Medicines have looked a lot different before the modern medicine was introduced. Our ancestors had to rely on the land to provide antibiotics and natural cures, but today we just have to walk to the doctor’s office and walk out with a prescription. While we can thank modern medicine for rapidly increasing the human lifespan, there is still a place for natural cures.
IN THIS ARTICLE, WE’LL DISCUSS 11 OF NATURE’S MOST USEFUL ANTIBIOTICS.
- GARLIC & ONION
Common medical properties are been shared by Garlic and Onion. They contain natural antifungal, antibacterial and anti-cancer agents. According to the journal publication Pharmacognosy Reviews, “At the time when antibiotics and other pharmacy products did not exist, a bulb of garlic itself represented a whole pharmacy industry due to the broad spectrum of effects.”
- GINGER ROOT
Ginger is an incredibly versatile plant. Ginger can be eaten fresh, powdered, or dried as a spice. You can also consume it as an extract, oil, capsule, lozenge, or tincture. Ginger also helps to relieve nausea, loss of appetite, and motion sickness. As an antibiotic, ginger acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and a decent general-purpose pain reliever.
- COCONUT OIL
Speaking of versatile, consider coconut – or in this case, coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that helps to cure coughs, candida, inflammation, and even warts. Due to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can also prevent harmful pathogens from entering your digestive system. Coconut oil is also a good antibiotic because of its antiviral and antifungal properties.
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
You might consider Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) the most popular item on this list – and for a good reason. Containing acetic acid, ACV is one potent anti-inflammatory. This helps to reduce the symptoms of many conditions, including acne, arthritis, and gout. Besides helping ease pain, ACV also provides a good dose of probiotics.
Winnie the Pooh is a famous cartoon character among children and its favorite food also happens to be an excellent antibacterial. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, the stuff our parents loved to splash on our cuts (to our dismay!). Researches show that common honey kills over 60 different types of bacteria. Additionally, honey serves as an excellent alternative treatment for wound care.
- GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
The use of grapefruit seed extract goes all the way back to the 16th century. At this time, it treated infections of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Besides its natural antibacterial properties, GSE helps boost circulation, reduce joint inflammation, and protect our skin from UV damage.
- OIL OF OREGANO
Oil of oregano has an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. If added to nature’s medicine cabinet, “Triple-O” can treat the common cold, infections, and parasites. Taking oil of oregano as a supplement may help to protect the skin against many harmful bacteria’s.
Massive research efforts are underway to discover the relatively newfound medical properties of cloves. A particular area of interest to scientists is using the spice to maintain and improve oral health. Studies show that cloves are very effective to kill off bacteria, gingivitis, and plaque, this may help to reduce inflammation of the gums. In one study, a homemade mouth rinse consisting of clove, basil, and tea tree oil killed a greater number of oral bacteria than store-bought mouth rinse!
Thyme is an essential oil. It is commonly used in many commercial household cleaners – that’s how powerful this stuff is. Health-wise, thyme is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent. It can even be used to prevent skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Because of its potency, thyme should be diluted with coconut or olive oil before applying to the skin.
A member of the sunflower family, Echinacea flower works as one of the best natural antibiotics for the common cold. Studies show that using supplements of the flower can reduce the severity of cold symptoms by up to 50%. Other natural antibiotic uses include ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinus infections, and hay fever.