Part 2 of a 2-part article
Natural Topical Therapies
Some natural substances have amazing anti-infective properties, but are not effective or safe when taken internally. However, they work wonderfully when applied topically to the skin or mouth area. Please see Part 1 of this article for the internal therapies available.
Tea Tree Oil has been used for centuries for all types of skin infections, scabies, insect bites, burns, and acne. It effectively penetrates deep down into the skin layers. It is also useful for hard-to-treat fungal infections, such as nail fungus, dandruff, vaginitis, and ringworm. Apply topically to the gums for periodontal disease. It should not be taken internally and should be discontinued if irritation develops.
The essential oil of clove can be applied topically to mouth ulcers, sore gums and toothaches. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps relieve sort throats. It can be used topically like tea tree oil for all kinds of skin infections.
As its name implies, comfrey helps heal burns, bites, stings, bedsores, skin ulcers, dermatitis, scabies, inflamed bunions and rashes. It is available in ointments and creams.
Remember having a cold as a child and the soothing feeling of Vick’s VapoRub on your chest? Eucalyptus in the Vick’s is what suppressed your cough and let you sleep. Eucalyptus is a terrific decongestant, and useful for all kinds of respiratory infections — apply topically to the chest or back, or use as a steam vapor that can be made from the leaves.
For Internal and External Use
You have probably heard of silvadine as a topical burn treatment. Colloidal silver is a powerful antibiotic for both internal and topical use. It can treat drug-resistant staph, tuberculosis and the bird flu. In Africa, it is used to treat just about everything, including AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, cholera, and pneumonia. It can be used topically to treat burns, wounds, thrush and other skin infections.
Use a 5-partspermillion concentration, at a dose of one teaspoon three to four times per day. There have been rare instances of silver overdose resulting in skin and nail discoloration. However, this is from ingesting silver salts, not colloidal silver. Carefully research the product you are buying for is strength and purity and follow the directions for usage to the letter.
Check your spice shelf for oregano. Wild oregano and oregano oil both fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections, along with boosting your immune system. Use oregano to help fight acne, allergies, athlete’s foot, insect stings, bronchitis, colds, diarrhea, gum disease, parasites, sinusitis and skin infections. Apply the oil topically as needed. Wild oregano is also available in capsules to take orally as directed.
There are many more natural products available to fight infections of all types. We have covered the more common ones here. It’s astonishing how readily available these treatments are — and they are inexpensive! You can avoid germ resistance, antibiotic side effects, and long waits at your doctor’s office by allowing Mother Nature to heal you. A visit to your local health food store or an internet search will provide you with information and easy access to these exciting products.
The editors at Natural Health Dossier know it is impossible to avoid germs. We want you to be happy, healthy and infection free. Winter is cold, flu and pneumonia season. So, eat your garlic, oregano, cinnamon and honey, rub on your tea tree oil and breathe your eucalyptus vapor. Care for yourself naturally and safely, and live well!