Antibiotics are essential but the pills you take have negative effects in the long run. Turn to these 5 natural antibiotics that you can find at home.
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics basically slow down the growth of bacteria and destroy it. Therefore, they are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. They obviously cannot cure infections caused by viruses.
Common bacterial infections that are cured by antibiotics are strep throat, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and some pneumonia.
How Do Antibiotics Work?
Antibiotics work by affecting things that bacterial cells have but human cells don’t.
For example, human cells do not have cell walls, while many types of bacteria do.
The antibiotic penicillin works by keeping a bacterium from building a cell wall.
Why Use Natural Antibiotics?
The obvious reason is that natural remedies are always better than artificial or synthetic drugs for our health.
But a key factor is something known as bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance.
This basically means that overuse or frequent use of antibiotics will cause the bacteria/microbes to change so that the antibiotics don’t work against them. The microbes adapt to survive the medicine.
In order to further treat the resistant bacteria, you’ll need a higher or more powerful dose of antibiotics. Increasing the intake of drugs is not good for your health.
Easily Available Natural Antibiotics
Here are 5 natural ingredients that you will easily find in your kitchen. These natural antibiotics make a great home remedy.
Garlic kills pathogens; not just bacteria but also fungus and viruses too without harming beneficial gut flora.
It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral qualities. It promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora by acting as a prebiotic (food for probiotics).
Garlic helps keep fats from oxidising. It acts as a strong antioxidant and guards against DNA damage.
It protects against radiation & sunlight damage. Garlic fights worms and parasites. It benefits digestion, which is good for the whole body.
The phytochemical allicin in garlic is so powerful that it is one of the best natural antibiotics effective against MRSA (a type of bacteria that is hard to fight).
Doctors suggest consuming a whole head of garlic a day when using for natural antibiotic purposes.
Garlic infused olive oil can even be used for external infections. Here is a recipe for it:
- 1 crushed clove of garlic
- 1 – 2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
Place the crushed garlic in the oil and let sit for 30 minutes, then strain.
The oil can be warmed slightly by placing it in a cup and setting the cup in warm water (don’t overheat or this will destroy beneficial properties).
Use a few drops of this oil hourly in the ears to treat an ear infection.
Garlic oil is a safe remedy for children and can also be used daily (just a couple of drops) to soften ear wax buildup.
Fresh ginger has an antibiotic effect against food borne pathogens such as salmonella, listeria and campylobacter.
Fresh ginger also increases stomach acid production and helps calm indigestion when a meal just doesn’t agree with you.
So, if you are going to eat something that has the potential for food borne illness such as sushi or raw oysters, always best to eat some fresh ginger (raw and pickled is most potent) too in order to make use of its natural antibiotic properties.
This article on how to make The Master Tonic includes fresh ginger (as well as cayenne pepper and garlic).
This tonic is a highly effective concoction to make and take with you when traveling overseas in order to have a handy formula available that packs the punch of several natural antibiotics synergistically combined and fermented for maximum potency.
Turmeric is a spice widely used in traditional Indian cooking that has been used holistically for centuries.
Dr. Kelly Brogan MD uses turmeric widely in her holistic psychiatry practice. She writes,
This wonder-spice is a mainstay of my anti-inflammatory work with patients in my practice where I use liposomal preparations of curcumin, the natural phenols responsible for turmeric’s yellow color, when I suspect their symptoms stem from a challenged immune system.
The administration of curcumin resolves any gastric damage caused by ulcers.
If you wish to use turmeric as a natural antibiotic, it is suggested to look for extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed.
4. Oregano Oil
The best uses for oregano oil as a natural antibiotic are the following:
- Foot or nail fungus: Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a small tub water and soak your feet. The oil can also be diluted (one drop of oil with a teaspoon of olive oil) and then apply directly to nails or skin.
- Parasites and infections: Dilute the oil as described above and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat at least four times a day.
- Sinus infections: Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is particularly effective at resolving vulvovaginitis, a common infection in women.
One Czech study found capsicum essential oil exerts a considerable anti-fungal and antibiotic effect on this condition.
It is important to properly use a carrier oil such as olive oil and thoroughly dilute cayenne pepper essential oil, however, as capsicum is quite burning upon initial contact with the skin.
Cayenne pepper is also fantastic for helping to resolve strep throat.
Nature offers many options for healthcare. But in case of serious problems, you should always consult a doctor.