MRSA can be a scary and serious infection. Short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA is a powerful “infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria”. While most staph infections are ordinarily treatable, MRSA has “become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections”. Most people are unaware of the severity of the infection in the beginning, because it starts as a small bump and progresses into large, painful skin boils. Some of the causes of the initial boils could be oil clogged pores, damaged hair follicles, or skin-to-skin contact.
Medical professionals treat this type of infection with antibiotics like Bactrim that haven’t shown signs of resistance. The problem with that is that it depletes the body of ALL bacteria, good and bad, which can lead to more problems. As an alternative to solely relying on something so aggressive on the body that it kills everything, here are a few ways to treat boils, staph infections, and even MRSA the natural way.
1. Garlic- Known as a natural antibiotic, garlic is beneficial to take in natural form or as a supplement. The supplement is the easiest way to get the proper dosage for treatment.
2. Oil of Oregano- A powerful herb, wild oregano is a natural immune booster that is also known to have antibiotic properties. While it comes in liquid, gel cap, or tablet form, the liquid form is the quickest way for the body to reap the benefits. It has a strong, spicy flavor, and is best mixed with water.
3. Bentonite Clay-This volcanic clay is used by most to make mud washes for the hair or to make facial masks, as it does wonders for oily hair/skin. It was “historically used by Native Americans for purification and healing”. Mix the clay with water or aloe vera juice to make a paste, spread over the infected area, and cover with a bandage overnight. The clay is known to extract excess oils from the skin, but it can also pull infected liquids from the area of the boil.
4. Warm compress or hot bath-Bring blood to the surface of the area by adding heat. Warm a moist towel and make a compress, or soak in a tub of water as hot as you can stand it. This will help the boil to pop and the infection to drain.
5. Food and Water- You are what you eat. Although you should eat well every day, closely monitor what you put into your body during times like these. Aid your body in fighting the infection and boost your immune system by eating the proper foods. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and stay away from the junk. Drink plenty of water as always to flush your system of toxins.
6. Probiotics-Continue to take the herbal supplements for a few weeks after the boil is gone to ensure the infection is cleared internally. Follow up with a round of probiotics to boost your good bacteria and further help your body fight infections naturally.
Depending on how severe the boil/infection is, it may take longer to heal than with prescriptions, but is gentler on the body and does not remove the body’s good bacteria. You also won’t have to worry about the infections becoming further resistant to the prescription antibiotics.
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