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.