There seem to be two lines of thought here. If the antibiotics do not altogether eliminate the parasite or there is continuous reinfection then it may be worth trying the oils containing diterpenes if it is a particular strain. it is unlikely that the oils would be directly effective against the organism as the research shows diterpene effectiveness in vitro whereas in the aqueous environment of the body its unlikely the oils will be effective. Still nothing will be lost by trying. With persistent Lymes symptoms perhaps efforts should be renewed at the doctors to diagnose the strain responsible so as to ensure treatment with the antibiotics is effective.
Research shows that 70% of illness with unexplained symptoms has
associated with it anxiety,depression etc. So you would use the oils
associated with success with those. Not to treat Lymes, aromatherapy cannot hold out a cure for what research shows could be an
immune response attacking nerve tissue after the parasite has been
However the associated symptoms of subclinical anxiety and depression
are well within the scope of inhalation of the psycho-therapeutic
essential oils like Bergamot, Marjoram, Melissa and Rosemary. There is
also a line of approach of simply using 'pleasant' essential oils of
fragonia and grapefruit to kid the brain all is well and trigger
memories of a time when all was well to effect a respite in the symptoms
and break any 'illusion' of illness which persists. The brain can
tenaciously hold onto and reinforce such illusions Besides the undoubted
physical nervous damage from the Lymes the mental damage is not to be
underestimated in persistent symptoms..
Any kind of pain is worth trying the oils with analgesic properties on
as these have been shown to sedate the pain receptors. A good example
is clove bud oil on the end of a cotton bud banishing tooth pain from
sensitive teeth. Besides others some success has been achieved with
pain from arthritic joints with a blend of Eucalyptus, Juniper, Rosemary Marjoram diluted in carrier oil. Another blend is Plai, Tea tree and
Laurel leaf in an aloe base. Plai is an interesting oil. Besides its
researched antibacterial effectiveness it is a member of the Zingiber
(Ginger) family so has interesting properties assocated with that plant
This does not involve deceiving the client. On the contrary they may well
feel relief at an attempt to relieve some of her symptoms with non toxic
essential oils and by achieving a better personal understanding of their
disease and its associate symptoms by reading the research.
Understanding the disease is all part of feeling better. If there is a
certified aromatherapist near it may be well worth a visit. The
aromatherapist can work in tandem with the medical practitioner and
ensure all medical and complimentary treatment avenues are covered.