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Disinfectants, Biocides and what ‘WE’ can do to STOP Superbugs, Staph Infections and MRSA

January 23, 2009 in Aromatherapy, Did You Know?, Educational, Empowering, Essential Oil Application, Essential Oils, Find therapeutic grade essential oils, Hand Sanitizer, Health and Wellness, Helping Others, How To, Indoor Air, Melaleuca, MRSA, Myths and Truths, News, R.C., Science & Essential Oils, Skin Care, Snake Oil, Staph Infection, Superbugs, Thieves Essential Oil, Thieves Household Cleaner, Waterless Hand Cleaners, Why we should care, Young Living Distributor | Tags: Aromatherapy Oils, Benefits, Essential Oils, Health and Wellness, MRSA, News, Oils for, R.C., Science, Staph Infection, Studies, Therapeutic-grade, Thieves, Young Living Distributor 

Quite simply, how did we get into a MRSA mess? We over-used: antibiotics, antibacterial soaps and antibacterial cleaners, and lack of cleanliness in health care facilities.

Now that we ARE in a pickle, what were our mistakes and what can we do to remedy the situation?


What MRSA looks like on the skin

When common disinfectants are used in low levels (this is NOT suggesting you should use these health-threatening disinfectants in higher amounts!), researchers found that they actually make certain bacteria stronger and resistant to antibiotic treatment, i.e., MRSA and hospital acquired staph infections. This is true in hospital settings, and certainly applies to the low-level disinfectants many use around their homes.

Researchers exposed Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) taken from the blood of patients to low concentrations of several biocides, which resulted in the appearance of resistant mutants.

If bacteria that live in protected environments are exposed to biocides repeatedly, for example during cleaning (such as in hospitals, nursing homes, gyms, etc.), they can build up resistance to disinfectants and antibiotics. Such bacteria have been shown to contribute to hospital-acquired staph infections, MRSA, and “Community Acquired MRSA”. 


Picture of MRSA

Superbugs, while building up antibiotic-resistance and thereby contributing to the creation of new and tougher superbugs, chemical disinfectants disrupt the balance of bacteria, both good and bad, in your home (and in your body), making it much easier for the bad bacteria, staph and MRSA, to flourish. Meanwhile, these chemicals themselves are toxic in their own right.


MRSA on skin

I’m recalling back to the early 1970s talking with friends… we had heard about some people who had gone into the hospital for surgery and they died from complications due to infections. I’m sure they died from Staphylococcus aureus. Today, the number of people acquiring MRSA in health care facilities has sky-rocketed!

Once You Get MRSA you WILL have it forever

Due to our over-use of antibiotics, antibacterial soaps and cleaners Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) has mutated into methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a strain which does not respond to antibiotics and MRSA will NEVER go away once it is acquired – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Entire lives have been changed forever and ruined from MRSA. 

MRSA acquired in hospitals or nursing homes travels from one patient to another rather easily and the usual way it is transmitted is by the care staff who is not washing their hands.

Hand washing and cleanliness, preferably without the use of synthetic and/or chemical soaps and cleaners. The reason why we wouldn’t use these products as part of our cleanliness routine is due to the fact that they ARE the vehicle which creates a super-bad strain of MRSA – which is already happening. The only way we can stop even more persistent strains of MRSA is to STOP using the things that create more persistent strains. 

The Barn Door was Left Open: MRSA in our Community Setting

To make matters much worse, MRSA is no longer confined to hospitals and nursing homes… it is now out in the community. This is the ‘community-acquired’ strain of MRSA (yes, it has mutated to such). You’ve heard about it in the news… acquired in sports clubs, gyms, our children’s school locker rooms and so on. The alarming news is that it is among us now in our community.

You may know someone, maybe a friends teenage son who plays sports, he got a skin wound and now he is under-going treatment for “Community Acquired MRSA” – now the life of the son and his entire family is changed forever – this IS very real and should be a BIG wake-up call to all. 

The Scoop on What We’re Dealing With…

Nature is intelligent – these micro-organisms CAN – AND – DO communicate with each other. They can even communicate between different species! 

Within ALL species is a ‘survival mechanism’ – every species does what it can for the survival of the species. That’s true in humans, plants and animals. Some are better equipped to adapt to changes than others. Staph and MRSA are much like Cock Roaches – they can adapt very easily and quickly, and change/become resistant to things that threaten their species. Try as we may, it is highly unlikely that we will ever be able to eradicate staph, MRSA or roaches. The BEST we can do is use measures that ‘Prevent’ them from invading our lives.

Synthetic and chemical disinfectants, and antibiotics are ‘consistent’ structures – meaning they are exactly the same, their chemistry is eactly the same ALL of the time. That means the organism, staph/MRSA, can learn it, relay the scoop to their species, and change the way their bodies identify and respond to those substances. 

This is where I am eternally grateful for the wisdom of our ancestors and for all of those who have kept that knowledge alive – and for modern studies that prove that wisdom was right on the money… 

…therapeutic-grade Essential Oils!

My Young Living Essential Oils will not kill all the ‘good-bacteria’ on my skin and in my body – they are smart and will identify only the pathogenic organisms and kill them! And, my Young Living essential oils will NOT cause me any health problems because they, unlike other brands, do NOT have any chemicals!

MRSA, Science and Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

The antimicrobial activity of plant oils and extracts has been effective for centuries, and known for decades. However, few investigations have compared large numbers of oils and extracts using methods that are directly comparable.

In this study, Antimicrobial activity of essential oils – Dept. of Microbiology U of Western Australia, 52 plant oils and extracts were investigated for activity against Acinetobacter baumanii, Aeromonas veronii biogroup sobria, Candida albicans, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotype typhimurium, Serratia marcescens and Staphylococcus aureus (Staph Infection), using an agar dilution method.

The Results:

• Lemongrass, oregano and bay inhibited all organisms at concentrations of < or = 2.0% (v/v).

• Six oils did not inhibit any organisms at the highest concentration, which was 2.0% (v/v) oil of: apricot kernel, evening primrose, macadamia, pumpkin, sage and sweet almond.

• Twenty of the plant oils and extracts were investigated, using a broth microdilution method, for activity against C. albicans, Staph. aureus and E. coli. The lowest minimum inhibitory concentrations were 0.03% (v/v) thyme oil against C. albicans and E. coli and 0.008% (v/v) vetiver oil against Staph. aureus.

Another Study: The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using a dressing model. 1: Burns. 2004 Dec;30(8):772-7.

Patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender essential oils and Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) were used singly and in combination to assess their anti-bacterial activity against three strains of Staphylococcus aureus: Oxford S. aureus NCTC 6571 (Oxford strain), Epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (EMRSA 15) and MRSA (untypable).

The most inhibitory combinations of oils for each strain were used in a dressing models – A combination of Citricidal and geranium oil showed the greatest-anti-bacterial effects against MRSA, whilst a combination of geranium and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (Oxford strain). This study demonstrates the potential of essential oils and essential oil vapours as antibacterial agents and for use in the treatment of MRSA infection.

CAUTION: science and studies do NOT include using low quality essential oils – they MUST be super-high quality “Therapeutic-grade” – such as Young Living Essential Oils (which is SUPERIOR in quality than ‘Pure’, ‘Organic’, ’100%’ – which you find in health food stores). You will NOT get the same results if you do not use a high quality essential oil – promise! So, save your money and get the ‘Real Deal’ – don’t waste money on ‘novelty’ aromatherapy essential oils that are adulterated, diluted, and improperly distilled. The are NO companies, other than Young Living, using therapeutic-grade essential oils in their products because therapeutic oils are expensive (you get what you pay for!) So don’t think going out and buying an ointment with tea tree or geranium oil in it will yield positive results, because it won’t.

This study proves that lower quality essential oils in products do NOT work!

Study shows that Copper Surfaces Kill MRSA within 90 minutes!

University of Manchester Study

Researchers found three of the oils, usually used in aromatherapy, destroyed MRSA and E.coli bacteria in two minutes. 

The team then tested 40 essential oils against 10 of the most infectious agents found in hospitals, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).

Two of the oils were found to kill MRSA and E.coli almost instantly, while a third was found to act over a longer period of time.

While Testing a Vaporizer in a Hospital Setting Researcher’s Found Essential Oils Killed Microbes

Consultants at Wythenshawe Hospital found that using a vaporiser (they were testing to mask and eliminate smells) to spray essential oils into the atmosphere killed off micro-organisms.

Airborne bacterial counts dropped by 90% and infections were reduced in a nine-month trial at the burns unit. There were no MRSA infections in the burns unit while the machine was being used with the recipe of oils.

“I think the novelty of this is putting the two researched technologies together and being able to affect a really surprisingly large area of the ward with a single machine,” said Wythenshawe consultant Ken Dunn.

Bev Hurst, whose mother Margaret died from an MRSA infection, said: “If this is something that is going to help then that’s brilliant. But it has to be in conjunction with everything else – it can’t just be a machine on a ward.”

Research has also been done through Young Living Essential Oils by researcher Sue Chao.

The essential oils that were found most effective for MRSA through her study were:

Young Living single oils  – Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Mountain Savory, Eucalyptus citridora.

Young Living blends – R.C., Motivation, Thieves, Longevity, Exodus II, and Purification.

What I Do and What I Would Be Doing With My YL Essential Oils… 

Young Living Essential Oil blends that would be good choices for preventing MRSA would be:  R.C., Motivation, Thieves, Longevity, Exodus II, or Purification. Buy them here! 


Therapeutic-grade YL Thieves Essential Oil

To my MRSA arsenal I might add to my essential oil blends the following singles: Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Oregano, Geranium, or Mountain Savory.

What I ALWAYS carry in my car and purse: Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, and Thieves Spray (these are small conveniently sized bottles).

In my home I ALWAYS clean with essential oils and Thieves Household Cleaner. My all-purpose cleaning spray is a 32 oz. spray bottle filled with water and 2 teaspoons of Thieves Household Cleaner – to which I add: Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Oregano, Geranium, or Mountain Savory.

In my home I also diffuse my essential oils: 15 to 30 minutes, once or twice a day. If I or another household member already had MRSA I would diffuse for 30 minutes per 1,000 sq.ft. at least 6 times a day.

For school, if I had school-aged children (my son is grown up now) they would carry in their backpack: Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (this product does NOT contain the poison ‘triclosan’.

If I were a school teacher: I would have a 32 oz. spray bottle filled with water and to it I would add – R.C., Motivation, Thieves, Longevity, Exodus II, or Purification. To that spray bottle I would put a total of 30 drops of my chosen essential oils. I would spray my classroom, desks and toys 3 times a day (morning, lunch-time, after the kids leave). I know teachers who do this and the performance of the kids increase AND the kids get sick less often – it’s a win-win if you ask me!

If I or a loved one were in the hospital: There would ALWAYS be a supply of Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Thieves Spray, and a Young Living diffuser set up (with any of the following diffusing 30 minutes at a time, 6 times a day) – R.C., Motivation, Thieves, Longevity, Exodus II, or Purification essential oil and one of the following singles – Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Oregano, Geranium, or Mountain Savory. I would also have a spray bottle there for cleaning the bedside table, remote control, doorknobs, phone, and would spritz all surfaces in the bathroom several times a day – there would be no-way I would jeopardize a hospital stay and risk ruining the rest of my life or a loved ones life! Would I be concerned about some others possibly thinking I was crazy and/or using Snake Oils??? Absolutely NO!!! I know what I have works and I’d rather risk a tiny handful of people rolling their eyes than ruining a life! 

Living More Consciously: Tips to Help Prevent Getting MRSA

• When outside the home – be more aware of the things you touch that many others have also touched, such as: shopping carts, door handles, all surfaces in public restrooms, handrails, keyboards at work or the public library, remote controls in hotel rooms, hotels in general (YES, MRSA can be on surfaces as well as, fabrics – even if they have been laundered!).

• Practice your cleanliness routine – while in public places: school, gyms, church, shopping – any place where there are people touching things you will be touching.

• At the doctors office, hospital or nursing home – INSIST the doctor and staff thoroughly wash ‘their’ hands BEFORE touching you, or your loved one, or any of your belongings. That’s right – INSIST that ‘they’ practice cleanliness too! And do NOT let them make you feel as if you’re paranoid or phobic – it is because of ‘their’ lack of cleanliness that MRSA spreads in health care facilities between patients! You have the right to insist they not touch you with hands that may have picked up MRSA from a surface or other patient.

Disinfectants have been known to cause:

• Damage to respiratory and circulatory systems

• Heart damage

• Respiratory problems

• Damage to your liver, kidneys and eyes

• Nonyl phenol ethoxylate, a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and biodegrades slowly into even more toxic compounds

Other chemicals found in household disinfectants include:

• Formaldehyde, found in spray and wick deodorizers, which is a suspected carcinogen

• Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners may damage mucous membranes

• Butyl cellosolve, found in many all-purpose and window cleaners, may damage your kidneys, bone marrow, liver and nervous system

• Triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, not only kills bacteria, it also has been shown to kill human cells.

Just another reason why we are so fortunate to have our Young Living Essential Oils and Thieves Household Cleaner!

Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Distributor #476766