Essential oils in the treatment of lyme

Dear Stephen,
Are the essential oils of tea tree and of Cistus creticus useful in lyme disease? I’ve heard that the essential oil of Cistus creticus inhibits the growth of borrelia – is that true?

Stephen’s response:
The problem with these oils is not whether they work or not but whether they can get to the organisms to affect them. They are not very systemic, that is, they do not get spread around the body very well and the borrelia tend to inhabit hard-to-reach places which is why I generally suggest knotweed as it is an exceptionally systemic herb. And yes, cistus will inhibit borellia but so will about a hundred other things. Most of these tests occur in vitro, that is in test tubes, which is why, when they are given to people, many of them are not effective.
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posted on September 12, 2011 in Herbs, japanese knotweed, miscellaneous

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