Due to the frequent number of ailments in recent times, and also in response to the many questions from our readers, we have made a list of the most effective natural antibiotics to fight infections that threaten us every day.
In today’s modern age there are lots of pharmaceutical remedies for any disease that exists in the world (except for the very few we all know are fatal) and there are even many options of drugs for the same diagnosis. What I am trying to explain is that unfortunately, we have become flooded with medications and one would think that logically, there shouldn’t be any deadly disease or even virus that could reach our body. According to the factual situation, our immune systems should be impenetrable. However, all these medicines are as harmful as they are beneficial; perhaps they are even worse than we think we know. The same drugs that affect the strains of viruses or bacteria to destroy them with time have come to actually make them stronger and more resilient which allows them to “intelligently” mutate into super viruses or infections or whatever develops into a different level and becomes immune to the drug itself. There is rather farfetched but still realistic possibility that our worst enemy in the future will be some kind of flexible and smart bacteria and virus that will outsmart or beat in time all our efforts to create antidote anytime it mutates. Yes, that’s a bit exaggerated of course, but not impossible.
Unlike conventional medicine and products of the pharmaceutical industry, natural antibiotics are not harmful to health, they do not destroy (nor have any negative influence whatsoever) intestinal flora and do not cause the creation of resistant bacteria. Additionally, by consuming the natural antibiotics through food we will stay healthy, resilient and with built up immunities and full of energy as well. Therefore, whenever possible, first reach for natural antibiotics (raw vegetables, fruits, herbs and seeds that haven’t lost their ability to fight bacteria) should be the basic instinct – opposite from immediately reaching for the pill in the cabinet. Well balanced food, gut and abundance of so called “astringent foods” which cleanse our blood without causing negative impact on the good bacteria that protect us.
We present some of the most useful gifts of nature with antibiotic properties.
Different nations around the world for centuries apply garlic for medicinal purposes. Known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal as well as anti-parasitic properties, garlic is easily accessible food that helps prevent and treat many diseases. The active ingredient in garlic, known as allicin, is most responsible for the destruction of harmful bacteria and it has similar properties as penicillin does. In addition, garlic is rich in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals. To take advantage of the healing properties of garlic, add the raw as a spice in cooked food, and if you like bitter foods, you are free to eat only garlic itself. Garlic can also be cooked, but this procedure decreases its medicinal properties. If you count the unpleasant smell of garlic after a meal it is really not a big deal considering the benefits you get. However, to get rid of that unpleasant odor chew fresh parsley for couple of minutes – it will neutralize the taste and smell. Garlic is also very rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients which makes it one of the most potent vegetables. It is very cheap too.
For centuries, Echinacea is used in the treatment of a wide range of infections. Today is mostly used for infections of the respiratory system. There is evidence that it is effective against extremely powerful bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Echinacea helps strengthen the defense forces of the body and makes it more efficient in the fight against bacteria and viruses. Improves the health of the respiratory, digestive and urinary system, and also filters out bacteria, soothes inflammation of the skin, purifies the lymphs and strengthens the immune system. It can be used as a tea or tincture. Just a few drops of its tincture can stop pain in the throat at the very beginning of inflammation. However, we must mention that Echinacea should be used at the first signs of illness and no longer than 10 days.
If we begin to sort the best tasting and most effective natural antibiotics, honey probably would have occupied the top. Research shows that most types of honey have antibacterial properties, but manuka honey is especially powerful thanks to the natural compound called methylglyoxal. It acts on a wide range of bacteria, including those that are resistant to antibiotics. Honey’s topical effect is on many pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus. If you regularly consume honey its potency is strengthened and helps to treat a wide range of bacterial infections and boosts immunity too. It can be applied as a balm on wounds to help them heal better because it has strong antiseptic properties. Honey contains an enzyme that releases hydrogen peroxide – a known infection fighter; honey calms the digestive tract (which often gets burdened and irritated from the heavy food) and removes toxins from the blood which additionally relieves liver function. In combination with cinnamon strengthens the white blood cells.
The beneficial effects of propolis have been known since the time of Hippocrates, who used it to treat wounds and ulcers. Propolis contains at least 19 active substances all known vitamins and 13 of the 14 minerals that are necessary for the body to optimally perform all its functions. Its antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties can help fight respiratory infections, it is widely used for strengthening of the immune system, and also used in dentistry, with inflammation of the soft tissues in the oral cavity.
Wild oregano oil
The wild oregano oil is effective against most bacteria that cause infections of the colon, urinary tract infections, typhoid fever, cholera, ulcers and skin infections; it can be used internally and externally without having any negative effect. Apart from destroying pathogenic bacteria, wild oregano oil is full of antioxidants such as phenol’s and flavonoids which contribute to a strong antiviral effect and effectively protects against flu, colds, mumps and measles. It is also useful for preventing infection, reducing inflammation and pain of the stab wounds and animal bites. It has the power to neutralize the poisonous bee, snake and spider bites.