#MenuMonday: All-Natural Antibiotics You Can Eat

Go Natural For Antibiotics

When you go to your doctor with an ear or sinus infection or even strep throat, it is likely you will be prescribed an antibiotic to help kick your ailment. You will then take it to your pharmacy where you will  receive a neatly packaged pill or liquid, which certainly makes treating your illness a little less cumbersome than it once was.

 

Fun Facts

The use of antibiotics date back to ancient times. In fact, it has been discovered that Egyptians prescribed various lotions to treat infected wounds using ingredients like foods, herbs, and aromatic resins. Additionally, the Greeks and Indians often used plants and molds to treat similar ailments. Despite what can be described as the simplicity of ancient antibiotics, the medicine has evolved into a very sophisticated form over many years. Most notably, in 1928, a Scottish biologist Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin. Since his discovery less than a century ago, an antibiotic revolution sparked with the development of new synthetic medicines closely related to the natural remedies our ancestors once used. The benefit of such a discovery is the ability to now take an an antibiotic in a conventional form of a pill, liquid, or perhaps even an injection.  

Antibiotics are meant to prevent, manage, and treat infectious disease and other health related problems caused by bacteria. However, over the past few decades, an increase in antibiotic use has led to drug resistant “super bugs” that are becoming more and more difficult to treat with the same medicines. This has encouraged many scientists, health care providers, and moms and dads alike to reach a little back further to our roots. That’s where natural antibiotics come in. Our ancestors had solutions to healing using natural remedies that ultimately led to Fleming’s famous discovery of penicillin. So,why not remind ourselves of those things that worked well for them?

 

Antibiotics

Enjoy this list of a seven natural antibiotics that you can eat. Photo: Delighted Momma

 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This hip drink mixer/cooking oil has antibiotic and antiseptic properties and has proven to aid in weight management, lower cholesterol and even decrease your likelihood of cancer. It can also be used topically to disinfect, sterilize and treat cuts, scrapes and wounds.

 

Honey

Did you know, this sweet elixir was once used by the Greek to treat infected wounds and other infections? As an antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic, honey prevents the growth of bacteria and helps rid the body of toxins.

 

Cabbage

As an antibacterial food, cabbage contains high amounts of vitamin C and helps maintain weight and improve digestion. This natural food also contains sulfur which has proven to be an effective anti-cancer agent.

 

Garlic

Not just for warding off evil beings, garlic is noted as a common ingredient in various flavorful dishes and is also packed with some powerful healing qualities. It also contains allicin which helps protect against bacteria, yeast, parasites and more.

 

 

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Garlic

Normally reserved for delicious flavoring, natural ingredients like garlic and oregano are great as antibiotics! Source: VegKitchen

Oregano

In the form you know or as oil of oregano, it’s an antibiotic that serves as a staple to Italian dishes and also helps with weight and digestion. Oil of oregano has also been proven to help fight digestive infections and some yeast infections.

 

Turmeric

This brightly colored spice and medicinal herb has been used for many years as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. As a food flavoring, it can be compounded with honey to form a powerful topical solution.

 

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Wow! Grapefruit seed extract has been tested and proven effective against over 800 viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. High in antioxidants, this extract alkalizes the human body, improves gut flora, and boosts the immune system.

 

 

 

I hope these natural remedies can help you combat that bug or infection without overusing prescribed antibiotics!

 

 

– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC