Bacteria kills. And with the rise of antibiotic resistance it can be harder to overcome.
Recently my four-year-old niece battled a bad staph infection. It took a lot of trial and error and even a course of antibiotics, which didn’t eliminate the infection, but it was this recipe comprised of various essential oils which FINALLY eradicated this scary staph infection. Here is the story and the recipe that saved her.
Note: This is part one of a three part series. If you are battling staph or MRSA I highly recommend you read all three in the series.
It all started with a round of antibiotics
She had been exceedingly healthy (not so much as a serious cold) but after she had come down with a painful UTI (this is common in newly potty trained girls) her integrative pediatrician knew it was time for antibiotics.
The UTI was successfully eradicated, BUT her microbiome was a hot mess! He gave mom directions for a 6-month microbiome/gut recovery protocol, and it was followed exactly.
In the meantime, and while she was still on the course of antibiotics, we had noticed she had started getting these tiny red bumps. At first we thought nothing of it, being too busy worrying about the UTI. We figured the bumps would go away after her antibiotics were over. They never did.
Within a few days the bumps went from tiny pimple-like bumps in three spots on her chest to deep wine covered blisters with a colony of angry red bumps! It was terrifying!
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Staph infection confirmed
She was immediately taken to in to see her integrative pediatrician. He swabbed her lesions and confirmed she had a staph infection. At that point it was only on her skin, not systemic, but it was moving fast. By the end of that day she was covered from neck to ankles in red itchy angry dots.
We agreed she needed yet ANOTHER course of antibiotics to avoid a systemic infection.
Antibiotics DIDN’T fix it!
This time she was given a 10-day course of antibiotics (her second ever round of antibiotics).
It wasn’t until day four that we started to see a change for the better. The poor kid had been in so much agony, itching almost non-stop, unable to sleep, and generally miserable.
By day ten the main lesions were gone (phew!) but she still had staph in smaller clusters on the rest of her body and she had now developed eczema.
Her pediatrician gave mom a serious gut rebuilding protocol to follow and doubled little one’s probiotics.
He also recommended treating her skin with essential oils to help little one recover from the newly acquired eczema and treat the remaining infection.
Antibiotics messed up her microbiome
What we know now is that the first round of antibiotics created an imbalance of her skin microbiome.
If you weren’t aware we have colonies of both good and bad bacteria not just in our gut but also on our skin and likely everywhere else too.
So her skin microbiome took a big hit, and this allowed the staph bacteria to take over. She likely had this bacteria on her skin for a while but being healthy she never had a problem, until now.
Keep in mind this is a kid who eats nothing but organic and tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. She get very little sugar and takes high-quality probiotics and nutrient dense whole-food based supplements. I can’t imagine how bad this would have been for a typical child eating pesticides, junk food, and fast-food.
It was natural therapies that healed her
By now we knew the antibiotics had caused the problem and were clearly not going to fix it. Over the next few months I tried EVERYTHING to get this kid back to 100 percent.
I started with Manuka honey which helped but didn’t cure her.
Then I moved on to diluted apple cider vinegar baths which made a huge difference but as soon as the baths stopped the infection came roaring back.
Next it was bentonite clay packs which helped to soothe the angry itchy skin but again no permanent fix.
I even mixed an herbal antibiotic of cryptolepis with the blessing of her pediatrician. I credit the cryptolepis tincture with reducing the infection substantially and keeping it at bay until we found the right topical skin mixture.
I know the cryptolepis helped because as soon as we stopped using it she had another major relapse (fast spread of the staph within 24 hours). So we knew it was helping, but it wasn’t the long-term solution we needed either.
The magical natural remedy for staph infection
On top of ALL of the above being done simultaneously and without fail (we had two relapses over three months when we stopped a component) I was creating essential oils mixes to apply topically.
At her doctor’s suggestion I started with just tea tree tree oil mixed in avocado oil at a 1% dilution (1 drop per teaspoon), but that didn’t do much.
So I went into mad scientist mode. I stayed up late night after night reading about the chemistry of various oils and researching staph.
Everything was made more complex because we were dealing with a little kid. I should point out not all oils are safe for kids, and the recommended child strengths weren’t eradicating the bacteria.
I went through about 12 variations while steadily increasing the strength until I found what FINALLY worked.
MY ESSENTIAL OIL NATURAL REMEDY FOR STAPH INFECTION
Note: 2 tablespoons of carrier oil is 6 teaspoons. A 1% dilution is 1 drop per 1 teaspoon. A 1% dilution is generally considered safe for those 6 years and older and appropriate for most people including the elderly and immune compromised. A 2% dilution is appropriate for most situations for healthy adults or in acute situations for kids. A 3% dilution is stronger and best used for short term acute situations. Also keep in mind this mixture is further divided into multiple doses/applications so you won’t get as much of each oil per application.
- 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) expeller pressed avocado oil (hydrating which was critical for damaged skin)
- 1 teaspoon of black seed oil (demonstrated effective against staph but can be irritating for some so start slow. I started with 6 drops)
- 12 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil – 2% dilution (strongly antibacterial and anti-fungal, a key component)
- 5-6 drops of 100% pure oregano oil – 1% (the strongest of all the oils for antibacterial activity but VERY irritating, never apply “neat” or straight. Start slow with 1-2 drops and monitor, increase from there)
- 12 drops of pure lavender oil – 2% dilution (mildly antibacterial but very soothing and good for itching)
- 6 drops of pure frankincense oil – 1% (great for skin repair and soothing for damaged skin)
I mixed the components in a glass bottle with a dropper and shook it vigorously before each application.
I applied about a quarter sized amount topically all over her skin, morning, noon, and night, until every last trace of bad bacteria, staph, and yeast were gone. This took about a week after starting this exact combination.
Once we had a successful topical mixture we gradually stopped all the other components. For the first time in months she had no relapse!
She has now been clear of any infection for over a year!
Little one also remains on her gut repair protocol which includes a gluten free diet, hefty probiotics, good healthy fats (like coconut oil, avocado, grass fed/pastured butter), omega 3 oils, and more.
Essential Oil Safety
I highly do your own research regarding the safety of each oil. That said here are the age guidelines for the oils used in this recipe taken from this book on essential oil safety or you can also see a list from this website.
Black cumin seed oil – Avoid for kids under 2. Some find this oil irritating, use diluted. Start slow.
Tea tree oil – Avoid for kids under 2.
Oregano oil – Avoid for kids under 2. Always use diluted. Very irritating undiluted. Start slow.
Lavender oil – Generally safe for all kids but use common sense and avoid excess.
Frankincense – Generally safe for all kids but use common sense and avoid excess.
Optional peppermint oil – For anyone over 6 you can add a few drops of peppermint oil for itch relief. Not for those under 6 years of age.
A few things…
I’m sharing this recipe because it took me months and probably over a hundred hours of research to figure out how to help this kid. In the time since I’ve been asked by several moms about this recipe and decided it was time to share.
Keep in mind this recipe is strongly antibacterial and anti-fungal mainly due to the oregano oil, tea tree oil, and black seed oil. The lavender and frankincense are more for itching, inflammation and healing. You can try this recipe on most skin infections or fungal overgrowth.
You can also adjust the amounts up or down depending on the person and the severity of the infection.
Always use common sense, avoid getting in eyes, start slow and use caution.
While this is a stronger solution (at 1-2% dilution) for little ones (and about standard dilution for adults) remember that we had already gone with traditional antibiotics (because of how fast and aggressive this spread) and they didn’t work.
The worst case scenario was ending up with a systemic infection and having to try even more powerful antibiotics which would have further damaged her microbiome and made her even more vulnerable to infection. Also keep in mind the essential oils came recommended by her pediatrician and was used short term.
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It’s all about balance
I should mention that although I am strongly holistic oriented when it comes to health and wellness, I am not completely against conventional therapies when they are sensible and a patient is given full informed consent.
I do think antibiotics can be helpful and necessary under the right circumstances. But I also see many doctors reaching for antibiotics and pharmaceuticals when natural therapies or diet changes can treat the problem.
Luckily there are more and more medical professionals arguing for natural treatments and against frivolous use of pharmaceuticals. My daughter and I see holistically oriented doctors who balance western medicine with natural approaches. I see it as the best of both worlds and highly recommend you find a medical professional who aligns with your preferred approach.
I hope you find this natural remedy for staph infection helpful. If you want to learn more about herbal remedies you can check out my post 5 Life Changing Books About Herbal Medicine.
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Remember diet can play a huge role in susceptibility to deadly bacteria, read my Beginner’s Guide to Clean Eating, to learn more.
You can also read 5 Steps to Avoid Eating Toxins for specific recommendation that will help you steer clear of health compromising chemicals and additives in your food.
Conventional and often toxic beauty and body products can exacerbate an infection like staph, read my post 5 Dangerous Chemicals in Your Beauty and Body Products, for more.
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Until next time amazing families!
*Update: This post was so popular that I created two more posts in the series. If you are battling staph or MRSA (I highly recommend reading all three posts.
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