Before the arrival of antibiotics, humans used a variety of different “natural” antibiotics found in nature. In fact, many holistic people still utilize these traditional antibiotic substances.
The advent of modern medicine has provided mankind with optimal health the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Catch a sexually transmitted disease after a hot night with a stranger? There are pills for that. Have a bacterial bug that’s slowly filling your entire body with mucus and phlegm? There are pills for that too. Pretty much any common ailment that would have killed a person 200 years ago is now easily gotten rid of with pills. But, at what cost?
Antibiotics have been mankind’s “go-to” pharmaceutical for almost every major illness imaginable for the past couple of decades. And just as everything else in this world evolves, so do the nasty bugs that try to kill us from within. This means that as we continue to use antibiotics to fight off infection, the bugs that infect us learn how to overcome (and survive) the pills we ingest to kill them.
Before the arrival of antibiotics, humans used a variety of different “natural” antibiotics found in nature. In fact, many holistic people still utilize these traditional antibiotic substances to fight off illness. And we might want to start doing the same if we hope to stave off the onset of a superbug that could potentially wipe out a majority of mankind. Here are five natural antibiotics to use instead of pharmaceuticals:
While oregano is a popular spice used to flavor some of our favorite Italian entrees, many people are completely unaware of its antibacterial properties. It’s been seen to help improve digestive function and even help some people lose weight. Carvacrol, an oil found in oregano, has shown to be quite effective in killing bacteria. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to oregano.
Honey is one of the best and most widely known natural antibiotics. It’s even been recorded that ancient Romans used honey during battles to help treat the wounds of fallen soldiers, as it helps prevent infection. As a natural antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic substance, honey has been one of mankind’s primary natural medicines for thousands of years.
It provides a boost to the immune system, removes toxins from our bodies, aids in digestion, and helps the liver function more efficiently.
You can eat turmeric, the spice commonly found in Indian food, or you can even rub it on your body to gain its health benefits. What’s even cooler is that you can mix together honey and turmeric into a paste that can be used to treat infected areas of the body.
Coconut oil never gets the credit it deserves. It has natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is chock-full of antioxidants that can’t be gained from anything else. You can apply it externally or consume it raw. It enhances the immune system, helps thyroid function, improves brain function, and has been seen to balance cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Put a spoonful into your coffee in the mornings or in your meals throughout the day to give yourself more energy and clarity.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that grapefruit seed extract (GSE) was effective in combatting over 800 types of viruses and bacteria, over a hundred types of fungi, and a variety of different parasites. It contains high levels of antioxidants, boosts the immune system, and helps our digestive functioning by promoting healthy bacteria in our guts.