Herbs that can be used as an antimicrobial 

What are Antimicrobials?

Antimicrobial is a broad term that involves activity against various microbes, especially bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and parasites. It encompasses a good load of pharmacologic actions, including:

  • Antibacterial (antibiotics)
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal 
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant

The aim of antimicrobial action is to kill or inhibit organisms that cause infection, without harming the host. They can be natural, semisynthetic, or synthetic.

What are the benefits of Antimicrobials

Antimicrobials are used to prevent and treat diseases (bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic) in humans, animals, and plants. 

3 Herbs Recommended as an antimicrobial

Goldenrod

Goldenrod

Goldenrod (Solidago) offers promising antimicrobial activity against a good load of pathogens. Its aerial parts contain α-pinene, germacrene D, and 6-epi-b-cubebene that account for antimicrobial action, especially against Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Its antioxidant activity also advances its antimicrobial activity which helps destroy the cell wall of the pathogen, increasing the permeability of the microbe’s cell to induce its death. Try adding Goldenrod Tea or Tincture to your routine and banish all those microbes to enjoy a carefree life. 

St. Johns Wort

St. Johns Wort

St. John’s Wort poses remarkable antimicrobial activity, both internally and externally. When applied topically, St. John’s Wort Oil works tremendously in healing wounds, bruises, sunburns, burns, abrasions, ulcers, and contusions. It restricts the growth of bacteria and lowers the risk of infection at the site of injury. 

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a medicinal plant with a myriad of fringe benefits. It has an antiviral property that makes your cold & flu season easy by shortening its time frame. It also offers antibacterial and antifungal actions due to its sulfated triterpene glucosides. Drink Lemon Balm Tea to cater to your immune-related needs and take down the army of pathogens. 

Other Medicinal Plants that Are Antimicrobials