Essential Oils and MRSA
Natural preventative pet care isn't a new thing but it certainly isn't fully mainstream yet. One of the challenges is
being able to re-educate the public to think outside of the box. For so many years we've been told over and over again by
traditional care providers that our pets need yearly vaccinations, prevention medicines for heartworm, fleas, and
ticks, and feeding premium kibble. We've been told these will all lead to ultimate wellness in our pets. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While we continue to struggle with conquering the mountain of
"alternative care is for new age, crystal toting, chanting
hippies", our pets are getting sicker rather than healthier. One
of the most challenging problems on the rise is super resistant
bacteria that are increasingly resistant to the traditional use
of antibiotics. Most notably is the rise of MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). This is a staph
infection that the antibiotic methicillin can no longer kill.
MRSA is passed from humans to pets and it is still mutating into
strains in different species animals. Horses have developed their
own strain and antibiotics are not the answer! In fact, the
overuse of antibiotics is part of the main reason that these
bacteria have mutated and evolved.
This staph infection is deadly and can and does kill humans
and animals. In fact, this very thing happened to Jill Moss' most
beloved white Samoyed, Bella. Jill lost Bella to this staph
infection a little over a year ago. It prompted Jill to take
serious action and bring the knowledge of this deadly strain of
bacteria to the world so that other pet owners and people would
not have to suffer the loss she has. Jill has instituted the
Bella Moss Foundation (http://www.TheBellaMossFoundation.com )
and Pets-MRSA (http://www.Pets-MRSA.com ) to help bring not only
knowledge about MRSA, but hope, help and healing.
Research has already begun on finding ways to stop these
virulent bacteria. Scientists at the University of Manchester in
England have found that three essential oils destroyed MRSA! Dr.
Peter Warn, who was involved in the research, told the BBC
(British Broadcasting Company) back in December of 2004 that when
he tested the oils in the lab, "absolutely nothing grew. Rather
than stimulating bacteria and fungi, the oils killed them
One diligent product formulator for a therapeutic essential
oils company discovered that two of the oils used were Melaleuca
alternafolia and geranium.
So why are essential oils proving so effective at killing even
the most virulent bacteria such as MRSA? According to Jacqui
Stringer, the Clinical Lead of Complementary Therapies at the
Christie Hospital in Manchester, England which treats cancer
patients, the reason that essential oils are so effective is
because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical
compounds which super bugs such as MRSA find difficult to resist.
I would add that because these compounds are naturally occurring
and derived from plants -the "blood" of plants - no two oils are
exactly alike ever, which is the perfect complex compound to
combat a mutating super bug! Current treatments, according to
Stringer, are made up of single compounds (like antibiotics) so
the MRSA becomes resistant very quickly and leaving only 50%
success in the cases of MRSA. Think about that: only a 50/50
chance of survival. Those are not good odds. The hope comes with
this new alternative approach to battling these superbugs.
Another added benefit of using essential oils to combat and
help prevent (prevention is the goal in stopping MRSA) the spread
of MRSA is the application: inhaled either directly or by
diffusing them. MRSA is often carried inside the nose so inhaling
the essential oils is all that is needed to prevent patients
being at risk. This makes them very easy to administer to both
humans and pets.
The biggest deterrent to progressing further in the research
with the essential oils and combating these superbugs has been
funding. In January 2005, the Manchester researchers were having
problems obtaining the £30,000 needed for their research to
continue. Shortly after finding out about this, Jimmy Savile the
former host of the British television program 'Jim'll Fix It",
has donated £40,000 for the research to continue! The
problem with the funding was that since essential oils are
naturally occurring as I stated above, drug companies are really
not interested in helping this type of work because they can't
profit from a product that is naturally occurring since they
can't be patented.
This is really reprehensible since this kind of research could
potentially help save thousands of lives and completely stamp out
I for one am very excited to see more and more research being
done in bringing healing and hope to many, using what God created
for us to use in the first place!
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About the Author:
Kim Bloomer is a natural pet care educator helping pet owners
learn alternative and natural ways to care for their pets. To
learn more about the essential oils visit her pet care &
supply website at Aspenbloom Pet Care. Visit her dog's blog to learn
more about caring for pets naturally from a canine perspective at A Dog's View
Kim is now a USA Representative for the Bella Moss
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