Natural Cures for Sepsis (Blood Poisoning)

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When treating a condition as serious as sepsis, we suggest utilizing a holistic approach - combining conventional medical treatment with natural cures for a balanced treatment plan. Additionally, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further progression of your condition. In addition to professional medical care, turmeric, garlic, and even honey are effective natural treatment options.

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening complication that results from an infection. The condition occurs when chemicals that are actually released into your bloodstream to fight the initial infection cause inflammation throughout your body. This inflammation typically triggers a torrent of symptoms that compound the harm done to your body. Additional symptoms include a drastically increased or decreased body temperature, fast heart rate, high respiratory rate, changes in mental status, abdominal pain, and decreased urine output.

Do I Need Medical Treatment for Blood Poisoning?

With a condition as severe as blood poisoning, medical treatment is necessary. You should seek expert care as quickly as possible to prevent further development of the condition.

Are There Any Natural Remedies for Septicemia?

According to Dr. Paul Haider, a number of different herbs are effective for supporting care and treatment of septicemia. Three of the fastest and easiest options to try are turmeric, garlic, and honey. However, the condition can also be treated using lime or lemon juice, tea tree oil, and even a multi-tiered treatment regimen of aspirin, hydrogen peroxide, and oregano oil – a remedy supported by our very own Ted of Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Turmeric

A study published by Oregon State University in 2012, presented an important finding that regular consumption of turmeric, or more importantly the compound curcumin found in turmeric, causes an increase in protein levels in the blood. When your blood contains greater amounts of protein, it is more able to fight and prevent infection, making turmeric an effective option for treating septicemia. Additionally, turmeric helps reduce redness, swelling, and pain and functions well with antibiotics. Take 2 grams a day by mouth or diluted in water for the best results.

2. Garlic

Garlic is another effective treatment support for sepsis. This herb contains a compound known as allicin, which helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. It also helps fight infection and boost your immune system. To employ this remedy, peel a clove of garlic, chop it up, and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Eat this mixture each morning to improve your body’s ability to fight infection and to treat your sepsis.

3. Honey

A separate study conducted by the University of Malaya suggests that even honey is an important treatment option for sepsis. Research suggests that honey acts as an immunomodulator or modulates the immune system, which could significantly improve treatments for sepsis. Take at least 2 tablespoons of honey by mouth each day, and apply a poultice of honey to the affected wound at least once a day for the best results.

4. Slippery Elm and Lobelia

Slippery elm and lobelia are effective wound treatments.  Make a paste with equal quantities of the herbs and a little water.  Apply this paste to a bandage and change as required.

5. Vitamin C

Boost your immune system with vitamin C, either as citrus fruits or as a supplement.

While sepsis is a dangerous condition, aggressive, immediate treatment increases the odds of your full recovery from the condition. Try these treatment suggestions in addition to conventional medical treatment for a balanced treatment approach or continue reading below for more suggestions from our readers who have tried different natural remedies to cure blood poisoning.

If you have treated blood poisoning with a natural remedy, please let us know.

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Bread Poultice

Posted by Paul (Midland, Ontario) on 12/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

When I was nine, I stepped on a rusty nail while at summer camp. I didn't tell anyone and by the time I got home my foot was sore. The next morning I woke to find that a red streak had appeared all the way up my inner thigh almost to my groin. We had no health insurance at the time and my mother (God bless her) took me down to the kitchen where she pulled out a bag of dried bread loaf ends that were being saved for turkey dressing, boiled some water, dripped just 6 or 8 drops of the boiling water onto the middle of the very dry bread. She then taped the wet spot of the bread over the opening left by the rusty nail. The sore was open and running. She then put on my socks and shoes and told me to go out and play. It hurt a bit to walk on at first but as the day wore on I forgot all about it until after supper when my mom asked me how my foot was doing. When she took off the shoe, sock and poultice the red streak had retreated to just above my ankle and the piece of bread had a handful of green puss on it. Another piece of bread was applied that night and when I got up the next day the red streak was gone and the bottom of my foot was pink and healthy instead of angry red. I have used this remedy throughout my life and on one occasion actually extracted a living parasite from my leg that I had picked up on an adventure trip to Belize.

The way it works is very simple. The bread is very poreous and by dripping water onto the middle of the bread, capillary action moves the water through the bread. Attach that wet spot to an OPEN infection and the water in your body joins the parade along with the poisons from the infection. When the drops are applied they also turn the bread that gets wet into a kind of sealing paste around the wound to ensure that the "cyphon" works properly. If you don't believe me just try this on your body (somewhere discrete).with the bread taped on but exposed to the air. You will give yourself a "hickey".

Live long and thrive! Paul

Replied by Julie
North Pole, Ak

Paul, Does the bread have to be dried? And what if the wound site has already healed up but there is infection under the skin?

Replied by Katrin
New Zealand

I just put some bread on my sleeping son's nail puncture and one on my arm for the hickey. We run a little sourdough bakery and am very intrigued about breads potentuality. If this works I eat a broom.

Replied by Gloria
5 out of 5 stars

So glad you posted this. I used this remedy a few years ago. It was amazing! God Bless!

Replied by Yasotha
Kuala Lumpur
01/12/2017 father has shoulder sepsis. The doctor says surgery is life threatening. Can u show how do you treat it. Do I have to wet the bread and take a masculine tape and tie together on the sepsis shoulder?

General Feedback

Posted by Marc (Jacksonville, Fl) on 02/04/2009

possible blood poisoning. I scratched my arm with a piece of metal about a week ago. Now in that area it is swollen and red. I have my tetanus shot, what will bring the swelling down, and heal my arm?

Replied by Dianna
Austin, TX

the first thing that comes to my mind is a bentonite clay poultice. mix up some clay and glob it on and let it dry. if you get red stripes on your arm or it continues to hurt and stay red go to the ER.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

Hello Marc, If you haven't gotten started on that swelling/redness by now, run, don't walk to the nearest Dollar Tree or such and get a 2 lb. carton of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and start doing hot epsom salts compresses 4 times a day to take care of it.

Mix it about 1/4 cup per quart of water as hot as you can stand to wring the cloth out without burning your hands.

Replied by Jane
Richland, Washington

Agreed on the hot packs for possible blood poisoning. My Mother did that when she saw the line running upward toward the heart and said it was deadly. She did that many times for me. I was bare foot and fancy free. Such a simple remedy.

Liposomal Vitamin C

Posted by Toni (Uk ) on 06/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was recently lay in hospital at death's door with sepsis and necrotising fasciitis. I was told it is rare to get it but even more so to survive. Large amounts of flesh were removed resulting in massive wounds. During my recovery I took 2 sachets of Liposomal vitamin c a day. I am diabetic I.e. By all means should be a slow healer and I am in my sixties.

The consultant who specialises in wounds told me he had worked in this field for 30 years and had never seen anyone heal as fast as me. I do not see myself as super woman, I most defiantly put this down to the Liposomal vitamin C.

Oil Pulling

Posted by K Ndra (Haiku, Hawaii) on 08/01/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Oil pulling helped my sick blood. Helped my blood clear out poisons after being sickened by pesticides.

Replied by Barbie
North Carolina

What is oil pulling? My daughter was just diagnosed with sepsis. Please advise. She is on traditional med, but I want her doing more to strengthen her mind and liver and kidney. Thank you.

EC: Please see our page on Oil Pulling for more info here.

Replied by Deb Curtis
Rancho Cordova, Ca

Oil pulling is usually used to extract toxins from your teeth and mouth, but since your teeth are gateways to your organs and your oral skin is very absorbent, it's a great way to administer healing elixers or remove toxins.

Take about a tablespoon or so of room temp organic coconut oil. place it in your mouth and let it liquify. DO NOT SWALLOW!! Swish the oil very gently in your mouth for as long as you can stand it (15-20 minutes is best) but however long you can do it. Then spit it out into a tissue and into the trash can (cooled oil can eventually clog your drains).

The oil pulls toxins from your system and it's a great preventative for everyone to do every day BEFORE you brush your teeth... just like dry brushing your skin to remove toxins before you take a shower.

If you are very toxic, Oil pull 3-5 times per day brushing teeth with non fluoride tooth paste afterward and dry brush your skin every day. Also eliminate any new toxins from food, water, pollution, etc.

Check into essential oil uses, cleansing herbal teas and nourishing bone broths to help recover.


Posted by Nancy (Mt. Airy, NC) on 05/26/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hello, I just love your website and I just wanted to tell your readers about another wonderful old time remedy for blood poisoning and infection. We have used this many times in my family and I couldn't tell you how many times I have seen it work. For a nasty infected cut or in my worst case a nasty puncture wound from a rusty nail. Within about 6 hours I had a red streak going up my leg from the blood poisoning. My mother took an Irish potato and washed it, cut it in half and scraped out a pile of mushy raw potato. She put it on a piece of plastic bag to hold in the potato juice and wrapped it around my foot. The next morning the red streak was gone and my foot was healing with no sign of infection. Over the years I too have used this folk remedy on my family. Just make the potato poltice leave it juicy and use it inside bandaging for an infected wound. Plastic helps to keep it wet and keep you dry. Leave it on the wound overnight. Then take it off and examine the wound if it's still infected clean it off again and reapply the poltice. Somehow it draws the poison and infection out. Mother nature is simply amazing!

Replied by Mdelaugh
Dallas, Texas Usa

Nancy, from Mt. Airy, NC, Does it have to be an Irish potatoe or will any white potatoe do?

Replied by Elizabeth
Wolfville, Ns Canada

Before antibiotics, we had boils (staph infections) and my mother would get Antiflogistene at the drug store (a clay like product ) heat a handful in boiling water and apply it as hot as we could stand and keep it on as long as it was hot. The heat would draw out the infection. One time the doctor came and stuck little pointed scissors into the boil which was on my eyebrow and then opened them to let the matter out. I will never forget that pain!

Use heat for that kind of infection, but be careful not to let it get worse. It is serious to have blood poisoning.

Replied by Deb
Nantucket, Ma

Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm just using it now for earache but want to share my potato story as I've found the personal commentaries so helpful.

Last summer, I stepped on a scallop shell (on our street) & within a few days was limping and in pain with a 1 inch gash in my heel. A few days later, my husband noticed 2 4-inch long red streaks running up my leg from my heel. I had begun to experience sharp stabbing pains as well.

Since I haven't had an antibiotic in 20 years & see a naturopathic doctor as my primary physician, I wasn't anxious to go to the ER (it was also a weekend) but knew I needed help; sepsis is very real... I found your site & since I had some organic yukon gold potatos called my auntie who confirmed my grandmother used to use crushed potato to draw out boils. I decided to give it a try.

I chopped finely a potato, packed it onto the wound, wrapped w/ Saran wrap, elevated my leg/foot & lay down to focus on healing. My husband photographed my foot at intervals thruout the day. (Well-intentioned neighbors were waiting to drive me to the ER. )

Within hours the red streaks had begun their retreat & the sharp stabbing pains literally "rounded" over. I was very much present w/ this journey. Within 6 hours, the red streaks were gone completely!! I changed the potato 3 - 4 times over the course of the day/night & by morning, the layers of my foot had turned outward. I wish I could put the photos on this site. It was truly remarkable.

One word of caution: Potato juice stains are challenging to remove from fabrics so just make sure you have an old sheet or towel under the site of the potato....!!

I've told SO many people about your site & so many people witnessed first hand the amazing healing property of the simple potato that day... My neighbors thought I was crazy at first! Thank you for providing this forum... It's truly a gift & how we can keep alive these old home remedies. They WORK!

Replied by Tammt

Wow potatoes! Luv to hear other things u grandma used. I know I have seen the fine skin of a white onion stop bleeding. Please share more with me I have to use herbs for anything. Can't use medicine.

Replied by Karen

Could you elaborate how to stop bleeding with onion skins? Thank you.

Replied by Shayden

What's the difference between an Irish potato and a regular Russet or Idaho potato? To heal the sepsis, do you have to use a Irish potato?

Replied by Mama

Any potato will do!

I have used a russet potato to draw out infection.

~Mama to Many~

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted by KT (Usa) on 11/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Dear EC, I wanted to post a warning to those who use wood stoves about the importance of using a Creosote Sweeping Log. I usually burn one about every couple of months and at the end of the season. Last year the weather got so nice so fast I failed to do that.

When we first started using the wood stove again I knew I needed to use the CSL early this year but I kept putting it off until I just forgot. Yesterday I started getting this headache and had a hard time keeping the fire going in the wood stove. It just never dawned on me about the chimney clogging and carbon monoxide until last night. Then I remembered I neglected the CSL.

I slept with my window cracked and and told my husband to do the same thing. This morning when I went downstairs the fire he had started was burning at a slow pace so I advised him to let it burn down to coals as I needed to burn the CSL and turned our thermostat back so it would stop circulating the toxic air. I cracked our kitchen window, which is on the second floor after I stood outside taking some deep breaths. It seems better in the house now but cold. We have some small heaters to use in each room.

We clean our stove every year and our chimney has a liner due to a previous chimney fire. Burning the CSL logs have worked fine every year since our fire. I just neglected to do that at the end of last season and wanted to give a "heads-up" about it.


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

KT,,,,,,, girl, you just sent me to school. I was not aware of a CSL log until your post. I am aware of creosote and how it can burn down your home. An ole timer said to burn potato peeling in your heater and that will keep it clean. Did not work for us, so we have it cleaned ever other year.

Normally, we just bang on the flue and the stuff falls and we clean that up. Over the years we always had a fireplace. The are only fit to look at. No heat like a heater. Our heater stands on a stone hearth that goes to the ceiling in the back. The heater has a glass front and a fan. The fire has to be small, least it run all out of the house. We get to see and feel the fire.

In the fall we go to the corn fields and pick up the left over corn cobs.... about a bushel. We keep a small pail of them soaking in diesel. When we want to build a fire we use one with a handful of kindling along with some very small logs and have an instant fire.

Waste not, want not. We take the dead ashes and spread them along the base of out house. Thus, we never have a need for an exterminator, no insects ..... Did I ever tell you that I was an eagle scout about 66 years ago.

Kt, if folks read the EC posts, their lives well so much better. Got some smart people here. Thank you for sending me to school.


Replied by KT

Dear ORH,

Small fires create a swirling effect and that's what can coat & clog the chimney. We were advised to initially burn our stove hot in the morning to burn out any coating. I just scanned, looking for your post about breathing...maybe your chimney is closing up and the shallow breathing could be a danger to you and your tractor driver.

I don't think using diesel soaked corn cobs is safe. I get "Starter Logg" and we also use "Strike-A-Fire". Even though cardboard is not the best, I save our toilet paper and paper towel rolls all year and use with newspapers and twigs/kindling from our yard to start fires.

I think it would be a good idea to get a couple CSL's and use one now to make sure you are not reducing your own oxygen supply in the house.


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

KT, think you are right about the small fires, but our family room is 22' high and the flue is close to that. Even a small fire will run us out of the house.

What I've learned is that safety is knowing how to handle something. I've handled lot of hazardous materials in my life and a soaked corn cob is not a problem. We used that trick most of our lives. I thank you for your concern however.

I am going to get some of those logs.


Sepsis Remedies

Posted by Heidi (Usa) on 01/13/2014

Sepsis: My friend is in the hospital with toxic blood and the doctors are giving her a 60% chance of survival. She always died last year around this time of the same thing. Once she leaves the hospital, what are some natural remedies I can recommend for her. When I think of toxic blood, juicing beets comes to mind- but I don't want to tell her wrong. Any suggestions??

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Dear Heidi,

I am so sorry about your friend! She is blessed to have you watching out for her!

If you are able to juice beets and get that to her, that would be great! Adding fresh garlic to that mix with a little cayenne pepper would be good.

Turmeric, Burdock root and Dandelion root are all good blood purifiers. If possible, try to get 1 teaspoon of turmeric into your friend 4-5 times day, with plenty of water. (Turmeric can be constipating.) You can mix 1 teaspoon into water or juice or have your friend take 5 capsules each time.

You probably know that most hospital food (at least, in the USA) is not helpful at all to healing. If your friend could stick to just juice (especially fresh) that would be best. Organic carrot is also good to juice.

Hmmm...I just realized you said what can you do to help your friend when she is out of the hospital. Well, all of the above would apply. Perhaps getting these things to her in the hospital is not an option, especially if you do not live nearby.

Please keep us posted.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mike62

Heidi: Make green smoothies from organic baby leaves with any blender and take organic berries, expeller pressed coconut oil, black chia seeds, colostrum, and non denatured whey. Watch raw food videos.

Replied by Blanche

Something has always puzzled me. What do people mean when they talk about a blood purifier? And how do they know when their blood needs purifying?