Development of resistance and adverse side effects are the major problems faced by patients that take prescribed or over the counter or synthetic antibiotics. Antibiotics resistance is becoming a threat to global health and requires alternative solutions.
Synthetic antibiotics are prescription drugs used to treat bacterial infections which when used wrongly or overused could result in some complications which in turn can disrupt the immune system.
Natural antibiotics are plant-based like herbs, spice, roots, flowers e.t.c which are safe for human consumption, little or no side effects, and no development resistance. Sourcing for natural or plant-based remedies not only treat the infection but also boost immunity to defend the body against subsequent attacks.
Research has shown Allicin in garlic has anti-microbial properties and can be an effective treatment against many forms of bacteria e.g Salmonella spp and Escherichia coli. Take raw garlic generously in its fresh state and preferably on an empty stomach. With these you can reap the highest benefit of garlic.
Curcumin, the bioactive substance in turmeric is rich in antimicrobial properties and immune booster. Turmeric can be used to flush out toxins from the body and very helpful when one has food poisoning.
Oregano oil is gotten from the leaves and shoots of oregano plant. Oregano oil is one of the most powerful antibiotic nature has blessed humans with. Carvacrol and thymol are the antibacterial and antifungal compounds found in oregano.
Honey is known to be the natural sweetener that ever exists but is also a natural medicine especially for the antibacterial properties to promote healing of wounds, burns, and treatment of infections. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which is a sanitizing and oxidizing agent is an important feature in honey antibacterial activity.
Honey can be added to beverages as sweetener, as spread on slices of bread, and can also be applied topically for healthy skin and dandruff free scalp.
Gingerol, the bioactive substance found in fresh ginger root is said to be responsible for its antibacterial and antiviral activities. Ginger can be very effective for the treatment of upper respiratory infections like common cold, sore throat, and coughs. It can even combat nausea and motion sickness. It can be chewed raw, as a tea, in addition to juice and spice in soups, sauce, grill, and fries.
Cloves effectively fight bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. In traditional medicine, clove oil is used to treat dental problems. Clove can serve as spices in herbal teas and drinks, soups, sauce, clove oil can be applied topically to suppress joint ache.
The antibacterial activity in cinnamon is due to the bioactive phytochemicals; cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. Research has shown cinnamon powder and oil to work effectively for bacterial infections. Most recent is the ability of cinnamaldehyde to break up biofilms, which are sticky layers that are often responsible for persistent infections that even antibiotics cannot break.
Nigella sativa commonly called black seed or black cumin is a famous drug from Islamic civilization, well known in Islamic heritage called prophetic medicine. Black seed is an effective remedy for all diseases except death. Research has proven that black seed oil shows a significant antibacterial effect against multidrug-resistant bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus.
Echinacea flower extracts and oils have been used in the treatment of various kinds of infections like upper respiratory infection, skin infections, cold, and bronchitis. Echinacea also help in wound healing by reducing inflammation and also suppressing the growth of bacteria.
This unique aromatic plant has a lot of antimicrobial properties ranging from antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. Lemongrass essential oil has been found to treat skin infections and pneumonia.