Essential oils in the treatment of lyme

Dear Stephen,
Are the essential oils of tea tree and of Cistus creticus useful in lyme disease? I’ve heard that the essential oil of Cistus creticus inhibits the growth of borrelia – is that true?

Stephen’s response:
The problem with these oils is not whether they work or not but whether they can get to the organisms to affect them. They are not very systemic, that is, they do not get spread around the body very well and the borrelia tend to inhabit hard-to-reach places which is why I generally suggest knotweed as it is an exceptionally systemic herb. And yes, cistus will inhibit borellia but so will about a hundred other things. Most of these tests occur in vitro, that is in test tubes, which is why, when they are given to people, many of them are not effective.
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posted on September 12, 2011 in Herbs, japanese knotweed, miscellaneous

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  • Framboise

    January 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Essential oils can very well pass through the skin and act systemically throught the whole body, where the spirochetes are.

    I know somebody, who healed fully with essential oils (Citrus sinensis, Oreganum vulgare, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cistus creticus, usw.), which she applied externally, but this take a very long time ( 2 years).

    Essential oils act not only antibacterial, but also antibiofilm and anti-quorum sensing. They act so probably better than antibiotics or they may act synergetically with antibiotics.

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