If you have ever had a fungal infection, you know that they can be unsightly and uncomfortable and can even smell bad. Basically, they aren’t what you want in your body or anywhere near you. So, right now, if you’re like most people, you would go to your doctor to get a prescription to get rid of that infection.
But what if you have this issue in a disaster situation? What if you don’t have access to doctors or pharmaceuticals for treatment of your fungal infection? What will you do then?
Well, if you haven’t already, you’ll likely start to revisit some of the old ways.. You know, the ways that our great-grandparents did things before pharmaceuticals became the go-to solution for anything medical. And, interestingly enough, some of these old remedies are getting research validation for how effective they are as treatments. Ellaine Castillo writes,
Plant-based remedies, such as tinctures and essential oils, have long been used to treat fungal infections. In a recent study, conducted by researchers from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Arizona State University, and Enerpathic Technologies, it was determined that botanical tinctures and essential oils have different bioactive components that can treat Candida albicansinfection. This study, which was published in Herbal Medicine: Open Access, looked at the effects of ethanol-based tinctures and essential oils on growth and differentiation of C. albicans.
This is good news because these tinctures and essential oils are much more likely to be available in a societal collapse than the supply of pharmaceuticals.
Now, in case you’re wondering which essential oils received validation in this study, the abstract of the study specifically notes that “several botanical essential oils, including those from Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) and Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass) had a dramatic effect on inhibiting the growth of C. albicans.”
If you’ll notice, none of these essential oils are difficult to find. Thyme, rosemary, and lemon grass are all very common plants, and, thus, the essential oils are likely to be readily available even during a disaster situation.
This is good news.
So, if you’re concerned about the possibility of having to deal with a fungal infection in a disaster situation, you have another reason to get your hands on (and keep on hand) a variety of essential oils.