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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?
Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano is already appropriately diluted with a carrier oil so that it can be used for both internal consumption and external use.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your doctor to discuss your use of Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking.
To eliminate the bacteria in the system, taking oregano oil internally is recommended. 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.
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.