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Essential Oils And Other Natural Substances That Work Like Antibiotics
You have probably heard a great deal lately about how the overuse of antibiotics has created a whole new army of superbugs, germs that are resistant to — or completely unaffected by — conventional antibiotics. It’s a scary subject when you think about it. There are times when antibiotics are vital for saving someone’s life, but what happens to the human race when germs are no longer affected by all of our known antibiotics?
The only ones to blame for superbugs are ourselves. We ask doctors for antibiotics we don’t need, and doctors prescribe them for every little cough or runny nose, and even for minor problems, such as a slightly infected wound. Too many people don’t try alternatives first — they head right for their doctor and seek a prescription.
Constant use of antibiotics leads to two serious problems. First, they strain the immune system because antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, not just the “bad” kind. Secondly, since more than 70 percent of your immune system lies in your gut, you have just destroyed the one thing that can naturally fight infection and bacteria.
Another piece of the puzzle when it comes to the overuse of antibiotics is that even though we can control when and how we use them, we have no control over the food industry. The beef industry has been estimated to use about 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. today. The beef industry might tell you that these antibiotics are not passed on to us through their meat or dairy products, but this simply isn’t true. They don’t give damn about your health — they only care about making a profit.
What can you do about this? You can avoid antibiotics in your food by choosing certified organic, free range meats, and by choosing dairy products that come from the same types of animals.
When you decide to take charge of your health, you realize that there are plenty of natural means of fighting infection and killing bacteria and viruses without relying on toxic chemicals or antibiotics.
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First, you can lower your susceptibility to these types of dangerous invaders by eating plenty of alkaline foods such as fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. You can get more than your daily requirement of vegetables through juicing. Cancer, bacteria, and viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment, so juice your way to a stronger immune system by making your body an inhospitable place for germs to live. This is far better than relying on antibiotics later.
Next, check out some of the best natural spices and essential oils that work like antibiotics.
Of course, sometimes antibiotics are necessary, and if these methods do not resolve your infection, or if you are ill and your symptoms suddenly become worse, see a doctor.
However, for most people, eating a more alkaline diet, combined with the following natural means of fighting infections, are all they will ever need.
1. Colloidal Silver
Nothing can live in the presence of silver, so it only makes sense that consuming micro-particles of silver each day will kill viruses and bacteria before they ever take hold inside your body. Many people consume a small amount of colloidal silver each day. If you prefer, you can begin to take it at the first sign of illness, or apply it directly to wounds as they happen. You will find bandages that contain silver in almost all health food and natural stores.
This spice has been used for thousands of years both in Ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of health problems, including fighting infection. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that have been found in numerous studies to be very effective at fighting bacterial infections, including MRSA. You can consume turmeric by mixing one tablespoon in a glass of milk and drinking it once each day. Turmeric is great because you can also apply it topically. Mix turmeric with some Manuka honey or coconut oil until a paste forms. Apply this paste to a wound directly. Turmeric mixed with Manuka honey is perhaps one of the best natural antibiotic-like formulas that can fight both MRSA and even the dreaded flesh-eating bacteria.
3. Bentonite Clay
Sometimes called Pascalite clay, this is a very special kind of clay that can only be found in the mountains of Wyoming. It has tremendous healing powers. Mixed with water, this clay has been known to draw out infections from wounds within hours or days, bringing a full recovery without the need for antibiotics.
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4. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive trees simply have so many health benefits for humans, it’s hard to list them all. Even the extract from the leaves have powerful antibacterial compounds that have been used for centuries. Olive leaf extract is so powerful that it is even being used today to treat MRSA infections in some hospitals in Europe. Olive leaf extract not only fights infection, but it supports a healthy immune system at the same time.
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5. Oil Of Oregano
This essential oil is well-known for its ability to kill all types of dangerous bacteria, and it is able to control staph infections (such as MRSA). Oil of oregano has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and it is a natural antiseptic that works well on just about any type of bacterial infection, including E. coli, MRSA, salmonella, and the flesh-eating virus. One 2001 study found that oregano oil was just as effective as most antibiotics at killing bacterial infections. This study was published in the journal Science Daily and was performed at Georgetown University.
6. Tea Tree Oil
This is another powerful antibacterial essential oil that has been used by the aboriginal people of Australia for thousands of years. This oil is super effective when it comes to fighting skin and wound infections. For best results, use therapeutic-grade tea tree oil undiluted for killing germs on the skin. Never consume tea tree oil internally — this essential oil is for external use only!
Essential oils and other remedies should be a part of everyone’s natural first aid kit. These natural products can offer us long term protection against infection without risking our immune system or creating more superbugs.