Fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs with these six powerful and natural alternatives to antibiotics

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Amy Goodrich
November 2, 2016

For many Americans, antibiotics have become a standard routine when they get sick. Since the 1940s, these drugs have significantly reduced illness and death from bacterial infections. However, they are not the go-to fix for everything.

Conditions such as a sore throat or bronchitis are usually caused by a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics. Nonetheless, the medical industry keeps prescribing these drugs to treat non-bacterial infections. As a result, bacteria adapt themselves to these drugs and become resistant. When this happens, a common, easily treatable disease may become an unstable killer. In fact, if we don’t stop the overuse of antibiotics, bacteria may evolve to a point where even the last-resort treatments will fail.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 23,000 American people die each year as a direct result of these unstoppable infections.

Long before Alexander Fleming discovered antibiotics in 1927, our ancestors relied on medicinal plants and natural remedies to strengthen their immune systems and prevent or cure infections. Some of these natural practices are still in use today.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric, the bright yellow-orange colored spice that most of us know from Indian curries, has been well known and documented for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, parasites and fungi. It has successfully been used to fight Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers and gastritis.

It can be taken as a supplement, drunk as tea or mixed with honey to create a skin-, wound- and infection-healing paste.

2. Garlic

Another excellent and versatile antibiotic is garlic, which has been shown to protect the body by killing harmful bacteria. Clinical tests suggest that garlic may be as potent as some of the commonly used antibiotics. Furthermore, garlic has proven to be effective against some of the tougher antibiotic-resistant superbugs. To get the most active compound out of fresh garlic, the Daily Health Post recommends leaving crushed garlic exposed to the air for 15 minutes before consumption.

3. Probiotics

Kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and cultured yogurt may sound like ancient foods to you. However, more people are going back to these age-old healing foods to strengthen and renew intestinal flora. Probiotics or friendly gut bacteria are essential to good health. In addition to killing the bad guys, probiotic bacteria support proper digestion, boost the immune system and enhance the body’s resistance to infection.

4. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful antimicrobial essential oil derived from the Australian Melaleuca Alterniflora tree. As reported by Green Future, over 400 scientific studies have proven tea tree oil’s value as an antiseptic agent. It can be used to treat fungal, bacterial and viral infections. These include acne, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and bacterial ear infections.

5. Oregano and oil of oregano

Oregano has been long studied and used as a treatment for bacterial infections. In vitro, studies using oil of oregano have shown that it may be as efficient as the most commonly used antibiotics, but without the nasty side-effects.

6. Bee propolis

Propoolis, the natural antibiotic made by bees, is a sticky, glue-like substance bees collect from the bark of certain trees. Bees use it to block off the entrance of their hives to protect their home from infections. As reported by the Natural Healing Centre, bee propolis has been hospital-tested in Europe. It has been shown to be effective against staphylococcus (throat and chest infections), salmonella (food poisoning) and E.coli (gastric infection).

Unlike chemical antibiotics, these natural antibiotics don’t destroy the good intestinal bacteria, and don’t cause bacteria to turn into superbugs.

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The Ultimate Antibiotic: Oregano…Why You Should Get Some Now To Help Protect You During Hard Times

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Isabelle Z.
June 10, 2016

Antibiotics have been getting a lot of bad press lately – and for good reason. Besides their many harmful effects, they are vastly over-prescribed, and are leading to the evolution of deadly superbugs that can’t be killed. This is leading many people to seek out natural alternatives, and one of the best herbs that boasts antibiotic properties is oregano.

If you’ve ever wondered how people survived before modern medicine, the answers can be found growing in the world’s mountains, forests and jungles. Native to the Mediterranean, oregano oil was first used for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece, where it was noted for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. While some people only know it as a spice for pizza and other Italian dishes, it remains a popular treatment today, and can be used for a number of problems, including colds and flu, arthritis, ear infections, sore throat, diarrhea, tuberculosis and rashes, to name just a few.

Antibiotics and antioxidants in one

Oregano oil is a lot more potent than the dried version, but both carry health benefits. According to the USDA, oregano’s antioxidant capacity is somewhere between three and 20 times higher than all other herbs, and it’s believed to have four times the antioxidants of blueberries.

In one recent study, oregano easily beat the 18 antibiotics that are currently used in treating MRSA staph infections. It has also proven effective to treat norovirus. This food-borne illness is notoriously difficult to treat, but the carvacrol found in oregano can break down the virus’s tough external walls.

It has also been shown to help expedite the death of cancer cells, which means it shows some promising potential for cancer treatment.

Conditions that can be helped by oregano

Respiratory issues: Oregano oil can treat problems such as bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia and asthma. It can also get rid of sinus buildup.

Digestive problems: Oil of oregano can be used to treat food poisoning, which makes it a useful oil to carry when traveling. It can also be used to combat ulcers, bacterial infections and parasites.

Pain relief: Some people use the oil externally for muscle soreness and pain relief, and it’s particularly soothing for joint pain thanks to its warming properties. It should be mixed with a base oil first to avoid skin irritation.

Oral health: Oregano oil contains thymol, which is used in mouthwashes to fight bad breath, plaque and bacteria. Add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush away the bacteria!

Allergies:
The oil has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help the body fight against external allergens.

Immunity: If you want to boost your body’s defenses against sore throats and colds, take two or three drops daily mixed into water or juice.

Congestion: Oregano oil can be diluted in a carrier oil or lotion and then applied to the chest area to relieve congestion. You can also add a few drops of the essential oil to a handkerchief and inhale it to relieve nasal congestion.

Dandruff: A few drops of oregano oil can be added to shampoo to help eliminate dandruff, or it can be mixed with coconut oil to create an anti-dandruff scalp massage oil.

As you can see, oregano’s many healing properties make it ideal for tackling a number of different conditions. The next time one of these issues is plaguing you, why not give oregano oil a try? You could save yourself from taking medications that have some very scary side effects, and you might even be able to avoid taking antibiotics! Oregano is just one of many herbs that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to realize works just as well as its own toxic medications, but with none of the adverse effects.

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