Treating Infections Naturally

Learn how to use natural extracts to help boost your immune system and fight off infection.

  • Naturopath Christopher Vasey offers a way to break free from the threat of antibiotic-resistant germs and presents a variety of powerful natural antibiotic and antiviral remedies for strengthening your immune system and fighting off illness.
    Cover courtesy of Healing Arts Press
  • Essential oils are some of the best natural medicines to help you fight off illness.
    Photo courtesy of Getty Images / Madeleine_Steinbach

This chapter demonstrates how to use natural antibiotics with specific examples. To do this, we will touch on around fifty of the most common infectious diseases. These afflictions are classified in accordance with the organ system to which they belong. We will start with the infections of the digestive tract and then move on to those of the respiratory tract and the ear, nose, and throat region, the urinary tract, the genital organs, and the skin. The last group will pull together the general infections that are not confined to one organ system but strike the whole body.

If some infectious diseases are not discussed here, this does not mean they cannot be treated with natural antibiotics. To the contrary, because of the broad spectrum of action that most of these antibiotics have, there will always be several that could be helpful. Which one should you choose? Because natural antibiotics have a predilection for organ systems, rather than diseases, determine which organ system the disease in question affects, and then choose an antibiotic whose primary sphere of action includes that system.

As for the choice of essential oils, I would like to point out that the most effective ones for a specific illness can be determined with precision thanks to an aromatogram. This test is performed like an antibiogram but with essential oils instead of conventional antibiotics. First the germ responsible for the illness is sampled (extracted from a urine or stool sample or a throat scraping) and cultivated in a laboratory, and then it is put in contact with a wide range of essential oils. Depending on whether the germ’s growth is greatly or weakly interrupted, we can learn which essential oils are most active against it. This test is performed in specially equipped analytical laboratories.

Warning: Improperly treated infectious diseases can have very serious consequences for your health. While the therapeutic treatments suggested here are very effective, they cannot take the place of the informed counsel of a medical professional. In serious cases, you should always seek the assistance of a trained physician.

The Treatment Structure

Each treatment described in this chapter includes a definition of the disease, a list of the natural antibiotics that are effective against it, and one or two examples of how to use those natural antibiotics to treat the disease in question.


The definitions of the diseases—in italics—are brief and only paint a general picture. They aim only at recalling the diseases’ primary manifestations and origin (bacteria, virus, fungi, or parasite). In any case, they are not detailed enough to be used to establish a diagnosis.

Recommended Natural Antibiotics

The natural antibiotics indicated for each illness are divided into three groups: essential oils, mother tinctures, and “other” (that is, all other preparations). Within each group, the remedies are listed according to their value in treating the disease in question. That means that the first remedy in each list is generally considered the most effective for that particular disease, but keep in mind that infections work differently in different people, and different people respond differently to the remedies, so you must learn for yourself, from trial and error, experience, and observation, which remedies work best for you in any given situation.

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