In a day and age where we are given a pill for every conceivable ill, it may seem strange to hear someone reject swallowing one down. We have come to believe here in the West that medications are our only option and remedies found in nature mere snake oil. But with big pharmaceutical companies shamelessly trying to make a buck at every turn, it’s important we remember that, long before these pills came to be, people were surviving naturally, utilizing hundreds of years of collected knowledge.
The overuse of antibiotics has reached an all-time high, and the results of this uncontrolled experiment are, quite frankly, alarming. Drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” are evolving faster than scientists can keep up with, casting doubt on our future ability to fight off these bacteria.
Foods and herbs were once used on a daily basis to guard against infection and disease before the development of pharmaceutical antibiotics in the 1940s, and they continue to be used by natural enthusiasts around the world.
Here are some holistic ways to heal without succumbing to pharmaceutical antibiotics, we recommend that you content a Naturopathic doctor, or someone you know is knowledgable with regards to dosage and frequency of consumption, it might be different depending on your illness.
Popular as a flavoring for your Italian dishes, oregano aids digestion and weight loss. Furthermore, the oil in oregano, Carvacrol, is a natural antimicrobial which can fight bacteria that cause infections and as well as combat Candida overgrowth. This is arguably the first supplement you should reach for when you come down with a cold or flu.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has been trending recently as people continue to uncover its many medicinal uses. From its antibiotic and antiseptic properties to being able to naturally alkalize your system, it’s a much-loved potion. Heartburn sufferers should keep ACV well within reach, eschewing antacids, which only worsen your situation. ACV can also help you to manage your weight, lower cholesterol, and cut your risk of cancer. Used topically, this chemical-free astringent can disinfect and sterilize.
Oh so tasty, honey is nature’s sweetener. The enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide, making it perfect for naturally treating wounds and preventing infection — which is precisely what the ancient Romans used it for on the battlefield.
Often used to enhance many meals, this plant is pretty powerful, as it can fight the common cold. The allicin in it protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
So medicinally powerful, grapefruit seed extract has been found to be effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, as well as more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites. It’s also rich in antioxidants, naturally alkalizes the body, and improves your gut flora.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The long list of medicinal benefits of coconut oil seems to be endless. A naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial oil, it is chock-full of antioxidants that you simply can’t get your hands on through any other natural source. It is used to boost both immune and brain function and balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Mary Enig, Ph.D, explains that our bodies convert the lauric acid contained in coconut oil into monolaurin, which is the “antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.”
Fermented foods have been used for centuries as a means of preservation, but they’ve also been found to renew intestinal flora, protect against cancer, and fight off infections, including Candida. Try unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir, and probiotic yogurts.
This natural antibiotic has been used for centuries. Colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid. Though meant to be a temporary treatment, since silver, a heavy metal, can be toxic, it can be used to stop the enzymes that single-cell bacteria need in order to multiply.