12 Natural Antibiotics: No Prescription Required!

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Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine. There is no denying that, in certain instances, they have saved lives.

However, overuse of antibiotics has also caused us many problems and actually damaged the health of many humans.

Developing a resistance to antibiotics is becoming quite common and has long term effects. What will we do when we can no longer fight off diseases and infections like pneumonia or staph infections? This worrisome overuse of antibiotics has even led to children and babies with antibiotic resistant strains of tuberculosis!

The overuse of antibiotics is creating superbugs that are evolving and growing faster than we can find the means to fight them.

Avoid antibiotic use whenever possible and look towards the natural herbs, foods, and spices that people have used for thousands of years as means of fighting infections naturally.

We have compiled a list of the top 12 natural antibiotics that you can use to prevent and kill infections without a prescription, and without fear of adding to the superbug problem.


1. Turmeric

Both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine use turmeric for its natural antibiotic compounds, which destroy pathogens while encouraging the body’s natural defenses. Turmeric can also help to prevent infections in external wounds. In 2009, the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy published a study which showed the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, was effective in fighting the helicobacter pylori bacteria, which is believed to be the root cause of peptic ulcers, which if left untreated can lead to stomach cancer.

You can take 400 to 600 mgs of turmeric supplements twice each day, or make your own double whammy antibiotic food by mixing one tablespoon of turmeric powder with about 6 tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Store this mixture in an airtight jar and consume ½ teaspoon of this powerful mixture each day to prevent and stop infections naturally.


2. Garlic

Garlic is a really special herb because although it contains antibiotic compounds, unlike prescription antibiotics, garlic does not kill good bacteria! Garlic works best when fresh cloves are slightly crushed and allowed to sit for about 5 minutes before consuming. Garlic is a powerful antifungal and antiviral as well so consuming one or two cloves each day can prevent infections, including fungal infections, as well as help to prevent cold and flu viruses. One study, which as published in 1999 in the journal Microbes and Infection, discovered that the sulfur compounds in garlic, called alllicin, work in the body as natural antibiotics.

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3. Olive Leaf Extract

This super antibiotic extract from olive leaves can treat numerous types of bacterial infections. The journal Mycoses noted in a study published in 2003 that olive leaves have great antimicrobial compounds for fighting both fungi and bacteria. Olive leaf also has anti-inflammatory compounds as well as antioxidants that fight free radicals, which are often a root cause of many chronic diseases.

Take 250 to 500 mgs of olive leaf extract twice each day. You should consult your physician for the exact dosage that will work best for you and your condition.


4. Onions

The properties and antibiotic capabilities of onions are almost identical to garlic. In fact, onions can help to increase blood circulation and reduce pain, as well as inflammation. Onions are another great way to prevent infections from making your body their home in the first place.


5. Cinnamon

This tasty spice is not only high in healthy antioxidants, but it also possesses antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial compounds. Cinnamon is particularly helpful to the pancreas, because it has powerful effects on insulin levels and blood sugar levels, which can actually help those with diabetes.


6. Grapefruit Seed Extract

This was first developed to be a natural anti-parasitic, but this tiny extract quickly showed itself as a powerful ally fighting strep, salmonella, Candida, flu, herpes, E.coli, staph, parasites, and much, much more. Talk to your doctor or naturopath about the correct dosage for your situation.

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7. Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is extremely tiny particles of silver, suspended in a fluid, and has been used for centuries for the treatment of everything from eye infections to skin infections to pneumonia. Colloidal silver disables the enzymes that bacteria need in order to multiply.


8.  Habanero and Horseradish

These are little known antibiotics that work by exciting and quickening the body as it energizes it as well. The oils in horseradish are similar to the ones in mustard. In the body, these oils have powerful antibiotic compounds that get broken down once they reach the stomach, however, for throat, mouth, and upper respiratory infections, both horseradish and habanero chilies are terrific natural alternatives to prescription antibiotics.


9. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There are too many health benefits in coconut oil to list them here, but for this article, we can tell you that coconut oil has natural anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, along with powerful antioxidants, that simply cannot be beat, nor are they found in any other substance on Earth.  When you consume coconut oil, it improves the immune system, lowers cholesterol levels, balances blood sugar levels, as well as balances thyroid function. Completely safe to use internally and externally by anyone and everyone. Extra virgin coconut oil is perhaps one of the best and most versatile gifts Mother Nature has to offer.

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10. Oil of Oregano

Like garlic, oil of oregano kills pathogens, but leaves beneficial bacteria alone. This oil is also a powerful antiviral, which makes it a three in one fighting combination when it comes to fighting infections, and viruses, without harming beneficial bacteria and without encouraging a resistance to antibiotics. For foot and nail infections, add a few teaspoons of this oil to a bowl filled with warm water and soak your feet for 10 or 15 minutes every other day until the problem clears up. For colds or upper respiratory infections, add a few drops oregano oil into a bowl of steaming hot water and breathe in the steam to kill infection and clear up nasal passages.


11. Manuka Honey

Although all types of honey are natural antibiotics, the most powerful type is Manuka honey. In fact, this type of honey can kill a wide range of powerful pathogens including the flesh eating bacteria and MRSA. Manuka honey, or any type of raw, organic honey, never builds up a resistance in the treated bacteria. Ask any herbalist and they will probably tell you that honey is a terrific antibiotic. One study in 2014, which was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, showed that honey could fight infection on multiple levels.  Its honey rare combination of acidity, hydrogen peroxide, osmotic effect, polyphenols, and high concentration of sugar which all work together to kill pathogens.


SEE ALSO: Children Receiving Antibiotics More Likely to be Obese Adults


12. Apple Cider Vinegar

This completely natural vinegar has antibiotic and antiseptic compounds that will alkalize the body naturally. Apple cider vinegar is another substance that has so many healing compounds and healthy benefits; it’s hard to list them here. Consuming a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar every day can do everything from helping you to manage your weight, to lowering cholesterol levels, to reducing your risk of developing certain types of cancer.