Traditional prescription drugs certainly serve a purpose. And when someone is suffering from a serious sickness – especially if they’ve been hospitalized – medical care may be necessary. From a macro level, though, various illnesses seem to be “over-treated” with antibiotics.
Even the medical profession warns against the over-prescription of antibiotics (hence, a big reason you can’t pick up a bottle of penicillin over the counter). In fact, over-prescribing antibiotics can harm the health of the overall population. That’s why more people are turning to natural alternatives like essential oils.
Below you will learn about which essential oils have their own antibiotic properties, along with an essential oil antibiotic bomb recipe.
Antibacterial Essential Oils vs Traditional Antibiotics
While essential oils aren’t always a “cure-all” for all illnesses, many products contain natural antibacterial properties. And the best part? They don’t come with the side effects that often accompany traditional medications.
One of the most damaging “side effects” is the overuse of antibiotics. Taking these drugs too often can build up a resistance, which is problematic when you need an antibiotic for a more serious health condition.
Overuse also can:
- Terminate probiotics, which are actually good bacteria.
- Reduce the absorption of important vitamins.
- Prompt a “leaky gut” by damaging your digestive system.
- Other temporary side effects like nausea, headaches, rash, and diarrhea.
There are other more serious consequences…
Dr. Mercola reports cites a study by Microbial Biotechnology that used nanotechnology to “harness the power of antimicrobial molecules from plants to create antibacterial coatings.” The study reported that nearly 17 million new biofilm infections occur every year – leading to more than 500,000 fatalities worldwide.
Additionally, approximately 80 percent of surgery-related infections may be affiliated with the formation of biofilm. Hence, the reasons more medical professionals are embracing natural agents with an antibacterial makeup.
All that being said, we must emphasize that antibiotics do have their place. There are potentially fatal conditions where traditional medical care is necessary. We always recommend consulting a professional when suffering from a severe infection.
Still, there are healthy alternatives that can be used for minor infections – essential oils nearing the top of the list.
Antibiotic Bomb Recipe
Before outlining a great essential oil antibiotic recipe, it’s important to know the top oils containing antibacterial properties. They can be used on their own as antibiotics or you can adjust your recipe as necessary if you are missing one or two of the oils.
- Oregano: This oil was first recognized in ancient Greece for its bacteria-killing abilities. It also contains antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal properties.
- Lemon: Often used in natural cleanser products, lemon is a powerful antibacterial oil. It can help inhibit bacteria growth both internally and externally.
- Clove: This oil harbors high levels of eugenol, making it a tested alternative to traditional medical treatment. In a study that evaluated antibacterial activity of 21 oils, clove rated second.
- Cinnamon: This oil is particularly known for its effectiveness in fighting planktonic E. faecalis. A 2016 study concluded that cinnamon essential oil terminated bacterial growth after one to two weeks following a root canal procedure.
- Thyme: This oil has a range of healthy properties, including antispasmodic, antibacterial, and antiseptic. It has a distinct ability to reduce congestion and heal minor infections.
- Melaleuca: Also known as tea tree oil, melaleuca is best known for its ability to treat skin conditions, like acne and eczema.
As you probably know, essential oils are diverse in the way they can be applied. They can be used in different ways for treating infections (such as topically), but the most effective way is internally.
But there’s a catch… Only apply oils that are recommended for internal use. There are many non-food grade brands that can in fact be harmful when taken internally. So double-check the bottle before applying.
When applying internally, adding the following quantities to a vegetable capsule and take with water:
- 3 drops of oregano
- 3 drops of lemon
- 2 drops of cinnamon
- 2 drops of clove
Remember, if you don’t have all of these oils, you can leave them out or substitute with other antibacterial oils. Just adjust the quantities accordingly.
Other ways to apply:
- Add a drop or two to tea, glass of water, or other beverage.
- Run two drops of each oil through a diffuser.
- Dilute a drop of each oil and apply to your feet, wrists, and back of your neck.