Five Essential Oils for Fighting a Persistent Mycoplasma Infection (2023)

Five Essential Oils for Fighting a Persistent Mycoplasma Infection (1)

For people struggling with a recurring mycoplasma fatigue and joint pain
by Greg Lee

I once asked my mom for her secret recipe for barbeque steak. I would savor each bite as it filled my mouth with delicious flavor. I started salivating when I read her well-worn 3×5 card with the list of ingredients: steak, garlic (lots!), sugar, soy sauce, spring onions, rice wine, pepper, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. I felt like I discovered her hidden secret for flavor when I read: “poke holes in the meat with a fork and marinade overnight in the refrigerator.”

How can knowing about marinades help you to fight a persistent mycoplasma infection?

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Mycoplasma infections can be found throughout into the body
Mycoplasmas are very small bacteria that can spread throughout the body and have been found especially in the lungs and heart1, central nervous system2, and the blood3. Mycoplasma infections have been linked to illnesses including: multiple sclerosis4, cancer5, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia6, arthritis and hepatitus7. Patients report a wide range of symptoms including: respiratory tract infections, fever, chest pain, neurological problems, meningitis, encephalitis, and hemolytic anemia. These symptoms may persist despite antibiotic treatmentbecausemycoplasmacan develop drug resistance.

Antibiotic resistant mycoplasma infections are being found across the world
In multiple studies, macrolide or tetracycline antibiotic resistant mycoplasma have been found in North America8, Asia9,10, and Europe11. These germs can also form biofilms12, which can increase drug resistance up to five-thousand fold13. In addition to developing drug resistance, these germs can also hide inside cells14 which makes killing them much more challenging.

What else besides antibiotics can help you fight a persistent biofilm and intracellular mycoplasma infection?

Essential oils may help you fight a persistent mycoplasma infection
Fortunately, there are five essential oils that have anti-mycoplasma properties. These oils have been effective against multiple mycoplasma species.When these oils are formulated into a microparticle called a liposome, they may have a greater ability topenetrate deeper into biofilms andinsidecells and killmycoplasma in theirhiding places. Fortunately, these essential oils have been used safely for decades for food preservation and in therapeutic treatments topically and internally.

Anti-Mycoplasma Essential Oil #1: Bergamot orange, Citrus Bergamia
The properties of this essential oil are cooling, refreshing, and astringent. It is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)15. However, bergamot essential oils that contain furanocoumarins are phototoxic potentially carcinogenic, and can lead to blistering if exposed to UV light or sunlight after being applied to the skin topically. Fortunately, there are furanocoumarin-free oils, labelled as bergamot essential oil (FCF) which are non-toxic16.

In one experiment, bergamot essential oil and its major components (limonene, linalyl acetate and linalool were tested against forty-two strains of Mycoplasma hominis, two strains of Mycoplasma fermentans, and one strain of Mycoplasma pneumoniae. All strains were inhibited at 0.5% (M. hominis and M. pneumonia) to 1% (M. fermentans) minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) levels by bergamot essential oil. Linalyl acetate was highly effective against M. hominis and M. pneumonia with MIC levels of 0.015% and M. fermentan at MIC levels of 0.12%. Linalool had MIC values of 0.015% against M. pneumoniae, 0.06% MIC levels against M. fermentans, and 1% MIC levels against M. hominis. Limonene had MIC levels of 0.03% against M. pneumoniae, 1% against M. fermentans, and >4% against M. hominis17.

In other experiments, liposomal bergamot essential oil demonstrated anti-cancer properties18, the essential oil modulates intracellular calcium levels19, vaporized bergamot and orange essential oils remove methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus sp. (VRE) and their biofilms20, lavender and bergamot essential oil mixture helps to reduce anxiety and depression21, and bergamot essential oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects22. Another essential oil derived from tea tree also has anti-mycoplasma properties.

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Anti-Mycoplasma Essential Oil #2: Tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia
The properties of this essential oil are warming and fragrant. High doses, approximately a teaspoon to a half a teacup, of tea tree oil have resulted in ataxia, drowsiness, diarrhea, unconsciousness, and allergic reactions. Maximum topical dose is 15% when combined with other essential oils or carrier oils23.

In two studies, tea tree essential oil demonstrated anti-mycoplasma effects at very low concentrations. Against M. pneumoniae, MIC was 0.006% for the wild type and 0.003% against mutant strains24. In the second study, M. pneumoniae showed MIC values of 0.01%, M. fermentans, showed MIC values of 0.06%, and M. hominis was 0.12%25.

In other studies, tea tree has been effective against drug resistant MRSA, streptococcus, and candida26, reducing inflammation and stimulating pro-inflammatory cytokines27, and preventing influenza28.A combination of essential oils also demonstrated anti-mycoplasma properties in an animal study.

Anti-Mycoplasma Essential Oils #3: Peppermint, Mentha piperita combined with #4 Eucalyptus, species
The properties of peppermint essential oil are cooling, releases the exterior, and pungent. It is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)29. However, massive doses of peppermint essential oils, 4g/kg, produce neurotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, convulsions, and paralysis in animal studies30.

In one animal study, a commercial combination of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils (Mentofin) helped to reduce the effects of a Mycoplasma gallisepticum and H9N2 infection in chickens by reducing mucus production and levels of intracellular infection³¹.In laboratory studies, peppermint essential oil combined with beta-lactam antibiotics reduces antibiotic resistance in drug resistant E. coli³², demonstrated moderate antibacterial activity against: Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecium, Enterococcus faecalis, and Staphylococcus epidermidis, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa³³, inhibits candida and it’s biofilms³⁴., and peppermint combined with spearmint essential oil reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting³⁵. Peppermint essential oil use is contraindicated in cases of cardiac fibrillation and in patients with a G6PD (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase) deficiency.

Anti-Mycoplasma Essential oil #4 Eucalyptus, spp
The properties of eucalyptus essential oil are cooling, disperses wind, and releases the exterior. This essential oil is contraindicated in patients with inflammatory disease in their gastro-intestinal tract and bile ducts, and in cases with severe liver disease³⁶. Multiple cases of acute toxicity have been reported in adults and children after ingesting 5 ml to 75 ml with signs of central nervous system depression, abnormal respiration, and pinpoint pupils. Other symptoms of acute toxicity may include: stomach pain, vomiting, weak legs, cold sweats, headaches, and even death.

In laboratory and animal tests, eucalyptus essential oil demonstrated anti-bacterial activity against E. coli³⁷, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ESBL-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae³⁸, Streptococcus mutans³⁹, Candida albicans⁴⁰, and reduces inflammation⁴¹.In addition to peppermint and eucalyptus, cinnamon oil was also effective at inhibiting mycoplasma.

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Anti-Mycoplasma Essential Oil #5 Cinnamon bark
The properties of cinnamon essential oil are hot andsweet.It is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)⁴². In a lab study, cinnamon bark essential oil had antimicrobial activity against fifty clinical isolates of Mycoplasma hominis⁴³. In multiple lab studies, cinnamon bark essential oil has also been effective against drug persistent Lyme disease and it’s biofilms⁴⁴, drug-resistant Candida⁴⁵, Brucella abortus⁴⁶, and Aspergillus mold species and it’s toxins⁴⁷. In another lab study, liposomal cinnamon bark essential oilwas effective at inhibiting drug resistant staphylococcus (MRSA) and it’s biofilms⁴⁸.

Caution: cinnamon oil has produced allergic dermatitis in some cases when placed on the skin. This oil may interfere with blood clotting. In one case, a boy drank 60 ml of cinnamon oil upon a dare and experienced symptoms of burning sensation in the mouth, chest and stomach, dizziness, double vision, nausea, vomiting and later collapsed. Microparticleessential oils may help enhance the fight against persistent mycoplasma symptoms.

Patients with mycoplasma report a significant reduction of chronic symptoms
After taking internaldoses of microparticle “liposomal”essential oil mixtures containing one or more of the oils above, several patients have reported significant reduction inmuscular and joint pain, headaches, insomnia, inflammation, fatigue, and mental fog, and confusion. In some cases, symptoms were aggravated due to a toxic die off Herxheimer reaction. Using essential oils in a careful, targeted strategy may help to reduce persistent mycoplasma symptoms.

The right essential oils can help you to fight off a persistent mycoplasma infection
Just like the right marinade, the proper anti-mycoplasma essential oils in a microparticle liposome maypenetrate deeper into cells, under biofilms,and into the brain where mycoplasmas can cause troubling symptoms. These oils may help to significantly reduce the persistent pain, fatigue, and mental fog caused by these germs. Since these oils come with cautions and contraindications on their use, work with a Lyme literate essential oil practitioner to develop a safe and effective essential oil strategy for your condition.

– Greg

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P.S. Do you have experiences where treatment or remedies helped you eliminate or reduce inflammation and fatigue from a mycoplasma infection? Tell us about it.

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FAQs

How do you fight mycoplasma? ›

How to reduce microplastics in your everyday life
  1. Buy organic clothes (or those made from organic materials) ...
  2. Change how you do laundry. ...
  3. Avoid single-use plastics. ...
  4. Buy plastic-free cosmetics. ...
  5. Reduce shellfish consumption. ...
  6. Use public or alternative transportation. ...
  7. Don't microwave your food in plastic. ...
  8. Regularly dust and vacuum.
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What kills Mycoplasma pneumoniae? ›

Macrolides, tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones eliminate Mycoplasma efficiently both in vivo and in vitro. Macrolides are the antibiotics of choice for treating M. pneumoniae infections in both adults and children.

How is chronic mycoplasma treated? ›

To treat your infection, your doctor may suggest one of these types of antibiotics: Macrolides such as azithromycin (ZIthromax) or erythromycin (Erythrocin) Tetracyclines like doxycycline.
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If you're infected with Mycoplasma pneumoniae, you may get symptoms like:
  1. Sore throat.
  2. Cough.
  3. Fever.
  4. Fatigue.
  5. Headache.
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Can you recover from mycoplasma without antibiotics? ›

Mycoplasma pnuemoniae infections are generally mild, but some people may need care in a hospital. Most people will recover from an infection caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae without antibiotics.

Why do I keep getting mycoplasma? ›

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a type of bacteria that can cause an STD. You get it by having sex with someone who has it. Even if you don't go “all the way” with vaginal sex, you can get MG through sexual touching or rubbing.

Why do I keep getting Mycoplasma pneumoniae? ›

Mycoplasma pneumonia spreads quickly through contact with respiratory fluids in crowded areas, like schools, college campuses, and nursing homes. When someone coughs or sneezes, moisture containing the MP bacteria is released into the air, and others around them can easily breathe the bacteria in.

How long does mycoplasma take to go away? ›

The illness can last from a few days to a month or more (especially coughing). Complications do not happen often. No one knows how long an infected person remains contagious, but it is probably less than 20 days. The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Is mycoplasma permanent? ›

Mycoplasma is forever; once it is in your flock, it is there to stay. The best treatment is prevention.

How does mycoplasma affect the brain? ›

Mycoplasma encephalitis is a rare infectious encephalitis characterized by an acute onset of neurological signs and symptoms (e.g. altered consciousness, seizures, headaches, meningeal signs, behavioral changes) due to bacterial infection by Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Can mycoplasma last for months? ›

Fever. Slowly worsening cough that can last for weeks or months.

Which disease is caused by Mycoplasma? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection

Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria commonly cause mild infections of the respiratory system (the parts of the body involved in breathing). Sometimes these bacteria can cause more serious lung infections that require care in a hospital.

What drugs treat Mycoplasma? ›

Clinicians treat the disease with macrolide, tetracycline, or fluoroquinolone classes of antibiotics, taking age of the patient and local antibiotic resistance patterns into consideration: Macrolides (e.g., azithromycin): Children and adults. Tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline): Older children and adults.

Can Mycoplasma cause joint pain? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP), also known as an atypical bacterium, is 1 of the most frequent pathogens involved in the etiology of lower respiratory tract infections. MP bacteremia was proved to result in a wide-spectrum of extrapulmonary manifestations, arthritis being among the least common of them.

Is mycoplasma a virus or bacteria? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae are bacteria that can cause illness by damaging the lining of the respiratory system (throat, lungs, windpipe). People can have the bacteria in their nose or throat at one time or another without being ill.

What does a mycoplasma rash look like? ›

Rashes affect up to one-third of patients with M. pneumoniae respiratory tract infection. The most frequent rash is non-specific exanthem in which short-lasting red patches appear on trunk and limbs. These areas of erythema clear by themselves and do not require specific treatment.

Where does mycoplasma live? ›

The primary habitats of human and animal mycoplasmas are the mucous surfaces of the respiratory and urogenital tracts and the joints in some animals. Although some mycoplasmas belong to the normal flora, many species are pathogens, causing various diseases that tend to run a chronic course (Fig.

Can mycoplasma pneumonia become chronic? ›

Our investigations demonstrated that M. pneumoniae can establish a chronic pulmonary infection for up to approximately 18 months after inoculation and revealed evidence that M. pneumoniae infection in the respiratory tract can lead to chronic pulmonary inflammation and long-term functional sequelae.

How long does mycoplasma IgM stay positive? ›

IgM antibodies are typically detectable 5-7 days post symptom onset and frequently remain elevated for 2-4 months following infection.

Where does Mycoplasma pneumoniae live? ›

Most of the time, walking pneumonia is caused by an atypical bacteria called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which can live and grow in the nose, throat, windpipe (trachea) and lungs (your respiratory tract). It can be treated with antibiotics.

Can mycoplasma repeat? ›

People can get infected with Mycoplasma pneumoniae more than once.

Can mycoplasma stay dormant? ›

The problem with mycoplasma genitalium, much like with other STDs, is that it will often remain dormant in the body and not cause symptoms. It's also a sneaky little bacterium that can spread through rubbing and sexual touching without actual penetration.

Will I have Mycoplasma genitalium forever? ›

Mycoplasma genitalium can hang around for years, which is especially important to understand if you're in a relationship.

Does mycoplasma cause anxiety? ›

For example, common childhood infections, such as strep, mycoplasma pneumoniae, Epstein Barr virus, influenza, sinusitis, herpes viruses and Lyme disease are known to trigger pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric syndromes which can manifest with severe anxiety, separation anxiety, and irrational fears.

Who is at risk for mycoplasma infection? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae outbreaks occur mostly in crowded settings. Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections are most common in young adults and school-aged children, but can affect anyone. People living and working in crowded settings are at increased risk.

Does mycoplasma cause fatigue? ›

Mycoplasma is a genus of bacteria that has been associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Can Mycoplasma cause neurological symptoms? ›

Patients suffering M. pneumoniae infection may have varying degrees of neurological complications at a ratio of approximately 6 to 7%[1,2]. Neurological manifestations include encephalitis, transverse myelitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Guillain-Barre syndrome, and thromboembolic stroke.

Does Mycoplasma pneumonia show up on xray? ›

Mycoplasma pneumonia is usually mild and results in a rapid resolution of any radiologic findings. However, it tends to be more severe in patients with sickle cell anemia. Radiographic resolution in 40% of patients occurs in 4 weeks, and 80% of cases resolve by 8 weeks. Residual radiographic abnormalities are uncommon.

Can Mycoplasma cause dizziness? ›

Fever was the most common non-neurological symptom, followed by cough, headache, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, lethargy and dizziness.

Can you be a carrier of mycoplasma? ›

Like many other respiratory pathogens, M. pneumoniae can be carried asymptomatically in the respiratory tract (Foy, 1993). Recent studies have demonstrated that asymptomatic carriage of M. pneumoniae is highly prevalent.

Can mycoplasma come back? ›

Will mycoplasma genitalium come back? Mycoplasma genitalium is cured by effective treatment, but you do not develop any immunity. It is possible to get another mycoplasma genitalium infection.

Is mycoplasma pneumonia fungal? ›

They first thought it was a virus or fungus, so they chose the name “mycoplasma,” which is Greek for “fungus-formed.” Eventually, scientists learned that it is a bacterium with many unique characteristics. It does not have a rigid cell wall, which affects the types of antibiotics that work well against it.

What is the blood test for mycoplasma? ›

Mycoplasma testing includes a group of tests that either measure antibodies in the blood produced in response to a mycoplasma infection or detect the microbe directly through culturing or by detecting its genetic material (DNA) in a body sample. It is most often used to detect Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M.

Is mycoplasma a parasite? ›

Mycoplasma is an obligate parasite and primarily an extracellular pathogen that has developed a specialized organelle for attachment to host cells. The attachment of Mycoplasma to a host cell prevents ciliary clearance of the organism.

Where did mycoplasma come from? ›

The term mycoplasma emerged in the 1950s and means “mykes” (fungus) and “plasma” (formed) in Greek. Isolation of the first mycoplasma was the bovine pleuropneumonia agent, now known as M. mycoides subsp. mycoides, which was reported initially in Nocard and Roux (1898).

Which antibiotics may be completely ineffective in treating a mycoplasma infection? ›

M. genitalium lacks a cell wall, and thus antibiotics targeting cell-wall biosynthesis (e.g., ß-lactams including penicillins and cephalosporins) are ineffective against this organism.

How long does it take for doxycycline to work for mycoplasma? ›

In this study, we report a 58.9% cure rate after a two-week course of doxycycline on macrolide resistant infections of M. genitalium. Although low relative to the effects shown for moxifloxacin, this longer course of doxycycline showed a higher efficacy than previously reported.

Which of the following antibiotics is found to be most effective against mycoplasma? ›

Medication Summary

Oral erythromycin or one of the newer macrolides such as azithromycin or clarithromycin have long been the DOC for mycoplasmal respiratory tract infections.

What is mycoplasma arthritis? ›

Mycoplasma arthritis is caused by the fragile bacterium Mycoplasma hyosynoviae which can be distinguished from the other two major pig mycoplasmas by its fermentation of arginine but not glucose or urea and by its antigens. It grows best in anaerobic conditions.

Can mycoplasma cause rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Patients with mycoplasma pneumonia (MP) have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to results published online in PLoS ONE. The results indicated that this risk is more pronounced in the first 2 years of MP and for patients aged ≤19 and ≥65 years.

Can mycoplasma cause reactive arthritis? ›

Mycoplasma genitalium is an important cause of sexually transmitted infections that is gaining recognition and is an independent cause of acute and chronic nongonococcal urethritis in men. M. genitalium has been implicated as a possible causative factor in reactive arthritis.

How long does mycoplasma last? ›

The illness can last from a few days to a month or more (especially coughing). Complications do not happen often. No one knows how long an infected person remains contagious, but it is probably less than 20 days. The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

What drugs treat mycoplasma? ›

Clinicians treat the disease with macrolide, tetracycline, or fluoroquinolone classes of antibiotics, taking age of the patient and local antibiotic resistance patterns into consideration: Macrolides (e.g., azithromycin): Children and adults. Tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline): Older children and adults.

Is mycoplasma permanent? ›

Mycoplasma is forever; once it is in your flock, it is there to stay. The best treatment is prevention.

Is mycoplasma serious? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria commonly cause mild infections of the respiratory system (the parts of the body involved in breathing). Sometimes these bacteria can cause more serious lung infections that require care in a hospital.

Why do I keep getting mycoplasma? ›

Mycoplasma is spread through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of infected people especially when they cough and sneeze. Transmission is thought to require prolonged close contact with an infected person. Spread in families, schools and institutions occurs slowly.

Can mycoplasma last for months? ›

Fever. Slowly worsening cough that can last for weeks or months.

Is mycoplasma a virus or bacteria? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae are bacteria that can cause illness by damaging the lining of the respiratory system (throat, lungs, windpipe). People can have the bacteria in their nose or throat at one time or another without being ill.

Does mycoplasma show up in blood work? ›

Mycoplasma testing includes a group of tests that either measure antibodies in the blood produced in response to a mycoplasma infection or detect the microbe directly through culturing or by detecting its genetic material (DNA) in a body sample. It is most often used to detect Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M.

What does a mycoplasma rash look like? ›

Rashes affect up to one-third of patients with M. pneumoniae respiratory tract infection. The most frequent rash is non-specific exanthem in which short-lasting red patches appear on trunk and limbs. These areas of erythema clear by themselves and do not require specific treatment.

Which antibiotics may be completely ineffective in treating a mycoplasma infection? ›

M. genitalium lacks a cell wall, and thus antibiotics targeting cell-wall biosynthesis (e.g., ß-lactams including penicillins and cephalosporins) are ineffective against this organism.

How did I get mycoplasma? ›

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a type of bacteria that can cause an STD. You get it by having sex with someone who has it. Even if you don't go “all the way” with vaginal sex, you can get MG through sexual touching or rubbing.

Does mycoplasma cause anxiety? ›

For example, common childhood infections, such as strep, mycoplasma pneumoniae, Epstein Barr virus, influenza, sinusitis, herpes viruses and Lyme disease are known to trigger pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric syndromes which can manifest with severe anxiety, separation anxiety, and irrational fears.

Who is at risk for mycoplasma infection? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae outbreaks occur mostly in crowded settings. Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections are most common in young adults and school-aged children, but can affect anyone. People living and working in crowded settings are at increased risk.

Does mycoplasma go away by itself? ›

Infections related to Mycoplasma go away on their own without any medical intervention, that is when the symptoms are milder. In case of severe symptoms, a Mycoplasma infection is treated with the help of antibiotics like azithromycin, clarithromycin, or erythromycin.

Can mycoplasma cause joint pain? ›

Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP), also known as an atypical bacterium, is 1 of the most frequent pathogens involved in the etiology of lower respiratory tract infections. MP bacteremia was proved to result in a wide-spectrum of extrapulmonary manifestations, arthritis being among the least common of them.

Can mycoplasma repeat? ›

People can get infected with Mycoplasma pneumoniae more than once.

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