Common Herbs Used in Treating STDs



Sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted from one person to another through either oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Your proneness to get STDs depends on your body’s immune system; the lower the body’s immune system, the greater the chance of infection.

Some of the STDs cause sores in the genitals. Some of the home remedies to treat these sores are applying the extraction from the herbs to the sores, which sometimes require basic first aid knowledge.

What are some of the pathogens causing STDs?

The common pathogens causing STIs include bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The most common STDs caused by bacteria include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. A dosage of antibiotics can easily treat these conditions.

The virus causes some STDs. Due to the reciprocating nature of the virus, curing STDs caused by viruses are challenging, and in some diseases, they are entirely incurable. These STDs include; the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, genital warts, human papillomavirus (HPV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Some STDs are caused by parasites transmitted through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact. These diseases include; scabies, pubic lice, and trichomonas.

Treatment of STDs

One way to prevent STDs is using a condom during sexual activities. However, practicing protected sex does not entirely help in prevention as some STDs spread through contact. If you go for STD testing and test positive, some medications can help treat these diseases depending on the cause.

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to help kill the bacteria. In contrast, for viral infections, they will prescribe antiviral medications to prevent the virus from multiplying, thus reducing their number.

Some herbal medications are antibacterial while others are antiviral, sometimes used as home remedies for treating and preventing STDs. Let’s look at some of these herbs.

Common herbs used in treating STDs

Many plants are used to treat infectious diseases caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria. In this article, we’re going to look at the most common herbs used in treating STDs.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a powerful antibiotic herb that acts as a disinfectant. Due to its antibacterial and antifungal characteristics, apple vinegar can help boost your immune system against pathogen-causing STI infections.

If you have an STI, you can take apple vinegar orally or make a solution and apply it to the affected areas. However, you must be careful when using the solution because it is acidic and can irritate your genital tissues.


Rosemary, also known as salvia Rosmarinus, is a fragrance herb with needle-like leaves. Rosemary is used for  treating various infections due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature. You can either use it in tea or extract the oil from it and use it to treat the infections.


Garlic is one of the herbs with a high antibiotic compound used to treat various infections. If you have vaginal yeast infections, use an extract of garlic to eliminate the disease and reduce the pain.

Silybum marianum

The other traditional form of medicine that can be used to treat STDs is using Silybum marianum. It has a component known as silymarin that destroys Trichomonas vaginalis-a parasite that causes trichomoniasis and fights other STDs. In addition, Silybum marianum also helps boost the body’s immune system, thus fighting and killing parasites causing infections.


Due to its outstanding antibacterial properties, soma is the most effective herbal and traditional drug you can use to treat and manage STDs. The leaves, roots, fruits, and the tree bark of Soma have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it high in pharmaceutical value.

Because of these properties, they help in fighting STDs like gonorrhea and syphilis.

Saponin found in the soma plant has chemicals that help in killing germs, body restoration, and boosting the immune system.


Eucalyptus produces oil that has antimicrobial properties that kill certain types of bacteria. Due to this, eucalyptus has been used to treat gonorrhea.


Oak tree contains components that have medicinal value. For example, its bark and leaves contain resin, pectin, sugar, tannin, Gallic acid, oil, malic acid, mucilage, and quercetin. Because of these components, oak has strong antibacterial properties and can be used in treating bacterial infections.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a common herb that is used for various illnesses. Its extraction can be used to treat infections and stop itching the STDs cause in the genitalia.

Basil leaf

Basil leaf extract is a microbicide in nature. Therefore, it can kill microbial agents like bacteria and fungi.


In traditional medicine, blueberries have been used to treat many diseases like urinary tract illness. It contains a compound called PACS that kills bacteria causing infections. Blueberries can also be used to kill fungi, causing infections.


The goldenseal plant is also called berberine, and its commonly known for its antimicrobial properties. The plant extract is commonly used to treat upper respiratory infections and canker sores but is believed to also treat STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia.


Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and kills bacteria.


STDs are common diseases among us. Diagnosing and treating them early is essential because some STDs can become severe and challenging to manage when left untreated. Fortunately, there are home remedies and herbal medications that can help you in treating STDs.