Plants as Antibiotics?
What kinda hippy earth spirit nonsense is that?
Skeptical? I can understand that, it sounds ridiculous, antibiotics are a proven, scientific, sure-fire way to get rid of… icky things in our body, so, yeah…
In real life, antibiotics are not a cure-all, they are limited in their effectiveness, and sometimes they do more harm than actual good. Sometimes, they do not even do what they are supposed to do. More on that in a minute, stay tuned, Sport.
First, antibiotics were created to treat bacterial infections. Common bacterial infections include:
- Strep throat
- Urinary tract infection
- H. Pylori
- Staph (pneumonia, wound infection, food poisoning)
Things that are NOT bacterial, but viral:
- The common cold (sorry)
- Bronchitis (typically starts with a virus)
- Influenza (the flu)
- Rotavirus & other viruses in the gut
So taking an antibiotic every time you have a little sore throat is not doing you any favors, running to doc for a “Z-pac” every few months is not the answer.
What are Antibiotics Doing in Me?
Antibiotics work basically by prevent bacteria from multiplying, causing it to die and go away.
Most are geared to specifically kill of a certain type of bacteria only, but some more aggressive antibiotics, specifically ones used to treat strep throat, can flush out most bacteria in the gut, bacterias we need to digest food properly and survive. A side effect of taking those antibiotics is a deadly infection known as C diff, the most affected being children.
A fun new side effect of our antibiotic obsession has been found to be resistance to them.
Like, we have used them so much for so many things that those shifty bacteria are catching on and “evolving” into super strains that are unkillable with antibiotics. Super.
The Centers for Disease Control are finally discussing threats and dangers openly and honestly, suggesting this year that antibiotics are actually harming more people than helping.
The fairy tale idea that antibiotics are essential and effective is slowly dying out.
Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years, dating back to the 12th century in Spain.
It has been recorded that in the 15th century during the largest outbreak of the plague in Europe four vagabonds had been pillaging the dead people’s homes. News of their activities reached the king and he demanded they be caught. When they were captured and a trial held, the magistrate agreed that if the thieves shared how they protected themselves from contracting the plague, they would be freed.
The thieves used essential oils- specifically clove, lemon, cinnamon and thyme.
Essential oils kill the freaking plague, k?
“Modern” medicine is slow to catch on, but in more recent times, studies are being conducted to prove the effects of essential oils against disease and infection.
Study done on E. coli and cinnamon oil
Study done against antibiotic-resistant bacteria & cinnamon, peppermint & lavender oils
Today essential oils are used effectively against bacteria, but also, might want to sit down, viruses…wait, there’s more.
Essential oils are anesthetics, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, disinfectants, sanitizers and sterilizers. Like, two can do all of these awesome things!
Those benefits listed above are for the sake of this article, as they relate to bacteria and illness, those are not nearly all of the benefits they provide. Another time we will go over the uses of essential oils for neurological disorders, mental disorders, nerve, blood, & sleep issues, I can really go on. And I will.
Because I love essential oils, and I believe in them. I use them every day, for everything. And so can you. I implore you to go buy a couple bottle of at least tea tree oil, cinnamon and lemon and make yourself a disinfectant spray. Use it in place of Lysol during cold season and pay attention to the results.
Look into others’ research, medical and not, the proof is in the putting, the research has been done for you, so you might as well try it for yourself now.