It’s good to grow in our knowledge of simple foods, plants, flowers, and herbs that can be used to protect us against illness as well as cure us from infections and disease.
Some of these foodstuffs can be consumed in their organic state…some gain highest potency when brewed into teas or tinctures…while others are best used as essential oils…or made into 100 % vegetarian, non-GMO capsules by using a capsule machines.
The Downfall of Pharmaceutical Antibiotics
Who can deny the benefit of antibiotics?
Since the accidental discovery of penicillin in 1929 by Alexander Fleming, antibiotic use has saved countless lives.
Yet strains of bacteria once thought to be conquered are reemerging despite our antibiotics, and healing resources are disappearing faster than we can discover them.
This excerpt from an article published in March 2011 by The Economist — titled “Resistance to Antibiotics: The Spread of Superbugs“— quotes Fleming at the end of his Noble lecture giving a warning to the world:
On December 11th 1945, at the end of his Nobel lecture, Alexander Fleming sounded a warning. Fleming’s chance observation of the antibiotic effects of a mould called Penicillium on one of his bacterial cultures had inspired his co-laureates, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, two researchers based in Oxford, to extract the mould’s active principle and turn it into the miracle cure now known as penicillin. But Fleming could already see the future of antibiotic misuse. “There is the danger”, he said, “that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.”
Penicillin and the other antibiotics that its discovery prompted stand alongside vaccination as the greatest inventions of medical science. Yet Fleming’s warning has always haunted them. Antibiotic resistance has now become a costly and dangerous problem. Some people fear there may be worse to come: that a strain of resistant bacterium might start an epidemic for which no treatment was available. Yet despite Fleming’s warning and despite a fair understanding of the causes of resistance and how they could be dealt with, dealing with them has proved elusive. Convenience, laziness, perverse financial incentives and sheer bad luck have conspired to nullify almost every attempt to stop the emergence of resistance.
In addition of our current overuse of antibiotics…
…their inclusion in animal feed may actually be the main cause to blame.
Antibiotics — when given to animals raised for mass food production (in horrible conditions that pose a constant threat to their health) — are used primarily not to stop infection, but to make the animal grow bigger and faster…artificially.
In a recent statement published only days ago by The Cap Times, titled “Stop using antibiotics for animal production,” Donald Kennedy — former FDA commissioner from 1977 to 1979 — writes this about antibiotic use in “Big Ag Business”:
When I [Donald Kennedy] was commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the agency’s national advisory committee recommended in 1977 that we eliminate an agricultural practice that threatened human health. Routinely feeding low doses of antibiotics to healthy livestock, our scientific advisory committee warned, was breeding drug-resistant bacteria that could infect people. We scheduled hearings to begin the process of curtailing the use of penicillin and other antibiotics for this purpose, but Congress halted the effort.
Today, the science is even clearer that antibiotic overuse in agriculture is dangerous — yet the same risks persist.
Representatives of the livestock and drug industries try to dismiss part of the problem by saying that overuse of antibiotics in hospitals is responsible for the evolution of superbugs. Medical overprescribing is surely ONE piece of the puzzle. But those concerned with human health cannot dismiss or ignore the overwhelming evidence that agricultural practices also contribute to the problem.
About 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in this country are intended for food animals, not people.
The Good News :: There Are All-Natural Antibiotic Alternatives
The good news in all of this is…
…we can help the problem!
- avoiding pharmaceutical antibiotic drugs
- rediscovering the blessed gifts given to us in foods, plants, flowers, and herbs
- purchasing grass-fed meats from small, local farmers
A growing number of people are beginning to realize that much of the healing wisdom we seek will never be found in science and/or technology but within the ancient healing traditions of nature itself.
To access this awareness, we find ourselves turning to the old methods in an effort to relearn ways of healing that have been carefully passed down through hundreds of generations.
Ancient Peoples knew that healthy living, healing, and sound medicine cannot — nor should they ever — be gauged by how effectively people can exploit the medicinal properties of natural resources. But rather, they recognized human health for what it truly is…an integral part of living in harmony with the Earth.
Many common ailments that plague humanity, such as…
- a cold
- the flu
- sinus/upper respiratory problems
- sore throats
- simple urinary tract infections
- superficial wounds
…do not necessitate pharmaceuticals in most cases.
Many times, these ailments can be safely and effectively treated with lifestyle changes and natural medicines.
The Right Lifestyle Changes
Harnessing the healing power your body possesses requires taking good care of yourself.
It is important to remember that in most cases, bacteria can take over only when its host and the environment it is in allows.
Keep your immune system strong and build its ability to fight infection by:
- creating a bedtime routine that fits your schedule so as to include at least 8 hours of quality sleep
- exercising regularly
- eating a traditional whole foods diet
- avoiding processed sugars
- consuming naturally fermented and cultured foods, increasing probiotic intake
- participating in stress reduction exercises — i.e. stop when your body says stop, rest, pray, meditate, do yoga, etc.
- spending time outdoors, breathing in deeply
- maintaining healthy relationships
- allowing your creativity room to grow
- finding that thing that makes you come alive and doing that!
These above listed tips — when followed properly — will help strengthen your body and likewise prevent infection.
Not to mention, when employed, they work synergistically to unlock the deepest powers of natural food and herb cures.
Natural Antibiotic Alternatives
*Unless otherwise noted, descriptions for these substances have been quoted from Philip Fritchey’s book Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers
Philip Fritchey defines the class of antibiotic substances as…
…agents that destroy or inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria. Some of these herbs destroy germs by their direct action. Others promote and support the body’s own immune responses. [And] They are sometimes called Antizymotics.
And they are as follows:
1. Oregano Essential Oils
High in antioxidant activity, Oregano essential oil contains antimicrobial properties that can help fight colds and coughs, improve digestive issues, and can support your immune and respiratory systems. In fact, one study shows that Oregano essential oil was found (along with a couple other essential oils such as thyme, peppermint, cinnamon, sage, and clove) to have the strongest antimicrobial properties. Click here to read the study.
There are even some poultry farms who have found success by using Oregano to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals. Click here to read more about these farms.
When used aromatically, Oregano essential oil can help decrease airborne pathogens, boost immunity, and can give a feeling of security. Oregano blends well with Basil, Geraniuum, Fennel, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Thyme essential oils.
Use caution when applying Oregano topically. Oregano is very caustic and can cause skin irritation if not diluted. To avoid skin irritation when using topically, dilute 1 drop essential oil to 3 drops carrier oil.
Tips For Use:
Have a cough? Put 1 drop of Oregano is a teaspoon of honey or a small glass of water and swallow. If you don’t like the taste use an empty capsule.
Put one drop in 2 ounces of water and gargle for treatment of a sore throat.
If you feel like you are coming down with the flu…Flu Bomb! Mix 3 drops Oregano + 5 drops On Guard + 5 drops Melaleuca + 5 drops Lemon! Adults apply undiluted to feet (use carrier oil for children — I only use the BEST coconut oil on the planet) or add to an empty capsule to take internally. Use every two-three hours.
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2. Colloidal Silver
The article “Research on Antibiotics Reveals Silver Acts as a Booster“ states: “The use of silver in the battle against pathogenic bacteria goes way back into antiquity. Hippocrates was one of the first to describe its antimicrobial properties in 400 B.C. Over the past few years, several studies have demonstrated the fact that silver is indeed one of the most effective agents in the battle against antibiotic-resistant super pathogens. Yet conventional medicine has largely dismissed such claims, relegating colloidal silver to the “woo-woo” section of medical myth. They may be inclined to change their tune however, in light of the latest research which shows that low doses of silver can make antibiotics up to 1,000 times more effective, and may even allow an antibiotic to successfully combat otherwise antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Note: This is the colloidal silver I keep stocked in our wellness pantry at home…colloidal Silver Immune Support
Echinacea is one of the best general remedies for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections. In conjunction with other “guiding” herbs (such as uva ursi, myrrh, garlic, thyme, colloidal silver, mullein, Oregon grape root, and goldenseal) it may be used for any infection or inflammation anywhere in the body. It is often effective against both bacterial and viral attacks.
Garlic’s power and value as a healing agent is unsurpassed and cannot be overstated…it has been used throughout history as an effective antibiotic. Garlic’s broad antimicrobial spectrum incorporates antifungal, antiparasitic, antiprotozoan, and antiviral attributes in one food source. Garlic is most potent chewed or crushed raw. Nothing science has ever created comes close to doing what garlic can do.
5. Oregon Grape Root
Oregon grape root — a great treatment for sore throats, disorders of the stomach, intestines, urinary organs, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, acne, and pimples — contains as one of its primary constituents, berberine, which can stop bacteria dead in its tracts. It can be used as an infusion, a wound wash, dried in capsules, or tinctured.
6. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is so much more than just a natural sweetener. Manuka honey, which has not been pasteurized or filtered, can be especially useful for medicinal, antibiotic purposes. Manuka honey can be used: as a preservative, to sooth a sore throat and ease a cough, treat minor cuts, scrapes and burns by applying directly to the affected area, and as a healing mask for blemished prone skin (source). Note: This is the only Manuka Honey I use. It is approved by the Unique Manuka Factor® Honey Association (UMFHA) and holds a separate license to use the UMF® trademark. Only organizations with a license are allowed to use the UMF® trademark.
Mullein’s gentle nature makes it one of the very best herbs for use with children. It basically helps break up bacteria and heal ailments affecting the upper respiratory tract and sinuses. Numerous studies report its ability to reduce upper respiratory infection symptoms, such as fatigue, sore throat, cough and headache.
Myrrh has been used by natural healers for hundreds of years. It is touted for its antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral properties. It can be taken internally and used externally as a gargle or wash for wounds. It is most commonly recommended for bacterial oral infections (including mouth sores), bronchitis, and sore throats. Myrrh should only be used during the acute phase of the illness and is not suitable for long-term internal use. Note: I always keep a bottle of Mountain Rose Herbs Myrrh Extract on hand!
Among the Ancients and throughout the Middle Ages, sage was held in high esteem. Hippocrates held the position, “Cur moriatur homo cui Salvia crescit in horto?” (“Why should a man die while Sage grows in his garden?”) The list of the benefits of sage is long and impressive. It’s ability to heal ailments of the mouth, teeth, blood, joints, liver, urine, head, sinuses, throat, lungs, and stomach is truly amazing! Note: Buy medicinal herbal sage seed here…and never be without it in your home garden!
According to Philip Fritchey’s book in his book Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers “Modern herbalists value thyme for its expectorant and antibacterial properties and it is frequently used in preparations to support and protect the respiratory system. The essential oil is an effective disinfectant and natural preservative that is used in many skin preparations, not only for its therapeutic effect, but to protect the product itself from microbial contamination and spoilage.” Thyme is also an excellent treatment for bacterial acne — even better than prescription medications! See this recipe for a Thyme Blemish Astringent you can make at home.
Please note…many herbs and supplements are not recommended for the very young or for those who are pregnant or nursing. Some may even have interactions with other pharmaceutical medications. Please be wise, and consult with a trained medical professional prior to consuming any medicinal alternatives.
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Sherry England says
This list leaves out olive leaf. 🙁 This is my first go-to.
That’s an awesome one! This list is by no means exhaustive 🙂
It would be great for everyone to mention here in the comments their favorite natural antibiotic alternatives!
Dawn Johns says
marjoram is also an expectorant, chewing on rosemary sprigs help colds, and probiotics are invaluable for anything you would take an antibiotic for or anti-fungal! high doses of vitamin c and zinc are also good for colds, and essential oils have antibiotic and antiviral properties too. Can anybody tell i am medicating a chest/head cold right now?
Thyme and garlic are my go-tos. A nice big pot of homemade chicken soup with lots of these herbs is easy to make, super effective and tastes delish. I do think I will be trying out some colloidal silver this year on some of the hub’s sinus infections.
I have used propolis to cure sinus infections for years. I take six – eight capsules of 1,000 mg strength for twenty days to completely eradicate the infection. I have never become resistant to it. This is not for people who are allergic to bees.
Peter C. says
This is why I logged on to the web this morning! Sinus infections… Extremely painful! I get them frequently. Obviously for me, I need to address my overall health. But as needed now, I will attempt your recommendation.
Thank you So very much. I hope it works.
Dawn Johns says
plus… i could sure use one of andreas homemade vapor rub salves about now! 😉
Dawn Johns says
oh… and i am also a big fan of elderberry syrup and, nettle + elderberry immune tea: 1 part dried elderberries and 2 parts nettle leaf tea, i male it in half gallon canning jars . add tea and berries to the jar, put a knife down in the jar to prevent cracking when you pour the boiling water over it, then let sit overnight with the berries and tea, in the morning strain out the pulp and refridgerate it and drink it throughout the day. will last a few days in the fridge. amounts are to your liking as far as strength of flavor, just use 1 part berries to 2 parts nettle for the correct immune affect.
Peter C. says
Hi Dawn, Is tis tea for overall health or is it for a specific health issue?
Defense Soap says
Garlic, And Turmeric are my go-tos. Turmeric is seen as an excellent natural antibiotic in preventing bacterial infections in wounds, and also for many other diseases.
Tumeric is wonderful for many things!!! Check out this site http://www.abcliveit.com
Peter C. says
Thank you Michelle for sharing this wonderful information.
Rudi Kramp says
Here in South Africa a traditional food is yellow rice, being rice mixed with turmeric.
This is a great list!!! I have a friend that reaches about Oregano and I started using that as my go to. I have used some of the others such as echinasia but will look at the rest of them. Thanks for the suggestion.
I have one thought though. We don’t take much of anything on a regular basis. Only when needed. My friend (who preaches about Oregano) takes a lot of Oregano, mostly in oil or powdered capsule form. I was sharing my success about Echinasia and she told me she don’t use it because it doesn’t do anything for her, it being not strong enough. She has to use the heavy hitters all that time. This has made me think that natural or chemical drug formation, too much is not a good thing and you can render even the natual stuff useless if you ingest on a regular basis. . I am glad we have a list like this to go from. Thank you again!!!
One is suppose to cycle off every 6 to 8 weeks. That would explain your friend’s tolerance issue.
Charlotte Bays says
I love to see these ideas. I’ve just started buying some essential oils, etc. We can’t afford to buy the books that have the recipes in them, so I appreciate seeing what other people do and how to go about it. I’m starting to collect items to make anti-inflammatory remedies so I can get off Volteran. Takes a while to save enough up to buy them when you are on Social Security! I try to keep my husband on Elderberry syrup but I have to put some honey in it to get it down him.
Maria G. Garcia says
Hi there! Something else that is a wonderful anti-inflammatory is tumeric. I purchase the powder and then go get some gelcaps from my local health food store and make my own. Saves a little money and right now I have more time than money. 🙂 They want me to take anti-inflammatory but I am going the natural route. Good luck and god bless! 🙂
Thanks for all the research you did
All of this is absolutely wonderful! Now we need step by step preparations from the garden variety to the medicine cabinet and tools required!
Oil of oregano is our go to, it has kept my husband from having sinus infections for years. Before we discovered it, he had them twice or even three times yearly.
Does he take it sublingually? In oil form? Any special brand? Any help you can provide is appreciated! I had 2 sinus infections last year! I am hoping for a better winter this year! Thanks!
Jerica @ Sustain, Create and Flow says
Great post, Andrea and great comment thread as well!
Jerica @ Sustain, Create and Flow says
I have been relelying heavily on bee balm and lemon balm this year. 🙂
Cinnamon is one I always use. I mix it with local honey and apple cider vinegar.
Oh! I love that one too!
How do you buy the cinnamon …the powder one from the supermarket ,or another way?
Never take supermarket cinnamon for natural medicine or as on a regular basis. It is not the real thing but a cheaper product with can have toxic effects. We buy our organic cinnamon at the natural food store and take it every day it is very good for many things including keeping your sugar levels at a a healthy level. I will help prevent diabetics and hypoglycemia. I take natural horse radish for my pancreas as well as a herbal tea created by a master herbalist. These remedies work very well for my poorly functioning organ. Also raw honey (especially Manuka honey as an antibiotic for wounds and sore throats.
I reach for my cold care capsules I made from the recipe Rosemary Gladstar has in her book Medicinal Herbs A Beginner’s Guide, whenever I feel a cold coming on. These capsules have echinacca root powder, goldenseal root powder, marshmallow root powder, and cayenne powder. They really help. I am really loving this book. It has lots of good information in it. If you can find it and afford it, this book is well worth the money. I lucked out and got a really good deal on it when it came out. 🙂
I’ll have to look into that. thanks for the recommend.
I was able to find this book on alibris, which is a wonderful used book site, for around 10 dollars. The site itself is http://www.alibris.com. Always look up their coupon codes before you order because they have regular coupons for at least a dollar off of 10. do pay close attention to the shipping costs also because depending on your location, some may be high.
Joan SImonsen says
I have read the entire article and used to use most of these herbs. I just do not remember what measurements for each herbal recipe and if they need to sit in oil in glass mason jars. I would love to have them E-mailed to me. I also like all the comments about their successes of other herbal recipes.
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I’m always amazed at how extensive and detailed your posts are! I definitely need to work on the 8 hours of sleep and stress reduction. I definitely notice that the more stressed I am, the more colds I get.
Thank you Carrie! And isn’t that the truth! Sleep is soooooo important for overall health!
These sound wonderful! I have a dire need right now. I had a cavity filled, turned out that it needed a root canal…it abscessed. They then did the root canal without giving me antibiotics in advance. I got a huge infection in my jaw, antibiotics eventually took care of that. Now the tooth that they did a double root canal on has abscessed again. The first time it abscessed after the root canal I went to the ER. This time I called my doc, but they do not provide abx(antibiotics) for dental reasons. So it looks as if sage would be a good go to herb for dental conditions. I know no one here is a DR and I’m not asking for medical or dental advice, but how would prepare the sage for use? Please help! If you could send the information via my email that would be awesome!
Hi Denise,I had tooth out and got dry socket ,I had to diagnose myself as the Dr said it was infected..Any way all the pain killers I took never done anything to help with pain…So I put clove oil on it almost instant relief…But you have to keep putting it on till it improves..Hope this helps !!!!,
Denise LaRae says
I take Zinc tablets for the tooth my dentist wanted to perform a root canal on, it cleared the abscess right up & anytime it flares up, I take Zinc. Helps with colds / sinus issues too!
Zinc is another GREAT supplement!
Denise LaRae says
Thanks. I know from my nursing history that zinc interrupts the virus’s ability to replicate which shortens the length of the cold or virus. I didn’t know that it helped tooth abscesses. Cool! Thank you so much. It also helps kill body odor, so if you know someone with stinky feet or personal B.O. Zinc will usually work.
how much zinc for tooth?
Maria G. Garcia says
Hi there! So sorry about the abscess. Those hurt and just make you feel really bad. There is also another option… have you tried rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide? I had an infection in my gums and tried this for about a week. Cleared it right up. Don’t know if you can do this due to your dental work, but if it doesn’t affect that then it’s a good option and preferable to antibiotics. Good luck!
I was told that clove will draw infection and cavities out of a tooth. Comfrey will actually help repair the tooth itself…which is why she recommended I use some in our tooth powder.
Very interesting post, I didn’t know about Clove oil, but how about the powerful vitamin C?
I’ve used lime juice for sinus / upper respiratory infections for several years.
Squeeze about 1/2 tsp or a little less of fresh lime juice in a spoon…lie down and sniff or spray the juice on each side. You have to get it all the way in the sinus cavity. It’s unpleasant for a few minutes but quickly subsides. The citrus kills the infection very easily. You’ll feel relief in minutes.
It’s important to note that a lot of the colloidal silver on the market is actually ionic silver…so do your research!
My go to is goldseal capsules…..best antibiotic!
Ginger is great for preventing colds, and good for treating as well. Not everyone can stand the sting, but I cut myself a thin slice of ginger and chew it up, whenever I feel a cold coming on , and it’s done wonders for me! Garlic is also great, we eat it with french fries or other foods at our house and my 8-year old can eat a whole head of garlic at a time if I let her.
sharon adams says
What is the best natural food or herb to take to kill bacterial infection?
Been on alot of antibotics the last year and trying to build my immune
sysytem and infection I can get from cutting nails a little too short.
On Olive leaf extract, oregano, acia antioxdent, & lot of crannnberry juice now.
mike lipani says
I looked on here for some home reamedys for a tooth infection.Im not sure but im preety sure my gum is infected.I dont have the cash to go to dentist right away but I will soon.I did the garlic and that really helped I called my dentist and told him what was going on.I was gargling w peroxide and he said not to do that. He sugg. salt water instead.thx for the input of all of you to help others.
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What a great list. I’m definitely going to be stocking my medicine cabinet with these this winter and hopefully avoid antibiotics for our family! I’m sharing this with my readers!
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Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
Love this, Andrea. I have a book on herbal antibiotics in my cart at Amazon so this has been on my mind!
I every time spent myy half an hour to read this web site’s content all the time along with a cup of coffee.
I got all 4 wisdom teeth out 2 days ago, and everything’s fine except my bottom right socket and surrounding area is very painful, throbbing, and actually woke me up in the middle of the night. I’ve just been taking ibuprofen. The dentist gave me an antibiotic called Amox-Clav and Vicodin. I have not taken either of these. I read about horrible side effects of the antibiotic, and I don’t want to be high. I am afraid that I might have an infection though, because the pain is so persistent and making me feel nauseous. What do you recommend I do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hope your infection has cleared up. if not I think you must take the antibiotic. Alternate remedies take a while and sometimes if the infection is too deep does not work. I think if a tooth infection is around for more than two weeks its not going to heal without the antibiotic. I had a tooth infection after my baby was born, I tried not to take any antibiotic as I was feeding the baby but after three weeks of dull pain that came and went I discovered that my joints became swollen and painful.
kathy Forrester says
For toothache….Oil of Clove…Very powerful stuff, smells powerful too. I used this not knowing all the benefits-just read it was for pain. Dabbed some on a Qtip and touched only my tooth & surrounding gum that throbbed.. Then I read about it’s infection fighting power. After a couple days I went to the dentist, had to have it pulled…lo & behold he has me swish my mouth with…a Clove oil concoction !! Apparently It’s for dry socket prevention/treatment. I laughed and told him I’ve been using that before coming & he said they use that all the time. Be careful-dont use too much, VERY strong !
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Allen Dawson says
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Thanks for sharing all info,
I’ve just got back from emergency room – I cut myself badly exposing the ligament of my index finger just on the top of a knuckle. I was not stitched up yet as they said that there is a possibility of ligament being damaged ( I can move my finger ok so this is not a concern at the moment ) What bothers me really that I obviously was given a pack antibiotic pills to take home and indulge on side effects – I have not taken anything like that for last 16 years and every cell of my body tells me not to ingest them. However there is a part of me that still believes the person in a white coat that ” I can get an infection which will spread out and I may loose a hand ” ( that is a quote actually ) So pretty confused at the moment , maybe there is someone out there who will share their knowledge on how to apply above natural antibiotics to what happened to me. Any take on that will be appreciated, just wanted to mention that I’m on very healthy diet at the moment anyway, fit and sporty. It just doesn’t seem right for me to take pharmaceuticals . Throwing it out there, thank you in advance.
Looks like there is a serious mission tomorrow, looks like my whole arm is at stake 🙂
This maybe alittle to late since this was posted in dec. but if you ever in that situation again there are many natural antibiotics you can take with great results. Olive leaf if a wonderful natural antibiotic for internal use. As is elderberry take in tincture form internally to help fight infection. I assume they are worried about staff infection so you could get a cream with the herbs I am getting ready to mention or you can take internally. fenugreek , Echinacea, unsea ( old mans beard), elderberry, goldenseal, goldenrod, calendula , garlic , dandelion , red clover , there are many herbs to kill infection. I would take several different ones at once to get the infection fighting going on. Now for your finger you can use comfrey with a little tea tree oil mixed in.Comfrey heals so quickly that it will close the wound with infection sometimes still in the wound. So I suggest adding in a little tea tree oil in the salve an mixing it in.Then apply can also use honey if its organic honey will heal most deep injuries although a bit messy. I hope this info. is helpful maybe for the next time if you have gotten your finger taken care of which I hope you have by now. Take care
Very interesting topic. We all know that many of the current resistance problems stem from overuse of antibiotics in animal feeding. Currently, some U.S. producers are successfully testing alternatives. They are using essential oils, herbs and spices to replace antibiotic growth promoters and maintain a good health status and growth of the animals. One of these producers is an European company called Delacon ( http://www.delacon.com )
Debra Kelly Greene says
Thank you so much for the information given out here. I have been making a concerted effort to try and NOT take prescription in the past few years. I have had a difficult time keeping sinus infections at bay. I want to let you know I am glad to learn about alternatives to antibiotics because I am aware that they are not always effective for this problem. I have been using tea tree oil, uncut, (it is Melaluca) swabbing it in the nostrils and then “huffing” the fumes off the cotton swab up into each sinus cavity in turn. This has brought my acute sinusitis attacks down to perhaps two a year whereas I was getting five and six in a year. I would like to know more about oil of oregano as I still have a struggle with this problem. Not near as bad as at one time, but still enough this past Fall to give me problems. Look forward to reading more from this site and I do thank you! Debra in NC
what is really good for sinus is a hot cup of water with a pinch of ginger pinch of cayenne pepper an turmeric. the add a tablespoon apple cider vinegar, an a teaspoon of lemon juice. Sounds bad but I prescribe this all time an get good results from it take 3 cups of tea a day until gone. It truly works I promise. good luck hope this helps
George medina says
Bauhika is one of the most powerful antibiotic/inmunostimulant i have Ever triad. It is made from the leaves of Bauhinia .monandra. In the last years is being used to elimanate the vibrio in young shrimp and in poultry to substitute to my knoledge tris is one of the best, however PHYLLANTHUS nirurii or chanca piedra from central América (Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua) is another herbajara with promising resulta.
John K says
Thanks for all the info. I use a herbal remedy for depression but it also helps to relieve my asthma, back pain and most other illness I come down with. I am not surprised it isn’t mentioned here as propaganda has stripped it of all healing qualities in the minds of most. That herb is Cannabis.
What is good for boils on butt and inside thigh
self heal just dab the tincture on the area very good for any down yonder issues lol
I depend on a variety of herbs. Sinus infection cayenne ginger lemon juice an apple cider vinegar. Cures it every time. Elderberry syrup for colds an flu. Echinacea is great to and old mans beard is wonderful as well I use them all. I combine allot of herbs yarrow is good an Mullin for chest type infections an I love olive leaf that is a great all around antibiotic to have around for all illnesses.
PaulaMarie Warnke says
I’m so glad I ran into this website and read your comments. You all have confirmed I’m on the right track. I have a dog that’s been fighting heart worm through the veterinarian for a little over two years. She said the adult worms die out in two years. We are at the two year mark. I lost my job and have run out of the prednisone that keeps his lungs clear. My understanding is the pet dies from the lung infection caused by the parasite. I have been using thyme, oregano, and Pau d Arco mixed in his food for anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties. The Pau d Arco has parasite killing properties and a slight blood thinner. I have on occasion given 1 clove of garlic in his food and am carful not to over do this one, since garlic is poisonous to dogs. We have been treating with herbs now for six weeks. Suede has picked up energy and has a good appetite. He has days of coughing up white frothy stuff, but once it’s out he has raspy breathing but seems to do alright. I think I will add marjoram too and see if it helps. Thanks to the herbs my dog is still alive.
You could also add de to his food. This helps kill any kind of worm inside I realize its heart worm but the DE would not do him any harm. It is considered a natural wormer just be sure you get food grade DE an not the stuff they put in pools. The health food store should carry it. If not just put DE food grade in the search bar an you should come up with some good sights that will have it. DE is abbreviation for diatomaceous earth. Also ground pumpkin seeds organic of course an grape seed extract which is really a bark. These are great wormers have had wonderful luck with quick results. If I come across anything else I will let you know. I have been in your situation before it is hard to watch your pet suffer. I believe with the love you have for your pet he will be okay. Just takes time.
Rudi Kramp says
The drug industry wants to control the world.
Where person can get all this herbal
Douglas Mark says
I make kefir and and drink a smoothy with flax meal cocao powder and stevia to sweeten every morning.
And haven’t had a cold or infection in 3 years since I started. I will be adding rose hips powder to the smoothy starting tomorrow another super food.
Essential oils should never be ingested into the stomach, with MAYBE the exception of peppermint oil in an enteric coated capsule. Otherwise great info.
Thanks for all the advice. My husband was given antibiotics when he was in the hospital because of a virus. They caused him to have C-diff and he had to have 6 inches of his colon taken out. He is back in the hospital for a reversal of his ileostomy and they were going to give him antibiotics. We have told them we don’t want the antibiotics. Dentist’s want to give me antibiotics but I just take Vitamin C.
Hello Everyone, Has a anyone found a natural remedy for sebaseous hyperplasia with good results? Thank you!
Love your website!
I’m a kidney transplant recipient, and in 2004 I had the flu. My boyfriend’s mom dropped 2 bottles of Echinacea tonic by the house for me. I went through one bottle in a week. I felt so much better very quickly. Several weeks later I became deathly ill.
I lost my transplanted kidney…Please let people know that they cannot use echinacea if they’re on anti-rejection drugs. It stops the drugs action.