You can read the first part of my ordeal with MRSA here.
About 3 months after my first bout with MRSA, it was back. Another abscess formed on my leg. Using heat to draw the infection out of the abscess had worked the first time, so I tried it again. This time it didn’t work, even after several days. I had read about the risks of sepsis when MRSA is untreated too long. Sepsis can lead to organ failure or amputation. This scared me, so I went back to the emergency room. The abscess was so bad, they opened and drained it there. They packed the incision and sent me home with another round of antibiotics and instructions to return the next day for follow-up. Fortunately everything looked good, but I was starting to wonder what I could do naturally for this awful, painful condition.
Please note, I am not a doctor and any statements in this article are merely presented for informational purposes. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose any conditions.
A friend told me that DoTERRA’s OnGuard had been shown to kill MRSA. (DoTERRA’s Onguard, Young Living’s Thieves Oil, and Now’s Nature’s Shield are all very similar and are effective in treating MRSA, but more on that later.) Of course I was interested, so I did some research. My research showed that OnGuard could be used both internally and topically. DoTERRA sells OnGuard in capsules and in oil form. If used on the skin, it should be diluted in a carrier oil first to prevent skin irritation. (Please note, I am not in any way involved with DoTERRA’s multi-level marketing company. The statements in this article are based on my own research and experiences with their products.)
What’s in OnGuard and what makes it effective against MRSA?
OnGuard is a blend of five essential oils that help the immune system work better by warding off harmful virus and bacteria, preventing illness. It can also help the immune system fight off illness if you do get sick. What makes this blend of oils so effective? Check out the properties of the individual oils below.
- Wild Orange Peel
- Antimicrobial effects on Staph infections (Staphylococcus aureus)
- Clove Bud
- Antibacterial agent against Salmonella
- Cinnamon Bark/Leaf
- Antibacterial against a multi-drug resistant E. Coli Strain
- Antibacterial against respiratory tract pathogens
- Antioxidant response
- Eucalyptus Leaf
- Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects
- Antibacterial and antifungal
- Rosemary Leaf/Flower
Read this quote from news-medical.net explains why essential oils are so effective against MRSA: “The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other super bug bacteria finds difficult to resist. The problem with current treatments is that they are made of single compounds which MRSA relatively quickly becomes resistant to, so treatment is only successful in around 50% of cases.” (You can read the whole article here.)
After reading up on it, I bought a bottle of OnGuard capsules and started taking them. I also used oregano oil mixed with coconut oil directly on the abscess. The abscess healed and all that’s left now is an ugly scar from the incision. I stopped taking the capsules after about three months, thinking that would be the end of it. I didn’t have another flare-up for about a year, but it did come back. This proved once again the ineffectiveness of the antibiotics. I’ll continue my story tomorrow, along with some other helpful remedies.
Share your experiences with MRSA in the comments below. Do you prefer conventional or natural treatment? I look forward to hearing from you!