Wellness

Herbal Antibiotics – Nature with a cure

January 6, 2016

Nature has provided thousands of natural medicines and natural antibiotics over millennia. Virtually all pharmaceutical medications originally came from the plants of the Earth.

Scientists estimate that within ten years antibiotics will become redundant and their inappropriate use has led to the rise of the super bugs:

This excerpt from an article published in March 2011 by The Economist — titled “Resistance to Antibiotics: The Spread of Superbugs“— quotes Fleming at the end of his Noble lecture giving a warning to the world:

On December 11th 1945, at the end of his Nobel lecture, Alexander Fleming sounded a warning. Fleming’s chance observation of the antibiotic effects of a mould called Penicillium on one of his bacterial cultures had inspired his co-laureates, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, two researchers based in Oxford, to extract the mould’s active principle and turn it into the miracle cure now known as penicillin. But Fleming could already see the future of antibiotic misuse. “There is the danger”, he said, “that the ignorant man may easily under dose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.”

So, how did this happen anyway?

In the last few decades, extensive uses of antibiotics have led to an increase in the rate of antibiotic resistant infections.And as a result people who are hospitalised because of common illnesses, cancer, heart disease or even accident injuries end up with hospital-acquired infections.

A number of simple bacterial infections considered harmless in the last 50 years are becoming deadly all over again (e.g. cholera, salmonella, e. coli, kidney infections). Bacteria are highly adaptable creatures. Not only is their reproductive rate only 20 minutes, meaning they evolve very quickly, but different strains of bacteria can also ‘teach’ other strains how to resist antibiotics.

The livestock industry and the agricultural industry have used antibiotics and pesticides for years to prevent illness in animals and crops for better yields. Extensive uses of antibiotics, pesticides and environmental pollutions have poisoned our planet as well as us and other species.

Humans are creating stronger chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics that has resulted in a stronger version of viruses and germs.But Nature has survived and still offers the same natural medicines That can help fight against stronger versions of these germs.

Unlike pharmaceutical medicines, herbal medicines have evolved slowly over time and contain hundreds of active compounds that all work together synergistically.

Herbal antibiotics operate in 2 primary ways. First of all, they eliminate the dangerous germs. They can kill some helpful bacteria as well,Never less, the quantity being wiped out tends to be exceptionally small in comparison with the quantity of useful bacteria killed by artificial antibiotics.

The second way is by boosting the body’s defences. In this way, your body system will be capable of fighting back any germs and their consequences.

Herbal antibiotics are a great way to boost overall health and eliminate harmful pathogens from the body.

Here’s the list of nature’s best herbal antibiotics:

  • Goldenseal: Goldenseal is an amazing herbal antibiotic that can fight against bacteria and fungi. Goldenseal is also anti inflammatory, improves liver and gastrointestinal problems.The Native Americans taught us that goldenseal has the ability to soothe the linings of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive and genitourinary tracts while effectively clearing bacterial invasion.
  • Thyme: Thyme has antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Thyme is so effective for treating coughs, asthma and breathing problems, bronchitis and digestive problems.
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is a traditional native plant that grows in hot and dry climates. Aloe vera leaves are known for treating rashes, wounds, inflammation, arthritis and constipation.
  • Grapefruit seeds Extract: Grapefruit seeds extract is driven from organic grapefruit and has great antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Grapefruit seeds have been known to fight more than 800 different kinds of bacteria and more than 100 different kinds of fungi. Grapefruit seeds destroy bad bacteria without destroying the good bacteria in the body.
  • Echinacea: Echinacea has great antimicrobial properties and can shorten recovery time of many illnesses including bronchitis, hay fever, sinusitis, ear infections, respiratory infections, urinary tract infection, sore throats, enlarged prostate and lymph glands, hay fever, yeast infections and canker sores. Echinacea can also treat wounds, sunburns and improve immune system.
  • Olive Leaf: Olive leaf is a great anti inflammatory , antifungal and antibacterial that can boost immune system and improve the symptoms of heart disease, digestive problems, yeast and urinary tract infections, cancer chronic pains and arthritis.
  • Licorice: Licorice has great, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Licorice is very beneficial for improving bronchitis indigestion, adrenal insufficiency, viral infections, , small intestine ulcers, heartburn and hepatitis.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is a great natural spice that is commonly used in many Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric has great anti inflammatory, antioxidant and anti microbial property. The main compound in turmeric has been known to block enzymes that increase the growth of cancer cells.
  • Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic as well as antifungal and antiviral agent. A 1999 study published in the journal Microbes and Infection found that the sulfur compounds known as allicin in garlic act as natural antibiotics. In addition, garlic contains a host of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to overall wellness.
  • Usnea: Usnea is a great antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant herbal that can fight germs and fungi. Usnea can increase the immune system, relieve coughing and sooth the mucus membrane.
  • Oil of Oregano: This is an essential oil known best for its bacteria-killing abilities.It contains antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and pain-relieving properties.
  • Oregon Grape: Also from the Northwest, Oregon grape contains a substance known as berberine, which can stop bacteria from adhering to the walls of the intestine and urinary tract.
  • India Echinacea: This Asian herb with thousands of years of traditional use is now being proven through modern research as being able to disrupt the quorum-sensing system of bacteria. This system helps bacteria attach to each other and thrive as a community. Andrographis basically helps break up the bacterial “party.”Numerous studies report its ability to reduce upper respiratory infection symptoms, such as fatigue, sore throat, cough and headache.
  • Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta: Cryptolepis sanguinolenta offers strong antibacterial resistance to infections.It is powerful systemic antibiotic. It contains the antibacterial alkaloids cryptolepine, quindoline, and neocryptolepine.Can be prepared as powder, capsules or tea.
  • Alchornea: Is commonly used as a medicinal plant in parts of Africa.They are taken for their sedative and antispasmodic activities to treat a variety of respiratory problems, genital-urinary problems and intestinal problems.
  • Bidens Pilosa: The leaves and roots works against chronic diarrhea, mucous membranes, dysentery, inflamed respiratory passages, malaria, blood tonic, to be used as tea, decoction, cold infusion, fresh juice, tincture. Bidens pilosa offers strong resistance to antibacterial infection.
  • Sweet Annie: Sweet Annie contains the most artemisinin, a potent antiparasitic.Used in treatment for malaria, blood parasites, fever, liver, antiviral, female reproductive problems. Used as infusion, juice or tincture. Artemisia anna offers strong resistance to antibacterial infection.
  • Juniper: The natural antibacterial, antiviral, diuretic, and antiseptic properties of Juniper lend themselves well to treatment of a variety of internal and external conditions. Historically,in Europe and India it served as a treatment against infectious diseases.
  • Pau D’Arco: A herb native to South America whose active ingredient lapachol, has been found to relieve a wide range of infections include those initiated by bacteria, viruses and fungus. Used by the Indians of South America to strengthen the immune system and fight life-threatening diseases. It’s best consumed as a tea or decoction.
  • Manuka Honey: Honey is one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years. Manuka honey is the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world.Its nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys. Some strains of this New Zealand honey are particularly rich in hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone which make it highly antimicrobial.

Note: Including foods and herbs that contain antibiotic properties in your diet can support your immune system and help to defend you from certain infectious bacteria and yeast.

This is not to imply that you should not take antibiotics when deemed necessary by your medical doctor. However, knowing how to use certain foods as medicine can help you to cut down on over using synthetic antibiotics for minor health conditions. Naturally, consult your physician before using any herbal medicines.

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54 Comments

  • Reply Aria on January 6, 2016 says;

    This is a fantastic read. The more I read your blog, it looks like I’m getting sucked into herbal & herbs. To be honest, I must admit that Ive learnt a lot about herbs and herbalism from you a lot in the recent past.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply June on January 6, 2016 says;

    I’m a new reader here and have been loving your blog! Was herbalism your main stream course when you did college?

  • Reply Kim on January 6, 2016 says;

    Another beautiful post by you. I think Aloe Vera is something that is pretty common amongst most of us. But about Aloe Vera I really know about it only now. Till then I was treating it more or less like a cosmetic..

    There is so much to learn in this world I guess.. and I guess the learning may be an outcome from this blog.

    Cheers

  • Reply Arianna on January 6, 2016 says;

    I’m a new reader as well over here. I read all of your recipes – They are more than awesome. I also read your SPA series…. Girl, you have just thrown out a whole new world of SPA out there to me. And now, this herbal antibiotics, outstanding! This blog sure is a keeper.

  • Reply Madelyn Abigail on January 6, 2016 says;

    Wow, I respect you for this topic of your post. you have done a beautiful job of assimilating so much of information and presenting it well to your readers. I really wish some day to work with such a talented person like you.

  • Reply Riley Jones on January 6, 2016 says;

    Thanks for the tips, this really helps!
    Do you also do any sought of healing? What are you?

  • Reply Isabella on January 6, 2016 says;

    “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” – Genesis 1:11

    You are reminding everyone about GOD. You are blessed

    Thanks
    Isabella

  • Reply Camila on January 6, 2016 says;

    This is definitely a passion for you. I can say by reading your blog, you are extremely good with herbs. I would love to see more of these kind.
    I’m following your SPA series unto implementing it. I loved the one on Hand spa specially. You manage to convince me.

  • Reply Tamika on January 6, 2016 says;

    This is going to my Evernote.Lovely tips as always!

  • Reply Noël on January 6, 2016 says;

    This world is racing towards chemicals. we see chemicals in almost everything now.
    At least for our antibiotics, I think its high time we switch back to olden times way where we can use herbs. This is an excellent post showing off the most common ones. Infact there are so many simple things that we humans don’t do and we blame something else.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. Hope this saves this world!

  • Reply Dorothy on January 6, 2016 says;

    Thanks for spreading the word

  • Reply Gabriella on January 6, 2016 says;

    plant medicine builds resistance against future infections while pharmaceutical medicine does not. Plus many pharmaceutical drugs have known, harmful side-effects. I still do not know if we have any thing from best of both worlds.

    But herbal is always known the best. Most of the information is out there. But how many of us actually follow? We may tend to lean towards herbal or plant medicine, but then we quickly take pharma drugs because we want results the next minute.

  • Reply Sara Teare on January 6, 2016 says;

    You have a very valuable post here. I don’t know how many really know the worthiness of this, but this is very good.

    Are you having plans of also giving out combinations of these herbs for any certain ailments? I would love to see such a post too. Not just me, I think many would love to see a post of that sought.

    Have a great day!

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    Do you or are you planning to write any book titles?

  • Reply Debs on January 6, 2016 says;

    The brilliant thing about this post, is it’s written for real people making it perfect if you’re a beginner to the world of herbs and their myriad uses.

    Well done!

  • Reply Eva on January 6, 2016 says;

    This post is a gem.

  • Reply Priscilla on January 6, 2016 says;

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  • Reply Ruthie on January 6, 2016 says;

    You are a specialist. I wish to see a basket full of herbal remedies. I request you to take this to the next level. I would like to see you giving out herbal medicines for cause.

  • Reply Hadewych on January 6, 2016 says;

    I learned so much from this. It is mind blowing.

    I would like to see an episode of this; in the manner of spa episode.

    Thanks

  • Reply Hannah on January 6, 2016 says;

    well prescribed.

  • Reply Paulina on January 6, 2016 says;

    This post is a blessing

  • Reply Betty on January 6, 2016 says;

    You have been posting almost all of your posts at the right time. Being winter now, I think this also helps. Like everyone in the comments, my vote too is for a set of healing diseases will be a definite read!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Vera Gottlieb on January 6, 2016 says;

    Nature is our greatest pharmacy.

  • Reply Amina Omari on January 6, 2016 says;

    How does one take these antibiotic herbs please give directions as I am afraid of the conventional route. Good to see this , keep it up.

  • Reply Anetta on January 6, 2016 says;

    Really good post. I’m interested of reading more about it

  • Reply ecoNugenics on January 6, 2016 says;

    What is the best way to integrate these herbs into your diet?

  • Reply Nadine Rodriguez on January 6, 2016 says;

    I ALWAYS LOVE LEARNING ABOUT NATURAL HERBS AND SPICES….I’ THINK IT’S A BETTER WAY OF LIFE THEN PRESCRIPTION PILLS

  • Reply Eliska on January 6, 2016 says;

    Very interesting information and i would like to know about making aleo vera water . Thank you a lot .

  • Reply Aubury on January 6, 2016 says;

    Hi ,
    I have been looking for natural antivirals & how can I take it .
    Can you help me ?

  • Reply Nevaeh on January 6, 2016 says;

    Encouraging post! Indeed the Herbs are more powerful and long lasting ways to treat any type of disease. Its proven!

  • Reply Patricia on January 6, 2016 says;

    Gratefulness abounds in my heart for all the Healing ways….
    There is not a day that goes by, that is not profoundly touched by your sincere sharing of healing wisdom and compassion.

    Sincerely,
    Patricia (Jamestown, NY)

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    Loved this piece. It was shared to me by my best friend and chiropractor

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    I would love to share with family. Very well written

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  • Reply Kamille Poire on January 6, 2016 says;

    Sincerely appreciate your hard work that you have put in here. This post is simply informative. Excellent, thank you.

  • Reply Tulani on January 6, 2016 says;

    Thank you so much for these helpful insights.
    Does the amount of the herb or powder differ based on weight or between adults and children?

  • Reply Kari on January 6, 2016 says;

    An interesting blog with some very heavy reading.

  • Reply Heather on January 6, 2016 says;

    this information is fantastic for general immune boosting, thank you

  • Reply Victoria on January 6, 2016 says;

    I haven’t seen anyone else write about this like you have done.Thanks much

  • Reply Teri on January 6, 2016 says;

    Wish I had this list when my entire family contracted whooping cough 3 years ago. With a baby in the house, we went the antibiotic route, but supplemented with many herbal teas and tinctures, homeopathy, chinese herbs, etc.

  • Reply Angie on January 6, 2016 says;

    Please keep posting home remedies that work. I really like to read about these things and how they actually work.

    You have done a fabulous job in getting all this information out to the people. Very much appreciated!

  • Reply Agnus D on January 6, 2016 says;

    Thanks for the info. Blessings to you and your family.

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    This whole website is a wonderful source of information. It is screaming to all of us with a reminder to start living a fulfilled life.

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    Oh, honey. My heart is with you. Appreciate your work.

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  • Reply Monica on January 6, 2016 says;

    Thank you so much for all this helpful information. I just came across your blog while searching the web for natural cures for the WC. I am planning a trip to a nearby herb store tomorrow in hopes of finding many, if not all, of the herbs you mention in this blog post so we can get started on feeling better. Thanks again for sharing such valuable information

  • Reply Liz on January 6, 2016 says;

    I also believe in the herbal solution for any kind of basic diseases. I’m not sure for anything major though. But the trick here is that, perhaps… perhaps if we start off right from the beginning then I think we can avoid the major.

    Good Post!!

  • Reply Olivia on January 6, 2016 says;

    Impressive!!!

    This is a fantastic post!

  • Reply Judith Powell on January 7, 2016 says;

    This is a beautiful post. I have yet to use some of these, but some of them I use them already in some form.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  • Reply Puja Santosh on January 7, 2016 says;

    Hi P,

    This is a beautiful post dear. I was thrilled to see this post from you. Beautiful work

    Thanks

  • Reply Ambrosini Ami on January 7, 2016 says;

    Ceci est une belle après la. I love en savoir plus sur les herbes. Êtes-vous des recherches sur ceux-ci?

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