Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, popularly known as MRSA, is a bacterial skin infection that is resistant to traditional antibiotics. The bacteria is contagious and is spread through skin contact. It can prove deadly to those with weakened immune systems, the old or infirm, or those with open wounds. The main symptoms of infection include redness and inflammation of the skin, swelling and pain. On infection, MRSA blisters and boils are also common. Given the bacteria’s drug resistance, natural antibiotics may be your only option but fortunately, there are many home remedies you can try. If you want to know how to get rid of MRSA and treat MRSA at home then the following natural treatments will help cure this superbug.
- Manuka Honey
If you want to know how to treat MRSA at home, then your best option is probably Manuka honey. So good in fact that it is widely used in hospitals to treat open wounds and sores and prevent MRSA infections.
Manuka honey is a highly effective natural antibiotic for MRSA as it quickly kills the staphylococcus bacteria.
A 2017 study noted that honey in general – and Manuka honey in particular – demonstrated potent antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (1).
Manuka honey had a bactericidal effect on both methicillin-resistant strains.
A 2018 journal article also noted that Manuka honey and its active ingredient, methylglyoxal, can also work alongside antibiotic drugs synergistically helping to boost their efficacy (2).
To use Manuka honey for MRSA boils or blisters, simply apply a thick layer of it on the affected area to inhibit the growth of the bacteria. Repeat the process thrice every day.
Researchers have analyzed the ability of garlic to serve as a remedy against bacterial, viral, and fungi infections as antibiotic-resistant strains have become more common.
A 2015 journal observed that fresh garlic extract exhibited significant inhibition properties against MRSA (3).
Fresh garlic extract can also be used to reduce the antibiotic resistance of S. aureus and other bacterial strains.
This ability was attributed to ‘diallyl sulfide’, a compound found in garlic extract.
This compound provides powerful protective activity against MRSA by affecting the pathogen’s distribution and by boosting the immune system.
Crush some garlic cloves and apply it directly to the sores. It will boost up the healing process considerably.
- Honey and Ginger powder extract
A 2014 journal article found that honey-ginger powder extract mixtures were more effective against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than honey on its own or ginger extract on its own (4).
To benefit from a cheap and accessible supply of antibacterial agents, apply ginger powder mixed with salt and Manuka honey on the blisters.
- Beehive ginger
It is used to treat toothaches, muscle sprain, and stomach aches, as well as a remedy for cuts, sores, and swells.
The antibacterial activity of ginger against Staphylococcus aureus is well known.
However, a 2016 study observed that a particular strain of ginger – beehive ginger – demonstrated especially high activity against several strains of MRSA (5).
To use beehive ginger as a home remedy to get rid of MRSA, pound its leaves into a thick paste, and then apply it to the affected areas on your body.
- Tomato Paste
Tomato stems, leaves, and fruits contain tomatine, a steroidal glycoalkaloid which serves as an important antimicrobial defense mechanism.
A 2015 journal article noted that the plant alkaloid ‘tomatidine’ found in tomatoes exhibited bactericidal activity against MRSA (6).
Tomatine has also demonstrated a variety of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
Make a puree of a ripe tomato, and apply it to the blisters. Keep it for the whole night. You will see noticeable changes overnight.
- Sea Salt
- Alternatively, mix some castor oil in it. With a cotton ball, apply the prepared mixture on the skin.
A 2018 journal article observed that a combination of sea salt and Ibuprofen demonstrated a powerful antimicrobial effect against MRSA (7).
Add 12 g of sea salt to a cup of water and consume with a pill of Ibuprofen to significantly reduce your bacterial load.
- Olive Leaves
Olive leaves are one such plant: They have all the qualities to provide relief in itching and drawing out the infection from the body.
Oleuropein, the main active constituent in olive oil and olive leaves, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties that have been well-documented (8).
Boil some olive leaves in a cup of water, strain the solution, and apply it on the blisters. Repeat the process 3-4 times a day.
- You can also apply olive leaves extract on the sores.
- Indian Gooseberry
It strengthens the immune system. Grate two Indian gooseberries and mix it with honey. Consume it daily to keep the bacteria at bay.
- If the fresh fruit is not available, you can consume dried powder of it. Mix a teaspoon of powder in a glass of water and drink it daily.
This remedy not only kills the bacteria but also stops it from recurring.
Apply neem oil on the blisters and the surrounding area, 4-5 times a day.
- Tea Tree Oil
Its specific activity against MRSA has led it to be used as a standard treatment for MRSA eradication regimes in hospitals (9).
- Oregano Oil
Rich with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, oregano oil brings great relief to itching and pain and eliminates the infection completely.
A 2017 study observed that it was able to inhibit the growth of MRSA (10). Gently massage the affected area with the oregano oil, at least, three times a day.
Note- Oregano oil might result in irritation of the skin.
- Lilac leaves
Lilac leaves (Folium Syringae) have been utilized for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties in traditional Chinese folk medicine for centuries.
A 2016 article found that lilac leaves had significant antibacterial activity against MRSA when consumed orally (11). This was attributed to Syringopicroside they contain.
You can access its benefits by purchasing Yanlixiao capsules and tablets, which have been approved by the Drug Standard of Ministry of Public Health of China.
A 2016 study found that curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, demonstrates potent antibacterial effects against MRSA.
It works against both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant strains (12).
The exact nature of its pharmacological activity needs to be further explored.
Researchers have hypothesized that it acts on multiple targets and plays a wide range of roles in regulating various cellular processes.
To use turmeric for MRSA, make a paste of turmeric powder with water and apply it regularly on the sores to prevent further growth of the infection. The turmeric paste is very effective against MRSA blisters.
- Alternatively, you can prepare a tonic by adding 4 teaspoons of turmeric, 1 teaspoon each of black pepper, coconut oil, and lemon juice.
- Drinking this tonic daily can accelerate the healing process.
- Eucalyptus Oil
A 2018 study noted that eucalyptus oil has demonstrated anti-infection properties against MRSA by virtue of its ability to prevent the bacteria from forming its protective biofilms (13).
Apply eucalyptus oil on the affected area to soothe the pain. You can mix it with lavender oil, rosemary oil or oregano oil to get the better results.
- You can also make a tea by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the boiling water. Consume it daily.
A 2012 journal article published in Planta Medica observed that it inhibits toxin produced by MRSA and reduces the damage it inflicts on cells (14).
Mix goldenseal powder with water, and use this mixture to wash the affected area.
- Witch Hazel
A 2013 study noted that it produces a compound called ‘Hamamelitannin’ which prevents infections caused by MRSA.
However, its mechanism of action is nevertheless not fully understood. (15).
Mix some witch hazel in water and use it to wash the infected area to reduce the itchiness and inflammation.
Researchers have noted that it is traditionally used to treat bacterial infections due to its hypothesized ability to inactive bacteria and reverse their inflammatory effects (16).
A 2012 article found observed that it had little effect on inhibiting MRSA growth, but it was very effective in inhibiting the pro-inflammatory response to it (17).
You can apply a cream containing 15% of Echinacea on the affected area.
- Lapacho (Pink trumpet tree)
A 2006 study noted that its active constituents showed growth inhibitory activity against MRSA (18).
Make an herbal tea by boiling it in a cup of water for about 10-15 minutes. Drink the tea 2-4 times a day and you will see the effective changes in a few days.
Thyme contains thymol, which demonstrates powerful antimicrobial action by changing the permeability of bacterial plasma membranes.
A 2017 journal article found that it exhibited significant bacteriostatic activities against MRSA (and the highest antibacterial activity compared to other spice oilseeds) (19).
Using it externally may cause a sense of irritation, so it is advised to consume it instead.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
A 2004 study found that the active components of grapefruit were able to increase MRSA sensitivity to antibacterial agents (20).
Applying grapefruit seed extract on the blisters will give you relief and cure the problem in a few days.
- Orange Essential Oil
It is extracted from the outer peel of the common orange fruit (you can even make it yourself).
It is also another proven essential oil to treat MRSA.
A 2012 study found that commercial orange essential oil had a significant inhibitory effect against the bacteria (21) making it a great home remedy to get rid of MRSA.
It was able to inhibit the bacterial synthesis of cell walls and trigger cell lysis by causing gene expression changes.
You can benefit from orange essential oil’s antibacterial properties by applying it to the affected area.
- Take a bath immediately after working in humid conditions or working out.
- Wash your hands frequently with hand sanitizer and then dry them with a disposable towel.
- Always keep the wounds and cuts clean, no matter how small or trivial they are.
- Keep the wounds covered; otherwise, the infection will increase.
- Keep your surroundings clean. Use a household disinfectant to do the needful.
- Wash your bed linen and towels with the hottest water setting in your washing machine and dry them out in the sun if possible.
- Disinfect any surfaces and clothing items that have come into contact with an infected person.
- Consume a healthy diet which is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Do not use the towel of the infected person.
- Don’t touch the sores.
- Do not go to public places like gym, pools, etc.
- Do not share your personal items with other people (this can spread the infection).