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Being Vigilant When Dealing With MRSA


Author: Rosemarie N.
Date: 04-27-2014
Views: 4,708
Word Count: 502
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 9638-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I was diagnosed with MRSA back in the fall of 2013 and then had a major recurrence in March of 2014, resulting in hospitalization. I had been spritzing a combination of oils on my skin after the fall incident but have since learned more information and changed how I manage it.

When I was hospitalized in March, I had a massive infection on my thigh... a large boil that became highly infected. The doctors lanced it and put me on high-powered IV antibiotics. After two days, it seemed to be getting worse.

I decided to start dripping oils into the boil. Overnight it improved so much that the doctors sent me home. At that point, I was not sure if it was the antibiotics or the oils that kicked in, but I was just grateful to go home. I still don't know the absolute answer to that.

BUT... after I got home, through the help of Young Living Essential Oils ladies (Dianne Little and Cyndi Daudelin), I was taking Lemongrass and Thieves by mouth, diffusing various oils, and using several oils topically on the infection. I was also still on antibiotics by mouth. Eventually the spot resolved, and I was off the antibiotics. I am still not sure what was helping (it's hard to know).

So.... as I have tapered off all these different measures, I have found out some interesting things. I will have a pimple or small lesion pop up every few days. Some of them are angry, and I have been afraid I would end up just as before. I have been aggressive with each spot, not assuming anything but vigilance! Usually I apply Lemongrass or Melaleuca on the spots, 3 to 4 times a day. Within a day or two, the spot will resolve.

I am also making sure I spend some part of my day outdoors in the sun for the vitamin D that I need, as well as adding good fats to my diet. I had been on a low-fat, low-calorie diet, and it seemed that the MRSA would get worse when I was not eating enough. These kinds of illnesses are a multi-pronged illness that require a multi-pronged battle to fight them off.

I am intrigued about the oils. It doesn't seem possible that a simple oil can fight off a giant like MRSA, but so far it seems that it is keeping it at bay. My naturopath said that one of the most important things is to be vigilant on the front end, not to ignore symptoms or just assume they will go away.

I carry my oil arsenal with me to my jobs (I am a decorative painter), examine myself quickly when I take a break, and, if needed, apply oils to any suspect spot. I have learned a lot.

I am praising God, hopeful that this MRSA will burn itself out and that I will continue to heal. If these oils continue to hold it at bay, I am going to be the Queen of Young Living... ha ha!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: staph-infection — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
2.Associated topics: staph-infection — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
3.Associated topics: staph-infection,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
4.Associated topics: staph-infection,MRSA — "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
5.Associated topics: staph-infection — "Streptococcus pyogenes [strep] plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis.... [T]hyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, oregano, clove, palmarosa, or cajeput [melaleuca] EOs [essential oils] are known to be active against Streptococcus pyogenes, while oregano, basil, mint [peppermint], rosemary, and lavender EOs are known to inhibit another Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus [staph].... We showed that cinnamon presented the higher activity against S. pyogenes compared to the other EOs tested.... 14 [essential oils] showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenes.... Among them Cinnamomum verum [cinnamon bark], Cymbopogon citratus [Xiang Mao], Thymus vulgaris CT thymol [thyme], Origanum compactum [oregano], and Satureja montana [Mountain Savory] essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred."Link
6.Associated topics: staph-infection,MRSA — "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
7.Associated topics: staph-infection — "[T]he antibacterial activity of lemongrass oil (LG) and its major components (citral, geraniol, and myrcene) against four strains of clinically isolated bovine mastitis pathogens (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli).., as well as their activity on S. aureus biofilm formation [were investigated].... [T]hey inhibit S. aureus biofilm formation and exhibit effective killing activities on preformed biofilms."Link
8.Associated topics: staph-infection — "Ten of the most known and used commercial essential oils (Cinnamomum zeylanicum L. [cinnamon], Citrus bergamia Risso [bergamot], Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Foeniculum vulgare Mill. [fennel], Origanum majorana L. [marjoram], Origanum vulgare L. [oregano], Rosmarinus officinalis L. [rosemary], Satureja montana L. [mountain savory], Thymus vulgaris L. ct. carvacrol [thyme], Thymus vulgaris L. ct. thymol [red thyme] were tested against six bacteria strains Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus chromogenes, Staphylococcus sciuri, Staphylococcus warneri, Staphylococcus xylosus and Escherichia coli, responsible for mastitis in animals. The best results were achieved by S. montana, T. vulgaris ct. thymol and O. vulgare."Link

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