Antibiotics without a prescription?
We all know the implications of going through too many courses of antibiotics. They’re not only devastating to our gut health, they can be extremely harmful to the population too. When antibiotics are used to treat the wrong types of infections (or when we forget to finish a course), bacteria become resistant to their mechanism of action and harmful bacteria can start to thrive. This can cause illness to spread, with no way of killing it off.
Prescription antibiotics, however, are not always the answer for treating secondary infections caused by common colds and the flu. Mother Nature has some powerful ingredients in her arsenal that can be less harmful but just as effective against invading organisms that are making you sick.
Natural antibiotics that work
One of the amazing ways nature’s own antibiotics work is that they don’t kill off healthy bacteria, like those living in and benefitting your gut. In addition to this selective mechanism, many of them possess qualities that allow them to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi, which synthetic antibiotics don’t always do.
General antibiotics, which are typically given to a patient when their reason for infection hasn’t been determined by a blood test, don’t target specific bacteria, and they don’t get rid of viruses. Instead, they kill off all types of bacteria in your body but, if your infection is caused by a virus, you’ll be worse off.
That’s why it’s important to consider natural antibiotics before filling a doctor’s prescription.
With antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, garlic can help your body get rid of invading organisms. Garlic also supports your immune system in another way. It’s a strong antioxidant, which rids your body of free radicals, preventing them from damaging your cells.
You’ll get the biggest health benefits from garlic if you crush or chew it before swallowing as this releases the active enzymes it contains. Either eat it raw, soak it in warm water and drink it as a tea, or cook it lightly before eating.
Garlic extract makes up many natural viral remedies, so you can take it in capsule form too.
2. Oregano oil
Oregano oil is a great infection fighter and it even has an action against parasites. What’s more, a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that it wipes out at least five different types of bacteria.
This herbal oil can be used in a multitude of different ways. You can drop it in hot water and breathe it in for sinus infections, place it in a foot bath to get rid of toenail fungus, and even clean your home with it to keep bacteria at bay.
It’s important to get organic, medicinal oregano oil if you want to ingest it and it’s best to dilute it in water or mix it with a carrier oil like olive oil before taking it orally. Some people may be allergic to its properties, so be careful and speak to your doctor or pharmacist before trying this natural antibiotic remedy.
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Honey is one of the oldest known natural antibiotics. It contains a compound called hydrogen peroxide, which is thought to account for honey’s antibacterial properties. Its high sugar content is also thought to stop the growth of some bacterial species and its low pH levels contribute to dehydrating bacteria, causing them to die off.
You can apply honey directly to the site of an injury on your skin to ward off infection. It’s essential to use raw, organic honey for this process as refined types may have some of the benefits stripped away.
Raw honey is also good for treating coughs. Tea with honey – or even eating a spoonful a couple of times a day – is soothing for a sore throat.
Ginger has been used as a natural antibiotic for thousands of years and, in Asia, is served with many dishes as it has food poisoning prevention properties. It has antibiotic effects against some of the deadliest food-borne pathogens like salmonella, listeria and campylobacter.
It also possesses antiviral properties that can help your body overcome invading pathogens. Try it in the form of tea where you chop raw ginger and let it steep for a few minutes before consuming. Add fresh lemon juice, a touch of cayenne pepper, and garlic and you have a highly effective immune boosting tonic that can help you overcome infections naturally.
There is still a place for antibiotics in medicine and they are important for treating many different infections. It’s when they’re used for viral infections that it becomes a problem. So, before you accept the prescription from your doctor for a common cold or the flu, ask them about natural alternatives you can try first.
Republished from e|Care, an online portal for health and wellness by Health|Insite. Website: www.healthinsite.net. Tel: 0861 066 666