Essential Oils for Health

| 4/20/2018 9:10:00 AM

Country MoonIn recent years new bacteria strains have become more and more resistant to the antibiotics that we have relied on for so many years. Once we could pop a pill and cure our ills, however that is no longer the case. Thankfully, there is new hope on the horizon in the form of essential oils. Great strides have been made in killing pathogens such as E. coli with essential oils on their own or as a combination of oils and antibiotics.

Essential oils are just plant extracts in the purest form there is. They have long been used in cleaning, personal care and pest control products. This is only a natural progression that we start harvesting their benefits, after all the plant compounds that make up the oils first existed to defend plants from diseases. Exciting research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin and more.

More and more people are beginning to harvest the oils' healing qualities but there is still a lot of skepticism among the general public. The reason for this is basically two-fold. The Internet that we all know and love so much has been quick to jump on them as a cure-all, which they are not so they have gotten a bad reputation in many cases like the old cure-all tonics from peddlers.

The other reason is that our western culture is so used to lab-created synthetic medicines. Many folks have the philosophy that if it doesn't require a prescription, then it will not work. What they fail to realize is that many of our most important pharmaceuticals originated from plants. Many of these have been so chemically altered that their side effects are worse than what they were meant to help.

Consider that aspirin originated from willow bark, the treatment for malaria was derived from fever-tree bark and morphine comes from the poppy plant. The cancer-fighting drug pachitaxel is derived from the bark of the Pacific yew tree. Even more ironic is that the new Ebola treatment hinges on the use of the tobacco plant.

One of the most public instances of this fact concerns Scott Sechler, owner of Bell and Evans Farms, which produce high-end antibiotic-free poultry. In 2012 he told the New York Times that he used oregano and cinnamon oils to fight infection on all of his 140 farms, which supported 9 million chickens at any given time. "I used oregano oil to kill the bad bacteria and cinnamon oil to support the good. Even though this worked better than any other approach, I worried how I was going to sound talking about this, after all it took 10 years for me to convince the people I work with that it works."

6/29/2018 10:50:28 AM

Thank you for this wonderful article. My sons have been using Tea Tree Oil for years to help with Psoriasis. We have had good results. Also, Clove Oil helped me through a weekend when the dentist office was closed and I had a horrible toothache. My medical supply cabinet now includes many Essential Oils and home remedies. I am not anti-prescription medications. I believe their is room for different kinds of medicines/treatments and prescriptions are not the only answer to many problems.

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