With all the fears of superbugs challenging the world of antibiotics, leaving patients with more to worry about than the original infection, nature provides answers that antibiotics simply cannot touch. With the creation of antibiotics actually came the birth of the “super-bug.” These tricky, tough opposers to medical attempts at fighting germs have outsmarted even the toughest laboratory-born formula. In the natural world, where bacteria has always tried to move in where it wasn’t welcome, the “organic” method of control has been that of inborn plant essences.
Aromatherapy is a fancy word for the use of the essential oils of plants for therapeutic purposes. Each oil, like the life-blood of the plant, emits certain aromas, many of which help to ward off invading species. The smell is not the only thing that deters unwanted bacteria, fungi and infectious bugs; many essential oils contain powerful antibiotics, germicides and antimicrobial agents which no bacteria alive can outsmart.
Unlike antibiotics born in the lab, plant essential oils are complex and ever-changing based on the soil, climate and season. They are created this way on purpose, knowing the bacteria and germs of the world around them will continually attempt to take them over. It is nature’s defense so that forests may thrive and flowers may continue to bloom.
When harnessing the power of natural antibiotics found in plant essential oils, science is finding their traditional antibiotics do not even come close to touching what the world of nature has procured. Oils such as those found in oregano, thyme, cinnamon, tea tree, lemon, clove and frankincense (among many others) do not have the problem of eventually creating antibiotic-resistant strains. Harmful bugs are simply not smart enough to outwit Mother Nature.
So why all the scare of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs?” The world of modern medicine is apparently slow to catch up with what nature has known and made available for centuries – and longer. Likely, financial interest has something to do with it seeing how the average cost of bringing a new drug onto the market is four billion dollars, though it can be as high as 11 billion.
One example of an amazing species with insane antibiotic properties is that of the western red cedar, also known as the giant arborvitae. This miraculous tree, which can live to be as old as several thousand years at last count, creates its own powerful antibiotic agents which keep the tree protected from invaders even long after the tree has fallen. Imagine, even hundreds of years after this massive tree is supposedly “dead” the antibiotic properties of the essential oils found within its bark continue to ward off bugs and maintain the tree long after it ceases to grow. It is one reason the wood of this tree is especially chosen for the interior of cedar chests and other fine pieces of furniture, as it has no need to be treated artificially. The arborvitae essential oil, distributed currently by only one retailer, has amazed scientists with its properties of cell rejuvenation and protection as well as anticancer and antiviral qualities.
Other essential oils, such as lemon and thyme have astonished doctors and other medical practitioners with their ability to reduce the presence of germs better than contrived antibiotics every time. Essential oils are providing miracles in the world of germs that normal antibiotics certainly cannot touch in a day and age where superbugs are running rampant.
It is estimated that hospitals have overused antibiotics to the tune of $163 million dollars over a three-year period. Doctors seem to be at a loss for what to do when faced with incredible infection and hospitals are simply not educated as to any other protocol rather than to beef up the antibiotics. The ill are paying the cost of the uneducated. In medical school it is estimated that undergraduate and post-graduate students alike study nutrition and plant medicine for less than a combined total of five hours of their extensive multi-year training.
Outside the hospital, lay-people are finding they must pick up where medicine is failing them. Reaching out to plant-based solutions is empowering the public to find answers to the myriad of problems arising from a school of study perhaps kept too narrow. Essential oils are a growing interest as a multitude of alternative schools and companies are sprouting up to educate the interested into the vast wisdom of a body of knowledge that antibiotics today simply cannot touch. To learn more, check out the sources below.
By Stasia Bliss
Photo used with permission by Naoma Peterson