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11 Natural Products That Have Antibacterial Properties

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Antibiotics are used to treat and control bacterial infections. Before the discovery of antibiotics, many bacterial infections that are now very treatable led to people dying. Without antibiotics, when someone gets infected, the bacterium multiplies in the body. The body naturally tries to fight the infection and sometimes, can succeed, but most times, the bacteria is much more than the body can handle and they eventually destroy the body leading to sepsis. Sepsis is a serious infection where the body shuts down due to an infection that has spread to the blood. With the introduction of antibiotics, million of people no longer have to succumb to bacterial infections. Surgeries, something that was sometimes dangerous because of bacterial infections that can happen during surgery, is now safer since patients can get antibiotics prophylactically (before the surgery), or post-surgery.

However, different types of bacteria have adapted as humans create antibiotics to prevent and eradicate it – survival of the fittest. So as humans use more and more antibiotics, the bacterium modifies itself to become resistant to the drug. This is called antibiotics resistance and is something the medical world keeps track of since we don’t want to run out of options to treat bacterial infections.

While humans have been busy creating antibiotics in the labs, mother nature has also done the same as well. Several things in nature have antibacterial properties and in fact has been used as antibiotics way before we invented them in the lab. Sometimes, these natural products do all the work before you even get to the stage where you need an antibiotic from the doctor. We don’t advocate skipping antibiotics as that can be problematic and fatal but we do want to let you know about these 11 natural antibiotic products.

 

  1. Echinacea

This is a time proven antibiotic and antiviral. Most people use it to treat and prevent the common cold. It comes in forms of pure extract as well as tablet formulations. It’s also used for keeping bacterial infection in check when you have an open wound. Echinacea is readily available but make sure to read the labels to make sure you’re getting the pure product.

 

  1. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is the magic fruit that keeps giving. From being a fruit that facilities weight loss to being an antibiotic, the use of grapefruit is endless. The seeds of grapefruits are antibacterial in nature and are in fact used in antibacterial soap when extracted. The extract is also good for treating skin infections like warts and other infectious skin diseases.

 

  1. Myrrh Extract

This extract might not be as commonly used even though most people might recognize it. A study conducted using myrrh extract in 2000 showed that it was effective against some bacteria like E.coli and staph aureus. So, if you’re looking for a time-proven natural antibiotics, consider using myrrh.

 

  1. Oregano

This is also another natural antibiotic and one that tastes so good it’s used for cooking as well. It’s great for keeping your gastrointestinal area (stomach) in check because it contains carvacrol, a compound that is also antifungal. You can also use this topically to fight certain skin infections and when you do, use the oil form with at least 70% carvacrol.

 

  1. Ginger

Most of us cook with ginger but did you know that it has antibacterial properties? Ginger is a natural antibiotic because of its content of gingerol that helps the digestive system. Ginger has also been used to prevent certain infections of the stomach like salmonella and listeria, and has been promoted to maintain the GI system.

 

  1. Olive Leaf Extract

This is another ancient one like Myrrh that is not known as much but is very effective. Olive oil on its own is very effective as a fever reducer. It’s also useful as an antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal since it has elenolic acid, an antimicrobial.

 

  1. Garlic

Garlic is a multi-use product that is an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. Basically, garlic is a great antimicrobial product and has been used for centuries to treat certain infections. To use this, crush it and then eat raw or lightly cooked. Garlic works because it has allicin, a compound that you also find in onion.

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of those miracle products that can be used for everything and anything. It is loaded with great antioxidants and is also antimicrobial. Coconut oil helps the immune system and is also antifungal. And you can use it both externally and internally.

 

  1. Cabbage

Cabbage is a favorite food for green leafy vegetable lovers but it’s also a great natural antibiotic since the same Sulphur it emits that causes uncomfortable bloating and gas is the same element that help destroy bacterial cells. Cabbage is most effective an antibiotic when chewed raw.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Everyone loves this magic product which has been used for everything from skin care to weight loss. It has even been promoted to prevent cancer and a few other things. ACV as it is commonly known is an antibiotic and antiseptic and is safe when used as directed.

 

  1. Cayenne Pepper

This is spicy as it’s pepper and used for a lot of things including spicing food up. People have also used this for weight loss. Cayenne Pepper is a natural antibiotic but also anti-fungal. If you wish to reduce the burn of this product, dilute it in your favorite natural oil like coconut oil so you get the effects of the spice without the burn. Olive oil is also a good carrier oil for cayenne pepper.

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