Antibiotics are agents that can completely destroy pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria) or stop their growth and reproduction, without causing significant damage to the host organism. However, most of the today’s antibiotics are chemical compounds, and when using these medicines, always should consult with a doctor.
But what to do if, for example, in the middle of the night feel a sharp pain, such as a toothache, or other inflammation? Chances are you do not have to go any further than your kitchen to find an antibiotic that can not only alleviate the pain but, can fully heal. These are five most potent alternatives to antibiotics that you have probably stacked within the kitchen spice rack:
“How can a man die when he has Sage growing in his garden?”, asked the Hippocrates bearing in mind that the plant was used for thousands of years as an alternative to antibiotics.
Sage is especially good for the throat, respiratory infections, and infections of the mouth. It is also useful for gastric diseases and large intestines. Sage helps to reduce fever, chills, and body aches that occur at the beginning of cold and flu.
Ancient Arabs, Chinese and Romans, believed that the sage is the key to a long life. It is the same sage that grows in most modern homes and gardens around the world. Because of its properties, sage is now a natural ingredient in the production of modern OTC medicines.
Quick recipe: Sage Gargle
Pour 250 ml of hot malt vinegar over a two tablespoons of sage leaves. Add 250 ml of water. Use this as a gargle for bleeding gums or ulcers in the mouth or throat.
Bee honey, in its raw state, is used as an antibacterial agent (antibiotic) long before the synthetic drugs developed in cultures throughout the world, for healing a variety of wounds and diseases. Today, we have scientific proofs that this sweet remedy has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can cure skin rashes, burns, and abrasions, clean the teeth and mouth of bacteria, stop bleeding gums. Honey is also useful in the treatment of ulcers and blisters.
A study published in 2010 in the FASEB journal for the first time explained how honey kills bacteria. In fact, research has shown that bees produce protein defensin-1, which they add it to the honey and the honeycomb. This protein is a potent agent for treatment of burns and skin infections, and it can also fight bacteria resistant to current synthetic antibiotics, known as superbugs.
When treating wounds or inflammations with honey as an alternative to antibiotics, it is crucial to choose the right type of honey. Darker honey types have stronger antibacterial power than light ones. But, they must be in its raw form and not pasteurized. One of the most active antibacterial types of honey is Manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand. Bees are making it from the nectar of the Manuka tea tree blossoms (Leptospermum scoparium).
Even today, dentists use clove oil as an oral antiseptic for disinfecting root canals. It’s a familiar scent of almost every dental office. This scent comes from eugenol, a potent antimicrobial compound found in significant amounts in cloves.
If you want to alleviate a toothache, it is sufficient to chew cloves for a few minutes and pain may completely stop within two hours. However, clove is most useful in the form of oil. Clove oil has a potent antifungal activity, and it kills more than 60 kinds of bacteria, 15 fungi, plus several viruses (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2004).
Aside from its analgesic properties, clove is stimulating, warming, and uplifting. It is also ideal for sluggish digestion and nausea.
Quick recipe: Honey, Sage, and Clove Gargle
Dissolve two tablespoons of honey in 400 ml of hot sage tea. Mix it with 250 ml of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of sweet almond oil and five drops of clove oil. Bottle it and use it as an antiseptic mouthwash.
In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon has a high value as a warming and stimulating herb to boost vitality, circulation, and clear congestion. But, cinnamon has powerful antiseptic actions as well, and it is high on the list of alternatives to antibiotics.
A study conducted by a group of surgeons proved that cinnamon could kill most of the bacteria found in hospitals. They also discovered that cinnamon could kill the bacteria resistant to standard antibiotics.
Cinnamon is the mortal enemy of the evil bacteria Escherichia coli. Erdogan Ceylan, head researcher at Kansas State University, for research purposes, infected apple juice with about one million E. coli bacteria. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon killed 99.5% of bacteria for three days at room temperature. The number of bacteria that Erdogan added in test samples was 100 times greater than the number of bacteria commonly found in contaminated food.
Although cinnamon is a reliable alternative to antibiotics, with its pleasingly spicy flavor, it is often used in medicinal formulas to mask the flavor of less savory herbs.
Try adding, even more, cinnamon in this morning boost recipe. Especially recommended during the winter season of colds and flu.
Garlic is an obvious choice for number one alternative to antibiotics found in mother’s nature pharmacy. Throughout the history, people are using garlic to treat infections. During the plague epidemic in France, at the beginning of 18th century, the gravediggers were drinking wine with crushed garlic as a protection from the disease.
In both world wars, soldiers were using garlic as a natural remedy for preventing gangrene caused by bacterial infection. The list could go on to the ancient Egyptian documents mentioning garlic as a remedy for many diseases.
Antibacterial properties of garlic originate from an ingredient called Allicin – an organic compound that has high antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Garlic can cure a toothache (it is enough to chop the garlic and put on the aching tooth), earache, cough, sore throat, as well as many other diseases or infections.
If you find the taste and odor of garlic offensive, you can chop the garlic cloves into tiny pieces and put them in a gelatin capsule just before swallowing (be careful, you cannot prepare more of this in advance since the moist of the garlic will dissolve the capsule).
Only for bold recipe: Garlic Cold Killer
Mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper with one minced garlic clove, and juice of one lemon. You can also add 1 gram of powdered Vitamin C.
The garlic and cayenne pepper mix have antibacterial properties that will make you sweat, which is an effective cold relief. The lemon contains vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which will make the powdered vitamin C work better.