Oregano Oil and Lyme Disease
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by ticks. It is commonly acquired in heavily wooded and grassy areas in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Northern Midwest states.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are classified into 3 stages, although not everyone will manifest all the symptoms.
• Stage 1 is marked by a circular rash that appears typically 1 to 2 weeks following the tick bite. The rash pattern is comparable to a bull’s eye and characterized by a central red spot surrounded by clear skin and then enclosed once again by redness.
• When the bacteria spreads to other organs through the blood stream, Stage 2 begins. The patient will experience headache, muscle pain and weakness, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue, much like the flu. It can also cause diseases such as Bell’s Palsy, wherein half or both sides of the face will experience a complete loss of muscle tone, Meningitis which causes severe headaches, neck rigidity, sensitivity of light and even seizures, Radiculoneuritis wherein the patient experiences shooting pains and abnormal skin sensations and Mild Encephalitis, which can lead to various neurological symptoms.
• Finally, after months of inadequate or no treatment, Stage 3 will begin to happen. Chronic neurological symptoms including cognitive problems, polyneuropathy, fibromyalgia, depression and in rare cases, depersonalization and psychosis. It can also cause chronic skin disorders, arthritis and Baker’s cysts may also happen.
How can oregano oil help reduce the risk of the exacerbation of Lyme disease?
Lyme disease starts because of a bacterial infection and being a potent broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (Dorman and Deans, 2000), oregano oil can help prevent the symptoms associated with Lyme disease before it starts causing more problems. It is said that just by inhaling the vapors of oregano oil, a person with Lyme disease can find relief from his fatigue, muscle weakness, pain and even some neurological problems. What’s great about oregano oil is that unlike prescription antibiotics, it has much less side effects and does not lead to the development of mutated strains of bacteria or superbugs, which can occur in antibiotic therapy.
Oregano oil’s analgesic properties may also help you relieve pain caused by arthritis, muscle pain and a lot more. It is an excellent topical essential oil because it penetrates deeply in the tissues right to the source of the problem and it has anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009), as well as anti-spasmodic properties that can help relax and soothe the pain even more. For arthritic pains, it can ease the stiffness in the joints and improve mobility.
How can you use oregano oil for Lyme disease?
To eliminate the bacteria in the system, taking oregano oil internally is recommended. If 6 drops of full strength wild oregano oil in a full glass of water is difficult for you to tolerate, you can take oregano oil in capsule form. You can take 3 drops 5 times daily for the first week or two and then twice daily thereafter. Before using it, you must consult your doctor because it may interact with other medications and supplements you are taking. A medical practitioner will be able to advise you about any adjustments you may need to make to prevent any unwanted effects and to get the most out of its therapeutic effects.
You can also apply oregano oil topically to your knees, muscles and your lymph nodes for relief of pain and inflammation or place a few drops in a diffuser and inhale the fragrance.
Lyme disease is a serious condition that may be difficult to treat and can lead to chronic diseases and even paralysis. Prevention is always the best option, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones, try out oregano oil, which was called ‘the joy of the mountains’ by the Greeks and Romans for its healing effects and you may be able to recover from this illness almost like you never even had it.
Dorman H.J. and Deans, S.G. Antimicrobial agents from plants: antibacterial activity of plant volatile oils. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2000; 88(2): 308-316.
Landa P., Kokoska L., Pribylova M., Vanek T. and Marsik P. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol: Inhibitory effect on COX-2 catalyzed prostaglandin E(2) biosynthesis. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009; 32(1): 75-78.