PROSTATITIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Rosemary. Helps promote hair growth and prostate health.180

Frankincense. Shown to reduce inflammation that is associated with prostatitis.

Thyme and Oregano. Effective against one of the known bacterial causes of prostatitis.

Turmeric. Contains powerful anti- inflammatory compounds.

Research
A constituent in oregano and thyme, carvacrol, has been found to be particularly effective against some drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Carvacrol is a strong inhibitor against E. coli, which is the cause of 80 percent of all cases of prostatitis.

Home Remedy
Prostate Blend. Take 2 drops each of rosemary, frankincense and oregano oils and mix with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub the mixture on the areas below the genitals twice daily. These oils can also be taken internally, using 1- to 2-drop doses for up to six weeks.

Background
Prostatitis is often described as an infection of the prostate; it can also be inflammation with no infection. According to the National Institutes of Health, prostatitis may account for up to 25 percent of all office visits for complaints involving the genital and urinary systems from young and middle-aged men—and chronic (long-term) prostatitis is the number-one reason men under age 50 visit a urologist. How the prostate becomes infected is not fully clear; the bacteria that cause prostatitis may get into the prostate from the urethra by backflow of infected urine or stool from the rectum. Common symptoms include the frequent urge to urinate, difficulty urinating, chills, fever and pain or burning during urination.

Suggested Supplements

» Saw Palmetto. Can improve symptoms of non-infective prostate enlargement. Start with 320 milligrams, three times daily for 4 months, and then drop down to 320 milligrams once daily.

» Zinc. Necessary for prostate health; take 50 milligrams daily.