10 Antibacterial Plants

  Here are 10 plants that I have found useful for antibacterial aid. They are local as well.



External use for wounds, sores, rashes (gentle enough for babies); ointment or oil.



Smoked, oil, or ointment.



Drink up to half a teaspoon of (freshly) powdered herb per cup of boiling water at the onset of colds or flu to help with chills and stuffiness. Combined with some lemon and honey, it tastes better and enhances its medicinal properties. Put cayenne powder on a cut, it helps stop the bleeding and lends it’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties to the wound.



Eat it! Drink it!Stink it! The sulfur compounds in garlic are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticancer.



This antibacterial plant helps fight infections. apply oil externally only. Menthol, the volatile oil found in mints, is a germ killer, decongesting, relieves nose, sinus, and chest infections. You can rub the oil on the area that is sick, kind of like vick’s vapour rub. You can put a few drops in boiling water to produce a southing steam. It’s so strong though that you don’t need to have a towel over your head. Be careful not to apply the oil too close to nor into your eyes, it will make them sting and water. I use peppermint externally to help relieve allergies as well. You can make an infusion with the leaves for internal use.



Antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic, rose petals can be used against infection. A fresh rose petal is makes a good cover for a cut or a sore. Gargle with rose flower infusion to help relieve sore throats.

St. John’s wort


This plant is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-stress, and pain reliever. use the oil and infusion externally, and the infusion and tincture internally. Do not take st john’s wort if you are also on an MAO-inhibiting antidepressant drug or any other presciption drug. The combination of these plants could be a hazard to your health.



Great disinfectant. clean with it, but most importantly, EAT IT! cook with it, drink it’s tea. it is antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiparasitic and a great tonic as well.

Tea Tree


Use the oil for external use only. Antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.



This tree has an antibacterial effect which has been known to successfully kill urinary tract infections.

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