Antiseptic Herbs

Many herbs have properties that make them effective as an antiseptic. These herbs are natural, and often very cost effective, with fewer side effects.

-Bergamot-is indigenous to North America. The leaves are used as is the oil, which is extracted from the entire plant. This oil contains thymol. It is useful as an antiseptic, tonic, antispasmodic and aromatic. An infusion made from the leaves can be used as a tea, for coughs, colds, fever and sore throats.

-Camphor- is found in Japan, China, and East Asia. An oil and the gum of this plant are used as a sedative, antispasmodic or antiseptic. It is helpful in treating colds, improve digestion and appetite. It is administered as a fresh herb, poultice, infusion or injection.

-Eucalyptus-it’s common name is the blue gum or stringy bark. The oil is distilled from the leaves, to extract the eucalyptol, which is the active chemical. This oil is used as an antiseptic gargle. It can also be taken internally for pulmonary tuberculosis and various fevers, or as an inhalant to clear catarrh, or ease sore throats. Large doses taken internally, though, cause kidney or nervous system problems, or may cause death.

-Garlic-the bulb has been used since ancient times as an antiseptic, diuretic and stimulant. It can be applied externally as a lotion or ointment, or poultice, to treat infection.

-Olive-native to Mediterranean countries, Turkey and Syria, it is now also grown in Australia, Chile and Peru. Oil is expressed from the fruit and the leaves, being useful for rheumatic problems or sprains. The leaves have antiseptic properties, with an infusion being beneficial in treating fevers. When combined with alcohol, the oil is also used as a hair tonic.

-Sandalwood-the wood oil is an antiseptic, given internally for chronic mucous conditions, such as bronchitis and inflammation of the bladder.

-Thyme-the oil of thyme leaves is an effective antiseptic and antispasmodic. An infusion or tea of the leaves is good for sore throats, fevers and colds.

-Violets-this small purple flower is native to Great Britain, though is found throughout Europe, Asia and Nth America. The flowers are used either fresh or dried, as are the leaves. A syrup is used to cure eye inflammation and treat pleurisy. The seeds have a diuretic and purgative effect. A poultice can be used on infections.

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