Looking for a natural antibiotic? Many of us are due to the over prescription of standard antibiotics as well as the resistance that can occur from them. Bacteria relentlessly evolve and therefore can become resistant to antibacterial drugs.1

Standard antibiotics wipe out not only our “bad” bacteria but also the “good” guys as well, which are important for our health.

These beneficial bacteria, also called probiotics, have been shown to help absorb nutrients, control disease-causing bacteria, benefit mood and mental health, and manage weight.

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Natural antibiotics have more benefits than just being antibacterial; many of them are also anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiparasitic. Check out the following for 5 natural antibiotics you would never suspect existed! You might not have to look much farther than your kitchen for them!

Garlic

It is a powerful herb that has a broad antibiotic spectrum against bacteria. It has been shown to inhibit Clostridium, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus as well as many other bacteria strains. Garlic is also active against antibiotic-resistant organisms.1

Honey

Honey also has broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. One of the “secret ingredients” in honey is called bee defensin-1, which is added by bees to honey.2 Many of the antibacterial properties in honey come from this protein.

Echinacea

Echinacea is another great alternative to antibiotics. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Certain components of Echinacea have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus vulgaris, and Corynebacterium diphtheria).3

Ginger

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Asian cultures for its antibacterial properties. Ginger also has broad-spectrum antibiotic activity and has been shown to be particularly effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.4

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Turmeric

It is a wonderful anti-inflammatory herb that has antibacterial properties against several strains of bacteria. Fractions of turmeric have been shown to be 100% against certain types of bacteria that are normally resistant to standard antibiotics.5

These natural antibiotics work well when combined together, and they also work synergistically with standard antibiotics.1 Try the following “Fire Cider” recipe during flu season or even throughout the year to get in some of these natural antibiotics to keep your immune system in top shape.

Also check this turmeric juice cleanse

Fire Cider

Ingredients

5-10 cloves of garlic
2-4″ piece of ginger
1/2 onion
1-2 banana peppers, chopped (for a mild fire cider) or 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (for a spicier version)
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, thyme or oregano, chopped
1 Tbsp. honey
12-16 oz. apple cider vinegar (such as Braggs)

Preparation

Finely chop the first five ingredients by hand or put them into a food processor. Put all the ingredients except for the honey into a small pan and gently heat to a low simmer.

Once it has reached a simmer, turn off the heat and mix in the honey. Put the mixture in a jar and cover tightly. Let it steep for 2-8 weeks, shaking occasionally. When it comes time for use, you can strain off the liquid and discard the rest or use as is. This can even make a great salad dressing!

(Recipe created by Camille Freeman and Bevin Clare, New York Chiropractic College)

Enjoy!

References

1. Sivam GP. Protection against Helicobacter pylori and other bacterial infections by garlic. J Nutr. 2001;131:1106-1108S.

2. Kwakman PHS, te Velde AA, de Boer L, et al. How honey kills bacteria. FASEB J. 2010;24:2576-2582.

3. Echinacea. Pleasant Grove, UT: Woodland Publishing. 1995. Available at http://www.kalbemed.com/Portals/6/komelib/allergy%20and%20immune%20system/Immunomodulator/Elanos/3.pdf.

4. Sebiomo A, Awofodu AD, Awosanya AO. Comparative studies of antibacterial effect of some antibiotics and ginger (Zingiber officinale) on two pathogenic bacteria.  Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials. Jan 2011;3(1):18-22.

5. Gul N, Mujahid TY, Jehan N, Ahmad S. Studies on the antibacterial effect of different fractions of Curcuma longa against urinary tract infection isolates. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. 2004;7(12): 2055-2060.

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