Could garlic oil be a cure for Lyme disease?

Is there nothing garlic can’t do? The unassuming, yet over-achieving little white bulb is now being touted as a possible treatment for a condition known for being hard to beat – Lyme disease.

According to a paper penned by researchers from John Hopkins University, in clinical trials garlic oil as well as cinnamaldehyde oil, a component of cinnamon bark, completely sterilised the stationary phase culture of the B.burgdorferi species of bacteria. B.burgdorferi is believed to be the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease.

The paper published in the journal, Antibiotics, also claims that, at concentrations of 0.05{648ff2b140dd79f8b10f01740237e66061b7c0f8b396ba52d99047c684c8722c} garlic and cinnamaldehyde completely eradicated regrowth of the B.burgdorferi species. This is important to note as regrowth of the bacteria is a major impediment to full recovery for Lyme disease sufferers.

Lyme disease is commonly treated with a course of antibiotics for up to a month, however many sufferers – up to 20{648ff2b140dd79f8b10f01740237e66061b7c0f8b396ba52d99047c684c8722c} – report their symptoms persisting long after their course has finished. Recent studies have shown that B.burgdorferi can develop ‘dormant persisters’ that are not affected by the kind of antibiotics currently prescribed for Lyme disease.

These ‘dormant persisters’ may explain why some sufferers of Lyme disease do not respond to the usual treatment, however firm evidence for this has yet to be found.

The study also found that, at higher concentrations of 0.1{648ff2b140dd79f8b10f01740237e66061b7c0f8b396ba52d99047c684c8722c}, pimento oil, myrrh oil, hydacheim oil, and Litsea cubeba oil achieved similar results to garlic and cinnamaldehyde.

It’s important to note that the findings outlined in the paper came from a trial conducted on cells in a controlled laboratory environment. Much larger studies on animal subjects, followed by human subjects would be needed to ascertain if similar results could be achieved within the human body.

Until recently Lyme disease was believed to be a condition confined to the United States, however a growing number of cases have been reported in Australia in recent years.

In 2012, the Lyme Disease Association of Australia reported over 200 known cases of Lyme disease in Australia, with over half the people affected claiming they had not recently travelled overseas.

In the United States, B.burgdoferi is usually transmitted by a tick bite with a distinctive ‘bulls-eye’ red rash appearing a few days later.

Other less specific symptoms include neck stiffness, headaches, nausea, general weakness, fevers, chills and muscle and joint aches and pains.



Feng, J.; Shi, W.; Miklossy, J.; Tauxe, G.M.; McMeniman, C.J.; Zhang, Y. Identification of Essential Oils with Strong Activity against Stationary Phase Borrelia burgdorferi. Antibiotics 2018, 7, 89.

24-Hour Promise
Over 95% of compounded
medicines shipped within 24 hours
Delivery Australia-Wide
With free delivery on
orders over $150.
Free Pharmacy Collection
From over 265 partner
pharmacies nationwide.

Why Choose Us

For Your Compounding Medicines?

  • Quality Medicines
    For 10+ Years
  • Certified & Accredited
    Supply Chain
  • Over 24,901+
    Patients Served
  • Stringent
    Quality Control

What Patients & Practitioners Are Saying

About Our Compounding Medicines

testimonial icon

"They are a fantastic team from top to bottom"

Our relationship with NCC is very good, very professional. They’re great to work with, we have a really good understanding of how each other operates. They are a fantastic team from top to bottom. They have a really quick turnaround, are very knowledgeable, quick to answer on formulation questions. They really know what they’re doing, good communications.

testimonial icon

"Excellent customer service"

To the Manager, I spoke to a lady in your office on Thursday who called to confirm my order. Unfortunately I did not hear her name properly. I asked her if she could expedite my order as I had run out that day and she said that she would do her best. To my overwhelming joy and surprise my vitamins arrived on Friday in Sydney when I was expecting it on Monday. This meant that I had my supplements over the weekend. Now I am reasonably sure that it took a concerted effort to make this happen. I therefore wanted to say a very big thank you to the lady I spoke to and all the people on your team that worked to make this happen. This is excellent customer service that is hard to find these days and wanted you and your team to know how much I appreciated it. Thank you again to you and your team.