Since the discovery of penicillin, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. Constant exposure to antibiotics is responsible for increasing number of resistant antibiotics. For centuries, plants were humanity’s primary medicine. You can grow them yourself and they are very inexpensive. Including different foods and herbs in everyday diet can support your immune system.
Some foods and herbs haven’t lost their ability to fight bacteria. The following plant medicines are very effective choices in helping us avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics but keep the similar effect.
Oregano can be distilled into oil, dried into a spice, cooked in a marinade, brewed into a tea, or used fresh. It is something that should be a part of your everyday diet. In traditional use, oregano is used in cooking the meat and preparing different meals, but what a few people know is that it has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Oregano oil is considered to be superior to some antibiotics, but without the harmful side effects. It can treat infections, colds and fight parasites. You can even use the powers of this herbal oil to clean your home. It is also used in aromatherapy because its proportion of phenols is said to be the highest of all aromatic plants. It is very simple to make at home, but also available in health food stores.
If you like mixing cinnamon with apples in delicious treats and teas, you should definitely know more about its awesome ability to fight infections. Cinnamon warms the body, helps the digestion and fights different bacteria. Cinnamon oil is able to kill common infections found in hospitals and can be as effective as most of the antiseptics found on the market. It makes it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance. It is best to combine it with honey. You can drink it with water to heal colds and coughs, to ease an aching tooth, cure acne, insect bites and other skin infections. Also in combination with honey it gives a great boost to the immune system as it strengthens your white blood cells. Some people can develop an allergy to cinnamon, so be careful when using it daily.
Whether fighting the flu, minor or major immune diseases, this tasty herb is a strong tool in combating bacteria. Raw garlic can be as effective as penicillin. It is full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients and can be used to cure anything from inflammation to cold. The Sulphur compounds found in garlic are very effective treatment against all sorts of bacteria. Garlic was used for thousands of years in different cultures, even to ward off the plague. It is friendly to the body and works great without disturbing the body’s normal flora. The ways to include garlic in everyday routine can be through a capsule, infused in oil, or just added in meals. When cooking with garlic, heating past 130 degrees can decrease its potency, so better use it as raw as possible. If you don’t like the taste of it, you can always mix it with yoghurt, applesauce or honey. And if your stomach is easily irritated, avoid using it on an empty stomach.
Cabbage is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family and is known for having some of the best benefits to the health. It is effective in fighting cancer and all kinds of diseases. Cabbage holds amazing antibiotic properties with nearly no side effects associated with its use. It is so high in vitamin C that if you eat about one cup, it provides around 75 percent of what you need every day. It is used from relieving inflammation and menstrual breast tenderness to treating stomach ulcers. You can eat it raw in your salad, as a side dish, or drink fresh cabbage juice. To make the juice sweeter and tastier, you can add honey. Drink it between meals and prevent any possible infection.
This compound has been used for a wide variety of infections and to strengthen the immune system. It can treat serious forms of infections such as respiratory, urinary, fungal, sinus, kidney infections. Its miraculous powers lie in its ingredients. Coming from North America, Echinacea was traditionally used for centuries. Native American Tribes used it to treat pain and sickness, open wounds, blood poisoning and other bacteria-related illnesses. Today it treats common cold and flu at the first signs of illness. Echinacea can speed the healing process and decrease inflammation. Cosmetic companies use it for different skin care products like creams and lotions because it prevents the skin from allergies. Echinacea is available in many products and comes in many forms including tablets, juice, and tea. It is best to use it over a long period of time. The name itself comes from a Greek word Echinos, meaning hedgehog, because of the unusual hedgehog shape of the flowers.
Aloe has a reputation of a super-herb and it has been used for thousands of year. Aloe is extremely efficient for treating all sorts of infections, from mild to severe. It works as a strong antioxidant and helps your immune system work well. It minimizes the inflammation and swelling just in a few hours. Aloe has many different uses, from improving digestion, controlling cholesterol to even helping control weight. It is famous for hydration, as it helps gain lost supplies of minerals giving the body moisturized and fresh look. You can find it in a lot of cosmetic products because of its healing properties to work as a skin regenerator. You can find it in creams, gels, sprays even in some yogurts and beverages. You can find many different aloe drinks, but you can also make your own. Just blend fresh leaves with water and some lemons and make a tasty, and more important, healthy drink.
Aboriginal Australians used eucalyptus leaves to make oils as a traditional medication for body pains, fever and colds. Surgeons later used it as an antiseptic during operations. Nowadays eucalyptus oil is used to treat sinus pain and inflammation, respiratory infections, wounds, burns and allergies. Eucalyptus is one of the best-known cold treatments anywhere. It has cooling effects and it has a fantastic ingredient that treat respiratory difficulties. There are more than 700 different species of eucalyptus in the world and most of them can be used in producing different types of essential oils. The oil itself is colorless with a strong woody and sweet smell. In their natural state essential oils are more powerful and effective than industrial ones. The good news is that it is quite easy to make it, so if you prefer natural and home-made over industrial, you should make your own.
The name Sage comes from Latin meaning that the plant is sanative and healing. The ancient Romans used it for its antiseptic and antibiotic properties. In the Middle Ages, it was considered to be a mean of extending the life and even expelling demons. The healing parts of sage are its leaves and young twigs, and it can be used to cleanse the respiratory system, sore throat, stomach inflammation and pain. Drinking sage can clean the blood, strengthen the nerves and give a good boost to the immune system. It is easily found in gardens and markets. Sage is used in the form of tea, tinctures and essential oils. All parts of the plant have a strong aromatic odor and it can be used to refresh living space. It can also be used in cosmetics because it strengthens the hair and gives it shine. It also makes teeth healthy and beautiful.
The ancient Egyptians regarded olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power. Its extract has been used for a number of centuries to battle bacterial infections and provide support for the immune system. Its leaves have an ability to resist infection because of its key nutrient called Oleuropein. Unlike regular antibiotics, it is safe and effective for long term use. There are many unique uses for this medicinal herb. It is used against common diseases such as herpes, salmonella and candida. Together with a healthy diet it can significantly improve general health. Olive leaf has higher levels of antioxidants than green tea or vitamin C. It is mostly found in a capsule form so this wonderful supplement can easily be a valuable part of anyone’s health routine.
10. Uva ursi
Uva ursi means “bear’s grape” in Latin because it produces red berries that bears love to eat. Extracts of the leaves have been extensively used in herbal medicine for many centuries. Uva ursi is one of the best natural urinary antiseptics and also has mild diuretic activity. It is proven effective against harmful organisms, it encourages wound healing and helps clean the kidneys. It contains compounds effective at killing pathogens found in urinary tract infections. Uva Ursi is often used as a tincture or capsule and because of its strength it shouldn’t be used for more than two weeks. Uva Ursi tea is easily found in most health food stores but can also be made using its leaves. The berries, on the other hand, are used as a help with weight-loss. These red berries are edible but have quite a bitter taste.