Antibiotics have been totally overused and about 2 million people in the U.S. each year are infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic and about 23,000 people die because of these infections.
Instead of taking these antibiotics you should try using natural “antibiotics” for many benign conditions like chest congestion, earaches, flu and cold.
Raw honey is rich in amino acids, antimicrobial compounds, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and B-Vitamins. It contains propolis and bee pollen that contribute to its healing, antibiotic and immune boosting properties. It can be effective as the cough medications in reducing coughs like nighttime coughing. It also speeds the healing in diabetic foot ulcers. Honey is used as prophylactic for patients with cataract surgery. It is also a pain reliever and effective against MRSA. The New Zealand’s Manuka honey has the highest content of methylglyoxal which exerts strong antimicrobial effect against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Honey shouldn’t be given to children under the age of 2, because of the potential of botulism.
Oil of oregano
This oil is common culinary spice and it is also used in the flu and cold season. It has antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Because of its activity against norovirus, this oil can be useful sanitizer in home, work, daycare and school. It has been shown to eliminate many parasites in the digestive tract when there are 600 milligrams ingested for six weeks.
During the flu and cold season, take one 500 milligrams capsule for prevention or for acute conditions take three 500 milligrams capsules per day in divided doses. You can also take one to two drops of oregano oil, diluted in one tsp. of carrier oil like almond, coconut or olive oil and apply it topically to fungal issues like ringworm or athlete’s foot. Put few drops of it to steam as it can help reduce sinus infection and congestion. Don’t use it if you’re allergic to plants of Lamiaceae family.
Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic and antimicrobial against fungus, virus and bacteria. This is because of its content of fatty acids like caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid. It is excellent for treating skin infections and effective against eczema. The Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacteria that live on the skin. Reducing the eczema can reduce the use of the antibiotics.
Garlic has antimicrobial properties and it acts as a natural antibiotic. It can be used topically for fungal infections. The Aged Garlic Extract’s 90-day study showed that while flu and cold occurrence didn’t differ between AGE and placebo, the number of days and the number of symptoms experienced, participants felt was reduces in the treatment group.
The best way to use the garlic is to cut it ten to fifteen minutes before usage and leave it. The oxygen in the air will activate the process of allicin. Then, add it in the last five minutes of cooking to keep the active constituents.
This herb is amazing for the beginning stages of flu and cold. It is used to neutralize the venom from the snakebites and it is antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial. Its polysaccharides appear to activate the non-specific immune response that provides anti-inflammatory effect on the body and an immune boost.
It isn’t recommended to take it for prevention of flu and cold. It’s been used for treating the symptoms that are associated with upper respiratory infection, one you have one.
You may react to Echinacea of you are allergic to Asteraceae family plants. It’s also contraindicated in those with HIV and Autoimmune conditions.