Organic antibiotics are as necessary in every home as their pharmaceutical counterparts. Read why here below:
1. Oregano oil pills
In my book, this is one of the top medicinal herbal choices. It is very potent- it takes 1,000 pounds of oregano to make only 1 pound of oil of oregano!
Research update: Georgetown University Medical Center made in vitro tests of oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteria. What they found was that even little amounts of the oil were as helpful as any standard antibiotic doze. Also, the Journal of Medicine conducted a study in which oil of oregano showed significant antibacterial properties against 5 species of harmful bacteria, especially e-coli.
Oil of oregano has these 2 active compounds- caravacrol and thymol. Carvacrol treats or reduces bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasites, viruses, inflammation, candida, and tumors. Many sources recommend taking oil of oregano for only 2-4 weeks at a time. I am personally fond of taking it in the pill form due to its strong nature. I also recommend the Gaia brand of oregano oil. This brand of oil is also antiviral and antifungal.
2. Olive leaf
The olive leaf is of course the leaf of the olive tree and is a very popular herbal antibiotic alternative.
Research update: While some studies show it not to be a broad spectrum antibiotic alternative, it does show significant activity against harmful stomach microorganisms. And have you heard of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus? This mouthful-to-say bacterium, also commonly called MRSA, is a serious staph infection in humans, which is resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics. The olive leaf is also efficient against resistant MRSA. Furthermore, the olive leaf displays antiviral and antifungal properties.
3. Garlic cloves
They are very rich in antioxidants. One of the well-known active components found in the garlic cloves is allicin, which can be found only in freshly crushed garlic. However, other components clearly work in synergy to produce garlic’s beneficial effects, since even aged garlic shows assuring health benefits.
Research update: So far, many studies have confirmed the garlic’s exceptional antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. One study has clearly revealed that garlic cloves enhance the action of the antibiotic gentamicin, and even surpass its negative effects on the kidneys. Another study has shown the garlic to shorten the common cold, and the University of Maryland advises that it may strengthen the immune system as well for a long time.
It is a precious astringent herb, which is often used for infections of the mucus membranes. It is also used against inflammation. The active matter in the goldenseal are the antimicrobial alkaloids, the main one being berberine. The goldenseal actually hinders bacteria from smoothly adhering to tissue surfaces. The goldenseal also acts as an antifungal and anti-diarrheal remedy, and is effective against protozoa.
Research update: The University of NYC evidenced its activity against MRSA. There was another study, done by the Egypt Agricultural Center, when they infected fish with bacteria. One group of fish received antibiotics, and the other one received goldenseal. The fish that were treated with chemical antibiotics had 84% recovery rate whereas the ones treated with the goldenseal had even a greater recovery rate of 87%.
5. Vitamin C
When the body has high levels of the omnipotent vitamin c, immunity gets increased. When sickness and stress overwhelm you, your levels of vitamin C are rapidly depleted.
Research update: A group of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC found that vitamin C successfully killed a resistant culture in vitro, and they also found that it could not develop a resistance to vitamin C.
From my own experience, anytime I feel like I am coming down with a cold or the flu, I take liposomal vitamin C since it helps me easily. l usually take 1,000 mg of vitamin C, 3 times a day for a week. Typically, within 2-4 days, whatever I had is suppressed! You may also want to consider lemon-based home remedies to avoid even the slightest amounts of chemicals present in vitamin supplements.
6. Echinacea tincture
This easy-made tincture is antibacterial and it exerts tremendous healing influence on the respiratory, digestive and genitourinary tracts. It is also excellent for a sore throat.
7. Andrographis paniculata
Its antibacterial compounds easily cure upper-respiratory tract infections and sinus issues. People also report satisfactory results with sore throat, cough, and splitting headaches.
8. Manuka honey
Mānuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree. This healing honey has been known to New Zealand’s indigenous cultures for thousands of years. The honey is commonly recommended as an alternative medicine for topical wounds, resistant MRSA, boosting the immune system, soothing insect bites, and much more.
9. Bee propolis
Bees make more than honey. They also make gunk called propolis. And this “bee glue” is a powerful health balm. Bee propolis contains as many as 300 active compounds! These components were found to fight cancer cells in a variety of ways including:
- Preventing the growth of new blood vessels to feed cancer cells (anti-angiogenesis)
- Preventing the spread or metastasis of cancer from one organ to another
- Halting cancer cell division
- Inducing apoptosis or programmed cell death
10. Colloidal silver
Colloidal silver has been reported to kill well over 600 different germ strains while the majority over-the- counter antibiotics are only effective against a few. It can be effectively used for ear and sinus infections.
The other day, when I had a severe toothache, I tried various pharmaceutical remedies that only masked the pain. I researched the issue and found a solution of colloidal silver for swishing in my mouth for several minutes each day. That did the trick and I haven’t had any issues with that tooth since then (or any other tooth for that matter)!
11. Oregon grape
About 5,500 people die each year in the U.S. due to a MRSA infection. MRSA is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It is also called oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Over 2/3 of the people who contract MRSA can relate it to a hospital visit.
And that’s where the Oregon grape herb comes in. A constituent of Oregon grape root, berberine is being studied because it contains a specific multidrug resistance pump inhibitor (MDR Inhibitor) named 5′-methoxyhydnocarpin (5′-MHC). Yes, I know that sounds intimidating!
Basically, what this means is that it works to decrease bacterial resistance to antibiotics. A simplified view of how MRSA works in the body is that it has a pump in its cell and when antibiotics enter that cell the pump immediately pumps out the antibiotics so it can have no effect on the MRSA cell. 5′-MHC, which is derived from berberine-containing plants like the Oregon grape root, stops that pumping action so the antibiotics can have an effect on the MRSA cell. Some herbalists are also using the Oregon grape herb alongside antibiotics to increase their effectiveness against this very serious [end even deadly] infection.
Berberis aquifolium has won its reputation chiefly as a remedy for the syphilitic taint. Today the herbalists use it for eye infections, vaginal infections, skin wounds, mouth infections, inflammatory bowel and urinary tract conditions, infections in the upper digestive tract (h.pylori), infectious diarrhea, sore throats, etc.
Other benefits of the Oregon grape root include: liver stimulation, skin benefits, and prevention of a number of digestive complications such as cramps or IBS.
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