As of early 2016, we are happily maintaining the physical and mental health of our family with the use of daily probiotic, B12, D3, complete omega (or krill) oil, a gluten-free and low-sugar diet, and a regimen of daily essential oils. We are in good company, as researchers learn more and more about the power of plant extracts in both healing and preventative care.
Numerous studies, for example, have shown the antibacterial effects of tea tree oil. One recent study, for instance, compared the healing times of patients with wounds infected with Staph. It looked at conventional treatment alone and conventional treatment plus fumes of tea tree essential oil. The results showed a significantly decreased healing time in participants treated with tea tree oil. Likewise, combinations of essential oils including lavender and cinnamon have been shown to kill E. coli. These extracts may work by weakening the cell wall of resistant bacteria. They contain secondary metabolites that are capable of inhibiting or slowing the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds.
I’ve had friends tell me, “Pam, this whole thing is ridiculous. Just get what you need from food.” But it’s my understanding that the right foods don’t even have the same nutrients that they did fifty years ago. Our farmland is over-farmed, the pest control is so much stronger than it once was, so the toxicity is higher. So, you’ve got to be thinking about, “What am I taking in? What is organic? What is safe to be non-organic?”
A lot of the chemicals in our food supply will prevent you from absorbing your vitamins and minerals correctly. If you have high amounts of toxicity in some of the stuff that’s coming into your system, it’ll prevent you from having a healthy balance. Your body has to attack that and cannot fix this.
It’s important to eat right, to reduce our carbohydrates, to eat lots of lean meats and fruits and vegetables but in absence of that, especially in people with autoimmune disorders and/or anxiety issues, it’s crucial to really make sure that you have additional support there to take care of our bodies. Thus, supplementation is smart.