When I was a young child, my doctor prescribe antibiotics like they were candy. I had so much amoxicillin, tetracycline, and other antibiotics that is makes my head spin just thinking about it. By age 6 (the age of my daughter), I probably has paid at least 3 big pharma executives’ salaries. The crazy thing about it all was this was in the late 70’s, before the Big Pharma push really went full boar.
I am pleased to report that my almost 7 year old has NEVER had an antibiotic. It’s not that she hasn’t gotten an illness that didn’t require one. She has. However, I felt confident in my ability to heal her with natural antibiotics. And it worked. Swimmingly.
Today I am going to introduce you to four amazing natural alternatives to antibiotics. But before we begin, please know that I am not your doctor. I am not a doctor period. Nor a licensed medical professional. I am simply presenting information based on my research. Use what I write here as a launching off point and do more research. I have also included links to the specific products I use. These may possibly be affiliate links. If they are, I assure you that they are the products I really use.
Ok – on with the show.
Four Natural Herbal Antibiotics
I learned about olive leaf when I was battling a nasty sore throat. The kind where you sort of want to just cut your own throat out because that would feel better than waiting out the sore throat. I tried this Olive Leaf throat spray and was floored at how quickly and effectively it sent my sore throat packing.
Olive Leaf research conducted in the late 1960’s by scientists at a major pharmaceutical company (shocking I know ) showed that an active ingredient from olive leaf tea called elenolic acid was very effective at inhibiting viruses from growing, including those associated with the common cold of humans. Because of this study, scientists initially believed that olive leaf extract had the ability to “cure” various diseases. But they later found that it actually does not cure disease directly rather, it stuns or kills off pathogens. When the olive leaf extract interrupts pathogen activity, it essentially stops disease in the making. Once pathogens are stopped the immune system can rebuild itself and “cure” disease at its root.
In his book titled Olive Leaf Extract, Dr. Morton Walker recommends using olive leaf extract for its miraculous effects on more than 125 infectious and chronic diseases. That book is absolutely worth your time to read. It blew my mind. Within the first chapter I was totally convinced of the natural antibiotic prowess of this herb.
Some of olive leaf extract benefits and therapeutic uses include:
• Inactivation of bacterial, viral, and retroviral infections
• Prevention of dental and surgical infection
• Eradication of the HIV virus, as well as herpes and shingles
• Effective treatment for colds, flu, and pneumonia
• Decrease of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms
• Increased circulation, blood flow, and reduction of free radical damage
• Antifungal and antibacterial action on athlete’s foot, mycotic nails, yeast infections, and chlamydia
I have tried three different Olive Leaf based products and these are the two that actually worked with impressive results.
This is an herb that is known best for its bacteria-killing abilities, as well as infection fighting properties. It is particularly powerful against antibiotic resistant infections. Typically used in the essential oil form, it contains antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and pain-relieving properties.
Dr. Cass Ingram, in his book The Cure Is In The Cupboard, lists over 170 conditions that oil of oregano can help treat, including eczema, diarrhea and sinusitis. It can kill bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, pain killer, and antiseptic.
A unique blend of oil of oregano, known as the P73 wild oregano blend, has been the subject of several studies that examined its ability to kill various viruses, bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms. The fungal-fighting properties of P73 wild oil of oregano are supported by research conducted at the Georgetown University Medical Center and led by Harry G. Preuss, MD.
The study by Dr. Preuss tested the efficacy of oregano oil against the fungal infection Candida albicans. The researchers concluded that oil of oregano “can act as a potent antifungal agent against Candida albicans.” Other experimental studies have shown that this unique blend of oil of oregano kills at least 30 different strains of harmful bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus, as well as other microorganisms, including coronaviruses, which are the second most common viruses to cause the common cold. Coronaviruses can also cause pneumonia and other respiratory infections. The P73 oil of oregano blend has also been shown to kill the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium, which is known to be a causal factor in up to 90 percent of duodenal ulcers and 80 percent of stomach (gastric) ulcers. Pretty powerful huh?
Word of warning. Oil of Oregano does NOT discriminate against good and bad bacteria. So you do NOT want to use this as a “maintenance” herb. When you do use it to treat illness or infection, please boost your gut health with some powerful probiotics like this one or this one.
Don’t you just love that name? Wild Indigo. I sort of want to have another daughter just to name her Wild Indigo. Although it would fit my daughter I have now quite well. Anyoo…
Among wild indigo’s other super powers, it is anti-microbial, immuno-stimulant, and antiseptic. Most importantly, it offers a powerful punch when it comes to anything caused by bacteria. Wild indigo is a very strong anti-bacterial herb.
As an herbal remedy wild indigo has multiple uses. It is considered to motivate the immune system in the body. I love that. Motivate. Here are some of the other ailments wild indigo is known for relieving or even completely curing:
- Upper respiratory infections like tonsillitis and pharyngitis
- Chest ailments (both viral and bacterial)
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Skin problems (wounds, bites, and dermatitis)
- Sore or infected nipples from breastfeeding
- Mouth sores
- Tooth decay
Wild indigo use goes back a looong time. Native Americans in North America frequently used wild indigo to heal various disorders. In fact, a medication prepared from boiling the roots of the herb in boiling water was a favorite among the Native Americans as an antiseptic. Honestly, I trust ANY herb or remedy used by Native Americans. Not once has one failed me.
A word of caution – if you decide to take wild indigo internally, PLEASE consult with an herbalist. Please. It must be prepared properly. Taken in the wrong amount, it will increase the flow of bile which induces nausea and vomiting. Plus, it is a strong, sour herb.
I have only tried one brand of wild indigo and I used it on a nipple blister. It seemed to work just fine. But if anyone has another suggestion, I am all ears.
Oh how I LOVE me some turmeric. Turmeric is a trifecta of goodness. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. There have been oodles of studies done on turmeric and they all indicate that turmeric can kill viruses and bacteria. They also suggest that turmeric could benefit in treatment of MRSA infection.
Let’s explore a couple of studies for a moment.
In one study, the antibacterial benefits of turmeric were studied on MRSA bacteria and staphylococcus aureus (s.aureus). FYI – S.aureus is a bacterium that was identified before the antibiotic age and this was the cause of various pyogenic infections including septicemia that proves fatal. Initially, s.aureus was treated with penicillin successfully. However, overuse has resulted in the antibiotic-resistant strain of s.aureus (MRSA) to appear. This study used methanol, water and ethyl acetate turmeric extracts on MRSA. Of these, ethyl acetate was the most potent. It was able to make antibiotics like penicillin work against MRSA. This suggests that the acetate curcumin extract could have effective antibacterial activity and inhibit growth of MRSA, therefore preventing various infections.
In another study, turmeric oil was tested on various bacteria including staphylococcus aureus. Using the pour plate method of testing, the turmeric oil prevented the growth of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Some concentrations were more effective than others which certainly is the case with most things.
Tumeric is super easy to incorporate into your life. You can use it in powder form, oil form, tea form, and the list goes on.
If you want to take things to an entirely new level, I suggest the book Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner. This book is a powerhouse of information. Buhner’s research and information could potentially save your life. The herbs he discusses are not the run-of-the-mill remedies like those I have discussed above. These are the big guns. The ones that you will need as bacteria becomes more and more resistant both to pharmaceuticals and the more common herbal remedies.
Also, if you find yourself getting illnesses that require antibiotics, you may want to look at your diet. That plays a huge role in the overall health of your immune system. Consider reducing or completely eliminating caffeine, alcohol, sugar, refined foods, and dairy while you have an acute infection. Eat lightly. Drink lots of hot, warm, and room-temperature beverages such as herb tea and bone broth.