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Natural Cures for MRSA

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Posted by Debi (Henderson, Colorado - United States) on 09/17/2010

I need your help. My son is three years old and we have been battling boils since he was 3 months old. My son will usually get a boil or two on his bottom. Once the boils have come to a head I take him into the doctor and they pop/lance the boil and push the pus out. They culture the pus and it always comes back MRSA. They always give him Bactrim to clear up the infection. But, the boils always come back, and not in the same locations. He seems to get them on his bottom a lot, twice on his stomach. This last instance he got a cluster of them on the inside of his thighs. He has never clustered like this before. He had 4 on the inside of his right thigh and 6 on the inside of his left thigh. The doctors have told me that my son colonizes MRSA. They told me there is no way to kill the colonization and he will deal with this his whole life. He has had over 14 different bouts with these boils and he is only three. The latest doctor we saw advised me to give him two bleach baths a week for 6 months and that it would kill the colonization. I just started doing the bleach baths this week (1 tsp for every gallon of water). Another doctor called me and said the bleach baths are not guaranteed to kill it. I am still going to try because I do not know what else to do. His hygiene is not in question. He washes his hands and takes baths or showers every other day.

His older sister (7 yrs), and myself and his father do not have issues with MRSA. No one on either side of our family has any problems like this, just my son. I have popped the boils, I have touched the boils, etc. , and I never get them. No one else ever gets them. Can I kill his MRSA so he stops getting these boils? These boils are so painful for him and I hate seeing him go through this. There has to be some way to kill it. MRSA has been around for a long time. How were people killing it before all the pharmaceutical companies came around? I just need to kill it. Is there a way?

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)

Debi: Have you tried any of the many remedies on the MRSA page here?

The most popular, and it turns out the cheapest, is turmeric (has the specific active polyphenol curcumin). If you look under "Iodine" remedy on that MRSA page, you'll see a reference to Ted's Paste, a mix of common items:
I used an EC remedy of turmeric, tea tree oil, VCO virgin coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, and the contents of a vitamin E capsule. I put the paste on a cotton round and changed it frequently. It drew out the pus from the boil and I am fine.

Here's a turmeric paste you can make, from another post:
1 tsp turmeric mixed with 1 tsp coconut oil in hot water twice. I also put a bandage on with turmeric, coconut oil, and raw honey mixed into a paste. Leave bandage on, including especially overnight. Remember that turmeric can also be taken orally, and is very cheap! It is a proven anti-inflammatory, antiviral and bactericidal (antibiotic) (MRSA is a bacterium. )

Some of the other remedies under MRSA are also very cheap, like garlic, colloidal silver (especially if you make it yourself), and Iodine. All those were used successfully before antibiotics!

Replied by Rob
(Manhattan, New York)

Essential oils of cinnamon & thyme are most effective against MRSA.. Also, the most applied advice here is Turmeric... For a 3 year old, please seek further advice for best dosage.

Replied by Amanda
(Hot Springs, Ar, 71913)

I just read a story the other day about someone getting rid of mrsa with manuka honey.. Sorry I don't remember anything about it, but you may want to google it.

Replied by Jennifer
(Concord, Ca)
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My daughter is two and she kept getting breaks outs in the diaper area. she has MRSA. I was very nervous about giving her antibiotics all the time. I looked up this site on Friday 3/18/2011. Started giving my daughter turmeric in her milk cup twice a day and today it is almost completly gone. You can also make it into a paste with water and tea tree oil and put it on the affected area at night. I am so happy I looked up this site.

Replied by Donald
(Seattle, Wa)
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My heart goes out to you and your son. I had been on Bactrim on-and-off for over a year. MRSA always reinfected through a fungal foot infection, well that isn't important. What is important is that I finally figured out that Bactrim was so damaging to my Immune System that I quickly became (re)infected by every nearby bacterium (including Staph/MRSA) whenever I stopped the Bactrim. And Bactrim doesn't protect against fungal infections anyway, so *that* always provided an instant portal for bacterial reinfection.

I'm presently trying topical urine therapy for the fungus, and now my immune system ( many of the OTC/Spices already mentioned here) - *seem* to be clobbering the MRSA faster than Bactrim ( the same OTC's) ever did ... but everyone's immune system is different.

Replied by Shanell
(Monmouth, Nj)

Use hibiclense everyday. Buy yourself a spray bottle fill it with at least 70% alcohol and spray everything. Also, buy all white linens and bleach everything. Keep him out of his nose. Put bacitracin gel in there twice a day for at least 10 days. God be with you!

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Posted by Mai-lee (Upstate, N.Y.) on 07/21/2009

I was in the hospital for gallbladder surgery, And I got staff infection, that was about seven yr. ago. Since then my hair has lost it's shine and looks dry and brittle I had a very full head of hair, now it's very thin . could this have any thing to do w/ the staff infection? some one told me staff never leaves your system ? Thank you

Replied by Happy Heart
(Centreville, Va)

Hey there! I think because of you are under stress with MRSA it is the problem.... STRESS.... I am having MRSA for 6 months now and lost a lot of hair...1/2 its... The best is to think positive by telling yourself that "tomorrow will definitely be better" and "don't trust today or yesterday" you always live for tomorrow ^_* try to use Nioxin conditioner for hair loss 2... I'm using it... It help to grow hair again ^_* hope you and me and everyone will feel better and win win win against the MRSA... Things happen to teach us lessons, so remember to learn... By eating healthier and think positive (means don't stress out), and exercise for better health and gain back confident ^_* by the way, I am drinking phenomenal alkaline water for ten days now, I am fighting the battle as well, antibiotic same time the amoxicillin one.. I hope they will help me, I also ask God for help too ^_^ Okie dokie... Good Day!

Replied by Misty
(Fort Erie, Ont, Canada)

Jerrifer from concord with your 2 yr old. As it boils she had in her diaper area. I have suffered with these boils on my inner thighs and pubic area for 30 yrs I am going to give this turmeric a try. Please post how your daughter is making out.

thank you, Misty

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Posted by Anita (Theodore, Al, Usa) on 11/04/2011

I LOVE this site!

I would like to say that I just discovered that if there are infected hair follicles (or boils, etc. ) that this could be caused by colonized staph. I have suffered from this on my scalp for almost 7 years. (I've seen internists, dermatologists, infectious disease doctors... None have been able to diagnose or even offer a satisfactory treatment... I even had a biopsy which showed nothing! ~ useless ointments, dandruff & medicated shampoos, tar treatments, etc, only left my hair broken and damaged ~ NO relief from the painful knots & sores on my head.)

Last year, after a dental oncologist suggested that I may have colonized staph from being in the hospital so long, I began researching that. I discovered from more than one source, that if Folliculitis continues, the Dr. might want to do a nasal culture for staph."

WHY hadn't any Doctor suggested this to me?

(I should also add that I had recurring Cellulitis for over 4 years, also caused by staph. ) Well I went to my EENT, on my own, and had the nasal culture done. When the results were back, I was kind of expecting him to say it was staph... but what he said floored me! It was Staph_MRSA!

He is treating me with at least 20 days of Doxycycline, at which time he will do another nasal culture.

I am also going to get Turmeric (organic) capsules to take, but must be careful because I am diabetic. 'Also found it can interact with some acid reflux medicines such as Nexium. But I am determined to use it!

Please also see my post on Comfrey, "The Miracle Herb", I am using that, as well, on my scalp.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Iodine will kill MRSA. If you dilute it in water you could massage it into your scalp.

If you are taking an antibiotic remember to take a good probiotic at the same time or you will end up with Candida down the track.

Grape Seed Extract

Posted by Jim (Gary, Indiana Usa) on 02/05/2011

I recently saw a report about trials conducted on grapeseed extract and mrsa the trials were done in kuwait and it said that 43 strains of mrsa were killed by grapeseed extract. I do not know how many strains there are, but it seems like an easy enough test. If I had mrsa I would be taking grapeseed extract not to be confused with grapefruit seed extract. Also Jesus is the ultimate healer so pray when taking it. I would and do. Jim

Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Posted by Lila (Jacksonville, Fl) on 06/16/2013
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MRSA: I used grapefruit seed extract (gse) topically mixed into french green clay (like a poultice, buy at health food store) to draw out the infection instead of having to have it cut out. Far more effective than anything the doctors had to offer. I was on Septra antibiotic for 10 days as well. Before the doctor cuts you open, it may be wise to consider using the green clay with distilled water and between 10-20 drops of ges. You can google for proper recipe.

Two months later I have a boil in a second spot and I am treating it with clay topically and taking the 125 gse capsules orally as well. Hoping and expecting I will not need antibiotics after vigilantly applying gse.

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Posted by Bob (Ormond, Florida) on 11/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

MRSA: i use grapefriut seed extract 125 miilagram 2 every eight hours. works twice as good as antibiotics and if you take 1 a day after that it seems to keep it away no side affects either.

Replied by Be Careful With Grapefruit Seed Extract
(Macon, Ga)
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I tried grapefruit seed extract and it raised my blood pressure through the roof... I'm talking 195/95! So be V-E-R-Y careful with this one.

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Posted by BA (Winter Park, Florida) on 03/18/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Concentrated Grapefruit seed extract topically and in capsule form internally cured my 28 yr old son of MRSA after 4 years of reoccurences (treated by modern medicine). We use Citricidal to disinfect the bathroom he uses as well.

Replied by Elizabeth
(Lancaster, Ca, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

This works!! I had MRSA on my face, my face was swollen from my eye to my neck with the thick green pus coming from a small sore on my upper lip. It was so bad that the doctor tried lanceing to get some of the pus out. The doctor didn't think it was MRSA, but I made her do a culture and it came back positive for MRSA. I had been to the doctors 5 times in 3 days and I was fed up with the back and forth and no results, so my mother in law told me about the grapefruit seed extract. I put 4 to 5 drops of the grapefruit seed extract topically on the MRSA sore and rubed it in 4 to 5 times a day. Within a few days the swelling had gone down and it was gone by day 10. About 2 to 3 weeks later I had an apportment with Infectious Disease and the doctor did a culture of my nose to see if I still had MRSA and "it was gone". I told her that I had used the grapefruit seed extract, she told that tea tree oil also works.

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Posted by Christine Greehy (Melbourne, Florida) on 08/11/2007
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My son experienced MRSA and I successfully used Earthclinic's recommendation for Tumeric, baking soda, and sea salt. However, though his wound was getting much better, we still had to drain the puss from the wound 2x a day which was very painful for him and opened his wound even more.

A friend told me to put grated raw potato on the open wound and let it sit until the gratings turned black. We did one application and never was able to get out any puss after that! It sped the healing of MRSA used in conjunction with the tumeric, baking soda, sea salt paste. I was told to apply it to any infection as drawling salve. Amazing!!!

Replied by Moira

I used a piece of raw potato years ago when I had an 'underground' cystic acne bump that burst under the skin and made my entire cheek swell up. My mom had always had a lot of health and alternative books - she read that raw potato worked to draw. I held a piece of raw potato on my face for over an hour - by nightfall it had gone WAY down. I have also used a piece of raw cucumber this way but don't recall if it worked as well as the potato so what you say here is true. I wonder if the potatoes have to be organic. So many are GMO now. When I did it GMO potatoes weren't around.


Posted by Shiloh (Escondido, California) on 01/11/2011

HI, Everyone at Earth Clinic, here are some good remedys for boils.

Herbs: Burdock root, goldenseal, olive oil extract, pau d'arco, are all natural antibiotics that help rid the body of toxins.

Dandilion, burdock root , and milk thistle cleanse the bloodstream.

Flaxseed and fenugreek, simmered together and mashed into a pulp, can be used as a compress.

Oatstraw taken in tea form, supplies silica, which has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Use an onion poultice, wrapped in cloth. Also can use 9-10 drops of tea tree oil to 1qt warm water, soak a clean cloth then apply to boil. Charcoal capsules made into a paste will draw boil to a head. All of this information comes from a book on nutritional healing.

Holy Grail for Boil Care

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Posted by Sean (Milwaukee, WI) on 08/05/2006
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I am going to try to give a good synopsis of what I have learned from infectious disease doctors (several), and many naturalists. At the FIRST sign of a boil (yes even a painful pimple), I would start with the following:

Wash thoroughly twice a day for at least 10 days (or longer if you still have the boil) with either:

a) enough good quality(dr bronners baby unscented is great) liquid soap to wash you entire body to which you add approx 5 drops of good quality 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, for each washing. or

b) A chlorhexidine solution available over the counter under the brand name Hibiclens (this is the western medicine option)

Ok, this is the most important step! Don't skip it, you will regret it when you have a relapse.

Take a small clean glass jar and mix about 2-3ml (think thimble full or less) of KY jelly or equivalent with 1-2 drops of 100% pure Tea tree oil. Cap jar and shake to mix completely. Take a cotton swab (q-tip) and dip it in the solution and apply it to the inside of your nostrils, one clean swab full per nostril (it will sting a bit at first but you'll get used to it fast). Once you have it in both nostrils pinch your nose closed and squish your nose around to spread it out inside your nose. Do this twice a day religiously until 10 days after you are boil free. Then do it 2-3 times per week for a month. This step is super important because MRSA will usually hang on in your nose even after all infection appears gone just to rear its ugly head again when conditions are right. (an antibiotic like mupriocin would be used by a western doctor worth his salt)

Zinc 50mg-90mg daily (never more than 100mg)
Vitamin A (one softgel) daily,
Turmeric 1tsp (or two 00 caps) 3 times daily (thanks Earth Clinic!),
Neem (1 capsule) twice daily.

I currently consider this the holy grail of knowledge on natural MRSA treatment. I hope to post an update with more details soon. Good Luck!"

8/5/2006: Shawn adds more to his earlier post: "Apply 1 drop of 100% pure Tea Tree oil directly to the boil and cover with Band-Aid (or a telfa (nonstick) pad with tape for large boils) 2-3 times daily.

Avoid using plain gauze, it tends to make the boil dry out or scab over. You want to keep it moist.

I suggest using a moist compress as hot as you can stand it (i use a tea kettle), apply tea tree and/ lavender oil to maximize effect. Do this several times per day (inconvenient, but so are boils!)

And, of course, NEVER SQUEEZE A BOIL! it can spread the infection very quickly to the surrounding tissue.

If you see red spider web like lines around the boil, see a doctor immediately. This can be a sign of the infection spreading to the blood, which is very dangerous.

Once a boil has a white tip or has opened, it should be kept covered and treated liberally with tea tree directly into the wound if possible.

Notes on Tea Tree Oil : Has been shown very effective against MRSA, nearly as effective as the best antibiotics.

To test for sensitivity to tea tree oil: apply a drop on inner arm and cover with a Band-Aid. Wait 1-2hrs and remove Band-Aid if redness or swelling occurs you should not use tea tree.

Homeopathic Remedies

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Posted by Joyce (Dallas, Tx) on 06/03/2012
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Hi, I wanted to update everyone on my MRSA. It has been 2 years since I wrote to Ted and I have gotten used to it all this time, until four months ago when I discovered another homeopathic website that talked about the 12 Tissue Salts. I started taking Silica, Calcium Sulphate, Potassium Chloride (Kali Mur), Potassium Sulphate (Kali Sulph), Sodium Sulphate (Natrum Sulph) and Sodium Phosphate (Natrum Phos)... This combination of tissue salts have cured my MRSA...

I took it for 2 month and they are gone, they also cleared up some old acne scars on my face.. They also cleared up my insomnia... They also cleared up my recurring Conjunctivitis... They also cleared up my recurring bladder infections... They also cleared up my acne outbreaks, which were hormonal... They also cleared up my sebhoreaic dermatitis on my scalp.... They have done so much for me... And they are the easiest thing to take... You just take 4 tiny pills and dissolve them under your tongue 4 times a day... Thats it! Google them now, Dr Schusslers 12 Tissue Salts... Each one has a specific function for the body...

Replied by Anthony
(Philadelphia, Pa)

Hey, Glad to hear your story and great results! I actually began taking The combination bottle that has all the tissue salts in one at a strength of 3X by Hyland. I also have the seb derm, colitis, fatigue etc. (some of the same symptoms as you). Which brand did you take and where did you get them from? Thanks!

Replied by Joyce
(Dallas, Tx)

I took the Hylands also and initially purchased them on ebay, but later found out that one of the health food stores had them also... Some of the other health food stores only have numbers 1-5 and one health food store only has number 1 and 8... So I have to go to the only health food store that has all 12 of them... They are the biggest God Send... I had this acne scar on my left cheek and recently noticed it has disappeared as a result of me taking these.. Pretty Cool!!

Replied by Cynthia
(Lake Elsinore, California)

I cured a very bad uterine infection by sticking a vitamin C tablet up my vigina. The first tablet got rid of 99% of the pain. After the second tablet I was completely well. But the third tablet was irritating.

Replied by Mrsa Mom

Hi Joyce, I am suffering from mrsa boils, me and my toddlers. I wanna to try 12 tissue salts. Do I have to take 6 tablets four times a day 1 tablet from each salt or buy the tablet that has the 12 salts? Plz advice. Also, how do I give them to kids, can I put them on food or milk thanks

Replied by Mike 62
(Denver, Colorado)

Mrsa Mom: You can get a bottle of 1000 tabs that has all 12 cell salts at amazon for $16. Put 4 under the tongue 30 minutes before a meal. Do not drink anything for 15 minutes so as not to dilute them. Reduce the dosage for the childrens weight. Do this 4 times per day. Read the reviews at amazon.

Replied by Elizabeth
(Gaithersburg, Md)

I was wondering how your MRSA was? Or has it NOT come back all this time?


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Posted by Gloria (Wisconsin, US) on 08/01/2014

Use honey (natural organic, not the general stuff you find in stores) to treat MRSA. I used honey with my son after he contracted MRSA from swimming with a friend.

Replied by Carmen
(NC, US)

Did you have him ingest the honey or apply it like a paste?

Posted by Brittanyd (Grove City, Oh, Usa) on 11/03/2012

I used honey with the comb smashed up together on my leg tattoo that refused to heal. The tattooist wasn't cleanly and I believe I developed MRSA, my entire leg from knee to toes was severely swollen and inflamed and reddish. I used honeycomb I got from a local farmers market on my large tattoo all over it. It healed in 9 days flat. Completely. Previously I had used a prescription ointment to heal the multiple large wounds for 9 days. Didn't help at all. That's when I bought the honey comb. I'm amazed.

Posted by Katndog (Ventura, Ca) on 10/01/2009
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Honey kills staph infections

I developed Staph infection in my leg from a spider bite. It was lanced, bandaged and I took prescription antibiotics. A little while later another sore appeared. It seems the Staph had gone systemic. I took every type of antibiotic and even double doses to try and get rid of it. For a yr and a half I kept breaking out in these horribly painful sores. Finally I got on the net and looked up natural remedys. I tried honey in place of antibiotic topical ointments and immediately my sores improved over night. I put a 1/4 -1/2 tsp of honey on a 4x4 bandage after I showered and dried my skin well, then left it undisturbed for 24 hours and repeated until the sores were gone. It's been yrs since I've had an out break. When I did get an occassional sore, I'd wrap it up in honey just to be safe. I've read they are using honey in some burn units because it helps decrease scaring as well as being a good antibiotic.

Honey + Turmeric

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Posted by Shammi (Oregon) on 06/05/2020
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I personally fought MRSA for 5 months. I tried everything, to no avail. Then I read about Manuka honey mixed with turmeric. I couldn't afford Manuka honey, so I tried just plain raw honey and mixed it with turmeric.

I applied it to my sore and covered it with a bandage. I was amazed the next day, that it was actually starting to heal. Real raw honey is a miracle, it is full enzymes that started healing my MRSA.

It is important that that the honey has never been heated. Raw honey mixed with powdered turmeric into a paste, cover with a bandage. I changed my bandage daily. Slowly each day my sore got smaller, until it totally healed. It took about a week. I also, had to take sugar and white flour out of my diet, while I was trying to heal. I noticed that MRSA feeds on sugar.

So while I was healing, I followed a paleo diet, that helped my immune system get better.

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