In the modern era, antibiotics have reached an exaggerated level of popularity. While their uses and benefic properties are numerous, over usage led to increasingly resistant bugs, thus the need to produce and prescribe more powerful antibiotics.
The good news is, nature has way more to offer than one could ever imagine. Besides the super-mold Penicillum notatum, there are plenty naturally occurring antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents, found in herbs and foods, some of them very common.
Besides the specific taste it gives to pizza, pasta and other dishes, the essential oil derived from oregano is considered a powerful, natural alternative to antibiotics. Without any negative side effects, research studies have proven oregano’s anti carcinogenic effects on prostate cancer cells and its ability to kill several types of bacteria, including E.Coli.
Garlic’s most powerful substance is allicin, which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. As a result, this wonderful plant can fight more illnesses that modern antibiotics. It also contains germanium and potassium, two essential minerals and a substance known as alixin that has antioxidant, antimicrobial and antitumor effects.
Oleuropein is a very important compound of olive leaves. This phenolic substance has powerful antioxidant effects. Olive leaves also contain other antioxidants such as hydroxytyrosol, flavonoids and polyphenols. Olive leave extract have 400% more antioxidant capacity than vitamin C and its antiviral effect are currently researched for use in defeating several types of viruses, including HIV.
Thanks to the flavonoids it contains, OLE has anti-inflammatory effects, and several studies have proven that it’s efficient against viruses such as herpes, fungi like Candida albicans responsible for yeast infections and bacteria, for example Pseudomonas aeruginosa, that causes urinary tract infections and pneumonia.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Made from the seeds and pulp of grapefruit, GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) is a highly concentrated solution with antimicrobial and antibacterial effects. GSE has been successfully used against bacteria, fungi and even viruses. It’s also a powerful antioxidant since it contains a mixture of vitamin C, flavonoids, tocopherols, citric acid, limonoids, sterols and minerals.
It can be used orally, to fight against diarrhea-causing bacteria, salmonella, E.Coli and even some fungi such as candida. Applied externally, it can disinfect minor injuries such as cuts and grazes, fight against fungi such as athlete’s foot and ringworm and skin conditions caused by bacteria, like eczema and dry skin.
The resinous mixture collected by honey bees has various compositions depending mostly on season and location. That is why scientific research concerning the multiple benefits attributed to propolis is often contradictory. Nevertheless, through centuries of worldwide use, propolis gained fame through its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Depending on its composition propolis can even act as an antibiotic and antiviral agent.
It is currently used for many purposes, such as fighting respiratory diseases, regenerating the skin from injuries like burns and blisters, skin infections such as eczema and micosis, treating common colds and influenza through its immunity boosting effect and others.
There are many more plants that can help the human body heal faster, strengthen its immune system or do both at the same time. Be sure to document before trying any natural remedy. In case of children or individuals with health problems and/or under medication, a doctor’s approval is needed to avoid negative symptoms and health effects.