Leila Rich wrote:
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is very effective for alll sorts of things, especially bacteria.
In Herbal antibiotics:Natural Alternatives for treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Stephen Buhner lists these for staph-caused skin infections:
usnea, garlic, cryptolepsis, eucalyptus, wormwood, sage, honey, gragefruit seed extract.
I also second oil of oregano and tea tree oil.
Comfrey eh? I've known it for a while as 'knitbone' I need to find a ready-made solution as I don't have any plants at the moment..
Jeanine Gurley wrote:
I have been making a comfrey salve for the past 20 plus years to smear on kids, horses, dogs, husband, etc.
Just get some comfrey (leaf or root) and steep it in the hot oil until the herb starts to change the color of the oil. Then I strain while still hot.
I used to use vaseline as the base but now days I use coconut oil. I honestly think the vaseline worked better but I don't want to use petroleum for a base anymore.
We always have a couple of large jars around the house for cuts and scrapes. Husband has to keep one at work because he is always injuring himself.
I have some yarrow plants in pots, but no means to distill. I read through a few reports and it looks to be pretty effective.. Thanks J Bryon
Consider yarrow (Achillea millefolium and related species). It is great for all kinds of cuts, scrapes, and skin infections. Most herbalists have a testimony about the value of yarrow for skin, here is a link to the medical research on yarrow and staph.
yukkuri kame wrote:Welcome Christopher Walken!
All in favor of herbal remedies, tea tree is my favorite for topical issues. Haven't taken an antibiotic in DECADES.
BUT, don't be naive about staph. It can go from a localized infection to something systemic and it can kill. If the infection persists, spreads or gets worse do not hesitate to go to the ER or otherwise see a doctor.
Despite the overuse of antibiotics, they are still the greatest life-saving medicines ever. Period.
Allopathic medicine does a lot of things badly and a few things well, acute trauma and acute infections are two of the things it does well. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Lisa Allen wrote:I wonder if Usnea tincture would work too?