Unlike the conventional medicines, natural antibiotics are not harmful for the health, they do not destroy the intestinal flora and do not cause the formation of resistant bacteria.
Therefore, when it is possible, first you should reach for natural remedies and use the conventional antibiotics only in case of extreme necessity.
We introduce few of the most useful gifts of nature with antibiotic properties.
The various peoples of the world have been using the garlic for medical purposes for centuries. Containing antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, the garlic is available to everyone for preventing and healing diseases.
The allicin, an active ingredient in the garlic, is the most responsible for the destruction of harmful bacteria. The garlic is also rich in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals. You do not have to eat a lot of garlic in order to take advantage of its benefits.
While you are healthy, for prevention you should take small doses every day, and if you get sick, you should increase the dose. You can add it raw in the dishes, add it in the tea or put a piece of it under the tongue.
If you like spicy food, you can eat just the garlic. If not, you can take it in capsules. You can also cook the garlic, but this reduces its healing properties.
2. Manuka Honey
If we make a list of the tastiest and most effective natural antibiotics, Manuka honey will probably be on the top. Studies have shown that most types of honey have antibacterial properties, but Manuka honey is especially powerful due to its natural ingredient called methylglyoxal.
It acts on a wide range of bacteria, even on those that are resistant to antibiotics. Its local application acts on a large number of pathogens, including staphylococcus aureus and bacteria that destroy the tissue.
In the hospitals Manuka honey is often used for treating wounds. It is applied on the gauze and then the gauze is wrapped around the wound. The bandage should be changed three times a day.
It is also used orally, for healing a wide range of bacterial infections and for strengthening of the immune system.
The benefits of the propolis are known since the times of Hippocrates, who used it to treat wounds and ulcers. Culpeper’s manual of herbal remedies mentions propolis products against inflammation and fever.
In World War II, the Red Army doctors used it to heal wounds gained in the battle. Propolis contains at least 19 active substances, some of which belong to the family of flavonoids, such as betulin and isovanillin. In addition, it contains all known vitamins and 13 out of 14 minerals needed by the organism.
You can also use the propolis in capsules, by taking one capsule in the morning and one in the evening. It is also available raw, as a tincture or spray. Its antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties help with respiratory infections.
Above all, the propolis strengthens the immune system, which becomes more capable to fight the microbes.
For centuries, it has been used in the treatment of a wide range of infections. In history, it was used to treat open wounds, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Today, it is mostly used against infections of the respiratory tract. There are indications that it is effective against a very powerful bacteria staphylococcus aureus, which causes the deadly MRSA.
In addition to the direct effects on bacteria, Echinacea helps to strengthen the defense forces of the organism and makes it more effective in the fight against bacteria and viruses. It is therefore particularly desirable for prevention.
The tincture of Echinacea is used to purify the blood. You should take the tincture of echinacea seven to ten days, three to five times a day, as prescribed. Then you should make a break of one week. If it is necessary, you should repeat the treatment.
It is similar to the effects of tincture of Canadian barberry, and some herbalists recommend using it with the tincture of Echinacea. Canadian Barberry soothes the respiratory, digestive and urinary tract, and at the same time, cleans them from bacteria. Only a few drops of the tincture of Canadian Barberry can heal the sore throat in the beginning.
5. Wild Oregano Oil
The most valuable healing substance in the oregano oil is carvacrol – an ingredient that has strong antibacterial properties. It is effective against most bacteria which cause infections of the colon and the urinary tract, typhus, cholera, ulcers, and skin infections.
In addition to destroying pathogenic bacteria, the oregano oil has strong antiviral effects, and protects against flu, colds, chicken pox, mumps and measles. It also has effects on the bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
It has the power to neutralize the poisonous bites such as bites from bees, snakes and spiders. This makes it a valuable first aid in such situations.
It is also useful to prevent infection, reduce inflammation and pain caused by stab wounds and animal bites.