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Natural Remedies for MRSA: Effective Solutions for Infection Control


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Posted by Carolyn (Hollywood, FL) on 12/16/2006

Iodine straight onto the boils and doing it several times a day washing with antibiotic soap in between applications. This got rid of the satellite boils and reduced the mother boil down to a tiny bump so far. I know, you have to completely get rid of it or it regenerates itself. I am also doing the turmeric to try to clean the MRSA out of my system, which I know it must have been there for years. Iodine (put plenty on top of the boils), cured all the satellite baby boils and reduced the first boil (which was about 1 and 1/4 inch in diameter when it first appeared), to a tiny lump smaller than a pea. Yes, we had heavy rain before the first big boil appeared on my cheek. Also, I went out shopping the day before the first one appeared. Yes, there are a lot of jets here because we are near the Ft. Lauderdale airport. But I have no idea where MRSA comes from or why the boils appeared. About a year ago, I first had on my forehead something that looked like an infected insect bite and it refused to heal. It bled periodically and seemingly after it looked like it was healed over. The little lumps were still there. I could feel them under the skin. But after about 8 solid months of applying triple antibiotic cream, it finally went away. No more little lumps under my skin in that location. This is what I am trying to do now, get this mother boil to finally disappear. I will send more information when I have it. I am 64, retired, live a quiet life. Like to garden, maybe this MRSA is in the soil... If it is in the air, then it naturally would be in the soil and therefore on veggies we buy, etc. There were no changes in what I usually eat so I don't think it is diet related, not sure.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

We recently had an aerobic septic system put in. The lawn people came out and were kicking up dust (because the yard was torn up) and I was on the deck. The next day, I got a golf ball size lump (boil). I think you are on the right track about something in the soil. I used an EC remedy of tumeric, tea tree oil, VCO, 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. For good measure, I put some triple antibiotic on it. I then put castor oil on a cotton ball in an attempt to finally get rid of the remnant of it. The 5 ingredient paste worked very fast. It couldn't hurt to take tumeric (1/2 tsp. in 1/2 glass of water) and a Neem capsule to prevent blood poisoning for a few days.

Replied by Bobbie
(Charleston, Illinois)

I used to use iodine on all of my areas and I had no problems with it at all... It always had dried everything up. I have continual breakouts of these little "bumps" I call them, all over my body. I have been to a dermatologist many times and nothing has ever been prescribed for long-term use.

Two years ago, I contracted MRSA somehow and I had this stuff on my scalp. I never ever want to go through that again. That was the most horrible infection I have ever had. The majority of my scalp on the back side of my head and a large amount on the sides of my head sloughed off in the ugliest way. It became really sticky, gummy and gooey with huge boils all over. It makes me shiver just writing about it. Anyway ever since then, I have these break-outs of little bumps all over. I usually have let's say about 10 bumps on me at all times. My dermatologist accuses me of "picking" the areas when that is not the case. These areas just heal slowly. Even with the iodine, it takes about two-three weeks for each bump to heal.

Two weeks ago, I noticed the iodine wasn't doing its normal job. These areas started to multiply quickly. I had one really long thick leathery lesion on my neck that was draining a bit. I knew right then when I felt it that it felt like the infection I had two years ago... I totally freaked out. The infection I had two years ago left me bald in very large places on my scalp! I had some left over anitbiotics from a previous skin infection of Cephalexin and a few Doxycylines, left and took them right away. I also refilled my script on my clindamycin solution. The spreading stopped almost immediately, and most of the areas dried up in a few days, but I ran out of antibiotics before they could totally wipe out the infection. "Oh freaking great", I thought, "what do I do now?"

So I find myself reading this site and I have incorporated a few things. I started taking vitamin B3 right away. I have been taking bleach baths with 1/2 c bleach, 10 drops lavender oil, 10 drops neem oil, 10 drops tea tree oil, and 4 squirts of dawn antibacterial dish soap in my bath. Just the bath alone has helped as I see improvement in just a couple of hours after the baths. I am also taking the Tumeric, 1 tsp so far (just started last night). I plan on taking it three times a day for about a week and then once a day forever. I have applied tumeric to some areas, but I don't notice a lot of diffference with them doing that.

After 3 days of doing the above, my scalp is totally clear except for two small places that are healing. I did have 6 areas there. The above treatment has cleared up both of my elbows which have been a chronic problem now for years (elbows always are broke out.)

I am worried about the rest healing up. I still have a patch on my upper back that is trying to heal, the leather place on my neck is much smaller and is drying up, but I can still feel infection in the area where it is very tender and sore yet. I have a patch of areas on my ankle of which the outer areas have dried up but the inner bigger "mother" of them all is still a pretty deep area. I have two patches on my lower tummy that are trying to heal yet, and a larger patch of infection on my left leg. I do see much improvement of all of these areas, but I guess I am impatient and want them all healed now. I don't know what it would be like to not have any painful bumps on me and I can't wait to experience this!

The most concerning of all of this, is that I am a working nurse. I do know I have had MRSA in the past (scalp infection 2 years ago.) I was also told two years ago that I am a carrier of MRSA as they did a culture of my right nostril and found it colonizing there. I was given mupurocin ointment for nostrils and used it for 10 days two years ago. I figure I possibly got the initial infection, maybe, from my workplace, although I have no way of knowing for sure. I do know I have taken care of tons of people with MRSA infections. Doctors have already treated me with mupuricon in my nostrils a few times, but it is probably there again.

I just want to know if there is anything else I can do? I also take a multivitamin every day and I just got a bottle of the good acidolphilus (12 different kinds) of 1.5 billion that I am taking twice daily, so my regimen is this:
* Vit b3 250 mg 4x a day
* Acidolphilus 2x a day
* Tumeric 1tsp 3x a day
* Acai berry capsules, two of these 2x a day

Baths with bleach, lavendar oil, tea tree oil, neem oil. Have done 3 so far and plan to do 2-3 more taking a bath once daily. Then I plan to do a once a week bath in this same solution for a while.

I also take biotin, vit d3, L-lysine, vit c 1000mg, and a multivitamin daily. Wow, sounds like a lot! What I just mentioned in this sentence I have been doing for a while now trying to help my skin heal... But it hasn't helped much. I can say, that I do not get any kinds of systemic illnesses very often with my vitamin regimen, just skin issues.

Is there anything else I could be doing or should I take something away. Could someone review please? I will come back here and reply in a few days to update my progress here. Wish me luck!!

Replied by Cindy
(Salem, Or)

Husband had MRSA and once and ahwile will still get the little bumps. Cut out all SUGAR and WHEAT as it feeds the MRSA.

Replied by Daisy
(Eden, Nc)

What kind of Iodine should I look for? I just finished a 10 day course of antibiotic for a boil / abscess that I went to ER about, after my Mother whom I care for was diagnosed with MRSA. It went away but has returned. I am so discouraged. I have been washing Hibiclens and silver gel. Also tried tea tree oil. Would like to stop this from reaching the oozing etc. Will use of the iodine cure it? Thanks in advance.

Replied by George
(Wheaton, Md)

MMS(chlorine Dioxide)/(combined compound of salt solution/ citric acid) One of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. Kills pathogens(bacterias, fungus, virus) and won't harm healthy cells/tissue. This is the ticket to curing MRSA, please research this natural potent substance. You can use a spray bottle filled with solution to mist on wounds/ speed up healing. Also, you can drink a few drops in a glass of water every hour for 8 hrs a day for a week to irradicate from blood stream. (cures many many other ailments as well)

Replied by Timh
2063 posts

George: Correction, MMS is a proxidant not antioxidant. It's a Chlorine molecule with 2 oxygen's (CLO2). It oxidizes pathogens much the same manner as Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) or Ozone O3.

Iodine, Honey and Bactrim

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Posted by Jon (New Mexico, US) on 11/03/2014

I have had MRSA for over 3 years now on and off (mostly on) and I have pretty much become an expert unintentionally on which natural remedyies and over the counter products work, and which ones to avoid.

I can tell you first hand that after a boil is lanced or drained, either by you or your doctor, the best topical treatment is to hit the area with strong POVIDINE IODINE 10% applied with a qtip if the area is small, or a cotton ball for a larger area.


Apply it 3 times a day topically very liberally and use a non stick pad to cover the wound with minmal adhesive tape.

The iodine will kill the MRSA bacteria effectively topically and will asisit in the wound drying up and healing.

Do not whatever you do - use bandaids of anykind ever on a mrsa wound though!

This is a very common problem as bandaids have chemical irritants in the adhesive which is very likely to cause a person with sensitive skin alot of problems.

Almost every brand will irritate your skin near the wound which can and often will facilitate the spread of a new sore to the nearby irritation or break in the skin.

Knowing which products over the counter to use and which antibiotics actually work are of the utmost importantance. MRSA is very strong and while I believe whole heartedly in natural cures sometimes prescription medications are neccessary when dealing w/MRSA.

There are concretely 2 things that I know of that definateily will kill MRSA and that is Iodine 10% and Manuka Honey. (EMF 10+ ATLEAST! )

Do not use them together, of course, but either of these topically are the two best remedies you will likely find anywhere.

Also I recommend Taking GARLIC supplements w/Allicin to support your immune response naturally, and doing everthing possible to raise your body's PH to as close as possible to 7.5.

Avoid sugar and all foods that are high in preservatives and processed foods especially as these types of foods actually seem to faciliate the further growth of MRSA.

If you are not allergic to Sulfa Drugs, the antibiotic "Bactrim" is very cheap and works to heal the skin wounds and boils in a great many cases. I have seen alot of successes with bactrim.

In 80% cases bactrim will work, the problem is many people are allergic to sulfa drugs and this may not be an option for some people. As a home remedy, Bathing in Bleach (1/4 cup) per bath and using antibacterial soap to wash hands etc. containing triclosan or triclocarban will also be very helpful.

Whatever you do .. do not take MRSA lightly!!! Even if your doctor doesn't seem to be worried, many doctors are ignorant about MRSA and a lot of people are dying in The U.S. as a result.

The mortality of longterm MRSA is well above 30%. The untold truth is that MRSA is reaching epidemic proportions in the Untited States.

I have read alot of good information on this site, but if you have severe MRSA you may not have the luxury of experimenting too much so you must be very careful in your treatment approaches.

Be prudent and only use tried and true remedies. I hope this helps you.

Replied by Donna K.

How do you deal with the pain caused by the application of iodine of that strength, on a large wound? It's very painful even on a small wound!

Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils

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Posted by Marylyn (Columbus, Oh) on 12/19/2013

Jojoba Oil Inhibits MRSA Growth: My family had MRSA on the skin that consisted of itchy red patches/bumps that would turn into a boil that oozed pus ect...I prayed and prayed for a cure as we battled it for months and it was VERY stressful. G-d answered my prayer, once when I was online researching cures I seen a website come up with a brief description saying jojoba oil inhibits growth of MRSA. It came and went very quickly when I tried to click on it. In fact I have never seen the site again. I had some jojoba oil on hand that I used for my hair. So I diluted with olive oil and put on my skin head to toe. The red patches/bumps that came up after this were really blotchy and not fully formed (they were weakened). I used a mix of 10 drops eucalyptus oil, 3-4 drops of oregano oil and a couple drops of tea tree oil directly on the blotchy bumps. They were gone with a matter of an hour or two. Sometimes even minutes. In fact I did the same method with on my 3 kids age 4, 6 and 14 who also skin MRSA boils and our whole family was cured within a week. That has been a year and a half ago. We have not had any red itchy patches/bumps or boils since.

To disinfect laundry I used 1 cup borax, 1/2 cup of pine sol(generic at dollar store that has 8.9% pine oil only a $1.00), 1/2 to 1 cup of Ammonia also only $1.00.

For all hard surfaces I used the mix of pine sol and Ammonia diluted in water to wipe down doorknobs, tables, light switch, counters. I even used this on a damp wet wipe to wipe down my couch and loveseat to disinfect it. I did this almost daily.

Sometimes I did use Lysol concentrate added a cap or two to the mix to disinfect home.


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Posted by Listen (Hawaii) on 02/03/2018

Water kefir is so wonderful!

I had recurring staph infections for many years. At first I cured them with urine, and it worked wonders, at first. Then years later I got another infection and the urine wasn't working so well anymore.

I tried so many different remedies, turmeric, garlic, ACV, mushroom tea and tinctures, made my own colloidal silver, as well as many, many other things, including probiotics and sourkraut. I can't believe how much I did and some of it helped, and yet I continued to get worse, I know now it's because of stress. I got cellulitis and then knew that the bacteria was inside my body and I could feel myself getting weaker. Even the naturopath said to take antibiotics but I knew that was not the route that would cure me.
Thank God I found Kim's post on Kefir from 2015, after many hours of reading posts, and ordered some water kefir! The stuff I got on Amazon was ok, but seemed to break down after a month and never reproduced. I got some other grains, and those grains are still reproducing. Once I started drinking the water kefir my wounds finally started to go away, but not completely.

I found an article that said you need to drink 1 liter a day to get the medicinal benefits, so I doubled the amount I was making and sprayed it on my skin, as well as put the "grains" on my wounds, and that helped tremendously! The wounds dried up and were gone in a week!

It's been months and I no longer get an infection when I get a cut, which is such a huge relief!

I learned that in Hawai'i especially, or anywhere with lots of humidity and warmth and therefore lots of harmful bacteria and fungi, it's important to grow water kefir, and all fermentation, in an anaerobic environment, using an airlock lid. I found the pickle pipes to be the easiest, and am going to get the medical grade stainless steel airlock lids soon.

I hope more people find out about water kefir, and how more important replacing beneficial microbes are, rather than just trying to kill off the bad ones. It makes sense because of gut health depends on a diversity and balance of bacteria and fungi. In my opinion it's the first place to start. Lots of nutrients from green smoothies and Chlorella also made a difference I could feel!

Posted by Kim (Fort Worth, Tx) on 10/23/2015

After battling MRSA for over 3 years now, I have tried Minocycline, Doxycycline, Clindamycin, Rifampin, Hibacleanse, bleach baths, Bactriban, mega doses of turmeric, garlic baths, garlic pills, garlic cream, mega doses of niacin amide, topical manuka honey, silver gel, silver solution, daily laundering of all bedding... The list goes on. Needless to say, as everyone who has ever dealt with MRSA can attest to, it has been extremely frustrating and depressing not to get rid of these painful boils and little itchy red bumps that always appear and take forever to get rid of. It's especially debilitating when these cover your face, neck, and arms. You feel like you have leprosy. So, after trying all of these "remedies" to no avail, I started making my own water Kefir ( a Probiotic) . I ordered 2 tablespoons of water Kefir grains on Amazon.

Step 1: I warmed up 4 cups of spring water ( chlorine and fluoride in tap water will kill the Kefir grains.

Step 2: I add 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar ( use this because the Kefir needs minerals and sugar to grow), and stirred until dissolved.

Step 3: Put the sugar water and kefir grains in a jar, secure the top with a coffee filter and rubber band, place in a warm dark place for 24-48 hours.

Step 4: Strain the kefir grains out.

Drink the probiotic water you now have, and start all over again from step 1.

The results are almost immediate. My boils and sores just start disappearing and drying up. I also put the kefir water in a spray bottle and spray it on my skin, and I put it in a nasal spray bottle and spray it up my nose. I have been doing this for about 2 weeks now and as long as I drink it daily, my skin stays clear. I'm hoping that by doing this daily for a few months, the MRSA will be gone for good.

I will add some research articles supporting the evidence that shows kefir kills MRSA and destroys the biofilms.

Anyone who has battled MRSA and has tried everything else, to no avail, please try this.

Replied by Kim
(Fort Worth, Tx)

I will add another research article link for Kefir and MRSA. This is probably the best one to read.

Replied by Mark
(Chihuahua, Mexico)
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MRSA Boils itchy red bumps

A comment on Kim's Water Kefir and Turmeric Curcuma: BOILS, INFECTIONS, ZITS.

I really like the inexpensive nature of Kefir Probiotics and still powerful at the same time.

I don't know what I have but they are painful little boils and little itchy red bumps. Maybe I have some kind of staff infection or, yes, maybe it's the dreaded MRSA. Anyway, I do like learning about new things that can help. Thank you, Kim.


I'm 65 now. I get the boils on my arms, butt, legs, knees, neck. It seems I've had this on and off for most of my life, but a whole lot more in the last couple of years. The skin on and around the small boils would get really hard too. {Maybe somebody knows what that's all about, I sure don't} At any rate, I'd pick one and 5 more would pop up around the area, that didn't seem good to me at all. That's why I say things were getting worse. I started to search in real earnest on the net.

Once I started my routine, within a week things started shaping up. The boils started drying up and by two weeks all was moving along quite nicely and in 30 days they were pretty much all cleared up.

So what did I do? It fights infection anywhere in the body.

3 Times a Day {this is really important especially in the beginning.}

1. Curcuma 1 level tsp.

2. Black pepper 1 level tsp.

3. Water (filtered or whatever of course) 16 oz. They say you need lots of water. At least that's what I read.

4. Oil 1 tbs. (Coconut, Olive, Lard, Butter real not the fake).

Since this is a lot of liquid, personally I'd recommend taking it 30 minutes before eating so as not to dilute your digestive juices.

The doc will tell you to cut down on the fat. Yes, by all means do that if you want Alzheimer's. Your brain is mostly fat. No fat - no brain. Of course, everyone is going to do pretty much what they want on this one anyway.

A plug for water: Drink at least one large glass every morning on awakening.

A comment on what Kim said that she had tried turmeric and it didn't work. Exactly what you did with the turmeric Kim, you didn't say. {Turmeric, yellow curry powder, is the plant; Curcumin, orange, is the extract or active ingredient from the plant, also a powder} Some say that one is better than the other. Turmeric has all the properties of the plant: Curcumin is more powerful with the highest amount of the active ingredient. At least that's what I got from the net. It's your call what you will use.}

This is what I found out about the use of either one. By themselves they are both really, really good, however, used with black pepper, which contains piperine… is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% - I think you will find the study is still posted there.

Then I found out that Curcumin is fat soluble. Since I realllllly wanted this to work and work now I figured I'd add some oil/fat to the mix, that's noted above.

After 90 days on the above regimen I still take a maintenance dose once a day, I don't want this stuff to come back that's for sure.

All this worked so well that about 30 days ago I saw three girls in a convenience store and one of them had plenty of zits on her face. I told her my story and suggested she try it too. After two weeks she was really happy and after 30 days she had only one lone zit left. She's quite delighted for leaning about this natural remedy. There's another girl I saw today and told her about it. We'll see what happens with her.

All I can say is, Thank you everyone that posts here. As well as a huge thanks to

Best hopes and wishes to all of you.


Replied by Tanya


Are you still using kefir regime? How has your MRSA been? I have a 7 year old son who gets terrible boils every month and I am desperate to cure him of them. They have also spread through our family. So far we have not been diagnosed with MRSA, but the Infectious Diseases specialist thinks that we have PVL positive Staph Aureus which is just a step down from MRSA. The whole family have taken a course of really hard core antibiotics and decolonised ourselves, but it has now come back after 7 months free of them! My 7 year old has had two big painful boils in 3 weeks! I really want to cure this now and prevent it becoming MRSA! I've just bought Manuka honey medicream today and ordered water kefir grains tonight. Any ideas would be very much appreciated! Thank you :-)

Posted by Carolyn (Hollywood, Florida) on 12/04/2008

At the end of 2006, I contracted MRSA. I still have scars from that early time before I learned about kefir. I only bought one batch of kefir grains in early 2007, and I am still fermenting using grains created from that first batch. I never took any antibiotics. After I started sipping homemade kefir all day and night, I have never had any more outbreaks, except one time in 2008, I stupidly cut back on the amount of kefir I was drinking and got paid back with an outbreak on my chest. I am sipping my kefir as I write this. My primary said my MRSA looks "dormant". Yes, it is "sleeping" but if I stopped kefir, it would rage up again. Mike is located in DELRAY BEACH, Florida, if any of you are near him. But he mails the grains out very fast and I will tell you they are fresh and very powerful.

I sprinkle some turmeric in a couple times a day. Mike will teach you all about how to make your own fresh kefir at home. Or write to me. BTW, I do not eat any kind of meat or fish, because they contain HEME iron which causes MRSA bacteria to rage up. I am 66, I garden, shop, do my web work, and live normally just as I did before I contracted this hideous MRSA. If I can do this, so can you! Anyone can email me anytime. I care about people with MRSA.

Replied by CJ
(Exeter, NH)

Yes!! kefir is a great tool helps alkalize the body as do other fermented foods. I drink goats milk kefir which does not have the lactose sugars that cows milk kefir does. I dont have time to culture my own kefir, or i would. the brand I use is _______, available in my area in health food stores, and even Whole Foods Market.

Replied by Rebel
(Somewhere Usa)

Carolyn did not give us her or Mike's information.


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Posted by Seth (Morton, Wa.) on 01/04/2018

Kombucha is working amazingly well for me for my MRSA! I'm drinking a quart a day.

I looked up the bacteria on the label. Bacillus coagulans is proven to kill mrsa in tests. You can make your own too. Wish I would have tried this sooner. It's the strongest remedy I've tried.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

From what I can tell, the brand of kombucha I've been drinking is fortified with b. coagulans. I can tell the difference between this and other brands. I found out you can just buy b. coagulans capsules.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

I bought some Bacillus Coagulans Capsules. They do work but not nearly as strong as the Kombucha. Im almost totally better from the kombucha. I had a bunch of sores inside my body with puss in my kidney and chest. its all drained out now. not sure if the kombucha will cure me or if its like kefir and just puts them to sleep. My plan is to use colloidal silver now that they are knocked way down and keep drinking kombucha.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

So, I was a bit worse than I thought last time I posted. The kombucha definitely helps a lot but it's not perfect. I started taking colloidal silver. That got me even better. Then I started taking turmeric, 2 tbsp. with pepper and whole milk. Now I feel like 99% better.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

Well... I thought I was 99 % better. maybe more like 75%.

(Morton, Wa.)

So I still had some pus in my kidney. I started drinking 4 kombucha's a day and it all just started getting chewed up and liquefying. pretty relieved.


Fresh turmeric seems to work much better than the powder. Ginger from Hawaii. Consider horseradish, mustard seed powder, vitamin e, and lugol's iodine, too. Horseradish and onion can be mixed generously into coleslaw. Turpentine worked somewhat but only if I took it on an empty stomach (with the teaspoon of sugar). Mostly it made me feel very relaxed and warm and relieved some pain. Colloidal silver is amazing, the brand does seem to make a difference. Cranberries can help w/ co-infections. Papaya is also helpful, for me at least. Kefir. So a smoothie: fresh turmeric, papaya, ginger, cranberries, virgin coconut oil, fresh lemon juice, aloe, a scoop of frozen orange juice, and some water :) Grapefruit. The oxygen/magnesium colon cleansers are very refreshing, too. Make sure you make the kombucha correctly or you may be drinking more alcohol than you intend. Kefir can be made by adding milk to the nearly empty bottle of kefir you buy at the store, place in a warmish place overnight.

Kill it dead.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

Yeah, I'm making kefir too. I just started drinking licorice tea. A giant handful of licorice root per dose. I'm doing a lot better and don't need as much kefir and kombucha now.


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Posted by Scott (U.p., Michigan) on 06/11/2011

I went to my local bait and tackle shop, bought container of leeches. In one day I cured mrsa with no pain, no opening of sore, and less than five bucks. Dont re-use same leech to avoid re-infecting the area.

Replied by Anon

I would not want to be that leech....

Licorice Root

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Posted by Seth (Morton, Wa) on 07/19/2018

I read that licorice has a strong inhibitory effect on mrsa and boosts the immune system. The first time I used it I sweated out and started feeling better. After a few days, I'm doing a lot better. I put about an ounce or so of dried root in tea 2 times a day. Also taking homemade milk kefir and kombucha but I need the licorice too or I don't do nearly as well.

Low-Carb Diet

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Posted by Ben (Las Vegas, Nv) on 02/22/2011

Accidental Staph Remedy

For several years now I've used turmeric, in all its forms, to "control" a very persistent staph boil, with mixed results. Sometimes it was very effective, and could push the infection into complete "remission" for a week or two, but the core remained, albeit very small and benign. But would always return, seemingly at random and sometimes with a vengeance.

Well, a couple weeks ago I started a strict low-carb diet to lose some winter weight before spring, and voila! The boil has disappeared entirely and I can't even percieve the core anymore, no matter how hard I press into it.

Going to a low-carb regimen is the ONLY thing I've changed, and as I recall the worst recent flare-up times, it seems to coincide with high carbohydrate consumption.

IF this is really the trigger for flareups, I can go low carb the rest of my life, NO PROBLEM. It's worth freedom from staph flareups.

Replied by Anon

Read about how high blood sugar affects your immune system.


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Posted by Leah (Baltimore, MD) on 05/15/2008

I am writing about all of the people who have talked about tumeric or garlic as a potential cure for MRSA.

I've been doing some studying and there is a commonality I've found in these items:

Very high in manganese and high in magnesium.

Very high in manganese (both also very low in sugar and in fats)

French Green Clay has been touted as curing MRSA -HIGH IN MAGNESIUM

Antibiotics and poor digestive tract absorption will cause a magnesium deficiency.

Antibiotics kill off beneficial organisms in the gut, causing loose bowels, which decreases absorption.

"Antibiotics can also lower magnesium availability. Included on the antibiotic list are neomycin, tetracycline, erythromycin, ***sulfamethoxazole****, and sulfonamides.

Other medications that reduce the body's supply of magnesium include the anticoagulant drug warfarin; corticosteroids; oral contraceptives (birth control pills); and the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine."

"Antibiotics (e.g. gentamicin and amphotericin) These drugs may increase the loss of magnesium in urine. Thus, taking these medications for long periods of time may contribute to magnesium depletion [9-10,12]."

"Because magnesium plays such a wide variety of roles in the body, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency can also vary widely. Many symptoms involve changes in nerve and muscle function. These changes include muscle weakness, tremor, and spasm. In the heart muscle, magnesium deficiency can result in arrhythmia, irregular contraction, and increased heart rate. Because of its role in bone structure, the softening and weakening of bone can also be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms can include: imbalanced blood sugar levels; headaches; elevated blood pressure; elevated fats in the bloodstream; depression; seizures; nausea; vomiting; and lack of appetite."

"Deficiency symptoms have three categories:Early symptoms include irritability, anorexia, fatigue, insomnia, and muscle twitching. Other symptoms include poor memory, apathy, confusion, and reduced ability to lea. Moderate deficiency symptoms consist of rapid heartbeat and other cardiovascular changes. Severe deficiency of magnesium could lead to tingling, numbness, sustained contraction of the muscles, and hallucinations and delirium. "

What Magnesium does in your body:

"Magnesium: What is it?Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant [1].

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis [2-3].

There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys [1-3,4]."


"Magnesium ions are essential to the basic nucleic acid chemistry of life, and thus are essential to all cells of all known living organisms. Plants have an additional use for magnesium in that chlorophylls are magnesium-centered porphyrins. Many enzymes require the presence of magnesium ions for their catalytic action, especially enzymes utilizing ATP, or those which use other nucleotides to synthesize DNA and A."

Magnesium is VERY important to support a healthy immune system

Now I will say I am drawing correlations which are not scientifically proven. They are loose correlations and drawn conclusions. I am not affiliated with any health products or sites or doctors, I am not advocating the use of any health food product (it's really best to go natural with regards to vitamin intake). I have been suffering from fatigue, CA-MRSA, sleeplessness, arrythmia and bloating. I'm going to try more magnesium!

I challenge scientists to work with magnesium and MRSA.

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Posted by Holland F. (California ) on 07/16/2018

Possible MRSA infection experience. I had a weird bump on my back that I couldn't see. It had originally been a blackhead, which I could feel, but then it changed into a bump that just didn't ever go away, and the skin around it was odd. One day I was pressing on it a lot to try to force it to clean out, and managed to aggravate it so that it swelled up to more than 8" across after maybe 3 days. It was very uncomfortable with any pressure on it, but not "hot". I enlisted my son to try to help me put stuff on it and monitor what it was doing.

I'm describing this as a possible MRSA infection because he showed me some MRSA photos which he found later that he said looked pretty much exactly like what was on my back. I used several things, but the one thing that really started to turn it around was topical magnesium. The first time I used it one night, the next morning the surface felt different, as though the problem was becoming more superficial. Over time, my son and I applied a lot of magnesium and iodine. We tried a few other things in the mix but the most prevalent items were those two. We made a dressing and changed it 2x day.

After a few days, it suddenly drained out a whole bunch of a clear "gel" which had virtually no odor. It had started to drain a bit of this per day during the days before so the whole area gradually diminished, but once this large drain happened, the whole area reduced and healed up rapidly. I was surprised that it was the topical magnesium that was the most effective thing.

So, for what it's worth, I'm passing this on.

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Posted by Christee (Port Huron, Mi) on 02/04/2016

I am colonized with MRSA and I have been struggling with recurring skin lesions for 10+ years. I have recently found that Dead Sea magnesium oil has had a profound effect. My back has been covered with staph pimples for a few years (I am 40 years old). I have never had back acne previously and nothing I tried worked. I just happened to use the magnesium oil for a sore muscle and found that, the next day, the pimples were reduced. I have continued to use it almost daily for the past two weeks and I only have a few random spots left.

If you try it, be aware that it may itch the first few times you use it. Also, if you have any open areas it will burn. I hope this helps!

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Posted by Mary (MT) on 07/05/2023

I'm scheduled for a hip replacement, I had to have a pre-surgery appointment. I had one pre surgery appointment in March and it came back positive for MRSA. I postponed the surgery for various reasons and am now rescheduled. I've been taking a tbs. of Manuka honey + a tsp of Ceylon cinnamon 3 to 4 times a week. I've also swabbed my nasal passages with Manuka honey 4 times a week. I don't remember to do it every day. Been doing this for the last 3 weeks to prep for this today's lab appointment. VERY happy to report my labs are normal! No MRSA.

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Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 08/07/2013

Just thought I would pop on here and mention that I have been using Manuka honey for four days on a many months old stagnant leg ulcer that started with a cat bite and went on to cellulitis and then MRSA in the greatly enlarged wound. I did pull the infection out with clay and or charcoal poultices... but when it came time to close it didn't really want to.

The first time I tried to use the honey it was too painful. But I spent a couple months calming the thing down with an ointment made of oak extract and a couple things. Finally I was able to try the honey again and I have never seen so much progress before. I am seriously amazed. Definitely worth a try.