Over the years we have been relying on antibiotics every time when it comes to reducing pain, fighting almost any illness and infectious diseases. Unfortunately, we are becoming more and more resistant to those antibiotics.
This is happening due to complete overuse of antibiotics even for some minor colds. As a result, there are bugs which no longer respond to antibiotics. A factual situation shows that, in the US alone, around 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and nearly 23,000 people die every year because of these infections.
Some of those bugs which are antibiotics- resistant are: MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), fluconazole-resistant Candida, Streptococcus pneumonia, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Clostridium difficile and many more. Furthermore, globally we are witnessing multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis and complications combating HIV and malaria, all due to antibiotic resistance.
Now the questions are: should we up the doses or should we take stronger antibiotics? Should we take several different antibiotics at once?
The answers to all of these questions are a strict no, because that way you’ll just create stronger antibiotics resistance and when you need antibiotics in a case of life and death, antibiotics won’t work.
However, instead of panicking, we should take matters in our hands. Next time when you feel mild cold, cough, flu or earache, don’t reach towards the antibiotics immediately. Try to cure the condition in a natural way.
Here are 5 powerful natural antibiotics for which you won’t need a prescription:
- Raw Honey
One of the healthiest foods in the world is honey. And not just any kind, raw honey is the best choice. Studies have shown that raw honey is rich in antioxidants, B-vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, minerals and antimicrobial compounds. It also contains propolis and bee pollen. Due to these compounds raw honey is a powerful immune booster.
Raw honey has proven effective in many illnesses. It is very effective in reducing coughs in children, including nighttime cough. It also speeds up healing in diabetic foot ulcers.
In patients who were undergoing cataract surgery, raw honey was proven to be more effective than the routine fluoroquinolones, which are losing their strength due to antibiotic resistance.
If you suffer from chronic pain after tonsils removing surgery, try consuming raw honey on a regular basis instead of taking acetaminophen. Soon you’ll notice that you would be able to eat normally and fall asleep faster.
Raw honey is also effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Some evidence has shown that Manuka honey from New Zealand contains the highest content of methylglyoxal, an active compound in honey that exerts a strong antimicrobial effect against MRSA.
Note: Be aware that children under 2 should not be given honey due to the potential of botulism.
- Oregano Oil
The oregano oil is rich in antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. Due to these components this common culinary spice is very helpful during cold and flu season.
Oregano oil is very active against the so called norovirus- winter stomach bug, and therefore is very often used as a sanitizer in schools, houses, daycare centers or work places.
Oregano oil can help your digestive system get rid of numerous parasites. For this purpose consume 600 mg of oregano oil in a period of 6 weeks.
According to a study oregano oil is also effective in fighting bacteria such as: Staphylococus aureus , Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa due to its antibacterial properties.
Note: If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to any plant from the Lamiaceae family, you shouldn’t consume oregano either.
- Coconut Oil
Recently, coconut oil has attracted a lot of attention. That’s because it was shown that coconut oil acts as a natural antibiotic. Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats like medium chain triglycerides. It has antimicrobial effects against viruses, bacteria and fungus. This is due to the several fatty acids which include lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.
Another great use of coconut oil is for treating many sorts of skin infections such as atopic dermatitis, a condition that occurs as a result of overuse of topical antibiotic creams to prevent infections. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common bacteria living on the skin, and if you want to reduce its resistance on antibiotics stop using them, reach for the natural cure instead.
The only negative thing that can be said about garlic is the bad smell. But if we don’t mind that little flaw, garlic is number one vegetable for curing a lot of diseases. It has a full spectrum of antimicrobial and antibiotic effects. On your skin, garlic oil can be used to fight fungal infections. According to a 90-day study of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE), the number of symptoms experienced was reduced.
When cooking with garlic, cut it about 10-15 minutes before you need to use it. Allow it to sit for some time. The oxygen from the air will activate the compound allicin, a compound responsible for immunity enhancement. Add the garlic in the last five minutes of cooking in order to preserve the active constituents which can be destroyed if cooked too long on heat.
5. Echinacea (E. Purpurea and E. Angustifolia)
Echinacea can come in handy at the first sign of cold and flu. It has antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic effects (source). Due to those effects the herb was traditionally used to neutralize venom from snakebites. Polysaccharides found in Echinacea are helpful in boosting the immune system.
However do not use Echinacea as a precaution, use it only when you feel first symptoms of cold or flu.
Note: If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to any plant from the Asteraceae family, you may have a reaction to Echinacea too.
Have in mind these 5 natural antibiotic alternatives whenever you’re about the run to your doctor’s office for a prescription.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About Antimicrobial Resistance. https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/about.html Accessed November 1, 2016.