For many years I have advised patients to treat bothering Helicobacter infections with a combination of lemongrass and thyme in tea form, There are many more other herbal /food possibilities of course.

I never advised to use the standard antibiotic option combined with omepradex [losec] ,a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI).

Antimicrobial activity of essential oils against Helicobacter pylori

Tomoyuki Ohno 1Masakazu KitaYoshio YamaokaShigeyoshi ImamuraToshiro YamamotoShoji MitsufujiTadashi KodamaKei KashimaJirO ImanishiAffiliations expand


Background: Helicobacter pylori is an important pathogen responsible for gastroduodenal diseases in humans. Although the eradication of H. pylori using antibiotics often improves gastroduodenal diseases, resistance to the antibiotics is emerging.

Materials and methods: The antimicrobial effect of essential oils and the development of resistance to the essential oils were evaluated in vitro and in vivo.

Results: Thirteen essential oils used in this study completely inhibited the growth of H. pylori in vitro at a concentration of 0.1% (v/v). Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) and Lippia citriodora (lemon verbena) were bactericidal against H. pylori at 0.01% at pH 4.0 and 5.0. Resistance to lemongrass did not develop even after 10 sequential passages, whereas resistance to clarithromycin developed under the same conditions. In in vivo studies, the density of H. pylori in the stomach of mice treated with lemongrass was significantly reduced compared with untreated mice.

Conclusions: These results demonstrate that the essential oils are bactericidal against H. pylori without the development of acquired resistance, suggesting that essential oils may have potential as new and safe agents for inclusion in anti-H. pylori regimens.