When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as rice milk.

Dilution with a carrier oil (such as vegetable, almond or coconut) is recommended for both topical and internal use.

Rosemary essential oil should be diluted before use and is recommended for adult use only.

Possible skin sensitivity.

If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on children under 4 years of age.

You can find therapeutic-quality Rosemary essential oil, and 150 others, at my website, please contact me if you have questions.

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Strains of MRSA and making scents about the superbug

UK Hospital bug deaths on the rise• The number of deaths linked to the hospital bug Clostridium difficile has outstripped those due to MRSA, latest figures show.

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium found in the gut of up to 3% of healthy adults and 66% of infants, where it rarely causes problems.

Clostridium difficile can cause illness when its growth goes unchecked.

• Treatment with certain antibiotics can disturb the balance of “normal” bacteria in the gut, allowing C. difficile to thrive. [this is why it is important to use a probiotic for good gut bacteria, I take Life 5]

• Efforts to combat MRSA, such as alcohol hand-rubs, have had no impact on C. difficile. [please avoid using the antibacterial and sanitizing soaps as they are ineffective and WILL create a more powerful strain of superbug. Consider using therapeutic-grade essential oils, their complex structure will not create superbugs. The entire "Product Line" can be found at my website]

• Most of the deaths from both C. difficile and MRSA were in the older age groups.• Deaths involving Clostridium difficile rose by 69% to 3,800 from 2004-05 (in the UK), the Office for National Statistics said. Deaths involving Clostridium difficile rose by 69% to 3,800 from 2004-05.

Clostridium difficile forms spores which means it can survive for long periods in the environment, such as on floors and around toilets, and spread in the air.

• Rigorous cleaning with warm water and detergent is the most effective means of removing spores from the contaminated environment and the hands of staff, say experts.

Head of health at Unison, Karen Jennings, said: “These shocking figures show that MRSA and C. difficile have a deadly grip on our NHS. We need to wage war on these superbugs and cleaning and cleaners should be on the front line as an integral part of the infection control team. No one wants to be treated in a dirty hospital but sadly the culture of cleaning was sold off at the same time as compulsory competitive tendering was brought in. It’s time for hospitals to set safe minimum staffing levels for their cleaning services – patients and staff deserve nothing less.”

A spokeswoman for the Patients Association said: “Our worry is that these figures will continue to rise as other priorities take precedence. The government promised to make infection control one of its top priorities. Yet its own announcement to further reduce waiting times by ’round the clock operations’ will inevitably harm these efforts.”

The Patients Association found that fewer than half of doctors are routinely using hand gels despite MRSA guidelines advising them to do so. The Association found that only 47% of doctors – 31% in London – always used hand gels.

Hand hygiene

The Patients Association’s director of communications Katherine Murphy said: “Hand hygiene is essential to control infection in a hospital but again our report show that there is a low compliance among doctors.”Simon Gillespie, of the Healthcare Commission watchdog, said: “Hospitals really must do more to reassure patients that they are doing everything possible to prevent infections from occurring in the first place.”

And Tony Field, of MRSA Support, added: “It is reprehensible hospitals are not doing more. If we make inroads into MRSA we will also make inroads into other hospital infections.” He also said wearing mask was as important as hand-washing.[read about pure narural soaps containing essential oils and Thieves Wateless Hand Sanitizer for excellent options to help you stay well]

A European comparison in 2002 showed levels of MRSA bloodstream infections in Scandinavian countries were around 2%, compared to 44% in the UK.

Research has shown up to 8% of hospital patients are carriers of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), compared to just over 1% who are infected while they are in hospital.Identifying these patients would mean they could be isolated, and would not pass on their infection to other patients.

The government is currently backing a trial of a PCR test which can detect two MRSA genes, and provides results within a couple of hours. It is already used in many European countries and in the US.But the test developed by the Nottingham team scans for 84 MRSA genes, so it can also show if a patient has MSSA (methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus) and the community-acquired strain of the bug – which has been spreading among healthy people.

It can also spot if someone has the Panton-Valentine leukocidi (PVL) form of MRSA, which killed a nurse and a patient at a west UK Midlands hospital in December and also infected six other people.

Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) form of MRSA

[photo: PVL is expressed in Staphylococcus aureus (shown x 50,000)]

Existing checks can take up to four weeks to confirm if a patient has the PVL form of MRSA.Panton Valentine leukocidin (PVL) strains of community acquired MRSA can cause a particularly lethal disease called necrotizing pneumonia.

They are extremely aggressive and to make matters worse they also spread rapidly from person to person.

Last month the UK had its first documented serious outbreak. A nurse and a patient at a west Midlands hospital died from the PVL form of MRSA, which also infected six other people.

A new study in Science shows just how formidable the bug can be, causing severe pneumonia, inflammation and tissue damag

e‘Community superbug tests’ needed

Rapid tests for deadly superbugs that are spreading in the community are urgently needed, an expert is warning.

Professor Richard James of the Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections at Nottingham University says Britain is vulnerable to the types of MRSA.

The toxin-producing strains, known as PVL, are spread outside of hospitals via skin-to-skin contact and appear as sores which look like insect bites.

Existing tests take more than two weeks, yet the bug can kill in a day.

Until recently, MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has been a problem within hospitals, affecting mainly the frail and elderly.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is escaping hospital wards to cause severe disease among otherwise healthy people in the wider community, particularly in the US, but also in the UK.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community associated MRSA accounts for 12% of MRSA cases.

Early detectionProfessor James said: “The results of this work highlight the urgent requirement for tests that can distinguish hospital acquired MRSA from community acquired MRSA. At the moment we have no screening for community acquired MRSA in the community, and no rapid detection of PVL and other toxins in hospital strains of S. aureus in the UK.”

Although PVL MRSA is resistant to common antibiotics, other antibiotics are available to treat it, particularly when diagnosed early.

[for example: in this study the essential oil of cinnamon was used in conjunction with an antibiotic and created a synergetic response and the results signify that low concentrations of trans-cinnamaldehyde elevate the antimicrobial action of clindamycin, suggesting a possible clinical benefit for utilizing these natural products for combination therapy against C. difficile.]

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Professor James explained: “It is important to treat the patient with antibiotics that block expression of the PVL toxin as quickly as possible in order to reduce the lung damage.”Dr Mark Enright, an expert in molecular epidemiology at Imperial College, warned: “PVL strains of MRSA are emerging as a major threat to healthy people of all ages around the world.”

How to Include Essential Oils in your Holiday Traditions

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in many cultures for religious rituals, ceremonies, celebrations, and healing. The interest in essential oils in recent years has produced an aray of aromatherapy novelty items – everything from reed diffusers to personal care products.

During this time of year wouldn’t it be nice to know that the scented products you bring into your home were doing a lot more than masking unwanted odors?

Starting a family tradition with essential oils, let me show you how…

Christmas Spirit is a beautiful blend of orange, cinnamon bark and spruce. The aroma reminds us of the spices and evergreens associated with the holidays which brings about a sense of joy and happiness.

Learn about diffusing your essential oils properly to get the most benefit from them.

Orange is rich in the powerful anti-oxidant d-limonene and supports the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems.

Cinnamon Bark is highly antimicrobial, anti-infectious, and antibacterial for a wide spectrum of infections, and is antiviral and antifungal.

Spruce is anti-infectious, antiseptic and helps the respiratory system. So, you can see that diffusing

Christmas Spirit will do much more than just spread good cheer.

Citrus Fresh is a blend that is usually not associated with theholidays. Citrus Fresh is a very calming, relaxing blend. It is also a fantastic air purifier.

Evergreen Essence is a seasonal blend that is not available yearround. This combination of a variety of pine, cedar, and spruce treesrefreshes your senses while taking you back to nature.

Learn a little more about many essential oils and blends

Learn about Essential Oils for Chakra Balancing

Learn about Essential Oils of the Bible

See some holiday gift collection ideas

 

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MRSA – what’s the truth and what should we do to protect ourselves

This little video hosted by Top Gear’s Richard Hammond may answer some questions you have about MRSA (Staph Infection)

There are 3 different types of Staphylococcus Aureus (SA) infection (Staph Infection)

• Simple SA bacteria (it is not a virus) can be found on the bodies of up to 30% of the general population. It caused many problems before the use of antibiotics made wound recovery a safer process.

• Hospital acquired SA is generally resistant to several antibiotics but especially Methicillin, hence the name MRSA. This is found in about 1% of the population.

• Community Acquired MRSA (CA MRSA) is often found in otherwise healthy people, it is a different strain of MRSA It mainly causes skin infections and is treatable by more drugs at this time. CA MRSA seems to be more infectious – should it become resistant to more antibiotics it could pose a considerable public health risk. Many people carry or are ‘colonized’ by SA bacteria but only suffer when they have another illness or suffer a small wound that the bacteria can grow in and infect them.

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Diffusing therapeutic-grade essential oils during cold & flu season – how to get the most out of your essential oils and diffuser

When essential oils are diffused in a home, office or classroom, they purify the air itself by removing toxins, metallic particles and other harmful microscopic debris. They also increase the atmospheric oxygen of the air, and boost levels of beneficial negative ions which dramatically inhibit the growth and reproduction of airborne pathogens, prevent and eliminate mold.

The most popular and effective method of diffusing essential oils is to use a “Cold-air Diffuser,” (learn more about the different types of diffusers) which puts an micro-fine mist of the essential oil of your choice into the air, available at my website.

The millions of essential oil particles from a cold-air diffuser are so fine they can hang in the air of your house, vehicle, office or classroom literally for hours.

For economy and efficiency of your essential oils, it is recommended to plug your diffuser into a programmable light timer, found at any home improvement store. You can program the timer to be on, for example, for 15 minutes and off for 30 minutes, conserving essential oils and money.

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WARNING ABOUT HEAT AND ESSENTIAL OILS:

DO NOT HEAT YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS

Store your therapeutic-grade essential oils at room temperature, learn more about Shelf Life.

Heating the essential oils will not only ruin the therapeutic value of the oil, but it can also harm you.

Research shows that high temperatures will change the chemistry of an essential oil. This changed chemistry can be toxic to the human body.

If you want to fragrance a room and obtain health benefits, use a cold-air diffuser. Please, do not use a light bulb called an Aromalamp or burn oils with fire from a candle.

If you are interested in getting essential oils to keep your home or office germ-free, learn about different membership types here. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact me.

To learn more about how to incorporate essential oils into everyday living these previous posts may also be of interest:

Got Mold?

Using Essential Oils

Thieves Essential Oil and Other Products

pH Balance and Creating an Alkaline System

What are Essential Oils Good For?