That antibiotics are overprescribed is probably not even news anymore. Because antibiotics have been overused, they have become less effective. In fact, this has led to some of the "super strains" of bacteria you may have heard about.
So, what do we use to stop them? Luckily, nature has the answer.
There are powerful, concentrated botanicals that actually destroy bacteria. Together, these ingredients:
Prevent colds and sickness from bacteria
Protect you while you travel
Boost your immune defenses
Destroy harmful existing bacteria
Stop E. coli, Candida, Staph and other bacterial and yeast infections
Our lives leave us open to bacterial invasions all the time - travel, strange food and drink (especially on the road), crowded public spaces like shopping malls and airports, closed-in spaces with recirculated air like offices and airplanes, and of course, schools anytime they're in session.
You come into contact with bacteria every day. In fact, the surface of your desk at work is many times more bacteria laden than most bathrooms. But if you think that antibacterial wipes or soaps are the answer, think again.
Bacteria have gotten pretty tough over the past 50 years. That's mostly due to the overuse of prescription antibiotics and the current trend for antibacterial lotions and other health and beauty products. Bacteria have become resistant to these interventions.
Because of this, you may think it's tough to bolster your body's natural defenses. It isn't. But you need the right combination of strong, concentrated plant oil ingredients to do the job. In this Terry Talks Nutrition
®, we're going to explore some of nature's most powerful antibacterial ingredients.
Before we take a look at the abundant defenses offered by concentrated plant oils, I'd like to provide two words of advice: avoid antibiotics. Or, perhaps it's more accurate to say, "avoid synthetic antibiotics".
Aside from the flu shot, antibiotics are one of the most over-used medicines out there. They are prescribed for 60% of colds despite the fact that only 2% of colds have bacterial involvement. After all, colds and flus are caused by viruses!
The problem with synthetic antibiotics is that they kill off the friendly bacteria in your intestines (where the majority of your immune system truly resides) that keep you safe from viral infections and bad bacteria in the first place. The antibiotics actually make a cold worse!
Plus, the over-prescription of antibiotics has led to bacterial resistance, meaning this potentially valuable medicine won't work when it's really needed.
The best plan is to stop the overprescribing immediately, so that antibiotics will actually work in those rare instances they are needed.
We've had the answers to many of these problems all along, in the form of natural herbs that don't destroy the balance of healthy bacteria in the body. A combination of four of the strongest concentrated plant oil ingredients is what I recommend for those times when our immune system is most at risk.
How concentrated? Consider this: these ingredients are up to 100 times stronger than ordinary plant extracts, and they're extremely safe at the same time.
These plant oils are very different from those that massage and aromatherapists use (sometimes called "essential" oils) outside the body, as infusers, or topically, on the skin. And if you've ever used them for their aromatherapeutic properties, you know what a difference these essences can make to your sense of well-being.
However, you need to be sure that the plant oils you use to stop bacteria have been examined and certified to be the correct plant species, contain beneficial key compounds, and are safe for internal use.
Because advanced technology is used to take a "fingerprint" of the oil to confirm its identity, you'll know that the most important compounds in these concentrated botanicals are present to make the product effective. The best concentrated plant oils are tested for purity as well, so you'll know what you're getting.
One of the best concentrated plant oils to fight bacteria is thyme(Thymus satureioides
). Thyme has been used traditionally as an aromatic to make people feel more energetic, physically and psychologically. But, in this case it is a different species than the thyme you may use as a seasoning or, for that matter, as a natural medicine for digestion and other ailments.
I recommend the concentrated plant oil of Thymus satureioides
because it is a strong antibacterial. It fights a variety of strains, including Staphylococcus aureus
, the cause of staph infections, and Escherichia coli, the cause of food poisoning and many emergency room visits by the very young and the elderly.
Like thyme,cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia
) has strong antibacterial and antifungal capabilities.
Cinnamon is an evergreen tree that originates in Southeast Asia and is cultivated in Vietnam, China, Burma, and Laos. It is from the bark, and oil processed from its bark. At one time, this star of the botanical world was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome.
You've probably heard about cinnamon's anti-diabetic effects because there have been some very positive developments concerning diabetes and cinnamon extracts. It's definitely an ironic twist to see an ingredient most often associated with sweets and baked goods actually having a moderating effect on blood glucose levels, but I hope that it yields even more good results in the future.
Like so many other plants, cinnamon has more than one use, and research has shown that it has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal abilities.
The compound in the plant responsible for this is called "cinnamaldehyde," and it inhibits Staphylococcus aureus
which, beyond staph infections, can also cause a form of gastroenteritis that brings about nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It is also effective against four species of the problematic yeast Candida
, including C. albicans
. It's a great botanical to have on your side for many reasons, especially when you are traveling or trying unfamiliar food.
Aside from being a strong antibacterial, cutting edge research shows that cinnamon may stop allergic symptoms, stop ulcers, and inhibit tumor growth.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata
) is native to Indonesia, but is widely cultivated around the world, including Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Much of the current research surrounding clove oil and clove extracts has focused on the strength of one of its phenolic compounds, eugenol, which shows a remarkable range of health benefits.
It is a strong antibacterial agent. It stops yeast overgrowth and inhibits oral pathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis
and Prevotella intermedia as well.
Clove oil is also a strong fighter against the yeast species Candida albicans
. When this bacterial overgrowth occurs in the mouth, it causes lesions on the insides of the cheeks, tongue and tonsils, bleeding gums, a dry sensation in the mouth and throat, and even a loss of taste. This form of yeast infection is known as "thrush."
Plus, eugenol from clove shows anti-inflammatory effects - of the many phenolic compounds tested, it is the most potent. In fact, clove oil has been traditionally used in India for centuries because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects.
Oregano (Origanum compactum
) has been used traditionally in Moroccan medicine for generations. In more recent years, the reason for this has been made known - it is practically a pharmacy unto itself.
Current studies in Europe find that the concentrated plant oil of Moroccan oregano is very effective for treating colds, sore throats, sinusitis, retinitis, and dermatological disorders. That's because oregano oil is a strong antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredient. The most potent and perfect blend of active compounds in oregano, are carvacrol and thymol, and they have been the focus of most of the research as well.
In fact, in the Moroccan research, the antimicrobial activity of Origanum compactum
has been very impressive. Like the other concentrated plant oils I've recommended here, it shows strong results against Staphylococcus aureus
and Escherichia coli
. Considering the damage these bacteria cause each year, from simple skin irritation to serious hospitalization, this is good news.
In addition to this already impressive list of abilities, oregano oil is also a powerful parasitic expellant, is valuable as a food preservative, and has been used to decontaminate foods from potentially harmful pathogens.
Researchers have even investigated more intensive uses for Origanum compactum
. In a comparison of traditional botanicals native to Morocco, it appeared to have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer cells. While further study is necessary, this indicates an exciting application of this widely-used medicinal plant.
Boost Your Defenses and Stop Bacterial Invaders!
This combination of natural, concentrated plant oils can protect you against the bacteria you encounter in shopping malls, crowded airplanes, schools, restaurants, or anywhere life takes you. It's the best way to protect yourself against antibiotic resistant bacteria, prevent colds and other sicknesses, boost your natural defenses, and take charge of your health.
Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients...
Proprietary Formula: 75 mg
Containing Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Bark Oil, Thyme (Thyme satureioides) Flower Oil, Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) Flower Bud Oil, Oregano (Oregano compactum) Flower Oil
Reprinted with kind permission of Terry Talks Nutrition