12 Natural Antibiotics
Over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high during the last several decades. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them.
Long before pharmaceutical antibiotics were developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still used today by holistic healers around the globe.
Our ancestors also had solutions for healing, using antibiotics from nature, and it’s worth reminding ourselves what these antibiotics are and consider using them in case of illness.
Natural Antibiotics our Ancestors Used — Instead of Pills
You can protect your body against infections and bacteria-based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, turmeric, and more.
*Oregano and the Oil of Oregano
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing its health benefits. Beyond possessing antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight bacteria that can lead to infections including digestive and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.
*Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) provide far-reaching benefits including antibiotic and antiseptic properties, natural alkalizing of your system, and aiding your body in everything from managing weight to lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of cancer.
A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Thousands of years later, civilizations world-wide still consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man.
New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.
An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide; during the digestive process, this enzyme helps your body fight infection and prevents bacterial growth. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.
Consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells and thereby boost your immune system! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods negate the antioxidant effects.
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor; it also protects your body against harm. Turmeric can be both consumed internally and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.
Flavorful and wonderfully delicious on a piece of buttered toast, garlic also has very powerful properties. It can fight simple infections such as the common cold, ousting germs before they have a chance to disrupt your life. Because it contains allicin, garlic protects against yeasts, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.
*Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, naturally alkalizes the body, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.
So, you might not have as much experience with products containing echinacea, but it’s a safe herb found in many kitchens. Its consumption has been proven to reduce the number of colds that a person contracts in their life, and shorten the duration of the colds that do develop. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.
Many people don’t realize how much vitamin C is found in cabbage; one cup provides 75% of your daily requirement.
Naturally antibacterial, eating raw cabbage shredded in a salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added for sweetening) are excellent ways to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!
*Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There’s not enough that can be said about the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants not found anywhere else in nature.
Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood-sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.
Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir, and probiotic yogurts all renew our intestinal flora, protect us from cancer, and keep our body fit to fight off infections.
A natural antibiotic used for centuries, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid.
This treatment is temporary since ingesting too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. That said, however, silver disables the enzyme single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.
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