10 Most Effective Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

6. Olive Leaf Extract Olive leaves have been known to have resisted bacterial infection for many years. They contain ingredients such as oleuropein that is capable… Simi - November 25, 2017

6. Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaves have been known to have resisted bacterial infection for many years. They contain ingredients such as oleuropein that is capable of destroying pathogenic bacteria. Oleuropein is concentrated in the leaves and that’s where you can get most of the extracts. Its mostly used in the Middle East to treat a sore throat, coughs, fevers, high blood pressure, blood infection, gout and boosts immunity. Furthermore, it’s also used to reduce the effects of colds and flu.

Olive leaves are safe to use and can be kept and used for some time in the future. The leaves have immune boosting, anti-bacterial and antioxidants properties. The leaves ability to destroy both the bacteria and fungi makes it an effective antibiotic. Olive leaves destroy more than 50 of the harmful microorganisms.

Some of the bacteria that olive oil extracts destroy include Candida albicans, E Coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori and Staphylococcus aureus. It is a good natural antibiotic for a sore throat, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, gout, stomach ulcers, viral infections and bladder infections. In sinus infections, olive oil extract is able to kill the bacteria that could not be killed by medication. This prevents recurring attacks of sinusitis

It can be extracted from the leaves. The leaves can be cut into small pieces and placed in a well-closed container. You can add preservative by ensuring that all the leaves are well covered in it. Let the olive leaves stay in the container for 5 to 6 weeks. Then use a strainer to extract the liquid into another container or jar. The extract will now be ready for use. You can also take olive leaf extract supplements but consult your doctor before taking the supplement.

7. Goldenseal

Goldenseal is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics and is popular in the United States. It originally comes from the Northwest of United States. It is a sprawling plant that has palm-shaped leaves. It is an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat sore throats and diarrhea. It has the natural antibiotic properties that are suitable for treatment of both internal and external bacterial infections.

There is a compound in Goldenseal named berberine that assists to kill various bacterial infections. Furthermore, berberine also helps to boost the white blood cells enabling them to fight and resist infection. It is known that in the early days it was used to treat cancer, mouth infections and stomach problems. It is now being used for the treatment of various infections including reducing colds, flu, pneumonia, skin infections, eye infections, bladder infections and respiratory infections.

It is also said to increase the strength of other natural medicines when taken together. It is commonly used together with echinacea that is associated with strengthening the immune system. Berberine is also an antioxidant. This chemical also helps in lowering the cholesterol and helps in gastrointestinal infections and digestive problems. It destroys the bacteria called E. coli that cause urinary tract infections and diarrhea. It is also used to treat skin infections and has anti-fungal properties.

The root of this plan is dried and powdered. It also comes in capsules, creams, and topical preparations to treat skin infections. You can apply it directly to the affected area when treating the skin infections. For a sore throat, you can take a few drops and when taken in powder form take a 1/2 tablespoon with a pinch of salt for 3 times a day. It is advisable not to take it for more than 2 weeks.

8. Ginger

Ginger is packed with amazing components that not only fight against bacteria but also other pathogens. Surprisingly, it is the most used dietary spice nowadays. It comes from the same family of plants like turmeric and cardamom. It is an underground stem that grows horizontally and its leaves and stems sprout on top.  The Indians and Chinese have normally used ginger tonics to treat infections for many years.

This is the reason it was a sought-after commodity during the old days when commodity trading was a way of doing business. It has gingerols which are known to fight against at least several pathogens that reside in the mouth. Gingerols are the oily resin from ginger that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger treats heartburn, cough, sore throat, sinus infections, stomach problems such as ulcers and colitis. It’s also suggested that it can kill cancer cells.

The stomach problems which ginger can heal include motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea. It can also be used as a natural pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, cough, bronchitis and chest pain.

The fresh ginger root can be added to any food including green juice and the food which you are cooking. You can also use ginger powder which can be mixed with water by adding only 1 tablespoon. Ginger can be taken as a tea and it is a better way to treat bacterial infections. When making the tea ensure that you take 1 inch of fresh ginger and boil it in 1 1/2 cups of water for about 20 minutes. Then strain the mixture, add honey and lemon juice to improve the flavor. Note that honey is also another natural antibiotic. You can also add fresh ginger when cooking your food. If you want to take capsules it is advisable to consult your doctor.

9. Neem

Neem has been used by Indians for a number of years because of its benefits. It boasts the immune system, makes the liver to function effectively, detoxifies the blood, promotes effective circulation of blood and improves the digestive system. It is used to treat various infections including being used as antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal and spermicidal where it’s used as a birth control.

The tree of neem is used for making natural medicines. Almost all the parts of the tree have a medicinal use. For instance, the leaves are used to treat various ailments including leprosy, eye infections, stomach upset, ulcers and diabetes. The bark is used for malaria treatment, skin diseases, stomach and intestinal ulcers. The flower is used to treat intestinal worms and the fruit for treatment of urinary tract infections.

It’s also known as a treatment for malaria and diabetes. Today, it is recognized because of its antiseptic properties. It’s proved that it helps in skin infections, septic sores, and infected burns. The leaves are also used to treat boils, ulcers, and eczema. The oil is used for treating skin infections such as scrofula and indolent ulcers. As an antibacterial, it is known to suppress various bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus which is the major cause of food poisoning and salmonella typhosa which causes typhoid.

Furthermore, it is suitable for use to prevent the oral infections that are associated with cavities, gingivitis and other gum diseases. This is due to the fact that it has very strong antibacterial proprieties. There are many neem products that are targeted to those who want to use it. For skin infections, you can use cosmetics and skin care products that have neem to prevent skin infections. You can also take neem tablets to assist removing toxins in the body and other parasites. However, you need to consult your doctor before using the tablets.

10. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruits have many benefits including weight loss, cellulite reduction and boasts the immune system. Many people usually throw away the grapefruit seeds but these seeds have additional benefits to the body. The seed has a compound, polyphenols called limonoids and naringenin that help to fight infections.

The grapefruit seed extract has an incredible set of other benefits such as being antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal. It is also used as a treatment for candidiasis, earaches, throat infections and diarrhea. Grapefruit seed extract fights against fungal infection such as candida and histoplasmosis. It also works as an antibiotic and helps in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It relieves athlete’s foot and nail fungus and treats digestive infections caused by eczema.

The seed extract can be made by mixing grapefruit seeds and pulp into a highly acidic liquid. During the addition processing, the mixture changes to yellow, thick liquid that has a bitter taste. You can add vegetable glycerin to reduce the bitterness and acidity. If this process looks complicated, you can eat the whole grape by taking in the seeds, pulp, and white membranes. The fresh grapefruit juice, seeds, and membranes contain better benefits.

For those with the skin infections, add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to 1 tablespoon of water. Apply this to the affected area. There is no need to rinse it. The extract can also be used as a skin cleanser and acne treatment by pouring 2 to 3 drops of the extract in your hands. Massage your moistened face with it and then rinse it off. When taking it internally, mix 10 to 15 drops of the extract in 1/2 glass of water and drink the mixture for 2 to 3 times a day.