Friday, February 27, 2009

Natural Antibiotics


I always wondered what people did in the olden days when there were no prescription antibiotics. Well, of course, there were natural antibiotics! Here are a few that you may want to take note of:

Sage
Properties: anti-microbial
Used for: throat infections
Thyme
Properties: anti-microbial
Oregano
Properties: anti-microbial
Used for: chest, lung, and yeast infections
Interesting fact: My co-workers swear by oil of oregano. They distribute it covertly like an illegal drug when bad coughs and throat infections are going around the office.
Parsley
Properties: anti-microbial
Raw Garlic
Properties: anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal
Used for: wound infections, ear infections, dysentry
Active ingredient: allicin
Interesting fact: Garlic juice, water, and sphagnum moss was used to bandage wounds in WWI and prevent gangrene and blood poisoning.
Echinacea
Properties: anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, immune stimulant
Used for: coughs, colds, sore throat, infections
Interesting fact: Echinacea was widely used by Native Americans for a wide variety of conditions.
Golden Seal
Properties: anti-biotic, immune stimulant
Used for: streptocci infections, bacterial, fungal, and protozoal infections, dysentry, cholera
Active ingredient: berberine
Oregon Grape Root
Properties: anti-biotic, immune stimulant
Used for: streptocci infections, bacterial, fungal, and protozoal infections, dysentry, cholera
Active ingredient: berberine
Barberry Root Bark
Properties: anti-biotic, immune stimulant
Used for: streptocci infections, bacterial, fungal, and protozoal infections, dysentry, cholera, may shrink tumours, pinkeye,
Active ingredient: berberine
Wild Indigo
Properties: anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory
Used for: detoxifiying the liver and blood, swollen glands, strep or sore throat, mouth sores, tonsilitis, pneumonia, meningitis, and food or blood poisoning
Active ingredient: baptitoxine
Eucalyptus
Properties: decongestant, anti-septic, anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal
Used for: influenza virus, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, respiratory infections
Interesting fact: Koala bears eat eucalyptus leaves almost exclusively.
Raw Unfiltered Honey
Properties: antibiotic
Used for: treating cuts, burns, and scrapes
Aloe Vera
Properties: anti-septic, anti-bacterial
Used for: sore throat, sun burns, skin infections, wounds
Interesting fact: Aloe is a mild laxative, so don't eat too much of it! In Japan, you'll find aloe in some yogurts and beverages. (You'll find it here too. I found an Aloe juice beverage at T&T just the other day! It tastes good!)

Other helpful natural immune boosters to help you fight infection:

Vitamin C
Properties: builds immune system by increasing white blood cell production to fight infection


CAUTION!
Natural treatments can be dangerous for pregnant women and children. You can also have allergies to these herbs and roots, so consult a doctor before using them. If you notice any pain or swelling of the throat, hives on the body, nausea or fever, seek medical attention immediately!


13 comments:

Happy Cloud Moments said...

Aloe Vera is good for so many things...there are books about it. But it is very dangerous for a pregnant women to consume.

Thanks for all the helpful info!!

Chrisy said...

All yummy things in their natural state...

crystal said...

I have been enjoying your blog!! I am an Herb Lover and i think this blog post is excellent!! I feel for the people who don't use our mother earth's natural resources for well being as much as they should!!
I look forward to visiting again:)

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Almay Alday said...

Great post! My mom who is a retired nurse used a lot of natural herbs when we were growing up. Now as an adult, I'm big on still using natural antibiotics!

Totally Timmy said...

I think natural remedies are interesting. I knew a few of them. I can't stand garlic though..maybe that's why I am always sick!
Great post.

Jacaranda Designs said...

Very interesting reading. Thanks for posting this!

BeebaBottoms said...

Very educational. Great post!

BlenderBach said...

great list - I found them all very interesting!

createitcottage said...

Great info! I am a firm believer in natural remedies.

mr said...

Love your blog! Pregnant women are advised not to take aloe vera internally, but this only relates to the products which may contain the purgative substance, known as aloin, which causes bowel spasms. Many pregnant women in the past have taken aloe vera, and have found that it has been beneficial with problems such as tiredness, digestion, and so on.

I agree that aloe vera is good for many different ailments. Did you know that aloe vera comes in a capsule form also? (So that you don't taste that yucky flavor!) Be sure to take the purest form of aloe vera capsules in order to get the most beneficial results.

There is also a lot of science coming out today proving that aloe vera helps fight against cancer. Did you know that aloe vera is also a great natural anti-inflammatory?

Lauren
Nature's Factory Products

Sergio Cadona said...

very informative article...Aloe Verahas more medical usage than just skin-related i.e. scar and acne.

Naturalgirl said...

These herbs specially used to cure various herbal skin treatments from the past hundreds of year by ancient herbalist..

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