Penicillin was the first antibiotic invented in the 1940s. Ever since then, we haven’t looked back, and there have been many antibiotics synthesized and introduced in the market, with the intent that each one would be more effective and powerful than the last. However, as the strength of these antibiotics increase, the infection’s (bacterial or fungal) resistance and tolerance to them also increased. Antibiotic resistance occurs when the microbes become stronger by mutating themselves structurally and genetically to be better able to fight off the antibiotics and the body’s immune system. Antibiotic resistance is becoming a significant issue, and the culprit is—you guessed it, “antibiotics.” We are also partly to blame for this issue, and this is because every time we keep taking antibiotics to fight off minor infections or simply, diseases that are not even there, you’re just giving the microbes a chance to adapt better, mutate and fight off the drug’s effectiveness, rendering it ineffective.
As most of you might already be aware of, the body has its own set of bacteria, and these are good bacteria that work in the body, helping maintain the body and strengthen it. However, as you introduce antibiotics into the body, these drugs work to fight off the infection-causing bacteria as well as the good bacteria, further weakening the body as it becomes more prone to infections and like I’ve already discussed in some of my previous articles, many of the drugs (including antibiotics) synthesized in the labs contain active ingredients. These active ingredients could cause many side effects on the body. These are simply a few of the reasons why people today are turning to natural remedies for solutions that have been in the business of fighting off infections and microbes for over centuries. Many of the drugs synthesized today have their main compounds and ingredients derived from these natural remedies itself and let’s be honest, these natural remedies in no way affects the body’s own “good” bacteria or compromise the body’s immune system, and instead, it gives a much-needed boost to the body immune system and good bacteria. Let’s not forget about the side effects which are sort of nonexistent with natural remedies.
In this article, we’re going to talk about a few of these natural alternatives to antibiotics you could pursue that may be just as effective as any other antibiotic prescription. If you suspect you have an infection or if you’re sure you have some disease that is nothing major— more like sore throats, earaches, toothaches, stomach bugs, or some small respiratory conditions, check out some of these remedies. However, if you feel like the situation is dire and cannot be contained within 3 to 4 days with natural resources, visit your nearest health care provider or GP, let them know about the remedy you’ve been using, and you might be prescribed some drugs, that’ll better fight off the infections. In these situations, home remedies may usually not be practical due to antibiotic resistance. To make sure you or your kids don’t develop antibiotic resistance, go for natural resources, and curbing down the use of antibiotic drugs unless the infection is something severe.
Check out these four best natural antibiotics and antimicrobials that I use whenever I come across little infections or even just a feeling of uneasiness. They’re pretty effective, inexpensive, and readily available, even in your kitchen.
Honey is considered one of the most effective, natural, herbal remedies and has been around since the time of Aristotle. Honey is primarily known for its antibacterial properties and, according to some studies, is considered one of the best remedies out there for sore throats, coughs, burns, and bedsores. According to a study conducted in 2011, honey is known to fight off 60 types of bacterial infections, and today, it is used to successfully treat wounds infected by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). One of the significant components in honey that helps fight off infection is its hydrogen peroxide content, and, its best used for the treatment of wounds and burns because it helps wounds heal by providing a protective, moist coating.
However, manuka honey is well known for its antimicrobial property, and it has less hydrogen peroxide content. Multiple studies have been conducted on Manuka honey, and it is recognized as one of the best treatments for many drug-resistant pathogens. They’ve also been known to disperse bacteria living in biofilms and kill them directly. The best way to use these fantastic herbal antibiotics is by adding two tablespoons of Manuka or any other brand of honey in your tea with lemon or directly, having a spoonful or two daily.
Garlic is one of those herbs that are just plain awesome. You can add them in pasta, pizza, or any Italian dish and just be prepared for your senses to be mesmerized. However, this herb also has potent antimicrobial properties. When consumed raw, it releases enzymes and certain compounds like allicin, which helps fight against bacteria and microbes. Garlic has even been considered a treatment against drug-resistant tuberculosis. According to some studies, these are effective against infections caused by Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E.coli). Although, it may leave your breath stinking but do consume one clove of raw garlic daily or chop it up and leave it out for 10 minutes before consuming it. You can also use it in food. Due to its preventive and curative properties against harmful bacteria and microbes, this is considered one of the best natural antibiotics for humans.
Native American and traditional healers have considered echinacea as one of the most effective herbal remedies and have been using it for decades. It is a potent immune system stimulator that not only strengthens the immune system but helps fight off bacterial or other microbial infections, yeast infections, and even herpes! It is highly suggested to consume echinacea as soon as the symptoms show up as it reduces the duration of the illness and as per some studies, it is known to fight off strep throat caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. It is recommended to consume 6-8 ounces of echinacea in tea, usually four to six times daily.
Oregano is just one of those super herbs that, when added to food, makes the food taste divine and can also be used as a medicinal herb. Oregano oil is known to contain carvacrol which has antimicrobial properties According to a study, the oregano oil is known to be effective against 41 strains of food pathogen and as per another research conducted by a team from the University of the West of England, Bristol, they found out that oregano oil can kill MRSA (a hospital superbug) at a dilution of 1:1000. Another active ingredient in oregano known as beta-caryophyllene, has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis.
On a side note, oregano oil is best used to treat cold & flu, sore throats, athlete feet, muscle cramps, period cramps, dandruff, headaches, earaches, intestinal pathogens and it even better helps repel insects when rubbed onto the skin. The best way to use oregano oil to treat foot or nail fungus is by adding a few drops of it in water ad, letting it soak for a few minutes. If you have a blocked sinus or a cold, add a few drops in a steam bath, and inhale. Always remember, when using any essential oil, always use it in diluted form, either with some olive oil or in water, like a steam bath.
It’s always best to consult with your nearest GP or health care provider if you feel like after using a particular antibiotic alternative, your symptoms persist after 3 to 4 days of use, or especially if you feel like you’ve suddenly developed allergic reactions to the natural solution you’ve used. And hey, these natural alternatives are much cheaper, easier to use, and readily available, so why not go ahead and try some and let us know what you think.