Antibiotics are used for the inhibition of bacterial growth. They also kill bacteria outright. Many people consider antibiotics to be modern medicine. But that’s not the case. Antibiotics have been around for centuries. The first antibiotics were derived from natural sources.
Do you know that some essential oils, plant extracts, and foods have antibiotic properties? Yes. For instance, some vegetable and food extracts can stop bacteria from growing in food.
In some cases, these properties can improve your hygiene. Let’s use cranberry extract as an example. Cranberry extract contains antioxidant and antibacterial compounds, making it effective against urinary tract infections.
Herbs can also serve as antibiotics. A sampling study of 58 Chinese plants found that 23 had antibacterial properties. Fifteen had antifungal properties.
A 2014 study by Chedid et al. found that herbal therapy was as effective as a chemical antibiotic in treating small intestine bacterial overgrowth disorder.
Here are some effective natural antibiotics that can serve you well at home.
Honey is as old as humanity. Ancient Egyptians used it as a skin protectant and natural antibiotic.
Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which may be responsible for some of its antibacterial properties. In addition, the sugar content of love is on the high side, which helps stop the growth of bacteria.
Also, the pH level of honey is on the low end. The low pH of love pulls moisture away from bacteria, resulting in the dehydration and death of the bacteria.
To experience honey’s antibiotic effects, apply it to the wound directly. The honey will kill the bacteria in the infected area and also facilitate the healing process. You can opt for raw manuka honey if possible. Manuka honey is the healthiest variety.
You can also treat internal infections with honey. To do this, swallow a tablespoon of honey. Alternatively, you may stir a tablespoon of honey into a cup of warm herbal tea for a soothing treat.
Scientists have long thought garlic has antimicrobial properties. However, a study conducted in 2011 by Xiaonan Lu and published in the American Society for Microbiology journals found that garlic concentrate had antibiotic effects. Garlic concentrate is widely available at local health food stores. In addition, you can prepare garlic concentrate yourself by soaking a couple of garlic cloves in olive oil.
Garlic isn’t poisonous, but large doses may cause internal bleeding. Maximum dosage of two cloves per day is acceptable. Garlic supplements should be taken according to the recommended dosage.
Be cautious if you’re taking a blood-thinning medication. Large doses of garlic can amplify the effects of blood-thinning drugs.
Everyone knows myrrh, but very few people know of its antibiotic property. A 2000 study showed that myrrh extract has the potential to kill off several kinds of pathogens, including:
The human body can tolerate myrrh quite easily. However, ingesting it can trigger a diarrhea episode. Myrrh may also cause a skin rash when applied to the skin. In addition, consuming myrrh in large doses may cause heart problems.
Myrrh is usually sold prepackaged, so ensure that you follow the dosage instructions on the packaging.
One of the most active ingredients in essential oregano oil is carvacrol. Carvacrol has essential therapeutic properties that promote healing in the body when inhaled. For example, oregano oil helps in the recovery of gastric ulcers. It also reduces inflammation.
You can treat fungal skin infections by adding a drop of oregano essential oil per teaspoon of coconut oil, olive oil, or any other carrier oil. The mixture is then applied to the affected area.
Oregano oil can also be diffused into the air to help clear sinus infections. However, it should not be ingested, and the undiluted form should not be applied to the skin.
Thyme essential oil is an integral component of many all-natural household cleaners. In addition, thyme essential oil is beneficial against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A 2011 study published in the journal Medicinal Chemistry tested the effectiveness of thyme essential oil and lavender. The researchers tested both oils in a pool of 120 different strains of bacteria. The results showed that thyme essential oil was more effective at killing bacteria than lavender essential oil.
Thyme essential oil should not be ingested. It is meant only for external use. Dilute the oil with equal parts of carrier oil before applying it to the affected area.
Discussing your interest in natural antibiotics with your healthcare provider is essential. Your doctor will help you explore the best natural antibiotics and weigh each regimen’s risks and benefits.
Antibiotics should be taken only when necessary. Do not take antibiotics just for the sake of taking them. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics can lead to a build-up of resistance. If you’re given a regimen, be sure to complete it.
Disclaimer: Dr. Berner does not diagnose, treat, or prevent any medical diseases or conditions; instead, he analyzes and corrects the structure of his patients with Foundational Correction to improve their overall quality of life. He works with their physicians, who regulate their medications. This blog post is not designed to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or any other individual. The information provided in this post or through linkages to other sites is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation, or the advice of your physician or another healthcare provider. Foundation Chiropractic and Dr. Brett Berner are not liable or responsible for any advice, the course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this article or others.
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