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Essential Oils for H. pylori Infection
Below is a list of essential oils that have been researched to find their anti-Helicobacter pylori effects. As I make this list, I can’t help but recall the story of how vitamin C was “discovered” by Europeans who often got sick with scurvy on their long sea voyages. Native Americans gave them tea made of pine needles to cure the problem. It worked! But the medical establishment at the time resisted the idea that a disease as devastating as scurvy could be cured so easily. Various people suggested sending citrus fruits on the ships to prevent the disease, but the intelligentia simply wouldn’t have it. It took hundreds of years for the cure for scurvy to be “found” (or rather recognized) by the Powers That Be. Vitamin C deficiency plays a big role in the development and maintenance of H. pylori infection and the essential oils listed below include pine needles listed as Number 5 in terms of potency to remind readers to take their high-dose vitamin C as part of every H. pylori treatment protocol.
All of the essential oils listed below can be combined with DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) to potentiate their effects and to help them penetrate through the biofilm that often protects H. pylori in the stomach. Combine them in a 1:1 relationship, but read up on DMSO first so that you understand how to use it safely.
I’ve listed the Essential Oils for H. pylori below in order of potency, according to scientific research:
I talk in depth about Patchouli Essential Oil in a previous article about herbal treatments for H. pylori. Patchouli tinctures and essential oils exert a strong anti-bacterial effect against H. pylori. Use them with DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) to further potentiate their effects and push through biofilm in the stomach lining. Combine this treatment with high-dose vitamin C and an alkaline diet or high-pH treatments for best results (high dose vitamin C is necessary to repair the damaged stomach lining).
Cedarwood Essential Oil for H. pylori (Juniperus virginiana L. Cupressaceae)
Cedarwood essential oil not only inhibits the production of urease in H. pylori, but it also has strong antibacterial effects. In a study that examined 26 essential oils, cedarwood essential oil had the strongest anti-bacterial action against H. pylori. Use it in a 1:1 relationship with DMSO to make sure it can penetrate any biofilm on the stomach lining.
Oregano Essential Oil for H. pylori (Origanum vulgare L. Lamiaceae)
The same study that examined 26 essential oils looked at oregano essential oil for H. pylori. This oil ranked second behind cedarwood. Though oregano essential oil for H. pylori is third in line behind patchouli and cedarwood in terms of its strength and efficacy according to current research, it’s still a strong medicine that can also treat Candida albicans at the same time. Combine oregano essential oil with DMSO to strengthen its effects and DMSO to ensure that it can penetrate biofilm in the stomach lining.
Silver Fir Essential Oil for H. pylori
Studies have demonstrated that Silver Fir essential oil has a bactericidal effect against H. pylori. It is not as strong as patchouli, oregano, or cedarwood essential oils for H. pylori, however. If you have some Silver Fir essential oil on hand, however, you can combine it with DMSO to make it stronger. Use it with vitamin C treatment to strengthen the stomach lining.
Pine Needle Essential Oil for H. pylori
Pine Needle essential oil, of course, brings to mind that original vitamin C deficiency treatment given to European travelers by Native Americans. But studies have shown that the concentration of vitamin C/ascorbic acid in the needles and shoots of conifers like Pinus sylvestris, is lower than other natural sources of vitamin C. Don’t let this stop you from using Pine Needle essential oil for H. pylori infection though. Take vitamin C supplements and let the other components in Pinus sylvestris cure the infection and heal the stomach lining.
Tea Tree Essential Oil for H. pylori (Melaleuca alternifolia Maiden et Betche, Myrtaceae)
Researchers who have studied essential oils for H. pylori, ranked tea tree among the most potent in treating this infection. It has anti-bacterial abilities. Use it with DMSO. And combine treatment with tea tree essential oil with the stomach-tissue strengthening effects of high-dose vitamin C treatment for H. pylori.
Lemongrass Essential Oil for H. pylori (Cymbopogon schoenanthus L. Spreng, Poaceae)
Though the anti-H. Pylori effects of lemongrass aren’t ranked as high as Cedarwood Essential Oil or Patchouli, you can combine lemongrass essential oil with DMSO to potentiate its effects in a pinch. Use it with a high-dose vitamin C treatment for H. pylori.
Thyme Essential Oil for H. pylori (Thymus vulgaris L. Lamiaceae)
Thyme is not ranked as high as Oregano essential oil for H. pylori, but combine it with DMSO to enhance its antibacterial effects in the body.
Lemon Balm Essential Oil for H. pylori (Melissa spp, Lamiaceae)
Studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil can be taken to kill H. pylori. Combine lemongrass essential oil in a 1:1 relationship with DMSO to strengthen the medicinal effects and enhance its ability to penetrate biofilm in the stomach.
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