I Have an Infection - What Oil Do I Use?

Posted by Meg Shehad on


Common infections happen with skin, lung, sinus, gum and nose, ear and throat. Most infections are caused by bacteria. There are good and bad bacteria. Bacteria populate our gut biome and are in direct communication with our brain via the Vagus Nerve; it is often referred to as our second brain. New discoveries are constantly emerging revealing the important roll it plays in our life. What is nice about essential oils is that they do not kill. They relieve, rebalance, reduce to regain health. We live in a world that wants to kill as in antibiotic, but so many bacteria are good for us and we suffer if we kill them. The bacteria begins to resist antibiotics, and this creates superbugs that few pharmaceuticals want to tackle. Can I naturally treat infections?

Yes, you can. Sometimes you can be too clean. Nature comes with dirt. Children that are allowed to play in and eat dirt and rocks tend to be healthier than children who are kept clean and sanitized. Some of the chemicals that we use to clean are actually dangerous to our health. By being too clean, we become weak and our immune systems suffer. A natural world is not a sterile world. Dealing with a little dirt can make us strong. 

The most potent anti-bacterial that I know is cinnamon bark, but cinnamon is hot meaning it can cause blisters if used without a carrier or protection. It is not easily taken by ingestion because of this and it is difficult for the liver to digest; but cinnamon tea is readily digested. There are many good brands of cinnamon tea on the market. If you have a bladder infection, cinnamon tea is wonderful to use and often brings relief. Because it is so hot, we must use it carefully with skin infections. For gum infections, rubbing cinnamon and clove into infected gums can be helpful, but tea tree and myrrh are your standard health care for the gums. Cinnamon is also helpful with lung infection' especially if the issue is fungal. There are all kinds of studies out there that prove this.

For bacterial lung infections most people use eucalyptus, thuja cedarleaf, camphor, lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint. The flu can cause congestion in the lungs which bacteria can breed within. Smelling the mentioned oils and rubbing them on the chest front and back can help relief the common cold and the flu symptoms. Cinnamon can be too hot to breath into the lungs because there is fear of irritation which can make the situation worse, so put it on the bottom of your feet before going to sleep. Many phenolic oils like manuka, thyme, oregano, exotic basil, savories, and niaouli are best put on the bottom of the feet.

Skin infections are numerous, as the skin is the largest organ of the body. It is most exposed to the outside world and all its pathogens. Skin infections can suggest an impaired immune system so oils that strengthened the immune system are used to strengthen the body. Calendula Maceration can stimulate the lymphatic system which is part of the immune system and one of the best in dealing with fungal and bacterial issues of the skin. Oregano is best for fungal issues for the lung and skin. Athletes foot and toe and nail fungus are greatly relieved by Oregano applications but again this oil is very hot and needs to be used with a carrier or in a blend like Fungal Stat. 

Rosemary Verbenone is used for the ears, nose, and throat infections. Put a drop or two on a cotton ball and put it into your ear. With throat infections like strep throat add Rosemary Verbenone and Oregano to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Gargle and spit out. 

We can take care of ourselves naturally. In doing this, we help to slow down the resistance to antibiotics. We help ourselves as  we help our world.



  • Cinnamon on your oatmeal is wonderful. Spices like that are not as concentrated as essential oils. It makes a difference especially with the hot oils. Thank you for your kind words. You could use the essential oil on your oatmeal, but you would need to dilute a drop of cinnamon oil in a teaspoon of coconut oil and add to the oatmeal little by little until you reach the desired taste.

    MEG on

  • Now I use ground cinnamon in my oatmeal. Is that ok for digestion system. I don’t use the oil, but I use the other oils mentioned
    Great article

    Terry on

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