Natural antibiotics are also essential in preventing and defeating diseases. This post lists some of them.
Alexander Flemming invented the first modern antibiotics, which paved a way to humans’ armor against bacteria. His works also opened the doors to more research about defeating these disease-causing organisms.
However, it turned out that humans’ dependence on such medicines grew drastically resulting in disadvantages. First is the bacterial immunity to some antibiotics and second, neglect of natural antibiotics.
There are anecdotes that ancient societies have been using molds and other natural products to treat infections and some of them are still appropriate today.
Here are some of the powerful natural antibiotics:
A commodity of Australia and New Zealand, Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. This is one important good of both countries to the point that farmers, producers, and exporters must comply with strict rules and regulations.
This honey is also one of the oldest traditional medicines.
Experts documented that ancient tribes use this to cure wounds and other infections. Modern studies and laboratory testings showed that the substances called phenolic and methylglyoxal are present in large amounts.
Such ingredients are antibacterial.
In a study published at US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Manuka honey has been proven to effectively fight off pathogens. It is also safe to consume despite the strong taste and aroma.
A super resilient plant, Oregano is also an important herb, because of it’s proven antibacterial properties.
It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin E, tryptophan and calcium. It has phytonutrients (thymol and carvacrol), which fight infections such as staph.
People grow these in pots in the Philippines so there will easy access herbs that can cure cough and colds. Tea is now also available.
Garlic can kill a wide spectrum of bacteria. It is also antifungal, antiparasitic, anti protozoan, and antiviral.
Allicin, a substance responsible for the herb’s pungent smell and flavor provides that antibacterial property.
Honey fermented garlic is a favorite concoction around the world. This can provide an easy relief for dry cough and colds.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is high in different types of acids such as acetic and malic, which gives this vinegar a strong and sour taste. These are potent enemies of bacteria.
Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can immediately ease sore throat and cough.
Asians love moringa because of its flavor and texture. However, it was only recently when researchers considered this as a superfood and among its properties is antibacterial.
A petri dish test showed that the extract from moringa is better than traditional antibiotics in fighting pathogenic organisms that cause severe illnesses. Scientists concluded that this can be a great source of antibiotics.
Another common spice, ginger is also a natural way to fight off infection. Ginger is rich in á-pinene, borneol, camphene, and linalool, which are active compounds that can kill and prevent the growth of bacteria.
A chicken soup loaded with ginger is good for people with colds and sore throat.
It has been documented that Native Americans used echinacea to treat wounds and other infections. Modern studies proved that there are substances that can either elevate the immune system or have antibacterial properties.
Echinacea is now available in OTC shops, health stores and online shops in the form of teas.
Known for its color and anti-cancer properties, Turmeric is also a great way to fight off infections naturally.
It’s great in curing inflammation, thanks to its natural phenols, which gives that rich yellow color. Curcumin, which is also a component, is also antibacterial. It can also relieve allergy.
Though the above-mentioned natural antibiotics are proven effective, a doctor’s advice is still needed. We can’t state the fact that laboratory-made antibiotics are also important.