Natural Antibiotics for Skin

All the information below is a summary of the information found in The Herbal Drugstore authored by Linda B. White M.D. and Steven Foster and the staff of Herbs for Health.

Natural Antibiotics for Acne

According to The Herbal Drugstore, acne can be treated in several ways with conventional medicine. Some cases are treated with different types of topical antibiotics, for example erythromycin, erythromycin plus benzoyl peroxide, and clindamycin. Oral antibiotics are called tetracyclines, and each type of antibiotic is sold under a brand name and called many different things.

Natural antibiotics are antibacterial herbs including tea tree, lavender, burdock, dandelion, calendula, vitex, Oregon graperoot, chamomile, rose, grapefruit seed extract and aloe.

Some fruits contain an acid that acts the same way as a commercial salicylic acid formula. You may apply grapes, strawberries, pineapple husks as a facial mask to help break down keratin and dead skin cells on your face. The best part about a fruit facial mask is that it’s safe for you skin and will not cause any adverse reaction. Put one of the fruits listed into a blender and then apply the blend to your face. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. A natural antibiotic face smoothie, amazing!

To prepare an acne face wash with herbs, take 2 teaspoons of Oregon graperoot or goldenseal root and boil it into 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain the herbs and apply the tea water to your face, after the temperature has reduced, of course.

To prepare a paste mix a few drops of water with 1 teaspoon of Oregon graperoot or goldenseal root and 5 drops of lavender. Being careful not to get this on your clothes because Oregon graperoot stains, apply this to your pimples and once it’s dried rinse it off.

For more information about how to use herbs for acne check out page 67 in The Herbal Drugstore, it’s a wonderful resource.

Natural Antibiotics for Blisters

Your feet are paying the price for wearing those new stunning stilettos, or you just burnt yourself, either way the stinging sucks. Antibacterial herbs can help heal it fast! Use an herbal salve with a bandage or gauze and bam, you have a super healing herbal blister remedy. Look for a salve with comfrey, calendula, chamomile, St.-John’s-Wort, or lavender. 

Natural Antibiotics for Body Odor

Body odor is gross and disturbing for everyone around you, if it’s your breath or your body radiating a stench. Everyone has one so it’s nothing to be ashamed of and here are a couple of things you can do about it. Body odor comes from an arousal of your nervous system, a fungal infection or something more serious like a kidney or liver disease. Deodorant tries to treat body odor, but in typical commercial deodorants, irritating ingredients are used like aluminum chloride hexahydrate, benzalkonium chloride, boric acid, and hexachlorophene. Avoid those ingredients as best you can.

Sage and Rosemary tea can help with body odor. Bathe in the tea of these herbs or use the powder topically under your arms to help with bad smells. A recipe for ‘natural deodorant’ provided by Dr. White, and Mr. Foster as mentioned earlier, includes mixing the below ingredients together and then applying it to the stinky part of your skin;

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon ground rosemary

You may eat fennel seeds after a meal to help with digestion and bad breath. Fennel seed also makes a very tasty tea, 1 cup a day is about all you need.

Natural Antibiotics for Bruises

You’ve had a bruise at some point in your life, some big, some small, and sometimes you don’t even know where it came from. Sometimes you’ll think to take an aspirin or ibuprofen but next time, try an herb instead. Arnica, Calendula, Comfrey, Green Tea, Black Tea, St-John’s-Wort, Cayenne, Bilberry, and Ginkgo biloba. Use a healing salve with one of these herbs or brew up some tea, dip a washcloth into it and then hold it onto your wound. An old school remedy uses potato peals for bruises which is a fun interesting fact and something you might want to try sometime.   

Natural Antibiotics for Burns

If you get a second degree or third-degree burn, go to a doctor! Don’t keep reading this. If you have a first degree or sunburn, then these remedies are for you. Herbal solutions for sunburns are aloe gel, commercially sold or straight from the plant. Apply cooled tea of Calendula flowers, Comfrey leaves or root, or St.-John’s-Wort to a washcloth and then laid onto your burn to help stimulate the healing process fast. Use Witch Hazel just as you get it in the bottle, pour it all over that burn. You can apply a cool and wet tea bag of green or black tea directly to your burn. Lavender essential oil just as it is helps too. You can mix Gotu Kola powder and Aloe Vera (using equal parts) together to make a paste, jelly like solution that will soothe the burn too.

Natural Antibiotics for Cuts and Scrapes

If a wound is infected, meaning it’s red, a little swollen, and just looks bad, you may need to take antibiotics to get rid of the bacterial infection, talk to your naturopathic physician. If it’s a tiny wound or small, then a healing salve will be just fine for those wounds of yours. Herbs to look for in a healing salve are Aloe, Cayenne, Calendula, Comfrey, Echinacea, Garlic, Gotu Kola, Grapefruit, Honey, Oregon Graperoot, Plantain, Tea Tree Oil, and Thyme.

Natural Antibiotics for Fungal Skin Infections

If you have any yellow color to your fungus, go see a doctor, you need something a bit stronger than an herbal remedy. If you have athlete’s foot or ringworm or jock itch, then an herbal remedy makes sense. Apply Tea Tree Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, or Geranium Essential oil directly to your infection 3 times a day and then once it’s gone keep applying it for several days after. Tea Tree Oil is the strongest essential oil to fight off infection so try that one first.


All of the information in this article comes from The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White M.D. and Steven Foster.



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