How essential oils can replace overused antibiotics and stop drug-resistant superbugs

Natural News – by David Gutierrez

Antibiotic resistance is rapidly reaching the scale of a global health crisis. More and more people are being treated with “last resort” antibiotics, and the head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, recently warned that the explosion of increasingly virulent drug-resistant microbes may eventually mean the “end of modern medicine.”

“The rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis,” Chan said. “More and more governments recognize (it is) one of the greatest threats to health today.”  

One thing that ordinary consumers can do to stem this tide, is to avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatments by using natural alternatives.

Why antibiotics are bad for your health

One of the most common misuses of antibiotics is when doctors prescribe them for viral problems, such as a cold or the flu, or minor bacterial infections that might otherwise have cleared up on their own.

Essential oils provide numerous benefits over antibiotics. They do not contribute to the evolution of drug resistance, preserving antibiotics for truly serious or life-saving uses – particularly if you avoid always using the same essential oil for every infection. In addition, essential oils do not cause wholesale destruction of your body’s good microbes – “microbiome” – the way antibiotics do. Antibiotic use is increasingly being linked with a variety of systemic health problems, probably due to disruption of the many subtle processes that our microbiomes perform for our bodies. Even taking probiotics after antibiotics is not enough to undo this damage.

So, for your health and for the health of society as a whole, here are some of the top antimicrobial essential oils. Studies have shown many of these to be as effective as antibiotics, and in some cases more so.

The top antibacterial oils

Tea tree oil is one of the easiest essential oils for a beginner to use. Unlike most essential oils, it can safely be applied directly to the skin, without first being diluted with a carrier oil. It has shown potent activity against viruses, bacteria and other microbes.

Eucalyptus oil, in addition to its antimicrobial effects, has been shown to speed wound healing and to protect injuries from exposure to air (much like a bandage).

Does your natural toothpaste contain peppermint essential oil, and not just peppermint flavor? It should! Peppermint is a potent antimicrobial and antiviral agent.

Lavender oil has shown antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is particularly effective in speeding the healing of minor skin injuries including cuts, wounds, burns and sunburns, and keeping them from scarring. It is also an effective treatment for inflammatory and bacterial skin conditions including acne and psoriasis.

The common kitchen herbs oregano and thyme, in their essential oil form, are potent antibacterials that have both shown effectiveness against staph bacteria, including the MRSA superbug. Oregano has also been found to be effective against E. coli and salmonella.

Lemon grass, perhaps best known for its role in Thai cooking, also contains a potent essential oil that inhibits bacterial growth. This oil can be used both externally (for body odor and bacterial skin infections), and internally (for urinary tract infections, food poisoning and even typhoid and malaria).

Bergamot was recognized long ago as a remedy for intestinal worms. Its essential oil is antibacterial as well, and can speed the healing of mouth-related conditions such as cold sores, mouth ulcers and even herpes. It is also an effective treatment for chicken pox and shingles.

Essential oils are potent biological agents that usually need to be diluted to appropriate concentrations, and show often surprising interaction effects with each other. For these reasons, essential oils should be taken under the supervision of a naturopath or other health provider.

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7 thoughts on “How essential oils can replace overused antibiotics and stop drug-resistant superbugs

  1. We’ve been using essential oils for some time now. There are MANY, MANY of them, but they all help to do various things. I’ve been using a defuser to help me get rid of a nasty mold I picked up from a bad bale of hay (for our horses). It’s been helping, but I suspect I need to add a few oils we don’t yet have. Expect to have them in the near future. I hate the feeling I am working at 12,000 ft of elevation and can’t process oxygen. I am fine in all other respects (though opinions do vary depending on whom you ask), but this breathing business sucks!

  2. I just had mrsa and killed it with a mixture of tea tree oil and patchouli. I had weird spots on my nose for months and didn’t know what they were, worked out it was mrsa and used the oils, it started to go straight away, this is an antibiotic resistant infection!
    Strange, a couple people I know, that I don’t have bodily contact with had them too, I’m sure it’s the chemtrails, depleting our immune systems, maybe just a lack of vitamin d because sun is rare in London now, thanks to all the skulduggery geoengineering 🙁
    So a good thing to have in a bug out bag, a couple of small bottles.

  3. I used oregano oil when I had west nile(2009 colorado).
    It was nasty stinking but reduced many of the symptoms and I recovered in nearly half the time from others I knew who got it that same year.

    dont fall asleep bare a$$ in the hammock (twice)drunk during a west nile outbreak.

  4. The mold isn’t in my house, it was in a bad round bale of hay we had for the horses. Didn’t know it was bad at the time. My breathing problem started about a week to two weeks after that. Had the usual doctor visit and chem panels done. Nothing showed up, but they suspected a mold infestation in my lungs (which I already figured out. I NEVER go to doctors, but had to in order to appease the misses.

    I’ve been using Rosemary, Thieves, Peppermint and Lemongrass. Have thought of using Oregano instead of Lemongrass, but haven’t tried it yet. Looking to try RC when it comes in. (don’t know what RC stands for, but the oils ‘encyclopedia’ lists it as one of the better choices for lung problems.)

    I’ve thought of using Tea Tree Oil in the mix, but again, just haven’t tried it yet.

    In the beginning, my breathing, on a scale of 1-10, was about a 2 or 3. After a few days of using the defuser with the oils, my breathing got better, probably around a 5 or 6. Today it’s around 6 or 7, but not getting better.

    I’ll try adding Tea Tree oil to the mix, probably remove the Lemongrass and possibly add Oregano. When the RC comes in, I’ll experiment with that.

    I’m tired of being in very good physical condition and breathing like I’m climbing Mt. Everest without an oxygen tank. Very annoying and very restrictive to my activities. I don’t play sports, I work hard on my job and around the property. I can’t afford to be hamstrung with something as simple as breathing.

    Thanks for the ideas, folks. I’ll give them a try.

    1. “R.C.™ Essential Oil is a powerful blend of Spruce, Cyprus, and three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora),” from

      If what you’ve been using, EOs, isn’t working, it’s time to switch to another remedy. Colloidal silver kills molds, so an option is to vape or nebulize 10 ppm colloidal silver. If you start feeling sicker in general on colloidal silver, back off on the size of the dose and/or frequency, because the liver has a lot of work to do to eliminate the byproducts of the demise of the mold beasties, and when the liver is overloaded you’ll feel more ill. Slow and steady is good.

      Unfortunately, vitamin C doesn’t kill molds, but it is an exceptional orthomolecular medicine, donating needed ions for tissue repair, so it’s a good boost for your return to health.

      Get well soon, GeorgianbyChoice.

      1. Thank you, Enbe; really appreciate the info. Hadn’t thought about CS; I’ll get to work on it – slowly. lol

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