HEALTH / LAVENDER – INFECTIONS
COULD LAVENDER BE THE SOLUTION TO DRUG-RESISTANT INFECTIONS?
Using Lavender for Drug-Resistant Infections
For the medical community, drug-resistant infections like MRSA pose serious challenges. These infections have evolved overtime to be virtually indestructible in the face of modern medicine. They look at modern antibiotics and laugh. So, when faced with these infections, doctors increase the dose, combine different drugs and basically throw everything in their arsenal at the infected person to try and get the problem under control.
What herbalists and naturopaths have known for some time (and emerging research is coming to terms with) is that there are several natural remedies that could provide the ability to kill these infections. That’s where lavender comes in.
Lavender, grown around the world for its pretty purple flowers and unmistakable smell, is known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antispasmodic properties, just to name a few. And a recent study shows that lavender essential oil could be the solution to infections like MRSA.
Researchers with the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Thames Valley University found that lavender oils were able to inhibit growth of two different drug-resistant strains of staph, including MRSA. They applied various lavender essential oils directly to the bacteria and found them to be effective.
Other studies have shown it effective in wiping out candida and other yeast infections. When used in aromatherapy, it serves to relax and even relieve headaches. Lavender can reduce scarring and help heal acne, wounds, and blisters.