Every year, about 100,000 people are affected by Lyme disease in Germany alone. The number of people affected is probably even higher, as the many symptoms of Lyme disease are not even attributed to the disease during an examination. But what is Lyme disease anyway? Wikipedia writes about it:
“Lyme disease is a general term for various infectious diseases caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia (colloquially Borrelia) from the group of spirochetes.”
The common name Lyme borreliosis goes back to the American towns of Lyme and Old-Lyme in the state of Connecticut. It was here, in 1974/1975, that a link was first established between joint diseases in children and the tick bites.
How can one become infected?
Lyme disease is often referred to colloquially as tick-borne disease. The reason for this is that the disease can be transmitted to humans, as well as all other mammals and birds, primarily through the bite of a tick. Infection from person to person is not possible.
Can you only get Lyme disease from ticks?
In the past, it was assumed that you could only get Lyme disease from the bite of a tick. Nowadays, it is assumed that the bite of the tick larvae, as well as bites from infected mosquitoes and horseflies are also contagious.
Lyme disease prevention: How to minimise the risk of a tick bite
In the past, it was assumed that ticks climb trees and drop onto their “victims” from there. But this is probably not true. Rather, ticks linger in grass, shrubs, branches and undergrowth, waiting for a warm-blooded person to brush them off as they walk by.
So we come straight to the next myth – the right clothing. Because even with the right clothes, you can’t protect yourself 100% from ticks. And let’s be honest: who wants to walk around in long trousers, wellies and a long-sleeved shirt at all times in summer?
If you don’t want to resort to chemical products and the associated side effects to ward off ticks, we have an effective and natural tip that is also free of side effects: coconut oil.
Effective tick repellent for humans and animals with coconut oil
Coconut oil is an effective protection against ticks because of the fatty acid “lauric acid” it contains. In concrete laboratory tests, employees of the FU Berlin were able to prove the repellent effect of coconut oil on ticks.
When coconut oil was applied to the skin, up to 88% of the ticks tried to leave. It was even observed that the ticks that had already been placed on the treated skin dropped off as quickly as possible. The effect of the coconut oil on the skin lasted for six hours, which is a much longer effect than other products against ticks.
Application of coconut oil against ticks
The application of coconut oil is very simple: as soon as you take some of the oil on the palm of your hand, it melts and can be applied directly to the skin like a body oil. It releases a pleasant fragrance, disinfects and cares for the skin.
However, coconut oil does not only protect humans. Dogs and cats can also be effectively protected from ticks with coconut oil. To ward off ticks, apply a little oil to the animal’s ears, head, neck, stomach, back and legs shortly before going for a walk. Repeat this application daily for about one to two weeks. Afterwards, you can switch to a treatment every few days.
Black cumin oil against ticks
Besides coconut oil, black cumin oil is also an extremely popular remedy against ticks. We recently reported on the fantastic effect of black cumin oil against allergies, among other things. The effect of black cumin oil against ticks came to the attention of the student Alexander Bertz from Regensburg by chance in 2014. Due to an allergy, his dog needed special food with black cumin oil mixed in. Not only did the allergic symptoms subside – the ticks also left the dog alone from then on. Alexander then started an experiment: he took a towel soaked in sweat and collected about 30 ticks from meadows. He then placed the ticks in a Y-shaped container containing samples of sweat and pig’s blood. Once with and once without black seed oil. With each new test, the ticks kept avoiding the fork in which the samples were mixed with black seed oil. The student was able to conclude that black cumin oil helps against ticks because the smell of the oil deters the animals. Alexander Bertz received a prize from “Jugend forscht” for his discovery.
Black cumin oil is not only effective against ticks in dogs. People also benefit from the oil’s positive properties. The oil can be used both internally and externally. For internal use, the oil can be taken either pure or in the form of capsules. For external use, the oil is applied directly to the skin.
Positive side effect: black cumin oil not only helps against ticks. It also has many other positive properties. For example, internal use also helps with gastrointestinal complaints and high blood pressure, while external use alleviates neurodermatitis and general skin problems.
Lyme disease symptoms
Lyme disease develops insidiously and usually passes through three stages without treatment. As a typical sign, it begins with the so-called wandering redness (erythema migrans). In this case, a few days to weeks after the infection, a circular or ring-shaped red skin phenomenon can be seen around the bite. The migratory redness spreads slowly from the bite site and usually disappears spontaneously.
In addition to the wandering redness, the first stage of the disease can often lead to other symptoms such as: weakness, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, fever, swelling of the lymph nodes or even conjunctivitis.
In the further stages of the disease, in addition to flu-like symptoms, dizziness, gastrointestinal complaints and increased fatigue can also occur.
Because of the many symptoms and the wandering redness that is not always recognisable or appears, Lyme disease is often not recognised as such by the family doctor and is therefore treated incorrectly or only very late. Often – regardless of the side effects – a course of antibiotics lasting four to six weeks is taken.
Does taking antibiotics for six weeks really make sense for Lyme disease?
The (long-term) intake of antibiotics has an extremely negative effect on our intestinal flora and thus on our entire immune system. With an attacked and weakened immune system, our body does not have enough strength to effectively defend itself against the Borrelia bacteria. In addition, the impairment of our intestinal flora results in further problems with which our body is additionally burdened.
This is also made clear by the statement of Doctor Ronald D. Whitmont. Physician and alternative practitioner, clearly states:
“Antibiotics do not cure infections. This is – even among doctors – an often existing misconception.”
Moreover, says Dr Whitmont:
“However, in the case of Lyme disease, often neither the antibiotics nor the immune response of the sick person are sufficient to decimate the Borrelia bacteria. The continued use of even stronger and longer lasting antibiotic therapies only weakens the immune system and allows the infection to take hold even deeper in the organs.”
Is Lyme disease treatment possible without antibiotics?
There are now a number of alternative and Lyme disease experienced therapists who support treatment without antibiotics. The focus is usually on providing the body with the best possible care and support so that it can face the strenuous fight against the Borrelia bacteria.
Which remedies from alternative medicine help with Lyme disease?
In the first step, it is important that the body is supplied with sufficient nutrients and vitamins. These include vitamin D, vitamin B and magnesium. In addition, you should make sure to drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day. An alkaline, raw food diet with fresh ingredients also has a positive effect on our immune system.
In addition to these more general tips, the following remedies and measures have also proven to be particularly effective for Lyme disease:
- Intestinal cleansing to effectively support the immune system and eliminate harmful substances
- In order to eliminate the Borrelia toxins, one should pay attention to a balanced acid-base household. To strengthen one’s own defences, deacidification should be carried out.
- Cardoon root tincture has an antibacterial and antifugal effect and is often used in traditional medicine for infections such as Lyme disease. Here, the well-known ethnobotanist Dr. Wolf Dieter Storl has made a special contribution by writing a book about cardoon.
4. Burdock root has a blood-cleansing effect and thus also actively supports the body against infections.
5. Frankincense supports the body’s own metabolic process in the intestine as well as in the joints. Frankincense capsules are therefore an ideal supplement for Lyme disease.
6. Antioxidants not only support the immune system in its fight against invaders and harmful substances from outside. Their anti-inflammatory property is of utmost importance in the treatment of Lyme disease. For example, taking astaxanthin – one of the strongest and most effective antioxidants – can also have a positive effect on treatment.
What experiences have you had with taking natural remedies in relation to Lyme disease? We look forward to hearing about your experience in the comments.