Antibiotics are the most commonly purchased over the counter (OTC) medicine these days.
With our lives getting faster, we do not have the time and patience to deal with illnesses naturally and hence look for quick solutions to common illnesses. The simplest of these solutions being popping antibiotics.
This kind of indulgence has led to bacteria becoming resistant to common antibiotics. These highly resistant bacteria are evolving faster than science can find a cure for them.
The only way to stop the evolution of these bacteria is to reduce the usage of antibiotics and adopt natural methods our ancestors used to fight bacteria.
Honey has been used in ancient medicine due to its high medicinal values. Honey has antiseptic properties which is why it is often used as an active ingredient in face masks that help to clean skin.
In ancient times, honey was also used to clean infections, cuts, burns and wounds.
Consuming honey helps to keep the harmful bacteria at bay. It is recommended to drink a spoonful of honey and one spoon apple cider vinegar in warm water every morning to keep the body clear of infection causing bacteria.
Garlic is great everyday food item which is also very beneficial when it comes to protecting our body against bacteria. It has great flavors that makes it widely used in table spreads. But apart from its flavors, garlic also has strong antibiotic properties.
Including garlic regularly in diet can strengthen the immune system of body keeping it safe from common diseases and bacteria.
A common spice used in Asian and especially Indian cooking, turmeric is an excellent natural antiseptic. This kitchen ingredient can be eaten as well as applied externally and it has proven to be effective both ways.
In case of cuts and injuries, maximum benefit of turmeric can be obtained by using it in combination of application and oral infection.
For application purposes, it can be mixed with another good antibacterial substance – honey, to create a paste that can be easily applied. Mixing turmeric with warm milk and drinking it before going to bed stimulates the immune system and fights infections.
This simple vegetable is the most underestimated antibacterial source of all. Cabbages are so commonly found in our kitchen and yet their benefits are not recognized enough.
Cabbage is rich in sulphur, which is essential for treating infections and is even believed to be helpful in fighting cancer causing elements.
A natural antibiotic, cabbage is also rich in vitamin C which makes it very effective against everyday infections, especially common cold.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is apple extract that is fermented creating a powerhouse of nutrients very beneficial for good health. It has antiseptic and antibiotic properties in it that are helpful in fighting the bacteria in our body.
Naturally alkalises our body to help maintain its pH balance and avoids creating situations that can let the bacteria breed in our body.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Another common ingredient used for cooking in Asian cuisine, mainly Srilankan cuisine, is coconut oil which is a very effective antibiotic. The reason why coconut oil is even better than others is because along with being anti-bacterial, it is also anti-fungal.
Due to this property, coconut oil is found to be an excellent remedy for dandruff and other fungal infections of the scalp.
Coconut oil is also rich in anti-oxidants making it beneficial in prevention against cell aging, including skin and hair cells.
Coconut oil can be both applied and consumed, though moderation is required while consuming it. Using coconut oil for basic everyday cooking provides enough of it for the body.
It can also be used in combination of other antibiotic substances such as turmeric to make a paste excellent for burns, cuts and other skin issues that can lead to infections.
Grapefruit is a fruit that most of us enjoy eating. A lot has been written about the benefits grapefruits provide for the skin.
However, they are also excellent antibiotics provided by nature. More importantly, the seeds of grapefruits are found to have strong antibiotic properties.
The grapefruit seed extract (GSE) was studied and it was found that it is effective against more than 800 different forms of viruses and bacteria and over a hundred different types of fungus.
Due to their anti-oxidants, GSE improve the immunity of the body in fighting against diseases.
Not all fermentation is bad and we all know it. Fermentation adds antibiotic properties to the food. Fermentation happens when good bacteria act on the food substances. During the fermentation process, many compounds are generated in food that render it antibiotic properties.
Common examples of fermented edible food items that are also antibiotic are homemade pickles, probiotic yoghurt, unpasteurized cabbage etc. These food items contain the good bacteria which enhance our immunity after entering our body.
Oregano is a herb that is extensively used in Italian cooking. The flavors it adds to the food have made it popular across the world and now oregano is being used in a lot of different cuisines.
Oregano aids digestion and helps in weight loss. This herb is antibacterial in nature and hence helps the body fight infections.
The oil of oregano is called Carvacrol and it is found to have immense capabilities in treating infections in the stomach and intestinal tract. Apart from bacterial infections Carvacrol is also helpful in treating yeast infections .
Our ancestors knew much better about the food they ate than we do. They included these healthy, everyday vegetables, fruits and spices in their everyday diet to keep themselves healthy and away from infections.
It is high time we educate ourselves the benefits nature offers us and learn to keep ourselves healthy naturally.