12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills
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May 17, 2015

12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

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Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.
Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.
Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills


Oregano and the oil of oregano

You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.


Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.
A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.


Honey

Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.

New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.
An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.

A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.


Turmeric

This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.

You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.


Garlic

Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.


Grapefruit Seed Extract

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.

High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.


Echinacea

So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.


Cabbage

There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.

What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.
Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!


Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.

Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.

Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.


Fermented food

Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.


Colloidal Silver

A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.
This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply.

Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.
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I still prefer antibiotics to cure infections. I'd rather not lose my arm, or my life.
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(06-08-2015, 04:02 AM)Leonhard Wrote: I still prefer antibiotics to cure infections. I'd rather not lose my arm, or my life.

Yes, me as well.

But this antibiotic maze has become a most difficult conundrum over the years. Ill-advised use and poor application has resulted in 'superbugs'--highly resistant and Multi-Drug-Resistant (MDR) bacteria, like Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus. These items mentioned in the article, have not been subject, for the most part, to the same resistance by the microbes they fight. It is a good reference to a secondary cashe of weapons one may use against 'bugs' in the event one cannot get or doesn't quite need the stronger, more expensive methods.
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(06-08-2015, 07:30 AM)Zedta Wrote:
(06-08-2015, 04:02 AM)Leonhard Wrote: I still prefer antibiotics to cure infections. I'd rather not lose my arm, or my life.

Yes, me as well.

But this antibiotic maze has become a most difficult conundrum over the years. Ill-advised use and poor application has resulted in 'superbugs'--highly resistant and Multi-Drug-Resistant (MDR) bacteria, like Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus. These items mentioned in the article, have not been subject, for the most part, to the same resistance by the microbes they fight. It is a good reference to a secondary cashe of weapons one may use against 'bugs' in the event one cannot get or doesn't quite need the stronger, more expensive methods.

Indeed!  Part of that "Ill-advised use and poor application" is seen when doctors prescribe antibiotics for infections that are not bacterial.  Many, many sinus infections, for example, are fungal or even viral.  Yet, the conventional treatment of choice is antibiotics.  I remember the days when if you went to the doc with symptoms of a throat infection, a sinus infection, a lung or bronchial  infection, they would actually take a swab or get you to cough up some mucus to send to the lab.  You know...the lab at the end of the hallway.  You would wait a little while and then the doctor could and would make a far more accurate prescription based on the lab results.  How often does this happen any more??

Childhood ear infections?  Usually those clear up all by themselves fairly quickly.  A judicious dose of a children's NSAID to relieve the pain and possibly a mild sedative (like diphenhydramine) to help the kid sleep can work wonders as nature does the rest and the infection runs its course.
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(06-08-2015, 02:03 PM)J Michael Wrote: Childhood ear infections?  Usually those clear up all by themselves fairly quickly.  A judicious dose of a children's NSAID to relieve the pain and possibly a mild sedative (like diphenhydramine) to help the kid sleep can work wonders as nature does the rest and the infection runs its course.

Yep and don't forget the hot water bottle.
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