This is my experience with Lyme Disease & essential oils, but first let me tell you a bit about myself. I have suffered from Lyme disease for most of my adult life, having likely been infected when I was about 12 or 13. There were subtle signs early on, but things started really going downhill after the birth of my second child. I eventually became so sick that I looked like an anorexic, my color was gray and my hair was falling out. When I finally found a Lyme specialist in New Mexico I was given the usual symptoms list to check of what were my issues. I checked off nearly every symptom on the list with the exception of testicular pain, but that goes without saying, I am a woman. There were problems I had that were not even on the list.
I am grateful for not only that Lyme specialist but for the doctor I have been seeing for 20+ years. Even though he was not the one who found the Lyme he did believe that I was sick and treated me for other infections like Mycoplasma which I later realized was a co-infection of Borrelia Bergdorferi one of but just a few spirochetes that affect humans here in the US. Without knowing it while killing the Mycoplasma with antibiotics we were actually killing the Lyme too. At the time I was very sick and am not sure how much longer I might have lived without that intervention.
I have been a work in progress over the course of many years, constantly searching for more healthy ways to fight this. You see it isn’t just me, without knowing I was even really sick, I infected both of my children, who may have gone on to infect their children, my grand babies. I have also infected my husband. After we discovered I had Lyme, my mom who had similar symptoms was also diagnosed with Lyme by my Lyme specialist. My dad who years after my mom and myself became sick also started showing the same symptoms. He passed away at just 67 before we were given our diagnosis. We suspect he also had Lyme.
In my struggle to stay upright I have tried many things and spent a lot of money and have seen a lot of doctors. The result was, very little made much of a difference. The natural remedies of which I lean toward could be counted on a few fingers. About 18 months ago now I was introduced to essential oils. I have to admit, I was more than disinterested. I had been offered many “snake remedies” in the past and these oils just looked like more of the same. My friend was persistent and eventually I decided to attend a doTerra essential oils class. Honestly I was hoping if I went she would just leave me alone after that.
Before I attended the class, I stopped by her house. I wan’t feeling to good, I had been experiencing that internal vibration many of us experience and I had a bit of a headache. She applied a little drop of Ylang Ylang on the inside of my wrists. Didn’t really enjoy the smell as I was pretty sensitive to smells, I played along, but inside I was thinking, “what ever”. Then about 10 mins later I realized that the buzzing/vibration had stopped. Was this just a coincidence? My interest was peaked.
I went to the class which was small so I was able to ask all the questions I wanted and boy did I ever. I grilled them, but they were patient and just kept explaining and explaining. I ended up wanting 2 oils, that Ylang Ylang stuff and Frankincense which they said was the best thing for inflammation. And that is the beginning of how my life and the life of my family has been changed by doTerra’s essential oils.
It took me several months to even tell anyone about my new find. I am pretty skeptical and I needed to be sure, but within 5 months I was off of a sleep medicine I had been on for 17 years. The inflammation that occurred in my feet, running up my calves every day, disappeared with a couple applications of the Frankincense. That vibrational buzzing, I have not had it once since the evening my friend put some on my wrists at her house. When I started using the oils, I was on 5 medications mostly to manage symptoms, and with my doctors approval I am off all of them with the exception of my heart medication. But, the good news is, I am down to 1/3 the dose just 1 time a day rather than twice.
My # 1 recommendation for dealing with the symptoms of Lyme is Frankincense. Taken internally for overall reduction in pain and inflammation or topically to specific areas. Ylang Ylang is a very close second for calming an irritable nervous system and you may find it helpful for palpitations so common in us. At the very least these are my daily go toos. But you may find Peppermint and Lavender helpful for headaches too. If migraines are an issue, a little Frankincense on the roof of the mouth can have amazing results. There is an oil to help manage almost any symptom, like sleep which is usually a huge problem for us.
Then there is the good old Lyme protocol. The oils I just mentioned for symptoms are not going to kill the Lyme, but the Lyme protocol will. The Lyme protocol consists of Oregano, Cassia, Clove, Thyme and if you can afford it Melissa. All of these have very powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEM! They will bring on a very strong herx as the Lyme begins to die, so proceed slowly. But the really good news is, that while killing the Lyme it is not wiping out everything else good in your body like antibiotics do. Essential oils are very selective and can do something antibiotics can not and that is pass through the cell wall. Lyme often hides within cells, one factor in making Lyme so difficult to treat. Antibiotics can not go there. With EOs that is not a problem, so Lyme has no where to hide.
Another oil you may want to consider adding to this mix is Melaleuca. This is an oil I have added to my Lyme protocol personally. The reason is biofilm. Biofilm in Lyme Disease is a more recent discovery. Biofilm also renders antibiotics pretty useless. Biofilm is a gel like coating that Lyme coats itself with. It will actually form colonies with other organisms to protect itself in this biofilm. Melaleuca is good at breaking down biofilm, leaving the Lyme spirochetes more exposed to the Lyme protocol.
As I mention, this protocol is powerful, do not underestimate that fact. Proceed slowly to see at what degree you will experience a die off. Start slow and you can always increase. In my experience and from research I have done, to large of a die off can cause a lot of damage due to inflammation in itself and we don’t need any more of that. So don’t herx so badly that you are flat out on your back or end up in the hospital. You might consider pulsing as I have done. I did M-W-F for awhile and then because the Lyme ketes are so smart and know when they are under attack, in which case they may just go dormant as a protection, I may switch things around and do something different like take my oils at night rather than in the morning or go 2 days on and 2 days off. Just don’t hold a consistent pattern for to long. Use the element of surprise.
Remember this is my experience that you might find helpful. Do not go off of any medications without consulting your doctor. Essential oils should not conflict with any medications you are already taking, but again just run it by your doctor. Besides it will be good for him to witness and document what is about to happen!
I do not recommend the use of any other essential oils other than doTerra. Only doTerra certifies every liter of their oils to ensure their purity, consistency and potency which is all extremely important when trying to manage your Lyme with essential oils. Every single bottle is certified to be exactly the same as the bottle you used last or the the ones you will use in the future. This is important as you determine just how much of an oil you need to use.
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