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12 of the Best Herbal Antibiotics on the Planet
Herbal antibiotics have been used for centuries by herbalists for everything from fighting disease, speeding up wound healing, fighting off colds and flus, treating respiratory problems, and fighting infections. Many of these herbs have been put on the back shelf since the appearance of synthetic antibiotics. Today, however, with more and more people looking to return to more natural ways of regaining their health, herbs are making a comeback.
This is an important movement since the overuse of synthetic antibiotics and antibacterial products have made bacteria and pathogens that are extremely resistant to most antibiotics.
By supporting our immune systems with a more natural diet and healthy lifestyle, we can eliminate the need for many antibiotics to begin with. However, when you find that you could use a good antibiotic, there is plenty of natural ones right from Mother Nature herself.
You should note that not all bacteria are harmful. Our guts are loaded with bacteria that are absolutely necessary for a healthy immune system and bodily function. If you are taking any type of prescription medication or if you have any existing health conditions, you should always consult your doctor before beginning any herbal treatment. Although most herbs are well tolerated by just about everyone, there are exceptions, so use common sense and speak to your doctor about possible drug interactions.
Sage has been used since ancient times for healing. It contains plenty of minerals such as calcium and potassium. Sage essential oils contain powerful compounds such as camphor, borneol, and cineole. During the Middle Ages it was thought that sage could prolong life and expel demons. We’re not so sure about that last one, but extending your life just might be true. Sage has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic compounds. It’s known to stop bleeding, help women get through menopause, and promote sweating, which removes toxins from the body. You can drink sage tea, or use it as a poultice externally for wounds.
2. Raw Organic Honey
Honey has been used for its therapeutic properties for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians used it as a type of embalming fluid and as a dressing for wounds. Holistic practitioners often recommend it as a general good-for-what-ails-you remedy. Lab studies show that honey hampers the growth of pathogens such as salmonella, and E. coli. Be certain that you are using real, raw, organic honey, not the honey from your local supermarket, which has been proven in numerous tests to be little more than glorified sugar. NOTE: Never give honey to an infant under 1 year of age as it contains botulism, which can easily kill an infant that does not have a fully developed gastrointestinal tract.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This tree, native to Australia, is the perfect antibiotics to kill fungal infections, viruses, and bacteria on contact. Think of tea tree oil as a milder form of rubber alcohol. It works really well in fighting things such has athlete’s foot fungus, toenail fungus, and skin infections. Mixed with a good carrier oil such as almond, grapeseed, or olive oil, it can fight psoriasis, eczema, and even acne.
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