Many different civilizations have used medicinal herbs for thousands of years for their potent healing properties. Alternative medicine is becoming more popular lately as an increasing number of people turn to natural methods to cure various ailments. Certain herbs such as Echinacea and garlic are well-known antibacterial remedies that can safely treat a large number of infectious conditions. As with traditional medicine, herbs can occasionally cause side effects so consult an herbalist or health practitioner before starting treatment with a new herb.
Chrysanthemum is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One if its many uses is helping to rid the blood of harmful toxins. It can also be consumed as tea as a way to provide relief from resulting headaches and fevers. Chrysanthemum’s natural antibiotic properties may also make it an effective weapon against staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria found in MRSA infections. Chrysanthemum tea is one of the best ways to enjoy this herb’s natural healing properties and it can be purchased from Asian herbal apothecaries and health food stores. Those allergic to chrysanthemum may experience stomach upset or a rash on the skin, so always discontinue use immediately if you display these symptoms.
Pau D’Arco Tea
Pau d’arco is a well-known South American herb that is commonly used to boost the immune system as well as for a number of other conditions, especially infections. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may possess anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial properties. According to the University of Colorado at Denver, Pau d’arco may be effective against MRSA or staphylococcus aureus. Those using blood thinners and pregnant or nursing women are advised to avoid taking pau d’arco.
One of the active ingredients in garlic known as allicin is known to have medicinal properties and is an effective natural antibiotic. Fresh garlic cloves can be used both internally and externally against infections. It is advisable to always use fresh garlic rather than supplements or dried and powdered versions as they lose much of their potency during the manufacturing process. You can eat garlic cloves raw, add them to salads or even make a tea from chopped garlic cloves. Garlic is known to thin the blood so contact a doctor before taking it if you are on blood-thinning medication.
Echinacea has been used for centuries to treat conditions such as blood poisoning, syphilitic sores, diphtheria, and skin lesions that can result in MRSA infection. The herb fights infection while strengthening the immune system. Today it is regularly used as a natural remedy for colds and flu, but in the past it was widely used for its antibacterial properties. Fresh Echinacea is the best and most potent variant but you can also use the extract as long as you purchase it from a reputable seller.
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