This article is written by our son Byron who is a veteran at using manuka honey to heal all sorts of scrapes and bruises. Enjoy!
Whether it’s from wrestling, jiu jitsu, gymnastics, or wherever else you might have caught it, staph sucks.
However, it’s often comes with the territory of contact sports, and unless you’re willing to hang up your ear guards for good, it’s something you’ll just need to deal with.
Now if you’ve been to the doctor, he’s probably prescribed you some sort of antibiotic for the next week. If you want to use that, it’s fine. It will probably work, and you’ll go on with your life.
However, in recent years we’ve all but concluded that antibiotics are not good for us. They destroy the good bacterias in our body, and they prevent our immune systems from fighting their own battles. Of course this doesn’t mean antibiotics are completely evil – for serious and stubborn infections, they are helpful and often save lives. But our overdependence on antibiotics has become a problem.
My philosophy is – if you can cure it without antibiotics, do it.
So – you’ve got staph, and maybe you’re reluctant to use antibiotics for a staph infection that doesn’t look too serious. Luckily, I’ve actually done this a couple of times after getting staph from jiu jitsu, and both times it completely cleared up within 7-10 days. Below I’m going to lay out exactly how I did it.
What do you need?
The first weapon in your cure-staph-naturally arsenal is a special honey called manuka honey. Manuka is a plant native to New Zealand and the pollen from the manuka flower makes an exceptionally strong antibacterial honey. The science behind this honey is quite exceptional and I won’t go into it here, but I have a blog post detailing more aspects of the honey here if you’re interested.
If you scour the internet, you’ll read about countless people using manuka honey to cure staph and even MRSA, particularly when antibiotics didn’t work initially. It’s pretty impressive.
A few years ago manuka honey was difficult to come by, and could only be reliably sourced if you paid to get it shipped all the way from New Zealand!
However, in the days of the internet, we can simply buy it on Amazon. Score. For treating staph I would recommend a manuka honey that’s at least UMF 20 (you can read more about the gradings here).
This UMF 20 honey from Kiva should do fine, but if you really want to bring out the big guns, you can’t beat The New Zealand Honey Co’s UMF 26+ Manuka Honey. If that won’t kill your staph, I don’t know what will.
The second weapon is tea tree oil.
Many of you will already be familiar with tea tree oil. It’s great for using as an antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, hot baths, it’s even used as a scabies treatment in Australia. But what you might not know is the tea tree plant is actually the same plant that the manuka flowers from (tea tree is the Australian name, manuka is the native New Zealand name). When using the honey together with the essential oil, it packs a double whammy punch of antibacterial action that is super effective against staph and MRSA.
A standard tea tree oil from Amazon, such as this one, will suffice for treating staph:
Tea tree oil and manuka honey: The Treatment Plan
So, how do we use manuka honey and tea tree oil to cure staph?
It’s pretty simple.
The first thing you want to apply is the tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is extremely potent and you do not want to use a lot. One drop should be more than enough, maybe two depending on how big the infected area is. Simply put one drop into the wound and rub it in gently.
After that, you want to take a popsicle stick or small teaspoon and take about a fingernail worth of manuka honey. Place it on the infected area as a blob and make sure the whole area is covered.
Be certain to wash the spoon or utensil if you dip again to avoid contaminating your whole jar of manuka – you might want to eat some later!
Once you’ve applied both the honey and tea tree oil to your staph infection, cover it with a large band-aid.
Repeat this every 4-6 hours. You’ll need to uncover the wound, wipe it gently and reapply the tea tree oil and honey. Ensure the treatment is on 24 hours a day. Not only does re-dressing the wound allow you to apply fresh honey and oil, but it allows you to get a look at your infection and see if it’s improving.
For me, it showed improvement within less than 24 hours both times.
And that’s it!
Keep the treatment on round the clock and hopefully you should be good as new within a week.
Another thing: You can also eat the honey – taking it internally is also helpful. Just take a spoonful and put it down. Yum.
And finally, a word of warning: People respond to staph infections and treatments differently. Some antibiotics work for some people and not for others. It’s the same with natural treatments. If your staph infection doesn’t show improvement within 72 hours, I would suggest going to a doctor or starting a course of antibiotics. The worst thing you can do is a let a staph infection grow and get out of control. They are minor inconveniences if treated early, but apocalyptic to your health if you let them drag on.
Ready to get started?
The tea tree oil I use and recommend can be purchased on Amazon here.
The manuka honey I use and recommend can be purchased on Amazon here.
As for band-aids, I like to use wide 4 inch band-aids such as these. They cover the wound nicely with lots of room to spare.