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10 natural antibiotics

Antibiotics are some of the most often prescribed medicine worldwide. Their advantage is that they cure the symptoms of many infectious diseases rapidly and effectively. However, they cause many unpleasant and even dangerous side effects, which may surpass the severity of the disease they are used to cure.

About antibiotics

To name only two of the most well known negative effects, antibiotics damage the intestinal and the immune system. Consequently, it is worth considering using natural, side effect-free antibiotics instead of the synthetic ones, which always represent some sort of strain to the body.

Many experts vouch for using antibiotics only when the patient’s life is in danger because of some infection. However, our goal shouldn’t be to take over the role of the doctors and healthcare professionals, but to learn about the benefits and potentials of natural therapies. This can be useful knowledge for both laypeople and professionals.

The best know groups of antibiotics:

1. Beta-lactam antibiotics
2. Aminoglycosides
3. Tetracycline 
4. Macrolide antibiotics
5. Gyrase enzyme inhibitors
6. Folic acid antagonists
7. Chloramphenicol-group
8. Lincosamides

Top 10 natural antibiotics

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1. Aloe Vera

Active ingredients: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, saponins and acemannin, used in large doses in cancer and AIDS therapies.

Application: painkiller, resistance enhancer, blood cleanser, anti-inflammatory; it works against fungal infections and intestinal deficiencies, and it helps restore burned skin. Aloe Vera is a wide spectrum skin care solution either as a liquid or a regenerating mask. It is effective against eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, acne, as well as in healing various wounds and injuries.

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 2. Grapefruit seed extract

Active ingredients: bioflavonoids, glycosides, naringin.

Application: a large spectrum antibiotic, efficient against a total of about 900 bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can be used in most cases of infections. It is very beneficial in infections of the mouth, throat, intestines and vagina, as it doesn’t damage natural bacteria living in these areas.  It is also recommended in the treatment of bleeding and inflamed gums, herpes, acne, skin and nail fungus, and candida albicans.  Grapefruit seed extract must always be diluted!

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3. Garlic

Active ingredients: allicin, scordinin, garlicin, phytic acid.

Application: it regulates blood sugar and blood pressure, in cases of arteriosclerosis and thrombosis it prevents hardening of the arteries and the formation of blood clots, it lowers cholesterol level, cures intestine infections with Helicobacter pylori and stomach ulcer; it helps the functioning of the gall bladder and it cures chronic cough and tuberculosis.

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4. Propolis

Active ingredients: mainly flavones and flavonoids.

Application: it cures allergies, as well as diseases of the ears, nose, throat, larynx; helps in respiratory illnesses, mouth and tooth problems; cures inflammation and ulcers of the digestive system, urinary system, prostate and vagina; heals skin diseases such as herpes, psoriasis, carbuncles, warts, calluses, diaper rashes; restores skin after bruises, frostbites, burns. Last but not least, propolis strengthens the immune system as well.

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5. Tea tree oil

Active ingredients: terpin, pinene, cymene, terpinene-4-ol, cineol.

Application: general topical disinfectant that heals acne, inflamed skin, herpes, fever blisters, foot and nail fungus, laryngitis and bronchitis.

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6. Thyme

Active ingredients: thymol, carvacrol, borneol, thujanol, linalool, geraniol, cimol, pinene, flavonoids.

Application: thyme oil is a very effective wide spectrum antibiotic; thyme tea strengthens the immune system, activates the thyroid gland, calms the nerves and destroys candida albicans.

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7. Red onion

Active ingredients: allicin, cycloallicin.

Application: diseases of the stomach and digestive system, inflammation of the kidneys and the bladder, kidney stone, inflammation of the prostate, arteriosclerosis, diseases of the respiratory system, cancer prevention and treatment.

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8. Lapacho bark

Active ingredient: xiloidin.

Application: fungal infections (candida, infections of the skin, nails and sexual organs); it soothes the stomach and it is an effective painkiller.

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9. Clove

Active ingredients: eugenol, cariophyllene.

Application: clove oil is very strong, so always use it diluted! It is efficient in cases of viral liver inflammation, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites, to disinfect the mouth and the larynx; it soothes toothaches, and cures gum inflammations.

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10. Cinnamon

Active ingredients: cinnamon aldehyde and eugenol, both being phenyl-propanes.

Application: useful against skin and intestine fungal infections; it stops bleeding and it is an effective painkiller.