Essential Oils as Valid Alternative to Antibiotics
by Dr. Laura Santini - Medical Doctor at ADLER BALANCE Spa & Health Resort
Essential oils were known already in ancient times for their versatile possibilities of curative properties. Current research has confirmed their antimicrobial qualities which have for long been stated by folk medicine. In fact essential oils can destroy or slow the growth of bacteria and viruses while not causing any harm to the mouth or intestinal flora of the patient. Being gentler to the human organism than conventional drugs, essential oils can be seen as a very safe and effective alternative.
Similar to the creation of an antibiogram when testing the most effective antibiotics, there exists a methodology to test which essential oil or mix of essential oils has the most effective antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal impact. The effectiveness of conventional antibiotics should thereby not be questioned; however, the excessive usage of them should be limited also considering the increasing resistance of microorganisms to conventional chemicals and drugs.
A therapy based on essential oils is personalized on the patient’s personal needs and can preclude the undesirable side effects of antibiotics. Only in very rare cases essential oils can be harmful or give rise to certain allergies. Moreover essential oils are successfully implemented to combat very common and often recurrent illnesses as bladder or throat infections or mycotic infections.
This method is especially suggested for those who prefer natural healing methods to conventional drugs and who trust in the ancient knowledge.
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