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Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils Against Helicobacter pylori

As you may know if you have read my book, The H Pylori Diet, a wide range of natural products – foods and herbs – have been shown to exhibit activity against H Pylori. Berries, garlic, broccoli sprouts and cranberries are foods that have the ability to kill H pylori. Herbs and herbal extracts have also been shown to have effects against H pylori. These include, berberine, Matula Herbal Formula and mastic gum.
Essential oils are volatile liquids that have some antimicrobial and antioxidant activities due to some of their active ingredients. Essential oils have been used in the treatment of some diseases and it doesn’t appear there is a great deal of bacterial resistance, unlike regular antibiotics, to which H pylori bacterial strains are becoming more and more resistant.

Turkish researchers looked at various essential oils to discover the minimum inhibition concentrations (MICs) of lemongrass, cinnamon bark, clove leaf, lemon and thyme essential oils alongside clarithromycin, against H pylori. In other words, the essential oils were mixed with clarithromycin to check their efficacy rather than being tested against H pylori on their own.

The research team reported the following results. MIC values of lemongrass, cinnamon bark, clove leaf, lemon and thyme essential oils with clarithromycin against H pylori were determined as 62, 8, 125, 500, 62 and 0.125 lg/ml, respectively, the lowest value being the most potent. From strongest to weakest, the essential oils ranked as follows:

• Cinnamon bark
• Lemongrass
• Thyme
• Clove
• Lemon and lime

The researchers drew the following conclusion from their study:
The use of cinnamon bark oil in H. pylori eradication as itself or by combining with antibiotics is a promising idea.

Altok, D., et al. Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils Against Helicobacter pylori. XXIII International Workshop on Helicobacter and Related Bacteria in Chronic Digestive Inflammation and Gastric Cancer. Rotterdam, September 16–18, 2010. P.335-6.
Dave Hompes’ Comments

Whilst these findings are interesting, they do not really offer you or I a new option for the treatment of H pylori. As far as I can tell from scouring the marketplace, there are no products specifically formulated for activity against H pylori with the likes of cinnamon bark or lemongrass oil. I have seen thyme oil on the market and many anti-parasite formulas include thyme in the formulas. At this time (January 2013) I do not believe these oils are adequate replacements for the effective natural protocols we already have in place to help you.

Recommendations That May Help You Overcome H Pylori & Its Symptoms

• If you have Helicobacter pylori and want to learn more about it without staring at a computer screen for hours on end, all the information on this website, as well as detailed diet and supplement program for healing your digestive system can be found in my book, The H Pylori Diet.

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