Micro Miracle

Do not be mislead by the title- this is no “small” miracle. In fact it’s a pretty huge deal! Think back to your science days... while some may cringe at the thought of microbiology and the fact we are covered in little organisms all the time, remember how cool it was to see those things on a Petri dish?

No? Just me?

Well if that doesn’t excite you, maybe hearing how essential oils are actually capable of killing off those germies just as well as your harsh, synthetic, cleaners! Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding. (Well, the Tripticase Soy Agar to be exact).

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In my preparations for Nursing School I have had to take a slew of courses, and the most recent being Microbiology. In lab we have been learning to use spread plates, meaning we take a qtip full of an individual microorganism and smear it all over the surface of this jello like surface in a Petri dish. The purpose of the jello stuff, aka Agar is to provide the organism everything it needs to grow and flourish so it can be studied.  

For this particular lab we were doing a Kerby-Bauer test, testing to see which household cleaners and other conventional antimicrobials worked best at killing the microbes. Naturally, I wanted to bring in the oils I use to clean and disinfect and see how they measured up to the harsh stuff.  

My findings were nothing short of incredible. The professor was so supportive and for that I’m so grateful! She even allowed me to test all four of the organisms we were working with that day; Staphylococcus Epidermis, Mycobacterium Smegmatus, Escherichia Coli, and Bacillus Cerus.  

Each of these four represented different types of microorganism, that contained varying traits making it sometimes harder to destroy using certain chemicals. For example the mycobacterium can be harder to kill because of its waxy outter “shell”. But the oils did not see that as a threat.  

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Below are my plates, each plate a different microorganism. The upper left hand quadrant was Lemon, lower left hand quadrant was Thieves, lower right hand quadrant the Thieves concentrated cleaner, and the upper right was an old store brand cleaner another student brought in.  Which is important to note as some growth colonies were present around the store brand antimicrobial.

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I drew circles around the "zone of inhibition" so you can see it better in the pictures. This is the space where no microbes were able to grow on the agar, or solidified broth, due to the varying oils the discs were saturated with. One of the most incredible things I found was the M. smeg plate. There was absolutely no data or zone of inhibition, because the oils did so well at preventing microbial growth! I was ecstatic about this!!! Everything I have been believing was now verified as tried and true. No tricks or hacks, just pure essential oils.

The oils weren't mixed with anything, no other soaps or disinfectants were present. The Thieves has Clove in it, which is what my professor and I think attribute most of its antimicrobial properties to. She said, clove is known to have these properties and be capable of breaking down the cell wall. 

In other words, the oils and Thieves cleaner were just as effective, and in the case of the Mycobacterium, more effective than the antimicrobials the rest of my classmates had been testing. They were testing cleaners in addition to antibiotics. This is the greatest thing about Young Living... the Vitality line is able to be consumed, used topically, and diffused in the air! Meaning all of the good stuff you see happening on these plates can also be doing a world of good in your body by using the Thieves vitality. No wonder when I used it for a cold remedy for Jonah he was feeling better than ever before! 

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And the best for last...

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If you have any questions, comments, or want to get a starter kit now, let me know in the comments below or preferably via the contact tab at the top of your screen! If you're mostly interested in the Thieves cleaning line... Young Living has a Starter Kit JUST for you, with all the Thieves cleaning goodness. Thanks for following along in my findings you guys, and I hope this excites you as much as I was when I pulled these plates out in lab. 

All the best,

Kels

Kelsey Swinburne