You may have heard that we're running out of antibiotics and that time is getting short to replace them. What that means is that man-made antibiotics are dwindling in their efficacy and potency.
But there are still natural antibiotics that we can use.
Antibiotics are designed to fight bacterial and fungal infections in your body, but they cannot fight viruses and should not be used for viral infections including colds and flu.
In the case of natural antibiotics, they either fight bacteria or they fight fungi as opposed to lab-made antibiotics which do both.
It is always important to consult a medical professional prior to using antibiotics whether they are natural or man-made. You should not ignore any advice given to you in favor of what you read here, but what you read here may help you talk with your physician more easily about what is the right treatment for you.
Apple Cider Vinegar Takes On Bacteria
Apple cider vinegar is yummy, and it can be used as an effective sterilization agent for minor wounds and cuts, as it has a natural acidity. It has been shown to have an antibacterial effect in combating Enterococcus faecalis in dental surgery.
Ginger Root Tackles Food Poisoning Bacteria
According to the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, ginger root may be used to deal with Escherichia Coli and Salmonella typhi (commonly known as E Coli and Salmonella, respectively) which are the two most common types of food poisoning in people.
Onion Extract Tackles Many Bacteria
In a paper published in Microbiological Research, "Antibacterial, antidermatophytic and antitoxigenic activities of onion (Allium cepa L.) oil," onion oil was shown to have positive active effects against all gram-positive bacteria and also on one gram-negative bacteria making it nature's all-around antibiotic.
Horseradish Root Shows Promise For Sinusitis And Other Infections
Investigations are still ongoing, but a mix of horseradish root and nasturtium herb has been shown to have some impact on "acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis and acute urinary tract infection in children in comparison with other antibiotic treatments" according to Europe PMC.
Habanero Peppers Burn Off Food Poisoning
A paper entitled "Inhibition of growth of some foodborne pathogenic bacteria by Capsicum annum extracts" published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology shows that the humble chili pepper was good for dealing with food poisoning bacteria including Listeria and Salmonella.
Turmeric Fights Four Bacteria
You may think turmeric is only good for its anti-inflammatory properties, but according to research from the Lahore College for Women, it is also used to effectively tackle the following bacterial infections: Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus macerans, Bacillus licheniformis and Azotobacter.
Garlic Extract Beats Escherichia Coli
E Coli is a well-known food poisoning agent, and it can even cause secondary infections in other parts of the body. Korean researchers found that they could tackle it with garlic extract such as that found in kimchi, the national dish.