Antibiotics are a group of drugs that a person takes in when it has infections caused by bacteria. These medicines are sold just with a prescription. However, the prescribed antibiotics can cause not only benefits, but also other health problems. This is because they kill all the bacteria in your organism, both good and bad. The consequence is that you also kill the bacteria from your intestines that are responsible for many functions, the body to work normally. In the worst cases, this may lead to conditions like obesity, asthma and cancer.
Goldenseal is a popular natural remedy that kills bad bacteria. It is useful in the healing of digestive disorders, UTIs, eye infections and canker sores. Mixed with echinacea, it combats the cold symptoms. Its main compound, berberine, is able to destroy parasites and strengthens white blood cells. You can take goldenseal in the form of pills or extracted liquid. If taken orally it does not work as expected, then take a bath with some liquid extract in it. If you take any other drugs, consult a doctor before using this herb, as it may cause skin irritation and increase the sensitivity to sunlight. Also, do not use goldenseal if you suffer of high blood pressure.
2. Oregon Grape
This herb has similar benefits as goldenseal, as it also contains in its root berberine. Oregon grape is efficient in the removal of digestion problems, viruses and, of course, bacterial diseases. You can take it in the form of tincture, but you can also prepare tasty tea out of the Oregon grape’s root. It’s true, you can have some nausea as a side-effect after the first doses of tea. Do not keep the dried root of this herb in the sun or somewhere where is hot and to do store it for more than one year.
3. Andrographis Paniculata
This is a plant usually used for alleviating cold symptoms in South Asia. It is also effective in the case of other infections, insect bites and hemorrhoids. The active ingredient is called andrographolide. You can take andrographis paniculata in tablets that include not less than 20% of andrographolide. Use the tablets according to the label and don’t take it for more than three months. If you had diarrhea, upset stomach, or headache after the intake, do not use it anymore.
4. Manuka Honey
This natural antibiotic is originated from New Zealand, due to the bees that pollinate the manuka bush. It is beneficial in curing an infected tissue, lowering the cholesterol and improves the condition of diabetics. The active substance that deals with bacteria is methylglyoxal. For medical benefit, should be taken manuka products that have a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) not less than 10. If you have injured yourself, apply the honey directly to the wound or burn. If you are allergic to honey, then better observe if your condition does not change after taking or applying manuka honey. Also, do not use it if you take chemotherapy medication.
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
This essential oil is very popular among the amateurs of natural remedies, because it can be used for numerous treatments. For example, it proved its efficiency in the cure of cuts, acne, toenail fungus, infections and lung issues. It also demonstrated positive results in the prevention and treatment of bacterial diseases. Tea tree essential oil is a natural ingredient which you can find in toothpastes, hair products, lip balms, lotions, soaps. As well, you can buy it in its pure form of essential oil. So, it is not necessary to take it orally. Before starting to use this oil regularly, test it on a small surface of your skin to see if you are not allergic to it.
Garlic not only adds flavor to your meals, but also cures heart disease, cold symptoms, improves your immune system, and fights against bad bacteria. The main ingredient in garlic is allicin, which is not only beneficial for health treatments, but is also helpful in weight loss. Besides eating garlic as ingredient in your meal, you can consume it in its raw form, or as powder. As well, you can find garlic oil, extract and freeze-dried tablets. If taken too much, raw garlic may cause burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor and diarrhea. Also, if you have soon a surgery, I recommend you to abstain from eating garlic two weeks before the intervention. If you take some medicines, consult a doctor before consuming garlic.
Echinacea is a natural remedy used by Native Americans for centuries to treat viral and bacterial infections, as well as injuries. Echinacea is a powerful antioxidant, it has properties to lessen the pain and the inflammation. There are loads of active ingredients in this plant like glycoproteins, volatile oils, flavonoids and alkamides. Echinacea can be taken in in a variety of ways: tincture, pills, extracts and ointments. It can also be easily found in combination with other ingredients, forming together natural health supplements. You can drink tea from echinacea root, too. Opt for supplements with a higher dose of echinacea. Do not use it if you have diabetes, HIV, liver disorders or multiple sclerosis. Rarely, it can produce allergic reactions.
8. Pau D’Arco
This supplement is extracted from the Pau D’Arco tree wood and bark. It was demonstrated that it can make you get rid of intestinal worms, ulcers, yeast infection and sexually transmitted diseases. The main ingredient used for medical purposes is lapachol. You can find in commerce pau d’arco in the form of tablets, dried bark tea and tincture. When using this supplement, it is better to stop your visits to the gym, or any other kinds of workout. Also, high doses may cause diarrhea, nausea and internal bleeding. Consult a doctor if you decided to take pau d’arco.
Ginger is popular in the culinary world, but also is a commonly used ingredient in the holistic medicine. This natural remedy is beneficial for nausea caused by pregnancy or virus. The active substances gingerol and shogaol have great anti-inflammatory properties. They also diminish the cholesterol level in the body. Besides adding it to your food as spice, you can use ginger as extract, tincture, capsules and oil. Ginger tea is an often used remedy, too. Although it is safe consuming ginger in food, if you decided to take higher doses, or ginger in supplements, better consult your doctor. Especially do it if you take blood-thinning medicines, or you suffer of some bleeding disorders. Also, it is not recommended to give ginger to kids under 2 years old.
10. Olive Leaf Extract
I guess everybody knows about the multitude of health benefits of the fruit, leaves and seeds of olive tree. The olive leaf extract can treat viral and bacterial infections and majors the amount of purifying bacteria in the stomach. The ingredients that provide to the olive extract medical use are the fatty acids and the polyphenol named oleuropein. The olive leaf extract can be taken in as pill, topical cream and liquid extract. You can apply it on your skin or take orally, but not more than 60g daily. This natural remedy is one of the most inoffensive, the only thing that can cause a seasonal allergy is the pollen of the plant.
11. Oil of Oregano
The leaves of oregano plant are especially used for treating respiratory diseases, relieving the symptoms of coughing, asthma and bronchitis. The substance called carvacrol from oregano has the ability to destroy parasites, to kill the bacteria and attenuate acne. There are numerous ways how you can use oregano oil: it can be combined with hand sanitizer, vaporized into the air, massaged onto the skin, or take it orally in the form of a pill. It is safe to use oregano in your food. However, pregnant women should better avoid it, and there could appear some precautions if you take drugs with lithium. If taken in medical amounts, it can cause upset stomach.
Being a relative of ginger, turmeric is effective in curing stomach ulcer, indigestion, heart disease, bacterial and viral infections. The main ingredient of the plant – curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant and possesses antibiotic benefits. The turmeric root can be consumed in fresh form, but it can be also dried and transformed into powder. The powder can be added to your food, drinks, or taken in capsules. You can also find in commerce tinctures dissolved in alcohol and turmeric liquid extracts. A correct dose of turmeric can heal the stomach from ulcer, but the overdose can provoke this disease. So, be careful not to overuse it. Turmeric is also not recommended to be taken in before a surgery, as it causes blood thinning. If you are pregnant, you should take care of the daily amount of turmeric, as medical amounts are not advisable for this period of your life.
13. Coconut oil
We can endlessly talk about the coconut oil benefits: starting with antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties, ending with boosting the immunity. Moreover, coconut oil is widely used for the healing and the prevention of skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other. Candida can be effectively removed with this natural remedy as well. And, it seems that the coconut oil will be the natural next-generation antibiotic, as it was demonstrated that the lauric acid and the monolaurin are efficient in the killing of antibiotic resistant super germs. The lauric acid from coconut oil in combination with oregano oil is even more effective in fighting the staph bacteria than antibiotics. You can add coconut oil everywhere you want: in your smoothies, meals, and hot drinks. But don’t overuse it, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for an adult is more than just enough. Use just the organic, virgin coconut oil and avoid the refined stuff.