02 Mar Nature’s Medicine Chest
If you watch the news, read the papers or listen to the radio you will have heard disturbing reports about how antibiotics are becoming ineffective against superbugs.
The Prime Minister Theresa May said; “The increase in antibiotic resistance is a threat we cannot afford to ignore. It is vital that we tackle the spread of drug-resistant infections before routine operations and minor illnesses become life-threatening.”
For that reason a 5 year action plan was launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance; to cut drug-resistant infections by 10% by 2025, reduce the use of antibiotics in humans by 15% (and animals by 25% between 2016 & 2020) and prevent at least 15,000 patients from contracting infections as a result of their healthcare each year by 2024.
It is great news that positive action is being taken, but do we have other options open to us? Are there actions we can take to help protect ourselves?
Fortunately the answer is ‘YES’!
Nature has provided us with natural protection in plants. Much of the plant food we eat contains antibacterial properties as well as antioxidants and other well known nutrients.
Manuka honey inhibits bacterial growth and is already used in wound care.
Cranberry juice has been shown to inhibit a wide range of human pathogenic bacteria and perhaps is best known for its use in urinary tract infections.
Garlic has been used historically around the world to heal wounds due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. One study showed an increase in fibroblast production, which aids healing.
We can also harness the power of essential oils, many of which contain antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties – plus a lot more besides.
A research paper released just this year studied 6 essential oils and found oregano, lemon and thyme essential oils to have particular positive effect against several pathogenic bacteria found in human infections, including some antibiotic resistant strains. To quote “Oregano oil presented the best antibacterial effect and was the only tested oil that presented bactericidal effect on all tested bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and MRSA.”
This is great news indeed and can provide some peace of mind. Essential oils are easy to use, potent, and safe when guidelines are followed. The quality of essential oil is important, which is why I use dōTERRA essential oils.
If you would like to find out more, attend a free class, or learn how to get hold of essential oils, please get in touch with me, Sam, on 07938 597016 or email me Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bulman, S., Tronci, G., Goswami, P., Carr, C., & Russell, S. J. (2017). Antibacterial Properties of Nonwoven Wound Dressings Coated with Manuka Honey or Methylglyoxal. Materials (Basel, Switzerland), 10(8), 954. doi:10.3390/ma10080954
Jurikova T, Skrovankova S, Mlcek J, Balla S, Snopek L. Bioactive Compounds, Antioxidant Activity, and Biological Effects of European Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos). Molecules. 2018;24(1):24. Published 2018 Dec 21. doi:10.3390/molecules24010024
Man A, Santacroce L, Jacob R, Mare A, Man L (2019) Antimicrobial Activity of Six Essential Oils Against a Group of Human Pathogens: A Comparative Study. Pathogens, 8,15.