Natural Antibacterial Herbs
There are hundreds of plants used all over the world, which are used in herbal
medicine as treatments for bacterial infections. Here are some of the most
accessible and reliable.
Bayberry (Myrica cerifera): stimulating the flow of bile, and also exhibits
antibacterial activity. Use this herb externally as a poultice.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): is an ancient herbal remedy found in the
Chinese Materia Medica. Various terpenoids found in the volatile oil including
eugenol and cinnamaldehyde account for cinnamon's medicinal effects. Both
cinnamaldehyde and cinnamon oil vapors are potent anti-fungal compounds.
Antibacterial actions have been found in cinnamon.
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon): The medicinal benefits of cranberries have
been touted in news reports for years, recognizing the small, four air-chambered
berry for its ability to protect against urinary tract infections. However, new
research suggests that not only does the cranberry, available in both white and
red varieties, fight against bacterial infections in the urinary tract, but it
is also associated with potentially lowering LDL cholesterol and slowing cancer
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus): It's been known for some time that extracts of
eucalyptus oil inhibit the growth of some bacteria. Antibacterial activities of
eucalyptus globulus leaf extract against isolated bacteria were investigated by
determining minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal
concentration (MBC). methods. It is concluded that eucalyptus globules leaf
extract is effective against isolated bacteria.
Garlic (Allium sativum): The ancient Egyptians attached great importance to
garlic, and used it as a money exchange. Folklore has always claimed that garlic
is a great healer, and there is actually a lot of scientific evidence to support
that claim. Allicin is the compound responsible for the healing benefits of
garlic. Garlic's antibacterial characteristics have been tested even against
drug-resistant varieties, and shown to have therapeutic activity. The sulfides
in garlic may work in a way similar to that of penicillin and sulfa drugs, to
counter the growth of bacteria.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadenis): Goldenseal is a native American medicinal
plant introduced to early settlers by Cherokee Indians who used it as a wash for
skin diseases, wounds, and for sore, inflamed eyes. Its roots are bright yellow,
therefore, this is how it gets it's name. Goldenseal root has acquired a
considerable reputation as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various
gastric and genitourinary disorders.
Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha): Myrrh is a gum resin that has been used since ancient
times. The Egyptians used it to embalm bodies, and in biblical times it was one
of the herbs brought by the Three Wise Men. Myrrh constituents are antibacterial
and antifungal, exhibiting activity against e.coli, staphylococcus, and candida
albicans, an overgrowth of which leads to yeast infections. Its antiseptic and
disinfectant properties make it useful as a wash on cuts, burns and skin
infections. Gargle several drops of tincture in water to relieve a sore throat.
Use diluted myrrh as a mouthwash or apply the powder on the mucus membranes
inside of the mouth to treat mouth sores and thrush.
Olive Leaf Extract: is an extraordinary herbal antibacterial as well as,
antiviral extract. Obtained from specific parts of the olive tree (Olea
europaea), this new proprietary phytochemical extract is not only safe, but is
also a nontoxic immune system builder. Olive Leaf Extract has been used
clinically in its present form for over a year.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca altermifolia): is the extracted oil from Melaleuca
altermifolia tree native to Australia. The oil is extracted by steam
distillation from the leaves of the tree and has been used by Australian
aborigines for several centuries. Now the tree is grown all over the world for
its medicinal properties. As an antibacterial agent, tea tree oil is said to
alleviate hemorrhoids, and treat candidiasis and other vaginal infections. As an
antifungal, tea tree oil has been used for years in the treatment of athlete's
foot, ringworm, and nail infections.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Curcumin, the yellow color pigment of turmeric, is
produced industrially from turmeric oleoresin. The healing properties of
turmeric have made it a most sought after ingredient in cosmetics and drugs, as
the leaf oil and extract can also be used as sunscreens and bio-pesticides. It
is well recognized as the best anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, colorant, antiseptic
and wound healer.
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus): has been used for hundreds of years for its
astringent properties, treating a variety of skin problems, including boils,
rashes, blemishes and burns. Yellow dock is valued as an antibacterial agent and
even more as one of the best available sources of iron. Yellow dock's high iron
content makes it beneficial for treating anemia and pregnant women. Yellow Dock
also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and phosphorous.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.