HERBS RESTORE YOUR GUT FLORA, THEY ARE NOT ANTIBIOTICS
I see many people who don’t understand what herbs really do. Many people think that, for example, taking oregano essential oil will wipe out their gut flora. That’s not what it does. Not at all.
Herbs work in mysterious ways, WITH the body, WITH life, NOT AGAINST life.
This is the big difference with chemical drugs.
Natural remedies such as essential oils or tinctures are TOTUMS. That means it’s a combination of hundreds of molecules, working together.
In the case of essential oils, the totum is the « set of all the molecules of an EO, recovered after a gentle, complete and unfractionated distillation », knowing that an essential oil (distilled from an aromatic plant ) contains up to hundreds of different molecules.
« The action of the whole EO, taken in its entirety, is often more important and differs from that of its active ingredients taken in isolation. Thus, we note in particular a different toxicity, often reduced, for the total HE, taken as a whole, compared to the use of some of its constituents taken in isolation «
Chemical drugs, on the contrary, are created by isolating one or two molecules from the plant, making it difficult for the body to recognize them and to utilize them.
Chemical drugs are « frankenstein » creations, that never existed until about 100 years ago. Our bodies never evolved with these alien chemicals, hence their toxicity and their dangerous side effects.
Modern science cannot explain how herbs selectively inhibit the growth of what are considered « bad » bacteria and enhance the growth of « good » bacteria.
There is no « good » or « bad » bacteria per se, all bacteria have a specific job to do, that is not bad nor good, it’s just what it is.
One of fungi’s jobs is to rot, to decay dead matter. That’s one of the reasons why we call fungis « bad » microbes when they overgrow in our gut, because we don’t want them to rot us. They actually overgrow for many different reasons that I will not list here because that would be way too long, but one of the reasons is because there is something that needs to be decomposed and that’s what they do.
In a healthy gut, you should have a certain quantity of X bacteria, another quantity of Y bacteria, a certain quantity of Z fungi, etc.
Unhealthy guts have totally different ratios compared to healthy guts. In most cases, unless you are infected with parasites, what changes between a healthy gut and an unhealthy gut is just the ratio.
Herbs don’t just go and kill everything, no. Herbs will restore the normal flora. Herbs will promote the growth of some bacteria and inhibit the growth of other bacteria, to finally set the right balance that your gut needs.
Herbs help restoring the natural balance in your gut, together with probiotics.
But herbs do so much more than just restoring your gut flora. Herbs are so powerful, they work on the WHOLE body. Modern science is almost completely clueless on how nature really works.
In scientific studies, they observe that herbs work, but they can’t explain how.
How and why herbs selectively target some bacteria more than others? They don’t know.
Same for clay. Clay works, clay selectively binds with some toxins (this part, science can explain how), clay support the immune system and clay rebalances the whole body but science can’t explain how.
It’s as if herbs and clay have an intelligence wired to life, to promote life, by setting the right balance: the balance that a specific body needs at a specific moment.
Here are some studies that show how essential oils selectively promote the growth of some bacteria and inhibit others.
Keep in mind though, that these studies were in vitro (in a petri dish) studies, they were not in vivo (in a living body), therefore we should expect that essential oils would react in a symbiotic manner in the body, by promoting the growth of the needed bacteria in the body and therefore promoting its natural balance leading to a healthy state, as experience through thousands of years of traditional herbal medicine has shown.
The dosage also plays a crucial role. That’s why, when you take essential oils, you need to know exactly what you’re doing. It is very important that you understand that even strong oils like Oregano essential oil are not about killing everything. Not at all. They restore the balance.
« Although the essential oil of Mentha suaveolens showed strong antibacterial activity against S. xylosus with an MIC value of 14.4 μL/mL, it showed no activity against lactic acid bacterial strains except Lactococcus lactis »
« Inhibitory and stimulatory effects of cumin, oregano and their essential oils on growth and acid production of Lactobacillus plantarum and Leuconostoc mesenteroides.Cumin at concentrations of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0% (w/w) stimulated growth and acid production of Lactobacillus plantarum and Leuconostoc mesenteroides in a liquid medium. Essential oil from cumin at high concentrations (300 and 600 ppm) inhibited growth and acid production of Lactobacillus plantarum. After a certain period, growth of Leuconostoc mesenteroides was observed at all concentrations (150, 300 and 600 ppm) and its acid production was stimulated at 600 ppm. Oregano and its essential oil at all concentrations inhibited growth of both cultures. Acid production by Lactobacillus plantarum was stimulated by oregano spice. »
« Selected EOs seem to have the advantage of inhibiting the growth of potential pathogens while only moderately influencing beneficial members of the intestinal microbiota. This difference in sensitivity may strengthen the microbiota and contribute to improved animal health. Bifidobacterium breve was particularly resistant against the tested EOs, exhibiting only sensitivity to cinnamaldehyde, citral and thyme and rosemary oil. Furthermore, B. breve was actually stimulated by 50 mg/l anethole, benzaldehyde. Interestingly, carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde, thymol, limonene, oregano oil and thyme oil were found to stimulate the growth of L. fermentum. In contrast, L. reuteri appeared to be very resistant to the tested EOs, being only sensitive to the highest concentrations of carvacrol and thymol »
« In addition, they significantly inhibited E. coli and coliform bacteria in the digesta, but had little effect on the total number of lactobacilli and anaerobic bacteria. «
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According to Sayer Ji, we could explain the power of herbs not because they « kill » anything, but because they « increase the integrity and the health of the cells ». I like this explanation, that fits right into the terrain theory.
We need to keep questioning modern medicine. The germ theory should not be anything else than a theory and we should be allowed to question and challenge this theory.
Don’t be afraid of natural remedies. Yes, essential oils are strong remedies, but they are natural remedies, that promote health and balance in your body. They are much safer than chemical drugs, but you have, of course, to you use them correctly, with the right dosage.
Tinctures and herbal teas are even safer and easier ways to use herbs.
If you have questions about how to use herbal remedies, please feel free to send me an email.