Warning: Urgent medical help must be sought in some circumstances – see below.
A skin infection usually follows some kind of injury: a cut, a scratch, a prick or a sting. Normally bacteria cannot penetrate the intact skin, and only when it is broken do the bacteria gain access to the deeper layers. The signs of infection are: swelling around the point of entry, redness and tenderness. You may have a raised temperature. You must watch out for a red streak developing away from the infected area: this indicates that the infection is spreading through your blood and there is a high risk of septicaemia (blood infection). If you notice this, seek medical help urgently. However, most local infections are easy to treat with herbs: I recommend the combined treatment of both an external and an internal antibacterial remedy.
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• Eat raw garlic daily until the infection goes (for precautions see post 96). Adults: 1 crushed clove of garlic mixed with a teaspoon of honey, 2-3 times a day.
• You can fix a slice of garlic to the area with a plaster, but don’t leave it in place for more than 2-3 hours or you may end up with a local skin reaction that looks a bit like a burn. For children you can rub the infected area with a sliced clove of garlic 1-2 times a day.
• Take propolis tincture (for precautions see post 99). Adults: 1-2ml, 2-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:10; or propolis capsules that are equivalent to 2-3g of propolis a day.
• Apply strongly antiseptic cream for skin infections – see box below.
Children (3-16 years old): adjust the internal adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
CREAM FOR SKIN INFECTIONS
• 50g calendula cream (for precautions see post 114)
• 10ml echinacea tincture (for precautions see post 115)
• 10 drops of thyme essential oil (for precautions see post 115)
• 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (for precautions see post 118)
• Mix well.
• Transfer to a clean, dark glass jar, making sure that there are no air pockets left. Store for up to 12 months.
Adults and children over 3 years old: Apply a good layer to the infected area and cover with nonabsorbent dressing (you want the ointment to be absorbed into the skin, not into the dressing); change every 3-4 hours until the redness and swelling are visibly reduced and there is no tenderness.