Do you remember the name of drug-based antibiotic that you have been taking since a long time?
Most of the people know the name of their antibiotic by heart and even buy them without prescription. Why? Because we all think it can cure infections including cold, flu, etc.
While antibiotics may or may not cure these infections, it harms our body in multiple ways. When you keep popping pills and take a course of antibiotics, it not only kills the bad germs but also kills the good germs in your gut. Now you might be wondering how long does the effect of antibiotic last?
According to a study, the effects of even a short-term course of antibiotic can last for several years, and it has a long-term impact on gut and throat microbiome.
Well, there is another way drug-based antibiotics are harming us, overuse of antibiotics leads to the creation of superbugs or antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic is the most prescribed drug, and the count is not decreasing anytime soon; this habit is doing us more harm than good.
It’s time to switch to a healthier option and try some natural antibiotics that only kills the bad germs and spare the good ones. This is not to say that you should totally give up drug-based antibiotics, but that should always be the last resort.
Here are 7 natural antibiotics some of which you’ll definitely find in your kitchen.
Red panax ginseng is a perennial herb that has been used as a natural medicine for centuries in Korea and China. It is widely used to boost the immune system.
It is interesting to note that red panax ginseng acquires its antimicrobial qualities as a defense mechanism. Plants are continually exposed to various microorganisms and interaction with microbes may benefit plants, but some microbes work as pathogens. These are virus, bacterium, and other microorganisms that cause diseases, and affect the growth, reproduction, and development of plants. Therefore, plants develop antimicrobial compounds to defend these harmful microbes. These properties are not only useful for plants but also work as antibiotic in humans. Red panax ginseng is one such plants that prevent viral and bacterial infections.
It develops antimicrobial properties to defend these harmful microbes. These properties developed by red panax ginseng are not only useful for the plant but also works as antibiotic in humans. Additionally, ginseng extract is known to have antifungal properties and prevents the growth of yeast and mold. It also reduces the effects of viral and bacterial infections in humans. The bioactive compound, ginsenosides saponins, found in ginseng has anti-inflammatory properties which provide relief from inflammatory pains. The anti-oxidative properties of ginseng prevent free radical attack and ensures regularized blood circulation in the body.
It seems like garlic not only makes your food tasty but also has medicinal properties. It has been used since ages as a medicine all around the world. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, and antifungal properties, and apart from killing and warding off bad microbes, garlic makes your immune system strong.
The main component in garlic, allicin, is the reason behind all these properties. To activate this, crush raw garlic and consume it. Consuming cooked garlic is not as useful because while cooking garlic loses most of its medicinal properties.
- Manuka honey
Manuka honey is not just any honey, it is the most beneficial form of honey. This honey is not consumed in tea or any other form, it is basically stored as a medicine.
Manuka honey is formed when bees pollinate manuka bush, resulting in a medicinal and infection-fighting honey.
Since it is honey, you can consume it directly one tsp once or twice in a day, and it can also be applied directly to the skin to reduce infection.
- Oregano oil
Oregano oil is not the same oregano you put in your pasta or pizza, it is a type of herb and used as medicine. This oil is extracted and formed by the distinct distillation process. It contains antifungal and antiviral properties that make this oil a good natural antibiotic for preventing germs.
Whether you decide to make this oil at home or buy it, make sure it has carvacrol. As carvacrol is the key component and reason for its medicinal properties, the oil should have at least 70 percent carvacrol.
We all know the use of ginger as a traditional healing method for cold and flu, but a few know that ginger also boosts the immune system. Though ginger is not as powerful as other natural antibiotics, its added benefits make ginger one of the best medicinal herbs.
There’s a reason ginger is served raw with some foods, as it also prevents foodborne diseases.
Just like garlic, ginger should also be consumed raw for availing maximum medicinal benefits.
Cinnamon is found in every household and how can we forget the great taste it adds to many of our foods. It is not only used as a flavouring substance but also has antimicrobial properties that help in fighting foodborne diseases and killing bad bacteria. Cinnamon fights fungal infections and stops the germs from causing disease.
There are two ways of using cinnamon for skin infections; mix cinnamon oil with honey and apply it to the affected area. For internal infections, mix cinnamon power with raw or manuka honey and consume it once or twice daily.
Echinacea is used to treat wounds, infections, blood poisoning, etc., now it is more commonly used to treat flu and cold. It has antibacterial properties and fights off bacteria causing these diseases. Echinacea also treats sore throat, some respiratory diseases, and hay fever.
The best way is to consume Echinacea in the form of tea or tablet once a day, but after having a meal.
Drug-based antibiotics do not only lead to the formation of superbugs but also harm our body by killing good germs.
If you can, then you should use natural antibiotics as far as possible. Natural products may be hard to find sometimes, but they don’t cause long-term damage to your body. And think about it, what will we do when we cannot kill bad bacteria from drugs. Start early and stop popping antibiotics for every little thing.