Antibiotic Resistant Staph: Fighting the Monster
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly referred to as MRSA ("mur-sa"), is a pernicious monster bacteria birthed by anti-biotics (which literally means "against life") and antibacterial mediums. As man concocts more aggressive antibiotics to fight against these increasingly destructive bacteria, the more formidable and resistant they become. These more potent antibiotics can also prove lethal to the patient and are rarely found effective against MRSA.
Consider this: If drinking too much beer causes one to become drunk, should he then drink vodka to solve his dilemma? We can see that this would be absurd. Why then would one think that using more powerful antibiotics will cure our Frankensteinian bacteria dilemma?
Thinking Outside the Box
The original remedies to man's health issues were dried herbs, infusions ( plant material extracted with a fatty oil) and, by the first century, essential oils derived from whole plants. Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from various parts of plants, including seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit. They are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs.
Essential oils help fight infection, contain hormone-like compounds and aid regeneration. Research has shown that they possess potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Essential oils have their own individual character or "blueprint"- an absolute unique identity. They are very potent and can be used in small quantities for beneficial and effective results. Each oil has an ingredient list that reads like a laboratory report - a perfectly balanced blend of complex chemicals created by the sun's energy, soil and air. It is this combination of elements that gives each oil its individual fragrance along with its particular beneficial and healing properties. Most importantly, it is impossible to synthetically produce an essential oil in its exact form, and man's attempts to isolate specific components from plants and produce their supposed "perfected" medicines in their laboratories have caused much harm on many fronts and created the MRSA monster.
Bacteria can easily crack the "code" to man-made medicines because the medicines are reproduced with laboratory exactness, whereas this same bacteria will never "crack the code" or become resistant to an essential oil because essential oils are too complex and variable from batch to batch, year to year, crop to crop. For example, although a crop of Lavender will always produce the same ensemble of components, the relative proportions of the innumerable components comprising it will vary as it is subject to the vagaries of weather, temperature and so on. These vagaries are our Creator's way to ensure their remarkable healing benefits.
Essential oil components are absorbed into the body via the skin. Although many essential oils are recognized by the FDA as "GRAS" (Generally Regarded as Safe) for oral ingestion, we have found them to be perhaps more effective applied topically with proper dilution to avoid skin irritation.
An Effective Alternative
In 2004, the University of Manchester tests showed that Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) and Geranium killed MRSA and E.coli, as well as many other bacteria and fungi, within two minutes of contact. Based on this study, we created the blend we call MRSA-X.
In a series of laboratory tests for MRSA at the Young Living Laboratory and Weber State University in Utah, Lemongrass essential oil and a blend of oils we call Respiratory Relief completely inhibited all MRSA growth on the test plate.
These pure essential oils/blends can be used topically when appropriately diluted (extra virgin coconut oil is a good choice*). They can be added to natural lotions and rubbed on hands for protection or used in disinfecting sprays for those who visit hospitals, nursing homes, gyms and other public places. Since MRSA is typically picked up on contact instead of airborne, applying essential oils to hands may help create an invisible antimicrobial "glove" of protection.
Click here for detailed information about the essential oils mentioned or to read testimonies about treating MRSA with essential oils.
Linda's Favorite Hand Sanitizer Gel
2 oz pure aloe vera gel
10 drops essential oils
1 drop GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) optional
(Refrigerate when not in use to increase shelf life)
University of Manchester, Essential oils have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria Medical Research News Published: Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 Medical Research News
Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23:444-449, (2008). This journal is published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
*Virgin Coconut Oil is used effectively internally and externally. It is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial. Used internally, it helps your body detoxify, which is important with MRSA because it not only affects your skin, but it also poisons the blood.