Study Reveals Essential Oils Could Treat Lyme Disease Better Than Traditional Drugs

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New research from Johns Hopkins University reveals that essential oils could potentially out-perform industry-leading drug treatments for the increasingly common autoimmune disorder Lyme disease. Researchers have found that essential oils extracted from plant compounds can effectively kill drug-resistant bacteria that Lyme disease patients carry. Top performing oils include cumin, cinnamon, garlic, myrrh and allspice. Another study conducted in 2017 demonstrated that wintergreen, cloves, cinnamon and citronella can also help alleviate Lyme symptoms.

Lyme disease affects 300,000 new Americans every year, usually transmitted in the form of a tick bite, and the standard treatment is daptomycin, an antibiotic used in cases of complicated infections. But, the autoimmune disease often times produces cells within the human body that are resilient to even top-performing antibiotics. Medical professionals are unaware of what causes cells to resist treatment, leading to continued patient suffering.

Being able to manage Lyme with essential oils is groundbreaking news for the industry. In general, 10 to 20 percent of patients report prolonged symptoms after taking antibiotics, even when tick bites are caught early.

Dr. Ying Zhang, Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, says, “We found that these essential oils were even better at killing ‘persister’ forms of Lyme bacteria than standard Lyme antibiotics.” The university’s researchers conducted a test of 35 essential oils and found that 10 of them successfully killed persistent bacteria present in Lyme disease.

Researchers believe, based on these two studies, certain oils could provide patients with relief if their antibiotic treatments don’t work. The next step would be to conduct clinical trials on humans, which Dr. Zhang will begin if his current tests on rodents confirm the study’s cell culture findings. This is exciting news for the alternative medicine community and for those who suffer from Lyme.

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About The Author

Deni Yacoobian

Deni Yacoobian

Deni is an energetic senior at Boston University. In addition to her course load, she is WELL Insiders' editorial assistant. She is passionate about wellness education, organic living and sustainability. Her introduction to wellness started growing up in Los Angeles and working at a juice bar selling CBD. Since then, she has strived to live an all-encompassing wellness lifestyle as a college student.



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