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Natural Antiseptics | Achieving Health

Natural Antiseptics

   

Do you need an antiseptic around the home but are loathe to use potent  antiseptic agents?  There are some extremely effective natural antiseptics  that are great for a wide range of applications.  Read on to learn more.

Lemon

 Lemon has antiseptic properties and contains compounds that have  been studied for their effects on immune function and the lymphatic,  circulatory, and digestive systems.  It is antibacterial and is beneficial  for the skin.  To sterilise the air, simply add a few drops of lemon to a  spray bottle.  To purify soy or rice milk, simply add two drops of  lemon.  Lemon can be used to treat  insect bits, and tension  headaches.  It can also be used for sore throats, in pruritus of the  scrotum, in uterine haemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn.

Honey

Honey is a natural antiseptic and there are several studies on how honey has  been used to treat wounds.  Applying honey to wounds helps to prevent  infections, as it contains antimicrobial agents that kill the bacteria in and  around the wound.  Many types of bacteria cannot survive in honey so the  wound heals, swelling eases, and the tissues can regrow.  Honey is also  great for treating ulcers and burns.  When treating diarrhoea, honey  promotes the rehydration of the body and more quickly clears the diarrhoea and  any vomiting and stomach upsets.

Pineapple

Pineapple is high in vitamins A, C, and B, and is rich in manganese, which is  an essential part of certain enzymes that are necessary for metabolising  proteins and carbohydrates.  The pineapple enzyme, bromeliad, is used for  digesting proteins, and white it does so, it gives some effective  anti-inflammatory benefits.  It contains antibiotic properties and helps to  enhance medical antibiotics.  Pineapple is antiseptic and astringent.   It reduces the acidity of urine, helps with normalising menstruation and can be  used for abscesses, pneumonia, worm infestation, exhaustion, kidney infections,  kidney stones, bronchitis, and digestive disorders.  Pineapple also soothes  sore throats.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a fantastic natural antibiotic and it contains antiseptic  compounds that are a very effective skin disinfectant.  Depending on the  severity of the condition, it can be used at a strength of 5 to 15 percent  daily.  Tea tree oil has been proven to help with acne, athlete’s foot,  ringworm, jock itch, fungal infections of the toe or finger nails, yeast  infections, wound healing, and bad breath, amongst other things.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is both antimicrobial and antiseptic.  For use  as an antiseptic, make a solution of 4 to 40 drops in water and apply to  affected areas two or three times a day.  It can be used as a spray on  larger areas.

Lavender

Lavender has natural antiseptic and astringent properties that can help with  sunburn, bites, infections, and other minor skin problems when it is  applied.  It can be used on all skin types.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and an insect  repellent.  It can be used to help fight colds, flu, throat infections,  sinusitis, headaches caused by congestion; it eases tight, dry coughs; it  relieves the breathlessness of asthma and bronchitis by loosening mucous; and is  also useful in reducing fevers.

Other Antiseptics

Following are some other natural antiseptics that may prove useful:

  • Molkosan – is derived from concentrated whey and can be used effectively  against fungal infections and is an excellent antiseptic.  Use in the same  way as you’d use iodine.

  • St John’s Wort – can be used as an external antiseptic.

  • Colloidal Silver – is a powerful antibiotic and many organisms can only live  for a few minutes in the presence of silver.

Source: Natural Therapy pages    


1 Comments to “Natural Antiseptics”

  1. I really believe in honey.

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