You may follow a healthy diet, watch what you eat, get regular exercise, but you may not be able to completely avoid infections and various illnesses. Even the healthiest people sometimes end up with an infection.
Typically, infections are treated with the use of antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria that are causing your infection, but along with that, beneficial bacteria that your body needs are destroyed, causing a problem in the gut which if left untreated may lead to many other health issues.
If you are dealing with an infection, prescription antibiotics should only be a last resort. There are many natural antibiotics that you can use to stop the spread of infection and kill harmful bacteria.
The following ten items naturally treat infections and various illnesses—so that you do not have to take harmful pills.
12 Natural Antibiotics to Treat Infections Without Side Effects
Echinacea is native to North America and has been used by native Americans to treat a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Using Echinacea can help fight infection while improving your immune system.
Consuming Echinacea can prevent bacterial and viral infections, helping you fight the common cold, along with ear infections and other illnesses. There is also evidence to suggest that Echinacea can be used to fight Staphylococcus aureus—one of the most dangerous types of bacteria.
You can take Echinacea by placing several drops from a tincture on your tongue.
2. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is another natural antibiotic. It is made from fresh grapefruit seeds. Grapefruit seed extract is affordable and can attack bacteria, fungus, parasites, and viruses. This is one of my favorites for killing parasites and when doing a Candida cleanse.
3. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that help the body fight harmful bacteria and infections. Research has shown that microorganisms that are inactivated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses. It is a great antibiotic to have on hand, works well whether applied topically or ingested.
Garlic is one of the most beneficial items in this list, for killing bacteria and stopping the spread of infection. It contains powerful anti-bacterial properties and has been used for hundreds of years to stop the spread of infection. It was even used in the past to treat the plague and other epidemics.
Whenever you use garlic for its ability to fight infection, consume raw garlic. Add it to just about any meal, including the garlic towards the end of the preparation of the meal. Garlic oil in capsules may be another good option.
This yellow spice can be consumed or applied topically to fight infections. It helps the body fight harmful bacteria, protect against infections and strengthens the immune system to prevent spread of infection. Turmeric has also been shown to be more effective than prescription antibiotics on the market, without the side effects.
Sage was one of the most used items for fighting infection, before the creation of synthetic antibiotics.
Since ancient times, sage has been used for its medicinal properties.
It includes essential oils and various nutrients that can help kill fungus, bacteria, and viruses.
Propolis is a resin that is produced by bees. Bees use propolis in their hives to keep the hive healthy and you can use it to keep your body healthy; though, if you are allergic to bees or honey, you may want to avoid using propolis.
There are at least 19 active compounds in propolis, including all of the essential vitamins and at least 13 minerals that your body requires. According to some studies, consuming propolis during the cold and flu season can reduce your chances of getting sick by over 50%.
8. Oil of Oregano
Oregano oil is made from fresh oregano leaves. It contains a compound called carvacrol, which contains very strong anti-bacterial properties. According to a study from Georgetown University, oregano oil can be just as effective at fighting infection as commercial antibiotics.
Oregano oil can be used to kill at least 25 different types of bacteria, including bacteria that has developed a resistance to commercial antibiotics. It also contains strong antiviral properties, that could help prevent the cold and flu.
9. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is a natural, non-toxic antibiotic that is known to be able to kill more than 650 different pathogens, including various bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Before the discovery of penicillin, colloidal silver was used as the primary treatment for a wide variety of diseases.
10. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is created by extracting oil from olive leaves. It contains antimicrobial properties, along with other nutrients, that can attack free radicals.
Free radicals are responsible for various health issues, including premature aging and cancer.
Olive leaf extract can be added to any drink or meal, using just a few drops from the tincture. It also provides anti-inflammatory effects, which could help you with various types of ailments.
You may never have heard of Astragalus before, but it is a common plant in parts of Asia—specifically China, where it is widely grown. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a couple thousand years. This herb can stimulate the production of interferon, which may help boost your body’s ability to combat infections.
12. Manuka Honey
Raw honey has many different benefits and Manuka honey might provide even more vitamins and minerals. Manuka honey is one of the most effective foods for killing infection. This is mostly thanks to a compound called methylglyoxal.
You can apply Manuka honey topically to infected areas, eat it on its own, or include it in your meals or drinks to fight infections internally.
It is up to you whether you use prescription antibiotics to combat infections. These natural antibiotics should be able to help kill infections and stop the spread of infection. Always consult your health practitioner with severe infection or if your life is in danger.