Essential oils of garlic and myrrh show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, in the United States. The persistent symptoms may also get treated by the oils.
According to this study, the standard treatment for Lyme disease, with 30,000 cases every year in the United States is a course of antibiotics, which usually clears the infection and resolves symptoms within a few weeks.
However, lingering symptoms such as fatigue, depression and joint pain that can persist for months or even years is reported by10 to 20 per cent of the patients.
For this new study, lab-dish tests to evaluate the impact of 35 essential oils on Lyme bacteria was conducted by the research team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted. Results found that ten of the oils were strongly active against persistent forms of the bacteria, which may lie dormant and emerge in times of stress.
Essential oils that proved to be the most effective against stationary phase Lyme bacteria, successfully eradicating it from culture dishes within seven days, and preventing any regrowth for 21 days were derived from garlic bulbs, allspice berries, myrrh trees, spiked ginger, lily blossoms and may chang fruit.
These 10 essential oils appear to be more effective than certain antibiotics, which are often prescribed for Lyme disease and its persistent symptoms.