Ever heard about someone going to the hospital with a fairly simple problem who ends up dying of a staph infection? It ‘s more common than you would like to think. Over 19,000 people died last year due to staph. The hospital itself, with it’s over-use of powerful anti-biotics is who we have to thank for the potent drug-resistant bacterium known as MRSA – or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. So what is the hospital’s answer to this outrageous problem? Increased use of antibacterial soaps- according to a recent study published in the Washington Post – make sure to get it up the patient’s noses – since that is where the bacteria is said to originate. What about the possibility of treating this infection without antibiotics, since antibiotics created the problem in the first place?
There is rising evidence to support the use of essential oils in hospitals to guard against and kill MRSA. In fact, according to research, essential oils may be the most promising answer. In an article published in ‘The Essential Oil Seeker’ by Dr. David Stewart, he sites how essential oils can be used against MRSA’s effectively and why essential oils “do not and cannot create resistant strains of bacteria.“
According to Dr. Stewart and others in the field, essential oils are some of the most effective and useful antimicrobials available to humans. One reason why essential oils cannot create resistant strains is that they are so complex, containing hundreds of varying compounds and chemical structures, while antibiotics and other medicines created in the lab are usually composed of only one or two active elements. The other reason is essential oils are changing all of the time, depending on growth cycles, weather and soil, so the compounds and constituents vary from batch to batch. Medicines do not vary. Bacteria cannot figure out what an essential oil is going to be like. Medicine is predictable, in that coming into contact with the same elements over and over, bacteria is able to learn the properties and develop resistances to them.
In a study conducted at Weber State University, 91 single essential oils were tested to show effectiveness against MRSA. Of the 91 oils tested, 78 of them proved conclusive. The most powerful oil against MRSA was Lemongrass, showing zero growth of the bacterium on any test sites, attesting to the claim that infection can be killed without the use of traditional antibiotics. Other oils that showed benefit against MRSA were: Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Savory, Cinnamon bark and Melissa.
Over 50 hospitals in the U.S. are currently using essential oils successfully against MRSA’s and other infectious agents and for simple calming effects, pain relief and relaxation. A few of those hospitals include: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA., St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT., Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando, FL., Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA., Beth Israel Complementary Care Center, NY, NY., and others.
If you have plans to go to the hospital, or know someone in the hospital, it is highly recommended to take some therapeutic-grade essential oils with you to visit, and at the very least, rub some into your hands and feet and onto communal space in the room, such as door-handles.
With MRSA’s all over the news and the many precautions hospitals say they are taking in order to prevent and rid themselves of such voracious infections, it would be wise for any modern medical center to be aware of the usefulness of essential oils over common antibiotics. MRSA infections as well as many other less aggressive strains of bacteria can be treated without antibiotics and actually SHOULD be treated with something else, in order to prevent the continual creation of more super-resistant strains.
Written by: Stasia Bliss
Sources: Essential Oil Seeker; NCBI; Statistic Brain; Washington Post; Tampa Bay Times
Partial List of Hospitals using essential oils:
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Aurora Healthcare System, Foxpoint WI
Banner Health, Mesa AZ
Benedictine Hosptial, NY
Beth Israel Complementary Care Center, NY, NY
Children’s Healthcare, Roseville, MN
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY NY
Elk Regional Health Hospital, PA
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, AK
Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Goshen General Hospital, Goshen, IN
Heather Hill Hospital, Chardon, OH
Ingham Regional Medical Center, Landing, MI
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA
Manilaq Hospital, Kotzebue, AK
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY
Mercy Holistic Health, Cincinnati, OH
Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
St. Barnabas Healthcare System, Toms River, NJ
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
St. John’s Riverside Medical Center, Yonkers, NY
St. Luke’s Medical Center, New Bedford, MA
Sentara Healthcare, Wilmington, DE
The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
University of Michigan Hosptial, MI
Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, IN