Anti bacterial plants in the garden

Arm yourself with these common anti-bacterial garden herbs and plants to ward off some common bacteria.


Garlic has been long recognised across the world for its preventive and curative powers. Research has found that garlic can be an effective treatment against many forms of bacteria. With many of us spending more time at home we can eat it freely without fear of the odour scaring away our friends.


Several studies have demonstrated ginger’s ability to fight many strains of bacteria. The scientific community also recognises ginger as a natural antibiotic. Researchers are also exploring ginger’s power to combat seasickness and nausea and to lower blood sugar levels.

Add grated ginger to salads and stir fries for a zingy hit. Two slices of ginger added to hot tea gives your digestive system a much needed boost. 


Echinacea has been used to treat infections for many years. Scientific reports state an extract of Echinacea purpurea can kill many different kinds of bacteria and may also fight inflammation associated with bacterial infection.


Research is now finding that clove water extract may be effective against many different kinds of bacteria.


Oregano oil is widely recognised for its antimicrobial activity, as well as its antiviral and antifungal properties. Oregano also aids digestion. A few drops of Oregano oil in a steam inhaler may provide benefits to sinus and chest congestion. 


Basil is often used for its strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Did you know Basil oil has also found a wide application in perfumery and dental/oral products?


Honey – Not a plant but worth a mention. Since the time of Aristotle, honey has been used as an ointment that helps wounds to heal and prevents or draws out infection. The antibacterial effects of honey are usually attributed to its hydrogen peroxide content. One study documented that honey can inhibit approximately 60 kinds of bacteria.

Add a teaspoon of honey to hot water for a soothing sweet drink. For sore throats, add teaspoon of honey, half teaspoon of crushed garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice to hot water for a triple action bug-killer.



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