The staphylococcus bacterium that normally lives on the skin and in the nose is responsible for the staph infection. Staph infection is more likely to occur in a person with weakened immunity.
In most cases, the bacterium causes minor skin infections. Complications develop when the bacteria enter the bloodstream and invade the lungs, heart, joints and bones. Natural remedies are often effective in eradicating the bacteria. Certain herbs can even treat infections caused by bacterial strains resistant to common antibiotics.
The antibacterial property of garlic has been proved in scientific studies. Garlic can also be used for treating staph infection. The antibacterial function of garlic is primarily attributed to a compound called allicin, which is produced when the herb is crushed. Fresh garlic usually has the highest amount of allicin. The effectiveness of garlic in treating staph infection is supported by clinical trials.
Studies further suggest that garlic can kill MRSA strains resistant to conventional antibiotics. Regular consumption of fresh garlic or supplements containing a stabilized form of allicin aids the repair process of wounds caused by staph infection.
Besides ingesting fresh garlic or garlic supplements, people with dermatological symptoms of staph infection can apply garlic paste on the affected areas of the skin. However, excess garlic intake may obstruct blood clotting.
Manuka tree is an indigenous plant of the East Cape region of New Zealand. Honey made exclusively with nectar of manuka flowers is known as manuka honey. Folk healers in New Zealand and Australia use manuka honey for treating staph infections.
It can be ingested or applied on the skin. It is especially effective in treating infected wounds. However, not all types of manuka honey can provide similar benefits. The best quality manuka honey is exorbitantly priced. People allergic to pollen or bee products should avoid honey.
Goldenseal may benefit people suffering from staph infection. Berberine, the key active component in goldenseal can eradicate bacteria associated with the infection.
Besides acting directly on the bacterium responsible for the infection, the herb also boosts the activities of the infection fighting white blood cells. Topical washes prepared with goldenseal can be used for washing the infected wounds. The herb may interact with anticoagulants and drugs processed by the liver.
Echinacea, a popular medicinal herb used widely in the Native American folk medicine, can support the healing process of staph infection. It can be used as a natural alternative to antibiotics.
The polysaccharide rich aerial part of the herb is best suited for treating infections. However, the herb is not recommended for people with liver disorders, tuberculosis, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, leukemia and connective tissue problems. People allergic to plants of the daisy family should avoid Echinacea.
Essential oil derived from antibacterial plants can treat mild skin infections caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. Lavender, thyme, lemon, grapefruit, geranium and bergamot essential oils are commonly used for healing staph infection.
Applying a compress with few drop of the essential oil helps to heal infected wounds. Topical use of essential oils can also diminish the risk of scarring caused by the skin infection.