Antibiotics are a big deal. They treat infections and diseases caused by bacteria, explains NPS MedicineWise. Before penicillin and other antibiotic inventions of the 1940s, millions of people died of infections that are easily treatable today. However, not everyone who got a bacterial infection was doomed. People have been using natural antibiotics for centuries. Here are 10 of the most powerful known to mankind.
1. Apple cider vinegar. This kitchen staple has long been used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including food poisoning. Use it on its own or mix it with potent all-natural ingredients to make a powerful tonic, as suggested by Health and Healthy Living.
2. Garlic. Cultures around the world use garlic as a natural antibiotic. It was even used to fend off the plague! Food Matters says to benefit from the active ingredient in garlic known as allicin, you should crush the garlic and eat it raw.
3. Oregano oil. Food Matters recommends using an oregano oil with 70 percent carvacrol to stamp out not only bacteria, but also viruses and fungi.
4. Honey. If you have a minor cut or wound, reach for your jar of honey. According to Food Matters, the sticky substance kills such serious bacteria as MRSA.
5. Cayenne pepper. The heat will burn away bacteria. The Healthy Home Economist explains when capsicum essential oil is diluted with a carrier oil like olive oil, it is effective against skin infections. It is also powerful enough to fight strep throat when gargled with fresh garlic and raw honey.
6. Ginger. This spicy root used to be relied upon to prevent and treat food poisoning, says The Healthy Home Economist. Use it to absorb food-borne pathogens in the gut.
7. Turmeric. This trending spices is popular for a reason. It is powerful. According to The Healthy Home Economist, the active ingredient curcuma attacks gut bacteria and irritants that cause allergy symptoms.
8. Mustard oil. This is a powerful all-natural antibiotic that targets food-borne pathogens like salmonella, staph, and listeria. Superfoodly says it is also effective against respiratory infections.
9. Cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to your morning coffee is a great preventative against common infections like acne, urinary tract infection, and gum disease. Superfoodly says it is important to buy Ceylon cinnamon, as the more common cassia variety can be toxic to the liver.
10. Coconut oil. Your favorite all-around ingredient just got better. According to Superfoodly, the high lauric acid content in coconut oil makes it powerful against skin irritating bacteria and fungi.
Remember, natural antibiotics are not cure-alls. Talk to your doctor before pursuing any all-natural treatment.
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