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Tea Tree essential oil as a ‘Heavy-Hitter' in the Battle with MRSA

Did we mention the other day that Dr. Timothy Miller is a chemistry nerd? Well, he is fascinated by the chemistry found in the natural world. Fueled by the abundant, potent, and unique components within aromatherapy, Dr. Miller has sought to understand how essential oils act on the body and identify which clinical applications are best incorporated into practice. In his thought-provoking article co-authored with Dr. Nancy Scarlett, Dr. Timothy Miller brings along Tea Tree essential oil as a ‘Heavy-Hitter' in the Battle with MRSA.

“Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been categorized by the CDC as a serious threat. The CDC estimates over 80,000 invasive MRSA (skin, lung, or septic) infections in the United States a year, with over 11,000 associated deaths. The infection is often contracted nosocomically via medical devices or direct contact, or in community settings such as prisons, shelters, and day care centers where both exposure and decreased immunity play a role. Factors that are known to increase the risk of MRSA colonization in a hospital setting include ICU length of stay, the number of invasive devices in situ, and being nursed adjacent to another patient with MRSA.”

The excellent article that was published in the 2020 Autumn issue (7.3.1.) of Aromatika Magazine gives an overview on the standard institutional care for MRSA - prevention and treatments - together with the financial implications of MRSA infections that are taxing on both individual and community levels. The report investigates alternatives specifically focusing on Tea tree oil that has long been used by the Aborigines medicinally and has been used more recently in aromatherapy as an antiseptic agent.

If you are interested in reading further, please go ahead and check out our shop for the 2020 Autumn issue (7.3.1.). If you want to experience Dr. Timothy Miller’s great knowledge and brilliant teaching style, remember: his online workshop on Deep Dive on Rheumatoid Arthritis: A holistic and integrative approach will be coming up soon at botanica2022!

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