Staph infections are caused by the bacteria staphylococcus, a germ that is found on the skin of most people, healthy or ill. Most staph infections amount to relatively mild skin infections, but in some cases, infection can be severe and will require a doctor's visit. Turmeric is an effective herbal treatment for mild cases of staph. The orange-colored herb widely used in Indian cooking has been celebrated for centuries in ayurvedic healing as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Although many health food stores sell turmeric capsules, the powdered form sold as a spice works just as well.
Mix 1 tsp. turmeric powder in 4 to 6 oz. of warm water and consume with a meal or on an empty stomach. You can also mix it with the same amount of milk or a serving of yogurt. The active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, works internally to fight the bacteria that causes staph infections.
Repeat three times a day for 7 to 10 days or until your staph infection subsides. If your condition shows no signs of improvement after seven days, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as turmeric might cause dehydration.
You may use turmeric in powder or capsule form on a daily basis to prevent recurrent staph infections, but always check with your doctor first.
Individuals with congestive heart failure, gallstones, obstructive jaundice, acute bilious colic or toxic liver disorders should not use turmeric.
Speak to your physician before using turmeric if you are pregnant or nursing, trying to become pregnant, have a history of infertility problems, have a blood-clotting disorder, are taking any type of medication or have any health problems.