It doesn’t have to be cold & flu season for me to look for some natural remedies to the common cold or ways to prevent infections. I live with boys (three, including my husband), and they tend to constantly need some kind of antibiotic for something.
Personally, I am very prone to sinus infections. Seasonal allergies throw my body out of whack and cause my sinuses to become an issue. Then I’m forced to get a round of penicillin or amoxiclav. It seems like a waste of time and money to visit the doctor for these things, especially when I get sinus infections so often that I am almost able to self-diagnose! I’m usually always able to tell exactly what is wrong with me when I have a sinus infection…except for the time I went to the doctor for a sinus infection and ended up with a sinus infection as well as a double ear infection! So, having a list of these natural antibiotics really helps me out and saves me money! I hope this will help you, too.
Curcumin, the key ingredient found in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow hue, has antimicrobial properties. Scientists at Southern Illinois University (SIU) first screened 11 natural food compounds with known antimicrobial properties, including resveratrol from grapes, hydroxytyrosol from olives, and turmeric’s curcumin. The results of their tests proved that curcumin was the best at curbing E. coli growth. While it can be taken internally in capsule form, it can also be used as a spice in cooking and used as a topical antimicrobial ointment.
Neem is a plant native to the Indian subcontinent is famous among organic farmers as a natural pesticide. According to the Biojournal of Science and Technology (BJST) , Neem contains the following healing properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antiarthritic, Hypoglycaemic, Antifungal, and Antibacterial. While usually used as a topical medication for skin infections, neem can also be taken orally to prevent gastric ulcers, serve as a diuretic, and act as an anti-fungal.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano can be consumed as a spice in food, a tincture, tea or used topically as an essential oil. The diluted oil can be consumed to speed recovery during illness because of its natural antibiotic qualities. Oregano Oil (diluted in coconut oil) can be used directly on skin infections to encourage faster healing healing.
Because of its potency, many people refuse to eat raw garlic. However, chewing raw garlic is the healthiest way to consume the herb as it activates allicin, the antibacterial component in garlic. If you’re not brave enough to chew raw garlic because of the taste, consider using Vegetarian Capsules that you can fill with chopped up garlic, to get the benefits of the medicine without the pain!
Pau d’arco is native to South America. The medicinal properties lie in the bark of the tree and has been used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions. Scientists have identified two active chemicals in pau d’arco called naphthoquinones; beta-lapachone and lapachol. These chemicals have the power to kill bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. This special tree bark has also shown anti-inflammatory properties, which are important in treating health conditions such as osteoarthritis.