Sep 20, 2006

Two things

I wanted to share two things today. The first is this:






Not my child, BTW. My mom sent this to me in an email.

The second is this. It's a summary of the findings of a study done at Weber State, on the comparative effectiveness of essential oils and antibiotics against the e coli bacteria:

The study also compared the effectiveness of two often used antibiotics,
Penicillin and Ampicillin, with 4 essential oils (two single oils and
two blends) against 2 bacteria with known high morbidity rates,
Escherichia coli (E-Coli) and Staphylococcus aureus. *The four essential
oils are Cinnamon, Oregano, Immupower and Purification.*



*The results clearly show all 4 oils superior to both Penicillin and
Ampicillin* in their ability to kill the microorganisms. In the case of
Penicillin, lysis (disintegration) of E-Coli did not occur. Apparently
this generation of bacteria strain is totally resistant to Penicillin.
Interestingly, the kill rate with essential oils went up dramatically as
more of the oil was added. This same effect, however, did not occur when
more of the antibiotics were added.

With National attention focused on E-Coli bacteria outbreaks, we want to
share a portion of another Weber State Study with you that deal with
this killer. To understand the numbers next to each oil below, it is
necessary to know something of how the study was conducted.

A small piece of paper infiltrated with essential oil was placed in a
petri dish infected with Escherichia coli. After a period of incubation,
examination revealed a dark shadow around the paper indicating Lysis
(disintegration) of the E-Coli. The diameter or size of the dark circle
is demonstrative of the kill ratio and referred to as the "Zone of
Inhibition" (Through replication, researchers know that E-Coli cannot
grow in this zone).

Measured in millimeters (mm), the Zone of Inhibition was noted for each
of 67 different oils tested. There were nine oils that's Zone of
Inhibition measured 25 mm or larger, meaning *these oils are most
effective against E-Coli*.

*They are:
*Rosewood 40 mm
Cinnamon Bark 32 mm
Peppermint 30 mm
Thyme 30 mm
Ravensara 30 mm
Oregano 30 mm
Mtn. Savory 30 mm
Lavender 25 mm

By mixing Peppermint and Rosewood with a ratio of 1 part Peppermint to 8 parts Rosewood, researchers discovered the Zone of Inhibition for E-Coli increased to 50 mm.


For the pubmed (in case you want to read the whole study, or would like the citation), here.

9 comments:

Garry said...

A timely post, given the recent E. coli outbreak in spinach that has sickened so many people across the country.

NoSurfGirl said...

yeah.. and I eat a lot of spinach.

I haven't been following this piece of news too closely, and so I brought spinach to a ward dinner last night..

aaaahhh. I felt so bad when I realized my mistake.

But at least mine was organic, which they say they haven't traced any e coli cases back to yet.

That doesn't mean that they won't in future, though.

:(

Lucy Stern said...

That is quite interesting. My daughter uses essential oils sometimes when she does massages. I'll have to ask her about this. Thanks

Maren said...

I was sent that same picture in email yesterday. Too funny.

I lived on spinach salads this summer. Such a sad thing. Hooray for essential oils. That is neat.

Garry said...

I know, I love spinach too - had bought a bag of baby spinach over the weekend and wound up throwing it away. No more fresh spinach for me till they find the source of the outbreak (as of now they've narrowed it down to a three-county area in California).

NoSurfGirl said...

yeah...

unfortunately, mine was Earthbound Farms, one of the brands recalled.

I can't wait for them to get it down to the last bowl, and the last leaf, like they've indicated.

Actually, I'm going to go to the farmer's market this next Saturday to see if there's some there...

I KNOW that stuff was grown in (the state where I live). :)

noelle feather said...

I got that SAME e-mail today------with the baby and the pig. TOO freaking cute!

texasblu said...

We use essential oils all the time - love them. :)

Yes, I have twins - 7 mos. old. One is i one crib by me & the other by my hubby. My hubby has ALWAYS been good about getting up in the middle of the night - I'm lucky that way. :D

texasblu said...

We use essential oils all the time - love them. :)

Yes, I have twins - 7 mos. old. One is i one crib by me & the other by my hubby. My hubby has ALWAYS been good about getting up in the middle of the night - I'm lucky that way. :D