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Home Care Nurse Empowered With Hope Against MRSA

Author: Heidi B.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 04-03-2014
Views: 5,240
Word Count: 515
Questions Received: 5
Testimonial ID: 9544-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I work as a nurse in an adult foster-care setting with an aging population of adults with developmental disabilities and high medical needs. Over the past few years I've been increasingly frustrated with the hopeless battle against recurrent MRSA-positive skin infections, as well as other sites/systems involved at times.

One of my clients has multiple drug allergies and increasing adverse reactions and seizures while on antibiotics to treat infections. He also has intermittent anxiety or discomfort from invasive injections, wound lancing, and packings over the past year. I have witnessed over 13 various skin infections/sores/boils/pimples on his body having flared up intermittently since January 2014.

We approached his team for consent to trial an alternative option of using Young Living essential oils to target recurrent skin infections that cultured positive for MRSA multiple times over the past year. I honestly felt like a crazy nurse for suggesting it; however, I was desperate. Like his physician stated, we had nothing to lose.

It is now April 2014. This client has not needed to have one skin wound treated by his doctor so far this year. He has not needed any antibiotics so far. He has not had any witnessed seizures. This has improved his quality of life. I cannot claim it healed him; however, I can witness he did not need to be treated by a physician for the multiple skin issues on which we used essential oils.

Specifically, we used Lemongrass x 3 drops in running bath water daily for 15-minute soaks. Then we used Purification x 1 drop on any pimples 3 times per day. If not resolved or worsened in a few days, we changed to RC x 2 drops to the affected areas 4 times daily, followed by 1:4 diluted Oregano oil and applying warm packs to the area. We diffuse Purification in his bathroom. We diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus in his home.

So far no clinical evaluation or treatment has been needed for a person colonized with MRSA. I am aware his primary medical doctor is sharing this observation with "Infectious Disease" within their organization.

Another client at home had medical doctor evaluations and antibiotics several times last year for MRSA-positive infections in his eye socket. We use Lemongrass in his bathwater daily and diffuse Eucalyptus in his home daily as well. So far this year he is not needing any treatment for recurrent peri-orbital MRSA-positive cellulitis.

He also has a history of recurrent urinary tract infections but has had no need for a urine sample to rule out a urinary tract infection. I am unsure if this is related to the Lemongrass in his water.

By diffusing essential oils and trying new things for several consecutive months, we are seeing decreased frequency of signs of MRSA-positive lesions warranting medical doctor evaluations or treatment.

I am a believer that essential oils have the potential to make a positive difference in the quality of life for some people. I can't wait to learn more!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: MRSA — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
2.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI),MRSA,cellulitis — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
3.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI) — "[Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)] oil has been found effective in chronic cystitis."Link
4.Associated topics: skin-infection — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
5.Associated topics: MRSA,cellulitis — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
6.Associated topics: skin-infection — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
7.Associated topics: skin-infection — "Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail... the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus."Link
8.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI) — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), [pepper]mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria... four Gram-positive bacteria of Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis, and six Gram-negative bacteria of Yersinia enterocolitica [causes Yersiniosis], Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis [causes UTIs], Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca.... [R]elative to anise essential oil, the essential oils of oreganos, cinnamon, and thyme had consistently high inhibitory effects.... [B]eta-bisabolene (Turkish and Istanbul oreganos), and terpinolene (thyme) were found to be the most inhibitory compounds regardless of the bacteria type tested."Link

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