TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
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,
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
Before we take a look at the abundant defenses offered by
concentrated plant oils, I’d like to provide words of advice: avoid antibiotics
if at all possible. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say, “avoid synthetic
antibiotics if at all possible.”
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 over-prescribing, 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. I recommend four concentrated plant oil
ingredients 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
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. The oil comes from
the bark of the tree. At one time, this star of the botanical world was
actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome.
Like so many other plants, cinnamon has more than one use,
and research has shown that it has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal
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
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!
These 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.
To protect yourself against antibiotic resistant
bacteria, prevent colds and other sicknesses, and boost your natural defenses, I
recommend the following four ingredients up to 75-150 mgs per day:
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Bark Oil
- Thyme (Thyme satureioides) Flower Oil
- Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) Flower Bud Oil
- Oregano (Oregano compactum) Flower Oil