A germicide is an herbal agent that kills or inhibits the growth of germs and other disease-carrying microorganisms. Germicides are usually applied topically to the skin. Some herbal germicides have antiseptic properties, and are used to reduce the risk of sepsis, infection, and putrefaction.

Germicidal Herbs

  • Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)


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