The constant threat of superbugs is a vicious cycle that affects food security and global health. The World Health Organization states that by the year 2050, 1.3 million people in Europe could be killed by antibiotic-resistant superbugs. There is research being done to connect science, traditional medicine and folklore to figure out how to stop the spread of superbugs.
Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses change, so the medication used to cure the infection will become ineffective. A superbug, therefore, is a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics. Superbugs consist of antibiotic-resistant organisms such as MRSA or VRE.
Implementing hygiene in your daily life.
WHO has created guidelines on hand hygiene.
Ask your local health authority about what the best practise guidelines are. The World Health Organization registers facilities that do the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative. Together with patient safety and innovation WHO offers actionable steps to help stop the spread of infection.
The spread of superbugs is a growing problem around the world because if antibiotics can’t help then researchers need to come up with other ways to combat all these different strains of superbugs.
The past might be part of the key to stopping the spread of superbugs.
Wisdom from the past might be part of the key to help stop the spread of superbugs. Our Aromatherapy certification is based on 158 researched references from our the globe, gathered by Martin Watt – medical aromatherapy (England).
Researchers have started to explore new sources such as traditional medicine and folklore. This creates exciting collaborations among scientists, historians and archaeologists.
There is continual research being done in regards to figuring out how to stop the spread of superbugs.
Researchers analyzed soil from Northern Ireland that is believed to have healing properties. They found something amazing, they discovered a strain of bacteria that was effective in stopping 4 out of 6 strains of superbugs!
History and essential oils.
Essential oils can also be a potential way to fight against superbugs. For years essential oils have been used to treat bacterial and fungal infections. The reason why is because essential oils are very complex in nature, they can have antiviral, fungicidal and antibacterial properties. Growing resistant to essential oils, even when they are used on a regular basis, is not possible due to their complex nature.
Learn the best way to implement essential oils and the importance of blending the proper antibacterials and antivirals into your home through courses that we offer. We offer courses on Aromacology, Aromatherapy and Green Cleaning to protect your home and family. Quality is of the greatest importance as the markets are flooded with poor quality essential oils, therefore rendering them hopeless in achieving any kind of results.
The power of Lemon Eucalyptus oil.
This type of oil comes from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree, the tree is native to Australia. The tree can be up to 40 metres high and the leaves strongly smell like lemon. These leaves have been used for thousands of years in traditional Aboriginal bush medicine. Now, these trees are grown in other tropical climates such as India and Brazil.
Lemon Eucalyptus has powerful fungicidal and bactericidal properties that have caught the attention of researchers.
A fascinating study was done in India that tested against bacterial strains and the results showed the powerful fungicidal and bactericidal benefits of this amazing oil.
Lemon Eucalyptus oil also showed to be highly effective in the fight against strains of bacteria such as E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus. There was a study done in 1979 that tested these essential oils.
Lemon Eucalyptus oil can also be blended with citronella, lemongrass, basil, peppermint and the list goes on. Creating a blend instead of using oils on its own gives a wider spectrum of antimicrobial and healing properties.
More details about the uses and benefits of lemon eucalyptus oil can be found in the Aromatherapy certification course.
Tea tree oil has also been tested against certain strains of superbugs and its historical uses to treat bacterial and fungal skin infections. More research has been done on the effectiveness of tea tree oil and that research is found in the Aromatherapy certification course.
Blend essential oils into your life.
It is also important to remember that it is valuable to add essential oils to your natural health protocols during the first signs of a cold/cough or runny nose, but if it continues for a few weeks longer then a doctor needs to be consulted.
Use a diffuser or a bath to experience the effects of essential oils into your home. The effectiveness of essential oils is most powerful when inhaled through the vapors of a warm bath. Lemon Eucalyptus oil is known to be relaxing and balancing, without the stimulation of the brain from Eucalyptus globulus. Cleaning the bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms with Lemon Eucalyptus oil is also another way to use this oil. Even if you create your own blend of hand made creams, lotions and bath products you can guard your health against these invaders.
Always bear in mind that most essential oils are too strong to have around very young babies, as their breathing process is much more delicate than older children. Keep diffusers out of babies’ bedrooms and away from their tiny nostrils.
Visit our website and click on Aromacology certification or household cleaning certification to learn how to blend essential oils and make antibacterial cleaning spray along with other cleaning recipes and advice.
This blog is by no means validation for treating any serious illness and disease without consulting a physician.
This article is based on the research findings listed in our Aromatherapy certification program (monographs obtained from medical aromatherapy England).
The practice of Aromatherapy has originated from ancient civilizations and has survived until today. There has been renewed interest in plants and extracts and how it applies to antibacterial and antifungal infections. Proper hygiene along with washing your hands, and the use of essential oils, can help guard the body against superbugs.