Treat Skin Infections Naturally with These Recipes
Boils are red, swollen, and tender eruptions. Impetigo causes tiny blisters, usually around the nose and mouth. Body odor is often caused when bacteria on the skin react with perspiration. You can treat all these with natural remedies but if they don't respond, or if they are severe or persistent, consult your doctor.
Treating a boil
Never squeeze a boil because you might force the bacteria into the bloodstream and spread the infection through the body. Hot compresses help to draw the boil to a head, so it can safely rupture, drain, and then heal. Soak a washcloth in hot water and place it on the boil. Cover the washcloth with a dry towel to retain heat. When it cools, resoak the cloth in hot water and reapply. Repeat for 15 minutes, three times a day.
Tea Tree for Boils
Tea tree essential oil has powerful antimicrobial properties and helps to fight infection. Apply a drop of undiluted tea tree oil to the boil several times a day until the eruption has healed.
Fight Infection with Echinacea
Echinacea boosts the function of your immune system and helps to fight the bacteria that cause infection. Take half a teaspoon of echinacea extract three times a day for up to 10 days.
Tea Tree for Impetigo
Tea tree is antibacterial and helps dry impetigo blisters. Lavender essential oil helps alleviate inflammation.
1 tablespoon almond oil
1/2 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a tightly capped bottle. Apply with a cotton ball to the blisters three times a day.
Calendula for Impetigo
Calebdula is a powerful antimicrobial but is gentle enough for infants. Make a strong tea by pouring one cup (250 ml) of boiling water over two tablespoons of dried calendula. Cover, steep for 20 minutes, and strain. Soak a washcloth in the warm tea and apply to the impetigo blisters for 10 minutes, three times a day.