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Natural Antibiotics

Updated: Jun 7


Natural Antibiotics

Improper overuse of antibiotics can cause antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. One side effect of antibiotics is the destruction of the human body’s microbiome (gut bacteria). Pharmaceutical antibiotics didn’t exist until the pharmaceutical industry developed in 1885.

Foods, herbs, oils and spices were the natural alternatives to antibiotics.

Garlic contains allicin, which has antimicrobial properties. Crushing the fresh garlic releases the allicin.

Raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, produced by an enzyme called glucose oxidase in the raw honey. It is used in hospitals on burn patients to help the skin heal.

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has antibacterial properties.

Oregano contains carvacrol and thymol, which have antibacterial properties.

Ginger contains gingerol and shogaol, which have antibacterial properties.

Cinnamon contains compounds such as cinnamaldehyde, which has antibacterial properties.

Ceylon cinnamon is preferred since it doesn’t harm the liver.

Echinacea contains compounds such as echinacoside, which has antibacterial properties.

Thyme contains thymol, which has antibiotic properties.

Basil is an herb that has eugenol, citronellol, and linalool, which have antibacterial properties.

Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid have antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil can also help fight fungal infections. It’s in toothpaste and deodorant and boosts the immune system.

Red and yellow onions contain quercetin, allicin, sulphur thiosulfinates and sulfoxides, which possess antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cranberries contain the sugar D-Mannose, which is specific for urinary tract infections.


Some options available containing these ingredients are listed below:


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These natural remedies may be a great alternative to antibiotics. Recipes exist using a combination of these ingredients, especially when antibiotics are unnecessary or antibiotic resistance is a concern. Insufficient usage can cause the infection to get out of control. Before using nonmedical, please consult a healthcare professional to ensure its safety and effectiveness.


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