Our experience using lemon myrtle oil for molluscum
I’d never heard of molluscum contagiosum before. That was until my eczema & allergy girl came home from school with these strange pearl like spots. She was not sick with the arrival of this nasty virus. No temperatures, tummy or bowel upset that usually heralds the arrival of a school acquired virus. She had them for about 2weeks when we had our regular pediatrician appointment. He took one look & announed “Oh its just mollucum, nothing to worry about, just a bit annoying they should clear by themselves in a month or so.” I later found that people with immune disorders such as eczema & allergies usually take a lot longer to clear the virus. So 12 months later, showing no signs of going on their merry way I started to do some research.
So what is Molluscum Contagiosum or Molluscum?
Its called Molluscum Contagiosum Virus. Thats right it’s a virus & contagiosum is because it’s highly contagious. The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks, which makes it easily transferred to someone with eczema. It can be spread from person to person in the same areas or different parts of the body. It can be spread by sharing pools, baths, toys & towels to name a few.
What do molluscum look like?
At first, the molluscum spots appear like pimples. They then become round, pearl coloured lumps that have a white waxy core in the centre. They are usually only one to five millimetres in size. But have been recorded as being as big as two centimetres. Usually they appear on the trunk, arms, legs & face.
Our pediatrician suggested trying Lemon Myrtle oil for molluscum treatment:
But as with any new treatment for my daughter i was hesitant. My daughter has eczema & anaphylaxis allergies so I am always cautious before going ahead with any new treatment. Suggested by a Doctor or not. So I did what all eczema & allergy mums do, I researched.
Research on Lemon Myrtle Oil for Molluscum treatment:
Of course there were a million articles scattered through the internet about how the Lemon Myrtle essential oil cured their child of mollscum. I am medically trained though, I need proof! I know people who had “cured” their child’s eczema with goats milk soap too & sadly it my daughters worse. so further down the rabbit hole I went.
I found a study conducted by Charles Sturt University – In 2001 and 2002 at Wagga Wagga demonstrated and published that Lemon Myrtle essential oil was more antifungal than Tea Tree and as anti-bacterial as Tea Tree. Given that the molluscum is spread by skin contact I thought this had to be a positive attribute in its ability to fight this pesky virus.
I also found a few small studies (mostly by essential oil companies) stating Lemon myrtle oil contains antiseptic, expectorant, analgesic, astringent, anti-rheumatic and antineuralgic properties. Again all useful properties when trying to fight the molluscum contagiosum virus.
I found small trials demonstrating Lemon Myrtle essential oil was effective in treating listeria, staphylococcus aureus, E-Coli & acne infections. And a 2201 study from Japan suggesting it was useful in the treatment of the herpes simplex virus.
The most encouraging trial in the use of Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum was
A trial reporting “at the end of 21 days, there was greater than 90% reduction in the number of lesions in 9/16 children treated with lemon myrtle oil. While 0/16 children met the same criteria for improvement in the vehicle group (P < 0.05). No adverse events were reported”. You can read more here
While still a small study & with the encouragement of our pediatrician I decided we really had nothing to lose.
How we used Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum contagiosum treatment:
After reading a study published in the May 2004 “biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy” journal which showed a topical application with 10 percent solution of lemon myrtle essential oils reduced by 90 percent the number of lesions of molluscum contagiosum in children studied. With my daughters eczema, I decided to mix a solution of 5% lemon myrtle essential oil with 95% Epaderm ointment as our carrier. You can of course use coconut oil, olive oil or whichever oil works well for your skin.
Even though baths are not recomended for people with Mollsucim contagiosum, I decided to bath my daughter with 2% lemon myrtle oil & 98% water soluble bath oil. Please note she did bathe alone. I bathed other children first (who did & have remained mollscum free) then bathed my infected daughter.
I washed her towel and pajamas everyday, her sheets once a week. I also put Lemon Myrtle oil or a little Dettol in the rinse cycle of the wash. She wore her Eczemawear mittened T at night to stop her scratching them in her sleep & spreading the infection. She also had to keep her spots covered while at school, visiting family & friends.
Did it work?
Well yes it did!
For us it was very slow, but we did get results. They were reducing but as my daughter was becoming increasingly agitated with them I decided to step her treatment up. We also contacted a Naturopath who had success with Lemon Myrtle oil & neem oil for molluscum. Using these treatments and after a year of battling this awful virus.
WE ARE MOLLUSCUM FREE!
As you can see they have left their mark. Some of them had two “cores” which I have been told is rare. Our pediatrician did advise that she may be left with “chicken pox like” scars, but once the cores were expelled (See picture right) the wounds have started to heal. I am confident she will be left with no scar.
Things you need to know before using Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum treatment:
Always consult your healthcare professional, especially if you have eczema or allergies. Although I have not read of any adverse reactions to Lemon Myrtle oil, I highly recommend patch testing before adding it to your daily routine. I mixed up the Lemon Myrtle oil with Epaderm, tested on a patch of my daughter’s skin & left for 24hrs before proceeding. As she had no reaction I progressed. Keep out of reach of children, store away from direct sunlight, store below 30 degrees.