Why Bacteria Cannot Develop a Resistance to Natural Antibiotics

by Cynthia Kasper on February 25, 2011

I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for forever.  And because of that, I sometimes lose my beginner’s mind.  (I often lose my entire mind, but that is another story.)  And then because of my science background, I often make explanations way too technical.  With that said, today I am consciously putting on my beginner’s mind and sending my science geek out of the room to tell you about something that I find fascinating about essential oils.  Here it is:  micro-organisms cannot develop an immunity to therapeutic grade essential oils.  For real!  This is what makes them so effective as natural antibiotics, disinfectant hand soaps, hand sanitizers and cleansers.  And it is also the reason why pharmaceutical companies do not sell them.

Think of it like this:  an essential oil is the liquid part of the plant.  This fluid moves through the plant very much like lymph moves through our bodies.  It serves to protect the plant from microorganisms and insects that want to chew on its tender leaves or bore into its stem.

Essential oil is made up of many different types of molecules.  The types of molecules and the amounts of each molecule determine the kind of oil.  Outside factors influence the amount of each type of molecule in the oil.  These factors include soil conditions, temperature, rainfall and the amount of sunlight.  As the factors change from day to day, week to week, it effects the amounts of each type of molecule.  Hence, no two batches of one kind of essential oil will be exactly the same.  They will be very similar, but not identical.

Remembering back to your high school science days, microorganisms can develop a resistance to something over time by modifying their DNA.  If they continue to be exposed to the exact same something over and over again, their DNA modifies and it become resistant to that something.  Now let’s say that ‘something’ is antibiotics.  Where each batch of antibiotics is exactly identical to the next.  Which is exactly identical to the next batch.  Those little microorganism are going to learn real quick what is coming and they will mutate their DNA so that antibiotic has no effect what-so-ever.  This “each batch being identical to the next” is why pharmaceutical companies can obtain patents on their drugs.  It is duplicable.  They cannot obtain a patent on essential oils because each batch is not identical to the next.  It is for that very reason that essential oils are more effective against microorganisms.  Do you see the irony here?

I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put the pieces together here.  On one hand, you have the pharmaceutical companies creating “super antibiotics” to which microorganisms will eventually become resistant.  Ultimately this creates “super-bugs.”  Against which you need stronger antibiotics.  Which creates “super-duper bugs”.  Against which you need stronger anti… oh, never mind.  I think you get the picture.  For us, it is a no win situation.  Bacteria have been around for a lot longer than humans and I guarantee, they will out live us as well.  Antibiotics, by the way, kill off all your helpful intestinal bacteria as well, setting you up for a huge fungal infestation and a compromised immune system.  Isn’t that what we were trying to cure?

Or, on the other hand, you have essential oils like clove, cinnamon and rosemary, all found in Young Living Thieves, where each batch is slightly different from the next.  Microorganisms cannot develop a resistance to them.  They are highly effective, natural antibiotics.  And because they are from living plants, they are similar in chemical makeup to our bodies.  They work in harmony with our bodies.  They do not create microbial upset in our digestive tract and they do not create “super-bugs.”   They keep microorganisms guessing and that is just all right with me.

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