Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA

Effective Natural Treatments




Essential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing.

Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Fenugreek Eases Menopause

An extract of fenugreek husk sharply slashed the incidence of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches and mood swings in menopausal Indian women.

Eucalyptus Oil Inhibits Spread of TB

Several compounds in eucalyptus oil halted the spread of tuberculosis germs by 90 percent in a University of Illinois study.

Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms

Symptoms such as restless legs and hot flashes were reduced by using pine bark extract in two recent studies.

A Wise Man’s Gift for Arthritis Sufferers

Frankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from Boswellia trees native to Africa, is an age-old herbal remedy that may help alleviate this painful condition.

Why Folk Remedies Rock

British researchers confirm the health and beauty properties of plant extracts.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags