4 Essential oils that are more powerful than antibiotics

by Cat Ebeling & Mike Geary
co-authors of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

Antibiotic overuse is creating monstrous superbugs that can cause incurable infections, serious illnesses, amputations, and even death. Antibiotic overuse in the beef, pork and poultry business, in human medications, and even antibacterial hand soap and cleaners has created a new breed of bacteria that is antibiotic-resistant. Latest news shows some new bacteria strains that are totally resistant to ALL forms of current antibiotics! It’s really only a matter of time before these bacteria become out of control and even more deadly.

Antibiotics kill off the all-important microbiome existing in our bodies, that does everything from helping protect and preserve the immune system, prevent overgrowth of dangerous bacteria, fungus and viruses, but it is now known that these beneficial bacteria also affects moods, anxiety and depression and overall wellbeing. After antibiotics, it may take up to a year or more to regrow the healthy populations of essential beneficial bacteria in the gut. My best advice to you is to avoid antibiotics if at all possible and to try a natural approach first. Essential oils offer a first line of defense against antibiotic resistant and common bacteria—as well as yeasts and fungus. Certain essential oils can be as effective–if not more effective–at doing the job that antibiotics do—without the harmful side effects.

In one study of essential oils’ effectiveness against certain bacteria, ten different essential oils were tested for their antibacterial activity against 22 bacteria and fungi. It was found that lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint and orange were effective against all 22 bacteria and fungi.

How Antibacterial Essential Oils Can Help You

Essential oils have been scientifically proven to fight many bacteria, even the antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well as—or better than conventional antibiotics and antifungals which are harmful to your health. Essential oils work against candida, staph, salmonella, E.coli, giardia and more.

Hospitals are fighting a losing battle trying to stay a step ahead of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Some of these bacteria are deadly and resistant to every known antibiotic and can spread very easily within hospitals from patient to patient. Essential oils are now being used in many hospitals as an alternative to the powerful and dangerous synthetic medical antibiotics.

Another strain of resistant bacteria that has recently developed is the MARCoNS bacteria which is a type of staph. It actually has the ability to protect itself from antibiotics by forming a protective film.

MARCoNS is a tricky strain of bacteria defined as multiple antibiotic-resistant coagulase negative staph. MARCoNS is challenging because it has this unique ability to protect itself from treatment, even antibiotics, by forming a protective biofilm. Biofilms can cause deadly infections and are very resistant to most antibiotics, but cinnamon oil has been found effective against this deadly bacteria.

Traveling is especially risky for being exposed to new and dangerous bacteria, fungi, and parasites, especially in underdeveloped countries that don’t have good sanitation or water supply. You can also be exposed to dangerous bacteria and other pathogens through the air, as in airplanes when in close contact with others. Oregano oil and other essential oils are very effective in fighting off these invaders when traveling without the side effects of antibiotics.

Let’s take a look at the top four most versatile and powerful antibiotic essential oils:

Tea tree essential oil

Tea tea oil is one of my favorites for powerful antibiotic activity. It is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin. Tea tree oil is effective for infections, scrapes, cuts, burns, and even skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and even warts. I especially like it for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.

Tea tree oil, or malaleuca oil, has had numerous studies done on its ability to kill even superbug bacteria like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). And this study from 2013,  showed tea tree oil not only killed powerful antibiotic resistant bacteria, but also significantly speeds up the healing time compared to conventional treatments.

Tea tree oil can also be used in a diffuser to help kill cold or flu virus, stop a sinus infection, or clear up nasal or chest congestion.

Oregano essential oil

blankOregano has been used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for more things than just seasoning their food. Oregano oil is a powerful antibiotic and has been used for years to treat wounds and infections on the skin. Its ability to knock out an infection has shown effective even against staph infections. It is also antiviral, antioxidant, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and has anesthetic (pain-relieving) properties as well! Its two active ingredients, carvacrol and thymol have very powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. A 2001 study from Georgetown University found the oil to be as effective as most antibiotics and is especially effective against fungus like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Oregano oil can kill off a sinus infection just by inhaling the steam from a few drops of the oil in water. Oregano oil can also stop pneumonia in its tracks as well—even the antibiotic-resistant types of bacterial pneumonia.

If traveling, don’t forget your oregano oil capsules. Common parasitic infections such as giardia lambdia can make you extremely ill with debilitating diarrhea, fever and stomach pains for several weeks. But oregano oil has been shown to be highly effective against giardia, E.coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and staph. The key is to take regularly in foreign countries, and increase the dose if you feel any symptoms of illness.

Oregano is best taken on a short term basis (no more than two weeks at a time).

Cinnamon essential oil

blankBesides its great aroma, cinnamon oil is one of the strongest antibacterial oils of all of them, according to some research. A study in 2006 study on cinnamon oil and bacteria such as staphylococcus aureaus, E. coli, pseudomonas, and klebsiella show cinnamon oil to be more powerful that even other antibacterial oils including clove, rosemary, geranium, lime, orange and lemon. Cinnamon oil is also effective against common dental bacteria that cause cavities and root canal procedures. Cinnamon oil works well added to toothpaste or you can make your own. Using cinnamon oil in a diffuser or steamer will add a delicious fragrance to your home and also help to kill off airborne bacteria.

Cinnamon oil has other amazing benefits too. It’s a powerful antioxidant, digestive aid, blood sugar stabilizer and blood circulation booster. It can relieve depression, stimulate the immune system, and combat cardiovascular disease. It also works as an antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory. Oh, and it’s an effective remedy for impotence too. Cinnamon oil contains the active ingredients eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, and phellandrene.

Clove essential oil

Clove oil has been a favorite of new mothers for years as a soothing relief for baby’s teething pains or for toothaches. It’s been used for toothaches since the 1600’s when dentistry was not at it best, but it’s thought that it’s been in use for over 2000 years. In one study, it was shown that clove oil had the same effect as benzocaine. What’s more, clove oil can actually help to re-calcify teeth, as well as prevent cavities.

Clove oil also contains the same active ingredient as cinnamon oil, eugenol. Clove oil came out second only to cinnamon oil in studies of essential oils effectiveness against common bacteria and candida albicans. Clove oil has been shown to be as effective as the conventional medication, nystatin, in treating yeast infections, as well as intestinal parasites. Clove oil is also especially good at treating acne, as it can kill the bacteria responsible for causing acne breakouts, as well as warts, coughs, colds and asthma.

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About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. Keep me on your mailing list Thank you

  2. Keep me on your email list please. I find the items to be most valuable, true and trusted.

  3. I have heard that tea tree oil is not good for use on dogs (specifically). It is said to cause neurological damage. I did contact a producer in Australia to ask the question but received no reply. Consequently I assume that it is true?

    • Jude,

      A small amount of Tea Tree essential oil mixed with a carrier such as coconut oil is not harmful to dogs. You would have to use large quantities for a extend period before it created issues.

      I suggest 1-2 drops of a high-quality essential oil to 20 drops coconut or olive oil.

      I have used essential oils for 20 years safely with my pets with no issues. It is all about using common sense and being mindful. With essential oils, less is more.

  4. Where can I buy essential oils?

    • If you want the pure therapeutic grade, only doTerra Essential oils offer this. Please see the link below.


      • Wrong! Young Living ins the only company with a “Seed to Seal” guarantee. DoTerra does not offer that.

        • That’s right.

        • Agree! A couple of nites ago, my dog started having major breathing problems. Had noticed rapid breathing for a couple of days/nites. Gave her a capsule w/olive oil and a couple of drops of Thieves. W/in min. it stopped. Gave her another at bedtime and by morning her breathing was completely normal. Have used oils for 13 yrs. I am 79 and husband 93. Have an oil for almost ANYTHING! Just had 2 dental implants AND a major foot injury. Used my Panaway in my mouth (more effective than what dentist gave me) AND on my foot (almost back to normal) My daughter almost died from an antibiotic resistant infection. I put her on Frankincense immediately after she left the hospital, plus Thieves for any infection. Her dr. couldn’t believe, when she went in w/what she had thought was a pulled muscle, that she wasn’t in septic shock. She told him what I had her on and he said “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!” Love my oils!

    • Bulk Apothicary is a guaranteed oil.
      Please also tell,us just how to get these in or on our bodies.

      • If you can not just put the drops to the back of your tongue, there are clear jell capusules you can buy from Chemist open them & put the oil in close it up & wash it down

        • Rosemarie Grabowski

          Young Living doesn’t grow all of their own products from what I have read. Many conflicting articles have surfaced surrounding them. I was once vendor for this company but no longer am due to their tier and selling policies.

    • The best ones are Young Living, as they own their own plantations and monitor from seed to seal. It is also the only company in the world allowed to grow and harvest Sacred Frankinscence.

    • The only company that has been the pioneer of oils for 25 years is Young Living. We are also the only company that has the seed to seal process. We also have an extensive line of vitality oils. I personally have been using them for 23 years. No other oils compare to our standards

      • Why can I find no information on HOW to use oils better. Eg can you take things like cinnamon internally, if so how???

    • Depending on where you live, you can find it at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, natural remedies section at Walmart might carry it.

    • Dr Deborah Scott

      I would like to know where to purchase these oils as well.

    • at most health stores you can, but they are usually a lesser quality. Young living and private essential co. are usually much stronger and more
      Medical. Others also. Chack it out

  5. Thank you for sharing this important info

  6. I bred Labradors for the show ring for years and had horses too I used homoeopathy and oils for years, on them, now I use argan oil on my very long hair.

  7. I agree with what is said regarding the a.m. essential oils. I am a Aromatherapist since 2000 and have
    quite an experience with tens of problems. Many essential oils have much effectivenes and it’s not been
    introduced so that people would recognise it’s benefits.
    Jenny B. (Israel)

  8. Theres so many difference brands of oils out there
    Which would b the best to use

    • Young Living

    • purifyskintherapy.com All their oils are organic or wildcrafted. Less expensive than Young Living of doTerra. I bought the the ten bottle offer. I have a whole body itching rash, but I don’t really know how use them. Any ideas?

  9. oregano oil no more than 2-3 wks at a time? Then how long in between and what amount or dose at a time do you suggest? Thanks.

  10. keep me updated.

  11. What is the best company to buy essential oils from??

    • Kathy, you are right. Young Living is the ONLY company with the seed to seal guarantee, you can visit any of their farms, no other company lets you do that, and they have thrown out millions of dollars worth of oils because it didn’t meet their high standards. Plus they have a line for animals/pets. Also, you have plenty of people to help you if you need it/answer any questions you have about the oils. Best Company Ever!!

  12. I was hoping there would be more information on how to use it. Is infusion effective or is topically best.

    • I have been told by the people at the Good Earth Health Food store that Essential Oils are NOT to be ingested, only topical. Anyone aware of that?

  13. Step by step instructions on how to use each one exactly would be extremely helpful. I’ve read that most EO’s are not food grade… So how can cinnamon help with dental issues, etc? How am I supposed to use oregano when I travel? Rub it on my belly? I read something about an oil capsule… But still, is this an EO?

    • Wanda commander

      I have bought therapeutic oils from rocky Mountain oils and ancient wisdom was started from former employee of young living oils. Ancient wisdom oils comes from some of the same places as where Gary young buys his.

      • To use oil of oregano I buy a gel cap that has it. You get it at the Health Food store. It is called oreganol p-73 from wild oregano. No stomach upset and I use it for bladder infections with Wobezyme from Garden of Life. You might not need both and make sure you drink plenty of water. I also use Braggs Apple Cider vinegar about 2 tsps. mixed with water. It will kill and flush out bacteria. Drink several bottles a day with vinegar mixed in.

      • Rocky Mountain Oils are equally as high quality as the two network marketing young living & doterra & far more affordable. I have used for years with great success for multiple issues! Topically, ingested or diffused. They also have a great rewards program & frequent deals via email. You would not be disappointed!

    • I would like instructions on how to use each

  14. What Essential oil that works for constipation, I always end up going to the hospital, for bowel impactment. even though i drink lots of water , and eat healthy. Help!

    • You can take 2 TBSP Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 1 TBSP Organic Honey in a 6 oz. or 8 oz filtered glass of water…… Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar is good for constipation as well as for diarrhea ….. In your case I would take this tonic twice a day ….Hope this helps !!! P.S. you can get the books of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar by Paul and Patricia Bragg

    • You need good grade diatomaceous earth, research it and u can get it from amazon

    • Hi,,,I have had constipation issues all my life and I am 68 now. I was introduced to Doterra oils 4 yrs. ago because of this problem. I use DigestZen topically on my tummy every few days and have not taken a laxative since!! My doctor told me that my bowels were discoloured from taking so much laxative and that it wasn’t good. I asked him what more to do and he shrugged his shoulders and said,,,well you can’t leave it in there. I am so grateful for these wonderful absolutely pure oils that I can take internally as well as topically and aromatically!! I can help you get them, look me up on facebook….Maryanne weber.

    • Very good article.where do you find out how to use these 4 oils for infection etc

  15. Where do I get the essential oils especially the tea tree oil

  16. hafiz wasi mohammed khan

    Thanks for sharing such vital information’s to avoid antibiotics

  17. I’ve been diabetic with neuropathy In my hands and especially my feet resulting in 3 toes being amputated. I have an abscess that has been open for over two years and I’m tired and after reading about so many scientific breakthroughs for healing the pancreas and detoxification of the body.This is all new to me and being I’ve been on SSI so any supplements and advice in this extremely depressing way of life being I am a Former Marine and ran a very busy floor coverings installation business being physical my whole life and now my MD/podiatric surgeon wants to remove the last 3toes I really need advice on what you can help with and also my kidneys are not functioning as well as they should causing me to have frequent trips to the bathroom.And 1 recommendation is juicing with vegetables is very good except that I have only eaten frozen mixed vegetables or green beans but I heard boiling them until their not crunchy as well as all the other veggies I eat.I would really appreciate help and your service to detox the daily bombardment of geo engineering poisoning us daily!! I appreciate anything you can help me with !The mental depression from being in my situation for the past few years is really getting me to take alternate and safer methods to get rid of this and get my life back!Thanks again

    • For your abcess I recommend a honey dressing. I know it sounds odd but an ulcer on a diabetic man’s toe that he had been attending hospital 3 times a week for 10 months was reduced by 2 thirds over one weekend by one honey dressing. He decided to continue the honey himself at home. Also my friend cured her MRSA infection with honey dressings. Raw honey is best preferably local.

    • Marc, Since your post of Nov 4, 2017, have you been using the essential oils or honey dressings on your abscesses ? How have your physical aliments been progressing lately? Curious to know! Hope all is better. As a Navy Corpsman, I was stationed with the Marines over seven different years with 4 different Battalions of Marines spread throughout 20 years. Great duty overall! Hope you are well! Jeff.

    • Look into stem cell repairing toes etc and diabetes hope that helps

  18. I had MRSA and regular antibiotics could not clear it up. I found research by Michelle Moore and followed her protocol of essential oils that I took orally. In about three weeks I tested clear. When I get run down, I start on that protocol again. Oils are not cheap. But therapeutic grade oils are priceless, in their healing powers. Not FDA approved here in the states, but quite common in France and many other countries.

  19. Where can I get these oils?

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  21. For your abcess I recommend a honey dressing. I know it sounds odd but an ulcer on a diabetic man’s toe that he had been attending hospital 3 times a week for 10 months was reduced by 2 thirds over one weekend by one honey dressing. He decided to continue the honey himself at home. Also my friend cured her MRSA infection with honey dressings. Raw honey is best preferably local.

  22. You forgot to mention Wild Oregano Oil, which is a very powerful natural antibiotic.

  23. For Honey dressings with a supercharger, try Manukah honey from New Zealand, now available from CostCo!The bees that make Manukah honey feast on plants that only grow in the mountains of New Zealand. The ancient Romans used honey to dress battle wounds, and it worked by essentially dehydrating the bacteria. Manuka honey, in addition to the dehydrating effect, also has strong antimicrobial activities, like the essential oils.

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  25. I am really fascinated by these articles.
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  26. I need lots of guidance for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and any thing which will cure me.

  27. I am very interested in Danna Stevens post about her dental implants. I am facing 2 implants next month and my oral surgeon insist I take 2000 mg of antibiotic right before the surgery and 1500 mg per day for 10 days after. That is going to destroy my gut bacteria that I have worked so hard to restore after the last round of dental work. What do I do? What and how to take? Dosage? Timing? Thanks for any help.

  28. Any thoughts on heart conditionds

  29. are you selling oil of oregano or cinnimon?

  30. Congrats for supplying such good innfo online! You are providing a great service.

  31. Really enjoyed your articles. Every educational to say the least. How can I purchase some of these oils n items.

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  33. You failed to mention that some essential oils cannot be taken internally unless specified on the bottle that they are safe to ingest. This bothers me immensely. Tea Tree oil is one of them.

  34. Elizabeth Murrell

    Is it all right to take iodine since I’m taking thyroid medication?

  35. Richard Principal

    BTW. Can we blame household cleaning products for Covid-19 nail in the coffin? it has been said only 0.01% of germs is bad for us (that is 1 in 10 thousand) the other germs help out with our good health, yet when I walk around the supermarket every cleaning product wants to kill 99% of germs, I think why does everybody want to let off a “germ nuke” in their home everyday? we need good germ to help with out immune system, we should be more focused on exterminating mold around the home.

  36. I think it is a good way to clean thing I know cloves and tea tree oil andOregan are a great for cleaning I use them alot thank you for the information. There is alot to explore .


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