Bacteria and viruses are lurking around us, waiting for the opportune moment to strike us. When we suffer from bacterial infections, we need antibiotic medications to cure the infection.
However, these antibiotic medicines can not be taken for a prolonged period. Long-term use, as well as wrong use of antibiotic medicines, is responsible for giving rise to resistant strains of bacteria. To prevent the side effects of antibiotics, we can consume antibiotics that nature has given us. Several herbs have antibiotic, antiviral and anti fungal properties. They can be consumed to treat bacterial infection and long-term consumption of these herbs can even prevent bacterial infections.
This is the most popular natural antibiotic. Eating at least one clove of raw garlic everyday can prevent you from a host of infections. Allicin, a compound similar to penicillin, found is garlic is believed to be the source of the antibacterial property of the herb. Garlic is beneficial for treating infections, which do not react to traditional antibiotics. Garlic oil is used for treating inflammations, ear infections and skin infections.
Olive leaf is another natural antibiotic. It contains elenolic acid, a powerful antibiotic and antiviral compound. Taking olive leaf extract or tea can cure colds, flu and sinusitis. External skin infections can be cured by applying olive leaf extracts on the site of the infection.
You can make a natural antibiotic by mixing a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey. This antibiotic can prevent and cure cold, coughs, sinusitis, bladder infections and skin infections.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic that can be used for treating skin infections. It has both antibiotic and antifungal properties. You can make an antiseptic solution by adding two tablespoons of tea tree oil in a cup of water. You can use this solution for washing wounds, treating acne, ringworm and fungal and yeast skin infections.
Extract from grapefruit seed can be used as a mild antiseptic. It is beneficial for curing skin infections.
This is another powerful antibiotic. Tea prepared with eucalyptus leaves can cure coughs, colds and respiratory tract infections. It can be used as a disinfectant.