11 Home Remedies For Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections are normally treated with antibiotics and relief attained through the completion of the course. As various types of bacteria affect one or the other part of the body all the time, this is a very common occurrence all throughout our lives.

Bacterial Infections

There are several simple yet very strong home remedies that can be used for treating bacterial infections of the body. Here are a few of them that can be tried at home if the infection is mild to moderate.

Ways To Cure Bacterial Infections

Probiotics

Probiotics work on the body by increasing the amount of good bacteria and reducing the functioning of the bad bacteria, thereby giving the body strength and immunity to fight off the bacterial infection. The best way to attain this is to take two cups of fresh yoghurt with live culture so that the bad bacteria can be naturally discouraged.

Probiotic supplements too are available for consumptions. Probiotics are best for treating urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis, bacterial skin infections, intestinal and stomach infections etc.

Yoghurt

Aloe Vera

A natural anti inflammatory agent, which is also tremendously antibacterial as well, aloe Vera has many medicinal and healing properties apart from cooling the body and increasing its immunity.

Aloe gel that is extracted from the aloe plant can be used for treating internal infections, bacterial skin infections, vaginal and urinary tract infections etc. Aloe gel can be applied directly on the affected area and a quarter cup of the juice consumed as well for treating bacterial skin infections.

Aloe Vera

Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful herb which is known to even reduce and treat cancerous tumours. The curcumin, which is present in turmeric, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties along with its high antioxidant content. Turmeric paste can be made from freshly ground turmeric and it can be applied on the skin for bacterial skin infections.

Turmeric powder can be consumed along with a glass of warm milk or water for respiratory infections. Turmeric can also be used as a preventive for many bacterial infections of the body by adding it in plenty in your diet or taking curcumin supplements or a teaspoon of turmeric every day.

Turmeric

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another anti bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that can help treat a host of bacterial infections of the body, apple cider vinegar works by maintaining or correcting the pH balance or imbalance and preventing bacterial action from sustaining in the area of infection.

Apple cider vinegar can be applied directly on the skin or diluted and applied if the skin is sensitive. For internal infections, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can be diluted with a cup of water and taken as per the directions given by your herbalist.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Tea Tree Oil

This strong essential oil is more anti viral than antibacterial. However, it is quite effective in treating a host of skin and vaginal infections caused by bacteria. Tea tree oil can be applied on the skin or smeared inside the vaginal canal for destroying bacterial action. It must always be diluted adequately to avoid burning of the skin. As the oil is very potent, it can be used for treating and controlling even chronic infections as well without any side effects.

Tea Tree Oil

Garlic

This simple solution from the kitchen is one of the most potent and easily available home remedies for treating a number of bacterial and fungal infections of the body. Taking 4-5 cloves of garlic a day is one of the best ways of keep away from all kinds of bacterial attack and also treat bacterial infections of the skin, respiratory, digestive and urinary tract.

Garlic can be consumed in many ways. The best way, however is to chew them and swallow them raw. Capsules are available as well, even though they may not be as effective. Garlic tea too can be prepared after boiling a few cloves of garlic and steeping it for ten minutes.

Garlic

Ginger

Ginger is used for treating respiratory and stomach infections caused by bacteria. Ginger heats up the body and encourages blood circulation, thereby reducing the action of bacteria in the body. Ginger tea can be consumed 3-4 times a day to treat respiratory infections. Ginger extract can also be used for massaging on the affected areas of the body for treating bacterial infections and also for controlling pain. Take a stalk of ginger every day to prevent infections of the body.

Ginger Tea

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Honey

This mild antiseptic agent helps in treating skin and respiratory infections caused by bacteria and also for healing and soothing the affected area. Organic honey can be consumed along with ginger tea or along with a glass of warm water too sooth irritated throats due to cough. Honey can be used for inhalation as well for opening up blocked nose.

Apply honey on the skin to initiate healing and also to prevent bad bacteria from entering the open wound or through cuts and scratches on the skin.

Ginger And Honey

Baking Soda

Baking soda helps in regulating the pH balance of the skin and body and hence a great treatment for many bacterial infections of the skin, intestinal tract, respiratory infections etc. Half a teaspoon of baking soda can be consumed along with a glass of water for treating stomach infections and respiratory infections.

Baking soda can be used as a soak and rinsing agent as well by adding a cup of the powder to a tub of warm water and soaking for twenty minutes every day. Apply a paste of baking soda and water for treating skin infections.

Baking Soda

Lemon

Lemon too can be used for treating bacterial infections of the body, especially respiratory infections. Lemon helps in reducing mucus build up inside the respiratory tract and this will in turn remove bacteria, which can get trapped inside the mucous and cause infections.

Lemon

Cranberry Juice

An excellent remedy for treating vaginal and urinary tract infections, cranberry juice can be used safely even by pregnant women for treating bacterial infections. Fresh cranberry juice that is not canned and sweetened can be take several times a day to overpower the bacteria in the body.

Cranberry Juice

  • Donny Darkoh

    The ‘natural remedy’ world needs to meet the hard-science world. Treating a UTI has everything to do with which microbe you’re trying to kick.

    If you have an e-coli infection, D-Mannose, cranberry pills, and tons of water work great. Cystex tablets also help.

    However, if you’re working with a gram positive bacteria like staph saprophyticus, it’s a whole different ball game. You can’t just wash saprophyticus out. You must actively kill it. You can do this by taking curcumin, turmeric, or forskolin which raise the cAMP levels in your immune system. cAMP kills gram positive bacteria by creating pores in bacteria cell membrane walls. Substances that directly hurt staph are onions, raw garlic and paprika. So eating raw onions, garlic and ‘shoving it up there’ may help. You can keep gram positive bacteria infections from getting worse by keeping the pH of your urine high by drinking baking soda water. This inhibits the bacteria from creating slimy biofilms, but doesn’t completely kill bacteria cultures.

    A lot of times women get reinfected with the same bacteria, so simply diagnosing which strain goes a long way towards treating it for years.