It’s no secret that antibiotics are the crown jewel of modern medicine. When Penicillin was discovered in 1928, people from the medical profession were amazed by the drug’s quick response to treating bacterial infections. They also thought that people become immune to different types of infection.

Wrong.

In 1940, doctors and patients relied on antibiotics and forgot about natural ways to treat illnesses and infections. This shift in the medical paradigm paved the way to the more antibiotic resistant superbugs like the “totally drug resistant” (TDR) type of tuberculosis and the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) type of infection in children and infants. Being over-dependent on drugs to cure infections paved the way to an epidemic of people from older and younger generations who suffer from problems with gut functions and different types of autoimmune disease. Aside from an increase in number of people who became resistant to antibiotics, doctors also had to keep a close eye on its longstanding side effects.

People from the medical industry expect fermented foods and probiotics to treat damages to our health. According to research, drugs have a negative effect on the gut flora, causing damage that lasts for a long period of time. Reports from The Journal Microbiology confirmed that antibiotics do more harm than good to the gut flora. A week’s worth of antibiotics creates resistant bacterial populations in the gut flora that can stay there for four years or longer.

The point we’re trying to make here is that you should only use antibiotics in situations where your life is at stake. While it does provide quick solutions, the damage it does to the body can last for a lifetime. It should be the last option, especially since there are plenty of remedies out there that can treat different health conditions without the side effects.

So, how do we go about infections that are not in any way life threatening? Nature has been kind enough to give us effective, powerful, affordable, and natural alternatives. Here are some natural antibiotics that can help fight off flu, colds, sinus and skin infections:

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper, or capsicum, is a spice that’s been used for centuries because of its antibiotic and healing properties. This strong spice is backed up not just by anecdotes, but by science as well. It is most effective in treating vulvovaginitis, an infection that’s common among women. A Czech study revealed that the antibiotic and anti-fungal effects of capsicum essential oil are crucial in treating the condition. Since capsicum is a strong spice, it’s important to dilute it with a carrier oil like olive oil to lessen the burning sensation once it touches the skin. Cayenne pepper can also be used in treating strep throat.

Manuka Honey

Raw honey has been used as a natural antibiotic for centuries. While there are different types of honey present in the world today, Manuka honey from New Zealand is at the top of the list when it comes to providing treatment for different types of infection. Make sure you don’t heat the Manuka honey before consumption or else you won’t benefit from its antibiotic effects. Nine years ago, Manuka honey based dressings for wounds received the approval of the FDA. It’s perfect for curing skin and dental infections.

Research shows that Manuka honey is highly effective in working against over 250 strains of bacteria. The list includes:

  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)
  • MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)

Ginger

There’s a reason why Japanese restaurants serve raw ginger whenever you order sushi: it fights off food poisoning. According to research, ginger boosts the production of stomach acid and soothes indigestion. Not only that, it also functions as a natural antibiotic that combats food borne pathogens like listeria, campylobacter, and salmonella.

Next time you decide to feast on raw food such as oysters or sushi, do yourself a favor and bring some fresh ginger with you to maximize its antibiotic properties just in case you end up with food poisoning. You can also blend garlic, cayenne pepper, and fresh ginger to make The Master Tonic. It’s handy, loaded with antibiotics, and can easily be absorbed by your body.

Turmeric

A popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, turmeric has been used in treating infections since ancient times. Research shows that the curcumin found in turmeric is useful in treating gastroduodenal ulcers, no matter what the cause is. The recommended dose for turmeric is 400 to 600 mg of turmeric extract thrice a day.

Olive Leaf Extract

The healing powers of olive leaf extract was discovered in the 1800’s when it was used as a treatment for malaria, says Dr. Ronal Hoffman, M.D. who is the Medical Director and founder of New York’s Hoffman Center. It’s an effective antibiotic against fever and other severe illness. Oleuropein was removed from the olive leaf extract because back then, people thought that this phytochemical was responsible for making the olive tree resistant to different types of disease. Further research revealed that elenolic acid, which can be found in oleuropein, functions as a broad spectrum natural antibiotic which controls the growth of fungi, viruses, and bacteria. The recommended use of olive leaf extract to treat candida and other infections is 20% oleuropein or two 500 mg capsules three to four times daily, preferably after meals.

Oregano Oil

Origanum vulgare, or oil from wild oregano, has the highest antibiotic effect compared to the other oregano species. The oil’s color is from golden to dark yellow and has a strong spicy scent. For Dr. Mercola, it is best to use oregano oil to treat the following :

Sinus infections

Pour a small amount of oregano oil in a net pot. Stand over the pot and inhale the oregano steam.

Parasites and infections

Mix oregano oil with olive oil and then put it under your tongue. Leave it there for a couple of minutes and then spit it out. Do this four times a day.

Foot or nail fungus

Fill a tub with water and add some oregano oil. Place your feet in the tub for a couple of minutes. You may also opt to dilute the oregano oil by mixing it with olive oil before applying it on your skin or nails.

Echinacea

Echinacea, a natural antibiotic, has been used to combat colds and upper respiratory infections. The herb is also used to cure flu, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, genital herpes, tonsillitis, gum disease, diphtheria, malaria, syphilis, streptococcus infections, and typhoid. In a placebo-controlled study conducted by German scientists, the results showed that people who use Echinacea had lesser virus infections compared to those who took a placebo.

Dr. Sears, M.D. recommends taking 300 mg of Echinacea thrice a day. For 6-13 year olds , the recommended dose is 150 mg while for kids below six years of age, the recommended dose is ¼ the adult dose.

Garlic

Garlic combats pathogens, viruses, fungus and bacteria without causing damage to the gut flora. It has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties that boost the production of healthy microflora in the intestines. It is packed with sulfur components that prepare toxic chemicals such as cadmium and lead for excretion. It puts a stop to the oxidation of fats and prevents DNA damage by acting as an antioxidant.

Garlic protects the body from sunlight damage and radiation. It also helps improve digestion by flushing out parasites and worms. It is packed with nutrients that help keep the body healthy, increase immunity, and combat infections. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., recommends taking one whole garlic daily to fight internal and external infections.

Here’s how:

  • Crush a whole clove of garlic.
  • Mix it with a tablespoon or two of cold pressed olive oil.
  • Soak the crushed garlic in the olive oil for half an hour.
  • If you want you oil warm, place it in a cup and then place the cup in a bowl with warm water. Do not overheat.
  • Put some of the oil every hour as a cure for ear infection.
  • You can also use this for kids in case of an earwax buildup.

Pau d’Arco

Pau d’arco effectively represses Candida and all the sugar cravings that come with the infection. This herb has been used as an antibiotic for over a hundred years because of its capacity to prevent fungal overgrowth. According to The Brazilian Journal of Biology which started in 2010, Pau d’arco comes from Tabebuia avellanedae which is confirmed to have an antibiotic effect on yeasts. Drink it in tea form but be warned: it’ll take some time for you to appreciate the taste.

Colloidal Silver

This natural antibiotic has been around and has been used to treat various types of infection for over a hundred years. It kills microbes instantly minus toxic consequences on the host. Dr. Robert O. Becker of Syracuse Medical University examined colloidal silver in the 1970’s and discovered that it kills antibiotic resistant bacteria minus the side effects. Despite colloidal silver’s antibiotic nature, it’s still best to just use it externally like gargling and treating skin and ear infections. Consuming colloidal silver might damage the gut microbiome which is very delicate.

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic that’s very effective in treating different types of infections and warts. When diluted properly, grapefruit seed extract can be used to fight the various pathogens found in your home. Commercially produced grapefruit seed extract contains diphenol hydroxybenzene which is not 100% safe that’s why if you want to use this natural antibiotic internally, it’s best if your prepare it yourself. You just have to crush the grapefruit seed and pulp. Add some glycerin after.

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