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Natural Antibiotics

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2011 at 6:18 AM

Hi, Have just been placed on Keflex for a skin infection (cellulitus). Need to have it cleared up in around 10 days for a military medical and wondering if there is any natural antibiotics I can use to help target the bacteria. I am supplementing probiotics to attempt to minimise gut flora damage (will be messed up anyway) but any suggestions would be fantastic.

Thanks, Liam

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:20 PM

Efaitch - tea tree can also be used neat. However, if you have very sensitive skin, or have never used EOs before, try diluted first to test your tolerance. :-)

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on December 08, 2011
at 09:50 PM

Thanks Milla, fantastic answer! Have a great christmas and new year :)

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on December 08, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Lavender oil is another antibacterial oil that can be used neat without a carrier oil!

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:04 PM

I second these tips, especially Pau D'Arco, essential oils and warm compresses. The combination of a compress and a good antimicrobial is magical for so many skin conditions.

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B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on December 08, 2011
at 12:04 PM

I recently had a nasty gum infection due to an annoying wisdom tooth; I cleared it up by taking garlic capsules (1250mg), propolis (1000mg), coconut oil & ginger/cinnammon (which I take regularly anyhow). I also took Pau D'Arco tea (supplement strength) which is a potent antibacterial.

Generally any 'thermogenic' spices - cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, chili pepper (you can actually get capsaicin - chili extract - in weight loss sections of health stores) tend to be anti-inflammatory and antibacterial; Mark at MDA has a great recipe to get your spices in http://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-turmeric-tea/. I also ate a lot of thai green curry while I had that infection, simply because I was craving it and had a lot of curry paste I ground up (though you can get decent curry paste w/o nasty veg oils at places like Whole Foods. In the UK the 'Thai Taste' curry pastes are just ground spices), so that might have helped too.

Essential oils, especially tea tree, pine needle, cedarwood, sandalwood, eucalyptus, are all anti-bacterial, maybe try warm compresses with these oils. When I had bronchitis a while ago, before I went primal, my grandmother made me pine needle oil inhalations (just a few drops of the oil in a bowl of hot water, inhale the steam). Took care of a chesty, horrible cough in three days without any drugs.

Apart from tackling the bacteria, you should also boost your immune system to help fight infection. I took an anti-inflammatory/antioxidant complex (Selenium, Co-Q, green tea extract, zinc, magnesium, trace vitamins, echinacea). Up your intake of omega3 (have smoked salmon with your scramble for breakfast/snack on sardines/mackerel in olive oil), and get lots of sleep. At least 7.30/8 hours a night.

Good luck, get well!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on December 08, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Lavender oil is another antibacterial oil that can be used neat without a carrier oil!

9bd33dab06ad6696b1b6a06aed818f05

(659)

on December 08, 2011
at 09:50 PM

Thanks Milla, fantastic answer! Have a great christmas and new year :)

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on December 08, 2011
at 04:04 PM

I second these tips, especially Pau D'Arco, essential oils and warm compresses. The combination of a compress and a good antimicrobial is magical for so many skin conditions.

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on December 09, 2011
at 01:20 PM

Efaitch - tea tree can also be used neat. However, if you have very sensitive skin, or have never used EOs before, try diluted first to test your tolerance. :-)

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Raw & unfiltered local honey, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, castor oil. The first 3 can also be eaten as well as be applied topically, while castor oil must only be applied topically. Obviously don't try all that at the same time...

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on December 08, 2011
at 02:57 PM

No medical advice intended or given. Quite a few European countries often offer Saccharomyces boulardii post antimicrobials to potentially combat things like antibiotic-associated diarrhoea or colitis. The evidence base is still a little hit and miss but maybe have a word with your physician? http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/2011/04/saccharomyces-boulardii-nescio-quid.html

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