Ten Natural Ways to Fight Infections That Don’t Require a Prescription

Ten Natural Remedies to Fight Infections That Don't Require a Prescription

People are looking for natural ways to fight infections since it’s no secret that antibiotics have been abused for years. As a result of such abuse, harmful bacteria have become resistant to them. And these superbugs can often be found in the very place we go to get medical treatment – the hospital!

Alarming and scary when you think about it.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics, our ancestors used food, herbs and the bounties of nature to help guard against infections. Many of these natural antibiotics are still used today by many people around the earth.

I still remember my mom’s inspiring story of the time she developed a painful bladder infection as a child. Her dad went into the woods and came back with a strange-looking root to help her.

Her father, who is Native American, prepared a tea with this root and encouraged her to sip this tea throughout the day. In a couple of hours she felt better, and by the end of the day, she was up and playing again.

So natural antibiotics work. Really, really well. And the game changer is that these gems from nature fight all kinds of bacteria, but the bacteria do not become immune or resistant to them (like prescription antibiotics). Another good thing is that they are usually readily available; in fact, you probably have many of them right in your kitchen. So let’s take a look at 10 of them.

Garlic

The benefits contained in the clove of this natural antibiotic is mind blowing.The effectiveness of garlic is the result of a compound it contains – allicin. This compound fights infections and protects your body from other harmful invaders such as parasites, yeast, and bacteria.

Garlic is antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial. And it’s super cheap to buy.

Just crush a clove to activate the beneficial properties, and then eat the garlic raw, put a clove in a warm cup of tea or enjoy it in your favorite food.  You might smell like you spent the night in a pizza shop, but you’ll feel much better. 1

Honey

Honey is one of my favorite medicinal remedies, and I eat a lot of it too. This liquid is called “nature’s golden medicine”, and folks since the beginning of time have treasured it for its medicinal and culinary applications.

For example, ancient Egyptian records reveal that honey was an essential ingredient when prescribing treatments for many infections. In fact, the tombs of deceased royal Egyptians contained jars of honey for use in the afterlife. And to show you how amazing this product is, the honey found in these jars was still edible – even after thousands of years.

Civilizations the world over continue to use honey down to this day and consider it one of the best natural antibiotics known to man.

Among the fantastic properties of honey is its ability to release hydrogen peroxide when it comes into contact with liquid. This process is a huge benefit for those suffering from infected wounds. The honey is applied to the wound; hydrogen peroxide is steadily released deep into wounds to further fight against harmful invaders. 

Modern hospitals are currently using honey to treat wounds and find this remedy just as effective as traditional treatments.

Another incredible fact about honey is its high sugar concentration. The supersaturated solution of sugars in honey doesn’t have enough water to support the growth of microorganisms. Thus, it draws moisture out of the environment and dehydrates or kills the bacteria. Fascinating stuff! 2  

Cayenne Pepper

Heal with heat! Chile pepper, cayenne pepper and jalapeno peppers all have antibacterial properties.

The star of the show is the compound called capsaicin.  This component of peppers not only give them their spicy taste, it also helps to fight off bad bacteria and fungi.    

Turmeric

This mustard yellow herb has been used in medicine for thousands of years to treat infections and cure a host of ailments. Like honey, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-fungal. There are many excellent benefits of using turmeric medicinally. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat infections, especially wounds. It’s very popular in Australia and has been documented to kill many strains of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Not only can you use this oil on your body to specifically target infections, but you can use this versatile oil in your  home to clean away mold and other harmful pathogens. The kitchen and bath are two places where “nasties” reside. Kick these enemies to the curb with a mixture using about 12 drops of tea tree oil mixed with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and three cups of water for an excellent “antibiotic” spray.

Your medicine cabinet should not be without this potent, inexpensive and effective oil. 5

Oil of Oregano

Oregano oil is an amazing herb that works hard to fight infections. Like most of the natural antibiotics on this list, it is is antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It’s no wonder herbalists since ancient times have used it to fight a number of different infections – coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, and flu, to name a few. We use it as a weekly antibiotic cleanser after brushing our teeth.

Also, oil of oregano promotes sweating, which makes it useful to bring down fever in those suffering from an infection. 6

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is another one of my favorite antibiotic foods because not only is it effective, but it can be used for so many conditions.  

Apple cider vinegar can be used to sterilize cuts and wounds and improve the healing process, and it is excellent for alkalizing the body. 7

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile and inexpensive natural healing agents of all time. It has naturally occurring antifungal and antimicrobial properties and is safe to use externally and internally.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver has been used by many cultures over the centuries to treat illnesses and to prevent food from spoiling.

It is an antiseptic with antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and it promotes quick healing of compromised tissues.

Fermented Foods

Good health begins in your gut and fermented foods (probiotics) work to preserve and enhance the good bacteria in your digestive system.

Today, many doctors are now prescribing probiotics to patients on prescription antibiotics because they now realize the powerful activity of fermented foods.

Cultured probiotic foods are packed with antioxidants and microorganisms that your body processes far better than any supplement ever could. 

What are good fermented food options? Unpasteurized sauerkraut, raw pickles, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, and Kimchi are all good choices that your gut will love. 

So here is my list of 10 natural ways to fight infections. I hope you find one or two that you can use to enhance your health. And always remember that infections can be very serious, so don’t hesitate to consult a professional if your symptoms change or worsen.

What natural remedy do you have for fighting infections?

Short Version:

There are many natural ways to fight infections.  These remedies are becoming popular due to the modern-day super bugs that are resistant to antibiotics.

Garlic, honey, cayenne pepper, turmeric, tea tree oil, oil of oregano, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, colloidal silver and fermented foods are all natural ways to fight infections. 

 

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