It is a wonder so many of us turn to drugs and medicine to help cure and prevent illness when there is a whole range of natural remedies in everyday foods! Of course the companies would rather you didn't know this, and have you continue to buy their man-made products instead of turning to nature in times of need.
Hippocrates once said "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food", and here is a list of 10 of the best natural antibiotics to infections.
Just a few cloves of garlic a day can effectively fight off all sorts of bacteria, viruses and infections. It has even been found that garlic may be able to fight off diseases as severe as AIDS symptoms, diabetes and high blood pressure. It is also great for relieving the colds, flu and toothaches.
To get the full antibiotic properties, the garlic should be crushed and eaten raw, not cooked, as this reduces its effectivity. An easy way to try this is in a salad, soup or even drink.
Closely related to garlic, onions have similar health benefits. They reduce pain and inflammation as well as illnesses like colds and touches of the flu.
3. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract, or GSE, is normally used as an anti-microbial compound. It has been known to prevent the growth of various fungi and bacteria, it has even been recommended for use in bathroom cleaning. The extract needs to be diluted before using it.
Horseradish is an excellent energy giver, as well as other things. It helps your body defend itself against potential illnesses, and also promotes healthy blood circulation.On top of this, it has antibiotic properties when broken down in the stomach.
It has been known to treat everything from urinary tract infections to kidney stones and bronchitis.
Consume it raw in a juice or diced up with a light amount of vinegar for best effects.
5. Vitamin C
There are plenty of common fruits that are packed with vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples and pomegranates. Vitamin C is great for the immune system, hence why you crave orange juice when you're ill.
Vitamin C is also great for skin repair and prenatal health.
Eat some vitamin C-packed fruit as many times a week as you can, or find a 100% organic orange juice.
6. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is a particular type made by bees in New Zealand. Like many other types of honey it contains peroxide that gives it its antibiotic properties.
It also contains many other antibiotic components that are not found in other types of honey such as methylglyoxal.
The downside to manuka honey is that it is more expensive than other regular brands.
Cinnamon can be helpful for people suffering from diabetes as it can regulate and lower blood sugar levels.. It also contains antibiotic properties which can help treat yeast infections.
There are many ways to consume cinnamon, but one great way is to simmer Sri Lankan cinnamon bark in a pot of water and pour the contents into a mug. You can then refrigerate the drink and consume it over several days.
8. Apple-Cider Vinegar
This is great for preventing and relieving a sore throat helping to kill the germs that cause the condition, as Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, known to possess anti-biotic properties. It is also helpful to treat insect stings and bites.
Ginger is one of the best natural ingredients in the treatment and prevention of colds. It is also great for treating an upset stomach and for nausea.
If you are pregnant it can be harmful to eat too much ginger as it has been linked to miscarriage.
Great for treating skin conditions like burns and stings, eucalyptus has many antiseptic properties. It has also commonly been used in teas and inhaled to fight coughs, and it is great for killing fungus.