If you read the news about infectious epidemics nowadays it’s scary. New and more virulent strains of the flu, including bird flu and an antibiotic-resistant form of staph infection, have made headlines recently. And the problem is that antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. This is from overuse. Doctors over prescribe the drugs to patients who ask for them but don’t really need them. You’d be surprised at how many people still believe that antibiotics will help a cold or the flu. Viruses cause these and antibiotics to have no effect on them. The other problem is that when some people are prescribed antibiotics and they start feeling better after a few days then they stop taking them. The germs that are left in the body then develop a resistance to the drugs. And perhaps the biggest problem is that pharmaceutical companies don’t want to spend any money developing new antibiotics because they aren’t cost effective.
So what are we supposed to do? Maybe it might be wise to take a look at what people did before there were any antibiotics. Back then prevention was the key because once you developed the infection that was usually the end of the line.
I was a member of a traditional Japanese incense school for several years. The study of incense was one of the ancient arts of Japan, along with the tea ceremony, Budo, Origami and Ikebana. Hikoshin Ryu was the first traditional Japanese school of incense ever established outside of Japan. One of the things we learned in the Ryu was that one of the reasons churches burn incense was to destroy some of the bacteria in the air present when large groups of people gather. Wd also used Zuko. Zuko is Japanese hand incense that is a mixture of cloves, sandalwood, turmeric and aloes wood. It has long been known that cloves pack quite a bit of germ-killing punch. The Shingon Buddhist monks use the Zuko to purify themselves and they also chew on cloves to protect them from getting a cold or sore throat.
Back in the Middle Ages, four thieves were brought before King James because they had been stealing from plague victims. They were asked how they could do this without getting the plague. They replied that they were spice traders and they had used essential oils to protect themselves. There are a number of products available now that will help you to use essential oils to protect yourself against disease. One such formula is called Four Thieves Essential Oil Blend. It is a mixture of cloves, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary, all herbs that are thought to have antiseptic properties. The oils are also available in lozenges, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Maybe it’s time to get off of using antibiotics for a while and explore more natural means of preventing infection rather than curing it. This might even allow the antibiotics that we do have to work better.