ehrlichia and essential oils

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself” Proverbs 22: 3, 27:12

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I thought of this verse when preparing to share this.  What I didn’t realize was that it is in the Bible not once, but TWICE.  It seems that maybe this is an important verse since it is dually given.

“She looketh well to the ways of her household.” Proverbs 31:27 is another verse that would aptly apply to preparing for something that may lie ahead.

“looketh well” can mean to lean forward, that is to peer into the distance…

There are obviously a multiplicity of reasons to be prudent and look ahead and prepare or hide yourself from troubles that could arise.  God does this for His children, good and thoughtful parents do it for their own young, people do it for themselves…it’s somewhat built into humanity by God I think.  However, being prudent and purposefully thinking ahead does not always come naturally, nor do humans always even know what to look ahead for without being prompted of God or hearing of a specific issue for which to look out.

That said, I learned a word this week that I was not familiar with before and maybe you haven’t been either.

EHRLICHIOSIS (click for more)


It is transmitted by ticks, specifically the lone star tick to humans and by deer ticks to animals.  Sadly, it was because someone I know died from it (and interestingly enough, no tick was ever found on her that they know of) and our neighbor now has it, though I am happy to report that he was doing well enough to be sent home from the hospital just the other day.  (He was in a car accident going home, however, and needs prayer for a return hospital stay on top of the Ehrlichiosis).

Now, I believe that if you are God’s child, nothing happens to you that He doesn’t allow.  I am not saying we can save ourselves from every calamity and when it is our time to go, it is just that ~ our time to go.  So it must have been with our precious friend who was taken from us in this life.  I am certainly not claiming to have found a cure for ehrlichiosis, nor even a sure preventive measure for repelling it’s carrier – the tick.  Yet while I am trusting in God to keep us all safe, I also know His Word says  prudent and virtuous people look ahead to hide themselves from evil.

So, what is Ehrlichia and how does it manifest itself and what can we do to ward it off?

Here is a bit about it:

WHAT IS IT? (click to read more)Ehrlichia are parasitic organisms which are something like a virus but are classed with bacteria. They attack the bone marrow, crippling its ability to make the white blood cells (leukocytes) which are an important component of the immune system.
“Once a human or animal is stricken with Ehrlichiosis, white cells die off faster than the bone marrow can replace them. These dead cells migrate primarily to the spleen which enlarges as a result. Frantically, the bone marrow works to form new, healthy cells. In its haste, it sends out immature cells which do not work efficiently. Quite often these immature cells are almost indistinguishable from those seen in leukemia patients. Advanced Ehrlichiosis is, in fact, often misdiagnosed as leukemia or lymphosarcoma.”…(click to read more)Both monocytic ehrlichia and anaplasma must find their way into white blood cells in order to survive and reproduce. Six different white blood cells protect the body against infectious diseases and foreign materials. Monocytic ehrlichia has a particular affinity for lymphocytes, monocytes, and macrophages. Anaplasma favors predominantly neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils. Once the Ehrlichia bacteria are inside their respective white blood cells, they multiply by splitting to make two microorganisms. With enough splitting, the white blood cells become overwhelmed, dysfunctional, and die. Disabled and dying white blood cells weaken the body’s defenses, making it open to other pathogens.


Monocytic ehrlichiosis and granulocytic anaplasmosis are similar clinically. Ehrlichia symptoms first occur five days to three weeks after the offending tick bite. Symptoms of ehrlichiosis resemble those of influenza, i.e., fever, chills, cough, low energy, headache, and muscle pains. Nausea, abdominal pain, and lack of appetite may occur as well, although these symptoms are more common with the monocytic type. Unlike other tick-borne illnesses, skin rash is not typical in ehrlichiosis. Rash is rare in anaplasmosis and occurs about 30% of the time in monocytic ehrlichiosis. If a rash does occur, it can look like any rash, including flat/raised red marks or small pinpoint lesions spread over the body.

It also seems that it is more difficult to treat is there are other infections present in the body.

First hand information from a family member of our friend who passed away…

“This is not a type of Lyme Disease they say, but it is carried to humans by the Lone Star Tick which hasn’t been native to this area.  It is carried to and infects animals only through the Deer Tick.  There were no documented cases in humans of Ehrlichiosis until the late 1980’s.   The symptoms take 2-3 weeks after a bite to appear and include low white blood cells, low red blood cells (anemia), and low platelet counts, nausea, fever, inability to walk, and extreme muscle aches.  The only symptom she had until 2 days before passing away is the low blood counts.  That is why they thought it was cancer somewhere and didn’t suspect an infectious disease until very late.  Although in hindsight, we are wondering if that is what made her fall when everything began the weekend before.  He (the doctor) also said that he might see 2-3 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in a year in this area and that he has had 4 patients with that in the past 3-4 months.”


It would seem that boosting your immune system as much as possible would be one of the best things to do.  In addition, this essential oil seems to keep ticks a bay…


Evidently ticks are attracted to some smells.  This (along with others such as lavender, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, and cedar wood) are not scents to which they are drawn.

Rose Geranium is not a combination of rose oil and geranium oil but rather simply the oil of “rose geranium”.  It does not need to be distilled in small quantities but a drop on each ankle, behind the knees, each wrist, and the back of the neck is sufficient.  There is more than one variety of rose geranium but the more potent variety (a hybrid actually) is Pelargonium capitatum x radens (as opposed to the more familiar Pelargonium graveolens – in the same family but not the same species).  It can cause sensitivity and might not be a good idea for expectant mothers to use.)


Where to buy:  I do not have a highly researched source but this site has it, whereas other sites I thought might, do not or have the other species.  Mountain Rose Herbs is one of the best resources for things of this nature that I know of but presently they do not seem to carry it.  Eden’s Garden does, however.  I don’t know much of anything about them but they look like they are worth checking into.

EDEN’S GARDENRose Geranium



Essential Oil resources used:

Essential Oils 1

Essential Oils 2


Note: It also may be used for other things such as…acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, as a mosquito repellant, ringworm, ulcers, breast engorgement, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia. Source: here

 Always check yourself after being outside as well!

You may wan to check out these entire articles from which a large part of this information was taken from…

Ehrlichiosis and Rose Geranium Oil




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