Natural antibiotics

Antibiotics were created to fight off bacterial (and some viral and fungal) infections. Unfortunately, these days, it is not hard for these microorganisms to become resistant to certain antibiotics by evolving into something bigger and worse. This can happen for multiple reasons, some of which are due to human error. Antibiotic resistance can be acquired if a person fails to follow the specific antibiotic regimen or if they are not taken at the same time every day. It is in these cases when we turn to natural antibiotics, hoping they will do their “natural” job of fighting infections, illnesses, or what have you. Many people, especially those who are fond of Eastern medicine practices, feel that when we put antibiotics into our bodies, we are disturbing a balance; natural antibiotics are those found in our bodies and in nature that are supposed to restore this balance. Keep in mind that this guide is not meant to replace the words of a doctor.

Immune System – Of course, if you think about it, this one seems rather obvious. After all, the purpose of the immune system is to recognize and fight off any type of foreign invader that touches the body, both superficially and internally. In most cases, the immune system is strong enough to fight off certain infections or illnesses.

Skin – Yes, your skin has natural antibiotic properties; however, sometimes the immune system is not strong enough to fight off an infection that has taken over it. In this case, a dose of an oral antibiotic or a cream will be useful. But otherwise, the skin contains protective barriers that can act as microorganism killers.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an excellent natural antibiotic because it naturally boosts the power of the immune system by causing a higher production of white blood cells. White blood cells are the most important type of blood cell that work to kill foreign invaders.

Zinc – Zinc is a mineral that is another supplement to boosting the power of the immune system. It helps our bodies build resistance to infections.

Echinacea – Many herbs are known for their natural antibiotic properties. Echinacea is one of those because it boosts the lymphatic system and acts as a blood purifier. It is the most effective against skin disorders.

Garlic – This herb may leave your breath smelling raunchy, but it’s no wonder that a dose of it can kill bacteria and protect the body from certain poisons. It works very similarly to some common antibiotics. Garlic is often used to treat minor infections of the ears, mouth, and throat.

Carob Powder – It can help stop the flow of diarrhea.

Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera has antiseptic properties, meaning it can soothe the skin and fight off infections occurring there.

Grapefruit Seed Extract – This is a very powerful antibiotic and is often used to kill certain bacteria and fight infections.
Honey – This sweet nectar from bees is effective against bites, stings, and cuts. Do not give honey to children 1 year of age or younger.

Thyme, Wild Indigo, and Elderberry – All three of these herbs can stimulate the immune system by producing more white blood cells that can fight off infection.

Molkosan – This product is derived from whey, and is used successfully against fungal infections; it is also beneficial as an antiseptic.

Olive Leaf Extract – This extract contains a phytochemical that produces a special acid that acts as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent. It has been particularly beneficial in fungal and yeast infections, chronic fatigue, allergies, psoriasis, colds, flu, and upper respiratory infections.

Tea Tree Oil – This oil has been most useful in treating certain skin conditions, such as acne and athlete’s foot.

Colloidal Silver – This type of natural antibiotic is most beneficial in upper respiratory conditions. The downside of this one is that it can kill good bacteria as well as bad bacteria. Be careful when taking it.

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