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Old 09-06-2012, 11:19 AM
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After watching the documentary After Armageddon, I have been wondering what plants people could use to fight infections if a situation arose where standard antibiotics and medical supplies were no longer available.

I know that tea tree oil works well, but this isn't a plant that grows in North America. I believe lavender has antibacterial properties, but only in the concentrated oil - I don't think a bunch of flowers would do much good. Are there any plants that could be used to say, make a strong tea to bathe a wound?
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:24 AM
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Garlic has antibacterial qualities, as does some types of Oregano.
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Excellent question.

So far I found:
eHow
http://www.ehow.com/info_8275017_ant...al-plants.html

Dozens of plants are showing antibacterial properties, including basil, sage, rosemary, garlic, buttercup, myrrh oil, ginger and nutmeg.


Ask A Scientist
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasc...0/bot00499.htm

"The extracts from basil, clove, guava, jambolan, lemon balm, pomegranate, rosemary and thyme presented antimicrobial activity to at least one of the tested microorganisms. The extracts from clove and jambolan presented the highest activities

By far the best source:
National Institute of Health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88925/

This has a pdf file !
Check out table 1 : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...8925/table/T1/

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It's a good idea to learn what grows locally, how to ID it and the best time to harvest it. Also how to dry it and store properly. It won't do me (in TN) much good to know what they use in India, for instance when the chips are down.
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Goldenseal, which grows in shade. It's a very slow grower for me.
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Oregon Grape, too.

Sage actually works! I tried it for a boil that abscessed. Just a handful of dried sage in the tub worked wonders. It's easy to grow, too - but up north you might want to pot it.
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This is great info, thanks everyone. I had forgotten about garlic.

Good to know about sage too - I have some right now, and it's easy to grow in my climate.

Maybe I should try growing some goldenseal, too.
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And don't forget elder blossoms. They have antiviral properties. So does lemon balm.
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Might want to look into what native americans used. Not only for infections but for pain and other ailments.

Tom Brown has a book I've found useful as a start.
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Plantain leaves are damn good for infections too
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Watch out for the lemon balm -- once it's established, you'll find it coming up EVERYWHERE. That's not a horrible thing - it makes good tea - but it took over so much of my beds, that I would end up composting a lot of it.
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Cilantro has documented bacteriocidal activity. It is also very high in nutritional iron.
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Plants containing antimicrobialactivitya

Common name - Scientific name - Compound - Class - - - Activity - Relative toxicity

Alfalfa Medicago sativa ? Gram-positive organisms 2.3
Allspice Pimenta dioica Eugenol Essential oil General 2.5
Aloe Aloe barbadensis, Aloe vera Latex Complex mixture Corynebacterium, Salmonella, Streptococcus, S. aureus 2.7
Apple Malus sylvestris Phloretin Flavonoid derivative General 3.0
Ashwagandha Withania somniferum Withafarin A Lactone Bacteria, fungi 0.0
Aveloz Euphorbia tirucalli ? S. aureus 0.0

Bael tree Aegle marmelos Essential oil Terpenoid Fungi
Balsam pear Momordica charantia ? General 1.0
Barberry Berberis vulgaris Berberine Alkaloid Bacteria, protozoa 2.0
Basil Ocimum basilicum Essential oils Terpenoids Salmonella, bacteria 2.5
Bay Laurus nobilis Essential oils Terpenoids Bacteria, fungi 0.7
Betel pepper Piper betel Catechols, eugenol Essential oils General 1.0
Black pepper Piper nigrum Piperine Alkaloid Fungi, Lactobacillus, Micrococcus, E. coli, E. faecalis 1.0
Blueberry Vaccinium spp. Fructose Monosaccharide E. coli
Brazilian pepper tree Schinus terebinthifolius Terebinthone Terpenoids General 1.0
Buchu Barosma setulina Essential oil Terpenoid General 2.0
Burdock Arctium lappa Polyacetylene, tannins, terpenoids Bacteria, fungi, viruses 2.3
Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus Protoanemonin Lactone General 2.0

Caraway Carum carvi Coumarins Bacteria, fungi, viruses
Cascara sagrada Rhamnus purshiana Tannins Polyphenols Viruses, bacteria, fungi 1.0
Anthraquinone

Cashew Anacardium pulsatilla Salicylic acids Polyphenols P. acnes
Bacteria, fungi 91
Castor bean Ricinus communis ? General 0.0
Ceylon cinnamon Cinnamomum verum Essential oils, others Terpenoids, tannins General 2.0
Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla Anthemic acid Phenolic acid M. tuberculosis, S. typhimurium, S. aureus, helminths 2.3
— Coumarins Viruses

Chapparal Larrea tridentata Nordihydroguaiaretic acid Lignan Skin bacteria 2.0
Chili peppers, paprika Capsicum annuum Capsaicin Terpenoid Bacteria 2.0
Clove Syzygium aromaticum Eugenol Terpenoid General 1.7
Coca Erythroxylum coca Cocaine Alkaloid Gram-negative and -positive cocci 0.5
Cockle Agrostemma githago ? General 1.0
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara ? General 2.0
Coriander, cilantro Coriandrum sativum ? Bacteria, fungi
Cranberry Vaccinium spp. Fructose Monosaccharide Bacteria
Other

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale ? C. albicans, S. cerevisiae 2.7
Dill Anethum graveolens Essential oil Terpenoid Bacteria 3.0
Echinacea Echinaceae angustifolia ? General
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus Tannin Polyphenol Bacteria, viruses 1.5
— Terpenoid

Fava bean Vicia faba Fabatin Thionin Bacteria
Gamboge Garcinia hanburyi Resin General 0.5
Garlic Allium sativum Allicin, ajoene Sulfoxide General
Sulfated terpenoids 250

Ginseng Panax notoginseng Saponins E. coli, Sporothrix schenckii, Staphylococcus, Trichophyton 2.7
Glory lily Gloriosa superba Colchicine Alkaloid General 0.0
Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis Berberine, hydrastine Alkaloids Bacteria, Giardia duodenale, trypanosomes 2.0
Plasmodia

Gotu kola Centella asiatica Asiatocoside Terpenoid M. leprae 1.7
Grapefruit peel Citrus paradisa Terpenoid Fungi
Green tea Camellia sinensis Catechin Flavonoid General 2.0
Shigella
Vibrio
S. mutans
Viruses
Harmel, rue Peganum harmala ? Bacteria, fungi 1.0
Hemp Cannabis sativa β-Resercyclic acid Organic acid Bacteria and viruses 1.0
Henna Lawsonia inermis Gallic acid Phenolic S. aureus 1.5
Hops Humulus lupulus Lupulone, humulone Phenolic acids General 2.3
— (Hemi)terpenoids

Horseradish Armoracia rusticana Terpenoids General
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis — Terpenoids Viruses
(Japanese) herb Rabdosia trichocarpa Trichorabdal A Terpene Helicobacter pylori
Lantana Lantana camara ? General 1.0
— Lawsonia Lawsone Quinone M. tuberculosis —

Lavender-cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus ? Gram-positive bacteria, Candida 1.0
Legume (West Africa) Millettia thonningii Alpinumisoflavone Flavone Schistosoma
Lemon balm Melissa officinalis Tannins Polyphenols Viruses
Lemon verbena Aloysia triphylla Essential oil Terpenoid Ascaris 1.5
? E. coli, M. tuberculosis, S. aureus

Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra Glabrol Phenolic alcohol S. aureus, M. tuberculosis 2.0
Lucky nut, yellow Thevetia peruviana ? Plasmodium 0.0
Mace, nutmeg Myristica fragrans ? General 1.5
Marigold Calendula officinalis ? Bacteria 2.7
Mesquite Prosopis juliflora ? General 1.5
Mountain tobacco Arnica montana Helanins Lactones General 2.0
Oak Quercus rubra Tannins Polyphenols
Quercetin (available commercially) Flavonoid

Olive oil Olea europaea Hexanal Aldehyde General
Onion Allium cepa Allicin Sulfoxide Bacteria, Candida
Orange peel Citrus sinensis ? Terpenoid Fungi
Oregon grape Mahonia aquifolia Berberine Alkaloid Plasmodium 2.0
Trypansomes, general

Pao d’arco Tabebuia Sesquiterpenes Terpenoids Fungi 1.0
Papaya Carica papaya Latex Mix of terpenoids, organic acids, alkaloids General 3.0
Pasque-flower Anemone pulsatilla Anemonins Lactone Bacteria 0.5
Peppermint Mentha piperita Menthol Terpenoid General
Periwinkle Vinca minor Reserpine Alkaloid General 1.5
Peyote Lophophora williamsii Mescaline Alkaloid General 1.5
Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima ? General 0.0
Poppy Papaver somniferum Opium Alkaloids and others General 0.5
Potato Solanum tuberosum ? Bacteria, fungi 2.0
Prostrate knotweed Polygonum aviculare ? General 2.0
Purple prairie clover Petalostemum Petalostemumol Flavonol Bacteria, fungi

Quinine Cinchona sp. Quinine Alkaloid Plasmodium spp. 2.0
Rauvolfia, chandra Rauvolfia serpentina Reserpine Alkaloid General 1.0
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Essential oil Terpenoid General 2.3

Sainfoin Onobrychis viciifolia Tannins Polyphenols Ruminal bacteria
Sassafras Sassafras albidum ? Helminths 2.0
Savory Satureja montana Carvacrol Terpenoid General 2.0
Senna Cassia angustifolia Rhein Anthraquinone S. aureus 2.0
Smooth hydrangea, seven barks Hydrangea arborescens ? General 2.3
Snakeplant Rivea corymbosa ? General 1.0
St. John’s wort Hypericum perforatum Hypericin, others Anthraquinone General 1.7
Sweet flag, calamus Acorus calamus ? Enteric bacteria 0.7

Tansy Tanacetum vulgare Essential oils Terpenoid Helminths, bacteria 2.0
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus Caffeic acids, tannins Terpenoid Viruses, helminths 2.5
Polyphenols
Thyme Thymus vulgaris Caffeic acid Terpenoid Viruses, bacteria, fungi 2.5
Thymol Phenolic alcohol
Tannins Polyphenols
— Flavones

Tree bard Podocarpus nagi Totarol Flavonol P. acnes, other gram-positive bacteria
Nagilactone Lactone Fungi

Tua-Tua Jatropha gossyphiifolia ? General 0.0
Turmeric Curcuma longa Curcumin Terpenoids Bacteria, protozoa
Turmeric oil

Valerian Valeriana officinalis Essential oil Terpenoid General 2.7
Willow Salix alba Salicin Phenolic glucoside
Tannins Polyphenols
Essential oil Terpenoid

Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens Tannins Polyphenols General 1.0
Woodruff Galium odoratum — Coumarin General 3.0
Viruses

Yarrow Achillea millefolium ? Viruses, helminths 2.3
Yellow dock Rumex crispus ? E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus 1.0

aPlants with activity only against HIV are listed in Table ​Table66.
b0, very safe; 3, very toxic. Data from reference 58.
cTable is based on data compiled from references 58 and 224; additional references are listed here.
d“General” denotes activity against multiple types of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, and protozoa), and “bacteria” denotes activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

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Very good list David thank you. Will do some study later from all the info on here.
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I can agree with this for sure. Hubby had a very bad cement burn on his leg. took over a month to heal. But if not for the plantain it would have been much longer. It's also very good for bug bits & bee stings. I was amazed at how good it worked. I got stung on the back of the neck one day while out in the yard. almost went into panic mode. lol what to do? what to do? then plantain come to mind reach out & grabbed a leaf chewed up a bit & put it on the sting. Stung worse for a min. then pain went away. I done it one more time. The next morning no evidence of a sting except a tiny knot. Didn't hurt or itch. A few days later hubby got stung ( now I was scared because he is allergic to bee stings. Grabbed some more plantain chewed it up put on sting with band aid & gave him benedril. He keep right on working no effects at all. Usually kicks his but bad. Anyway it works for us. And I will keep it around for sure. I also make salve with it.
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Sissy, do you make the plantain salve with the leaves dry or fresh? I have done both and I found the fresh worked better for itch, but it doesn't keep nearly as long.
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I have done both but mostly dry. I have a salve that I put several dry herbs in oil to extract. Its for all boo boos & hurting joints.
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spaghum moss,,,not sure if I spelled that correctly
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Gosh, I seldom talk about coconut and tonight is jumping up and down in my brain. Coconut is good to fight candida and as I mentioned in another thread, Is what I use for the Balanitis control.
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I especially like the Goji berries as they strengthen the immune system. Have also experienced the healing of plantain and comfry leaves.

One plant I especially benefit from is the passion flower. It soothes my female organs and will help me sleep. I discovered this when David started creating the extracts out of that plant's flowers. He makes this extra strong; so I don't use it as much as I do the leaves. Just dry and steep in hot water.

I also use raw honey and apple cider vinegar (with mother) throughout the day as it brings significant relief to the arthritic pain in my hip.
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