The excessive use of antibiotics in recent years has reached a maximum height. This has resulted in “superbugs” – drug-resistant bacteria that evolve at a faster pace than scientists are able to find a cure for them. Future predictions imply that bacteria will ascend the top of the food chain.
Pharmaceutical antibiotics only developed in the 1940s. Before that there were natural defenders, i.e. foods and herbs that helped protect against viral infections and diseases on a daily basis. Holistic medicine around the globe still uses many of these.
Our predecessors used organic antibiotics derived from nature to fight infections; it is therefore advisable to remind ourselves of these natural antibiotics and possibly consider using them in case of an illness.
Natural Antibiotics Used by Our Ancestors Instead of Pills
Oregano and oregano oil
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Vinegar is well-known to be an all-around effective anti-bacterial substance, but did you know that different types of vinegar help fight off different kinds of bacterial strains? For example: Red Wine vinegar works best against bacteria that causes skin infections, such as S. epidermidis, while Apple Cider vinegar works best against bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses.
Vinegar can be applied topically to treat infections on the surface of the skin or it can be ingested in moderate amounts to treat infections inside the body.
It’s known that ancient Romans used honey on the battleground to heal wounds and fight infections.
Honey is still considered one of the most efficient natural antibiotics worldwide, primarily because of its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Manuka honey from New Zealand has shown the largest amount of antioxidants and healing power.
Honey contains an enzyme which releases hydrogen peroxide. It is this process that supports your body in fighting infection and stops bacteria multiplication. Honey cleans your blood from toxins and helps your liver function more effectively. It is also soothing for the digestive system.
If you want to boost your immunity, mix honey with cinnamon in order to increase your white blood cell count! The best choice for you is raw, organic honey as the majority of pasteurization processes weaken the antioxidant properties.
Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli are two of the most common infection-causing bacteria in humans, and are two of the most difficult strains to cure. Turmeric paste was used in a very recent 2015 study that revealed how it was able to inhibit the growth of both strains.
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.
You may not be familiar with echinacea, but is an incredibly effective medicinal plant when it comes to fighting the common cold.
Researchers have found that echinacea extract was very efficient at boosting your immune system, and it increases the number of white blood cells in your body, further helping you fight off infections.
A review of over a dozen studies which was published in 2014 found that echinacea is indeed effective at preventing you from catching a cold.
Cabbage may help fight against cancer. Compounds in cabbage called “glucosinolates”, which is what gives all cruciferous vegetables their taste, are broken down during metabolism by enzymes known as myrosinases. The byproduct of this reaction is called “isothiocyanates”.
According to researcher Lenore Kohlmeier, “Isothiocyanates may help to disarm carcinogens by getting them out of their toxic state and out of the body,”.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The benefits of coconut oil are endless. It is packed with anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities and is abundant in antioxidants that can’t be found anywhere else in nature.
Use coconut oil to improve your immunity, balance your cholesterol, thyroid, and blood sugar levels, and even enhance brain activity. One of the most versatile and unique natural products, coconut oil is safe to use internally as well as externally.
Mix a spoonful of coconut oil into your morning coffee to boost your energy and to clarify your head for the day.
A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.
This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.
Kefir and probiotic yogurts, unprocessed cabbage and homemade pickles are highly efficient in renewing our intestinal flora, protecting us from cancer and keeping our body healthy to fight off infections.