Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections are prevalent and the cause much discomfort and illness.  Below is a brief description of bacterial infections in general and links to some common health concerns caused by bacterial infections.

Following this brief introduction are comparisons of bacterial and viral infections and a discussion of MRSA.



This is a one cell organism that are prolific in many places in our environment.  Many of these exist very well in the comfortable environment of the human body.  Of those that live in or on the human body 99% are good or helpful.  Unfortunately the remaining one percent can cause a number of uncomfortable or serious health concerns.


Suggested Oils to Use

Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Lime

Also recommended: Basil, Cassia, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme, Wild Orange

Suggested Ways to use

Note that an infection can be the result of a variety of strains of bacteria, virus, etc. and that different oils may be more potent than others against a particular strain.  These oils combined are made up of some of the most potent properties hence when used together will cover a much wider variety of potential strains.

Editorial note: Research at Loyola in India with interesting data is included under the Scientific Facts tab.  It includes data below showing the effectiveness of 21 essential oils against 6 common bacterial infections (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus).  The results are compared with Streptomycin (a very strong pharmaceutical) and also includes very interesting information on the effectiveness vs. concentation of the oils.  The 21 oils included were: Aniseed, Calamus, Camphor, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rosemary, Basil, Vetiver, Wintergreen.A quick summary of these results showing the three most effective oils is:

Staphylococcus aureus: Cinnamon, Lemon, Clove

Bacillus subtilis: Cinnamon, Lime, Geranium

Klebsiella pneumoniae: Cinnamon, Lemon, Clove

Proteus vulgaris: Cinnamon, Orange, Lemon

Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Cinnamon, Lime, Lemongrass

Escherichia coli: Cinnamon, Orange, Lime



Infections – Bacterial vs. Viral

Robert James

Viruses are about 100 times smaller that bacteria.  And about 100 times harder to get rid of than bacteria.  Viruses also live and reproduce inside a host cell.  They are basically a protein that has either a DNA or RNA gene molecules.  Viruses are harder to kill because they are not exactly alive in the first place.  Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.  Most control of virus comes in the form or prevention or immunization. If a doctor prescribes an anti-biotic for a virus, it is likely for a placebo effect.  It will not help.

Bacterium, is a living cell that has all the biological workings for carrying out life processes, including reproduction.  Unlike the bacterium a virus is nothing more than a single or double strand of RNA or DNA wrapped in a coat of protein. Not all bacteria are bad, and the good bacteria in our body is essential for many functions.

Some essential oils have been studied for their anti-viral activity. Many more are considered effective against bacteria.  The most amazing thing about essential oils and bacteria is their ability to effectively kill bad bacteria while leaving good bacteria alone!

Oils that inhibit the growth of micro organisms like bacteria or fungi (antibacterial) are Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Myrrh, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme.

Oils that have been studied to help control viral infections include, Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Myrrh. Oregano, and Thyme.

It is difficult to make clear cut decisions on which oils do what.  Some oils may have properties that test as very effective at inhibiting viral growth, but the percentage of the property contained as a constituent may be quite small.  They also may have two such properties, and synergistically they might be fairly effective together at attacking bacteria or virus respectively.

In reading several books by trusted doctors, PhD’s and scientists, we find that they often do not cite the same oils as having the same results but I have looked for those with a common consensus. Constituents that seem to have that common consensus for antiviral activity include, but are not limited to; anethole, carvone, beta-caryophyllene, citral, eugenol, limonene, linalool, and linalyl acetate.

Some essential oils are believed to attack viruses in the host cells, at a cellular level. That is why I personally believe I’ve seen oils like Oregano effective against SARs and shingles. Of course, many essential oils are well known for their ability to stimulate the immune system and offer some indirect protection against viral infection through these effects.


MRSA, what is it?

Robert James

A common misconception is that MRSA is a virus or caused by virus.  In fact you will probably still find some argument about it.  But my understanding is that MRSA is not caused by a virus. Instead, MRSA is a strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureas. MRSA even got its name because it is a bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin. It has since become resistant to almost all types of antibiotics.  If you get MRSA, and a hospital is treating it, it almost become a game of cat and mouse as they determine what antibiotic might be most effective in your body vs. dealing with horrific side effects and allergic reactions – or in other words, your body saying; WAIT!  What the he#% is that!!

New strains of MRSA have recently emerged in the community that are capable of causing severe infections in otherwise healthy individuals. These MRSA infections are known as CAMRSA or community-associated MRSA. MRSA infections that are acquired in the hospitals and healthcare facilities are known as healthcare-associated MRSA.

Depending on where you get your statistics from.  If you get MRSA during a hospital stay, you have about a 5-10% chance of dying. MRSA now kills more people than the aids virus.  The actual numbers that die annually from MRSA or Staph are all over the board, but I assume quite understated.  (of course I’m a “conspiracy theory” kinda guy)  All I know is that my grandmother died of it after a simple operation, and my uncle got a blood infection (staph) after he had a stint put in… (thank goodness for Frankincense and Melaleuca!)