Ever since antibiotics were first discovered in the mid 19th century, they have been saving people in many ways. However, their excessive use has now become a problem, as the bugs are not responding to them anymore, creating antibiotic resistance. Some of those superbugs include Streptococcus pneumonia, fluconazole-resistant Candida , (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and Clostridium difficile. As a matter of fact, nearly 2 million people annually are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the U.S alone, out of which 23,000 die because of the infection.
Given that antibiotics are now overprescribed, particularly for conditions like flu, cold, chest congestion, and earache, it`s high time we turned to alternative medicine and natural antibiotics.
1. Raw Honey
Raw honey is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and antimicrobial properties. It also contains propolis and bee pollen, both of which boost immunity and provide antibiotic properties.
Honey has a wide plethora of uses, from reducing coughs and healing foot ulcers in diabetics to reducing postoperative complications and relieving pain better than acetaminophen and commonly used pain-relievers.
Due to its hydrogen peroxide content, raw honey is effective against MRSA as well, a fact which is backed up by science. It has been found that Manuka honey from New Zealand is the most effective against MRSA, due to its high methylglyoxal content.
“…clinical trials have found that Manuka honey is effective against more than 250 strains of bacteria, including:
• MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
• MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
• VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
• Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)”
2. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is extremely beneficial during cold and flu season, due to its potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It works as sanitizer around the house or at school, because of its activity against the ‘winter stomach bug’. It has been scientifically shown that oil of oregano is effective against different parasites in the human digestive tract, too.
To prevent cold and flu, you should take 1,500 mg capsule on a daily basis while for acute conditions you should take 3,500 mg capsules a day in divided doses. To relieve infection and sinus congestion, it is recommended to add a few drops of oregano oil to a steam. Ultimately, mixing a few drops of oregano oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and applying it to athlete`s foot or ringworm accelerates the healing process.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has become all the rage over the past few years, and its natural antibiotic properties are only one of the many reasons to love it! Coconut oil possesses potent antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties, all of which are attributed to its lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid content. This oil is especially effective against skin infections, atopic dermatitis, and Staphylococcus aureus.
Garlic provides numerous benefits as a natural antibiotic, such as combating fungal and microbial infections. According to a 90-day study of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE), treating cold and flu with garlic reduces its severity as well as the number of symptoms.
Before use, cut the garlic and let it sit for about 15 minutes to release allicin, one of its active compounds. Then, add garlic in the last 5 minutes of cooking in order to keep its active compounds which are sensitive to heat.
This herb has been long used to neutralize venom from snakebites, due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It contains polysaccharides which active immune response, providing an immune boost and anti-inflammatory effect.
Note: Echinacea is not recommended to be used as preventative measure against cold and flu. The best would be to use it for treating symptoms associated with upper respiratory infection, if any.