It’s cold and flu season and nearly everyone I’ve connected with this month is coughing, sneezing and has a runny nose. Our natural instinct is to visit our physician and get a dose of antibiotics. But, they can do more harm by destroying our gut’s good bacteria. Or we may chat with our pharmacists and pick up a bunch of cold and flu remedies. While these products have their place, a natural remedy might be just as effective. Here are 10 natural antibiotics that will assist and strengthen our immune system to deal with infections. They may already be in your home.
Garlic is deemed the number one natural antibiotic. It effectively fights bacteria, parasites, yeast, viruses, and infections. To get its maximum benefit, crush 2 or 3 cloves every day and eat it raw. Add it to your salad or green juice. Opt for organic garlic if it’s available.
Onions belong to the same Allium genus as garlic, but they have a milder flavor. They also have many health benefits. They help fight colds, flu, bacteria and reduces inflammation and pain. Some suggest that putting a slice of onion on the sole of your feet, secured with a sock, will draw out toxins overnight. Cooking can destroy the beneficial nutrients so it’s suggested to eat the onions raw. Always opt for organic when you can.
Labeled the ‘golden honey’, turmeric is a powerful ally when it comes to fighting infections, viruses and preventing colds and flu. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and eases symptoms of osteoarthritis. Turmeric essential oil also has many benefits from detoxifying to improving digestion.
The antimicrobial properties in honey help wounds and fight some viruses and bacteria. It also relieves a sore throat and coughing. Manuka honey is purported to be the best. Its antibacterial properties set it apart from other honey. It’s great for treating colds, flu, and infections.
Echinacea boosts your immune system. It fends off colds and flu and can shorten the duration of their symptoms. It can also reduce fevers, coughs and sore throats.
Ginger has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that stimulate our immune system to fight colds. Ginger will destroy the rhinoviruses and relieve sore throats. Boil slices of ginger, allow to cool, add some manuka honey and freshly squeezed lemon and enjoy.
Colloidal Silver has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its benefits are enormous. It’s a great remedy for colds, flu, sinus infections, and pneumonia. You can also use it to disinfect your home.
Eucalyptus is an herbal remedy with medicinal benefits and antiseptic properties. It’s good for congestion and can help you cope with and alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Eucalyptus tea is available or you can add a few drops of a pure essential oil to boiling water and inhale the vapors.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar creates an alkaline environment so your body can destroy many types of bacteria and viruses. It’s great for acid reflux, good for your gut and can be used as a nasal wash.
Extra virgin coconut oil antimicrobial and antiviral properties can boost your immune system, boost your energy, great for digestion, ease a cough and soothe a sore throat.