Lyme Support & Essential Oils

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This is my experience with Lyme support & 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 off 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 had 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.

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I have been a work in progress over the course of many years, constantly searching for more healthy ways to bring my body into balance. 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 solutions that helped and are what I lean toward could be counted on a few fingers. Several years ago now I was introduced to essential oils. I have to admit, I was more than disinterested. I had been offered many “snake oils” in the past and these oils just looked like more of the same. My friend was persistent and eventually I decided to attend a class on essential oils class. Honestly I was hoping if I went she would just leave me alone from there on out.

Before I attended the class, I stopped by her house. I wasn’t feeling to good, I had been experiencing an internal vibration many of us experience and I was a bit achey. 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 disappeared. Was this just a coincidence? My interest was piqued.

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 might sooth the discomfort in my feet. That is the simple beginning of how my life and the life of my family has been changed by beautiful 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 getting a restful night sleep without the need for a sleep aid I had needed for 17 years. The discomfort that in occurred in my feet, running up my calves every day, calmed right down within a couple of days. That vibrational buzzing, I have not had it once since the evening my friend put that very tiny drop of essential oil on my wrists at her house.

My # 1 suggestion for soothing our boides is Frankincense. Taken internally for body wide support of the immunes system and to calm stress and tension or topically to specific areas. Ylang Ylang is a very close second for calming an irritable nervous system and is just the best for overall relaxation, also supporting a restful sleep. But you may find Peppermint and Lavender helpful too. There is an essential oil to help sooth almost any discomfort and promote a balanced body.

Then there is the good old Lyme protocol.  The Lyme protocol consists of Oregano, Cassia, Clove, Thyme and if you can afford it Melissa. All of these have very powerful properties. Take some time to do a little research on your own about why these oils are so helpful. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEM! Proceed slowly.  Essential oils are very selective and can do something not typically seen and that is pass through the cell wall. It is inside of a cell where many threats can be found. You don’t become immune to essential oils either.

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Another oil you may want to consider adding to this mix is Melaleuca. 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. Studies are showing that Melaleuca as some very interesting affects on biofilm. Take a few minutes to do a little reasearch.

As I mention, this protocol is powerful, do not underestimate that fact. Proceed slowly to gage how your body will react. Start slow and you can always increase. In my experience and from research I have done, to great of a reaction is counterproductive in itself and we don’t need any more of that.  You might consider pulsing as I have done. I did M-W-F. Helps my body to keep its own balance.

Remember this is my experience that you might find helpful. Do not ever 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.

I do not recommend the use of any other essential oils other than those that are therapeutic grad and have been certified for purity. It is important to be confident of where you source your essential oils.

***THIS LYME PROTOCOL CONTAINS OREGANO OIL WHICH IS VERY HOT OIL. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED YOU TAKE THIS PROTOCOL (WITH THE OREGANO) FOR ANY MORE THAN 6 WEEKS AT A STRETCH ON THE 3 DAY A WEEK PULSE. TAKE A BREAK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. I OFTEN TAKE A BREAK OF MONTHS, WAITING FOR ANOTHER CONVENIENT TIME TO DO IT AGAIN. FOLLOW EACH CYCLE WITH A GOOD PROBIOTIC LIKE TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY GUT FLORA.

See the Lyme Protocol HERE

References:

[The antibacterial activity of oregano essential oil (Origanum heracleoticum L.) against the clinical strains of Eschericihia coli and Pseudomonas aeruguinosa].

Antibacterial activity of oregano (Origanum vulgare Linn.) against gram positive bacteria.

Antibacterial activity of selected plant essential oisl against Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Antimicrobial Activities of Clove and Thyme

In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils

Antimicrobial activities of cinnamon oil and cinnamaldehyde for the Chinese medicinal herb Cinnamomum cassia Blume.

Isolation, purification, and antibiotic activity of o-methoxycinnamaldehyde from cinnamon.

Effects of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil on Staphylococcus aureus in biofilms and stationary growth phase.

Antibiofilm activity of selected plant essential oils and their major components.

Selected Antimicrobial Essential Oils Eradicate Pseudomonas spp. and Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms.

Antibicrobial and antioxidant activities of Melissa officinalis L. (Lamiaceae) essential oils.

 

 

I am not a Physician. I am a Holistic Health Coach, a wife, a mom, a grandma and a fellow Lyme suffer who loves learning about health and wellnes and sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family.

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