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It is habitual for most of us to head to the doctor’s office to get a prescription when faced with an infection or other illness. However, the antibiotics often prescribed usually wind up doing more harm than good. Side effects include allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, candida overgrowth, diarrhoea, destruction of good bacteria, damage to the digestive lining and more. While antibiotics have their place in medicine, natural therapies are definitely safer and can actually be more effective.
The truth is, nature has given us plenty of herbs, plants, fruit, vegetables and other substances that are natural healers. They help to get rid of infection without the unwanted side effects from prescription medication.
Antibiotics work against the body, destroying bad bacteria while also destroying good bacteria and weakening the immune system. Foods from nature work with the body, helping it to fight infection and heal, while simultaneously strengthening the immune system.
“Whenever the immune system successfully deals with an infection, it emerges from the experience strong and better able to confront similar threats in the future. Our immune system develops in combat. If at first sign of infection, you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow strong.”
– Dr. Andrew Weil
5 NATURAL AND STRONG ANTIBIOTICS
Garlic possesses potent antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties and is able to help protect and facilitate removal of unfriendly bacteria. It is also very high in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals, and support a strong immune system. The allicin in garlic is a powerful anti-fungal and anti-microbial that helps the body fight illness. Garlic is often treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting, so it is very important to buy organic garlic.
How to use: Take 1 clove per day of raw garlic. Chop or mince it up and swallow with a drink of choice.
RAW MANUKA HONEY
The use of honey as a traditional remedy for microbial infections dates back to ancient times. Honey is an amazing antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic that can be used to treat wounds and illnesses.
The enzymes in Manuka honey release hydrogen peroxide which gives it its antibiotic properties. It also contains several other antibiotic components that are not found in other types of honey such as phytochemical components like methylglyoxal. Microbial resistance to honey has never been reported, which makes it an amazing and predictable topical antimicrobial agent against the infection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Applied topically, it can kill a wide range of pathogens, including MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria. The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its extremely thick and sticky texture helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent further infection.
Please note that it is crucial that you purchase raw, unpasteurised, and organic honey, as regular commercial honey is highly refined and stripped of many of its health benefits as a result. If possible, find a honey with the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which is a label identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. It will be from a New Zealand licensed company and have this trademark on the package.
How to use: To experience the most benefit, you should take a dose of about 1-2 tablespoons of Manuka honey a day. You can take it straight or add it to your favourite herbal tea, spread it on sprouted grain toast, or drizzle it over your oatmeal.
You can also make a paste with fresh minced turmeric or powder and apply to an external infection.
Oregano oil contains two main high phenols, thymol and carvacrol, which are natural photochemical compounds that provide antioxidant effects. They help boost the immune system while preventing tissue damage, fight against certain bacteria such as salmonella, candida and mould, and speed up the healing process. It also assists in preventing and treating respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, parasites and staphylococcus.
How to take: Dilute the oil as per instructions on bottle and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat at least four times a day. Take oregano oil internally for a maximum of two weeks, and take a couple of week’s break before taking it again because it’s so powerful. Take 5 drops a day. For sinus infections you can put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale.
Did you know extracts of many antibiotics are typically extracted from mushrooms? The first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in the Penicillin rubens mold. Ganomycin, a powerful modern antibiotic, comes from Reishi mushrooms. For their own protection in nature, fungi have developed a combination of medicinal compounds with antibacterial and antiviral properties which in turn are effective for building immune response in humans.
The top five medicinal mushrooms include:
How to use: Look for raw organic mushroom powder and infuse in hot water for 10 minutes to make a tea. Avoid straining to reduce loss of nutrients.
Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and also possesses anti-microbial and anti-viral properties which makes it a great natural herbal alternative to fight off infections. Turmeric compounds show activity against chemotherapy and radiation, colds and flu, eye infections, food poisoning, hepatitis, herpes, HIV, staph infections and more. Turmeric strengthens the body’s natural defences and reduces digestive tract inflammation.
The active compound in Turmeric, curcumin, produces anti-viral activity by inhibiting the interaction of viral proteins with cellular receptors on host cells. This prevents the replication, gene expression and future infection of viruses by various mechanisms specific to the diseases.
How to use: Turmeric can safely be incorporated into your daily diet to help prevent and heal infection and boost immunity. Add a piece of fresh turmeric to your fresh juices or smoothies, or grate it into salads. It is found to work better taken in small doses. Combining it with pepper enhances the absorption of the healing compound curcumin.
Cut root: 1.5-3 grams per day
Dried, powdered root: 1-3 grams per day
Fluid extract (1:1): 30-90 drops per day
Tincture (1:2): 15-30 drops, 4 times per day
The recommended curcumin dosage for a standard powder supplement is 400-600 mg, 3 times per day.
The body is a miraculous machine and when properly maintained, will fight off infections without assistance. Even when an extra boost is needed, we needn’t run to the doctor for a prescription; instead, rely on natural antibiotics and healers to help maintain optimal health.