Modern medicine is unimaginable without the use of antibiotics. They play an important role in everyone’s life because they make it possible to cure the diseases that considered to be untreatable just a few decades ago.
Modern antibiotics are produced synthetically. They may be taken only if prescribed by the doctor. The medical specialist determines the type of antibiotic, the length of treatment, dosage, as well as prescribes restorative treatment to maintain healthy flora in the oral cavity and intestines.
In addition, there are natural substances that help the human body fight diseases. Natural antibiotics do not destroy the friendly gut bacteria. They strengthen the immune system and protect the body against many infections. It is worth remembering that natural antibiotics are not a substitute for drugs. However, they can successfully complement the main treatment.
There are plants that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Their main benefit is that anyone can use them. You do not need to get a prescription from the doctor to buy medicinal plants. Some of them will be discussed in this article.
Aloe Vera has long been known for its beneficial properties. Nowadays, it is also used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. Its healing benefits are associated with a high content of mucopolysaccharide (acemannan), a substance that provides antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal effects. Additionally, this plant contains a multitude of enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Thanks to all these beneficial properties, Aloe Vera can effectively eliminate various pathogens.
Calendula has an extremely wide range of uses thanks to an array of health benefits. Calendula essential oil is a natural antibiotic. Flowers and stems of the plant are used for the treatment of skin diseases, including those induced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Calendula’s cleansing and healing properties make it a popular ingredient in daily skin care products. This plant stimulates the digestive system, cures chronic gastritis, improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and strengthens the walls of blood vessels.
The easiest way to use calendula is by preparing a decoction from its flowers. Add 1 tablespoon of dried flowers to a glass of hot water (about 80°C), and leave to brew for 8-10 minutes. If you are not allergic to this medicinal plant, you can consume the decoction three times a day. Alternative uses of calendula decoction include rinsing of the oral cavity and throat.
Chamomile is traditionally used to treat colds, diseases of the genitourinary system, disorders of the nervous system, rheumatism, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, gout, and various skin diseases.
A wide range of uses results from the composition of the plant. Chamomile flowers contain vitamins D and C, carotene, glucose and essential oils. Chamomile is a strong antiseptic and has anesthetic and healing properties.
Chamomile compresses are used for the treatment of skin diseases. Make an infusion using one tablespoon of chamomile flowers per cup of boiling water. Brew for 10 minutes, then strain. Soak a cotton pad with warm infusion and apply to the affected areas. Leave for 15 minutes. Apply new compresses every 15 minutes for one hour.
Chamomile infusion is also used for gargling and as an expectorant.
The therapeutic properties of sage has been known since ancient times. The plant contains flavonoid compounds, essential oils, tannins and PP vitamins.
Sage’s composition determines strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is used to complement the treatment of streptococci, staphylococci and enterococci.
The benefits of honey are widely known. This natural product contains almost all the essential trace elements. Honey is an effective remedy used for strengthening the immune system. It helps to eliminate colds and an impressive list of cosmetic diseases. Honey can also be used topically, in a variety of facial masks, balms and compresses.
Shilajit is a natural antibiotic which is as effective as penicillin. Shilajit solution helps to eliminate various pathogenic bacteria, staphylococci and E. coli. The treatment duration should not exceed one week.
Propolis contains organic acids, flavonoids, essential oils, essential trace elements and minerals. Propolis is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Its use helps to fight fungus, bacteria and viruses. Propolis eliminates some skin inflammations and is used for the treatment of purulent lesions. It is recommended for the treatment of digestive organs and the diseases of the oral cavity. Propolis also helps to cure the inflammation of the joints; it is non-addictive and does not cause adverse reactions. However, allergies are possible.
Pomegranate’s useful properties have been appreciated since ancient times. It is believed that both pomegranate seeds and skin have health benefits. Daily consumption of 1/2 pomegranate helps protect the body from certain viruses and bacteria. Pomegranate skin and flowers can be used as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of diseases of the larynx. Pomegranate peel infusion is a remedy for ulcers of the stomach and intestines, as well as for dysbacteriosis and colitis. It is recommended to consume fresh fruits and use pomegranate peel and flowers to prepare infusions.
Not only the berries themselves have health properties, but also the leaves and even dried stems. Raspberries have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic and antiseptic properties. They are recommended for the treatment of colds (raspberries contain salicylic acid which helps to reduce fever), diseases of the nervous system and upper respiratory tract.
Raspberries inhibit the development of mildew, yeast and Staphylococcus aureus.
Cranberries are used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, as well to prevent periodontal disease and caries. They are also effective against E. coli which causes intestinal diseases and is antibiotic-resistant. Cranberry juice fights Helicobacter Pylori bacteria which is the cause of gastritis.
Cranberry protects the body from infections of the urinary tract such as cystitis and pyelonephritis.
Viburnum berries are a prophylactic against flu and acute respiratory diseases. They are well-known for their antibacterial properties. They stimulate the immune system and help against fungi and viruses. Viburnum berries infusions are beneficial in the treatment of bronchitis, flu, pneumonia and sore throat.
Lingberries are used in the treatment of hypertension, vitamin deficiency, arthritis, and infections of the bladder and kidneys. However, they are contraindicated if you have nephritis. Lingonberries contain benzoic acid which inhibits the growth of pathogenic fungi and bacteria. Lingonberry leaves also contain active ingredients, that is why lingonberry leaf infusions are used in alternative medicine along with the berries themselves. Lingonberry juice inhibits the growth of Candida fungi.
Lingonberry infusions and decoctions help against E. coli, streptococci and staphylococci, as well as against stomatitis. They are also used to treat pneumonia, sore throat and bronchitis.
Black radish strengthens the immune system and fights infections. Radish and honey are often used for colds, flu, tonsillitis and bronchitis. Radish juice helps to heal wounds and ulcers.
Horseradish root contains such substances as benzyl isothiocyanate and lysozyme. It helps fight bacteria that cause inflammation of the bladder, kidneys and urinary tract. Lysozyme destroys the cell wall of bacteria. Horseradish root can be used as a savoury ingredient in various dishes.
Onions boost the immune system, fight pathogens and normalise the gut flora. They are also effective against colds. Breathe in onion juice vapors to combat runny nose and to clear the respiratory tract. Onion stops the development of dysentery and diphtheria bacilli, as well as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
Garlic is of the strongest natural antibiotics. Its antibacterial properties are effective against 20 types of bacteria. Garlic helps to fight parasites, viruses and bacteria.
Consumption of garlic slows the development of tuberculosis and diphtheria bacilli and inhibits the development of streptococci, staphylococci and Salmonella.
Garlic destroys Campylobacter bacteria, as well as Helicobacter Pylori (the cause of gastritis). It is an effective remedy for colds; it slows down the growth of cancerous cells and reduces blood pressure.
In conclusion, it should be noted that you could diversify your diet using nature’s offerings. Take this opportunity to enjoy delicious meals and improve your health at the same time.