Antibiotic Resistance – Is It Time To Go Back To Herbal Antibiotics?
Herbal remedies have been around for years, used by people who swear that they can help to keep colds and flu at bay, enable the healing of wounds and rid their systems of infections. Studies have even shown that there is some scientific basis behind many of these claims. However, with the current rise in antimicrobial resistance it could be time for a closer look at alternatives to keep ourselves healthy.
What is an antibiotic?
A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. Originally, an antibiotic was a substance produced by one microorganism that selectively inhibits the growth of another. Synthetic antibiotics, usually chemically related to natural antibiotics, have since been produced that accomplish comparable tasks. ~ Medicine.net
Naturally occurring antibiotics are readily available to us, and unlike synthetic antibiotics they are difficult for bacteria to counteract. Most pharmaceutical antibiotics are made up of a single compound, for example penicillin. Herbs are much more complex, with Yarrow having over 120 identified compounds. The complicated combinations of compounds and amino acids appear to work together in ways that we cannot replicate in a laboratory.
The additional benefit of herbal antibiotics is that they are kinder to the body than their synthetic counterparts, as they are not so destructive on the body’s own natural ‘healthy’ bacteria levels.
The following suggests some of the common antibacterial and antiviral herbs, with suggestions on how you can use them. Please note that we recommend that you consult a medical professional for precise dosing instructions. This is especially true for children, pregnant and nursing women.
Calendula can be used topically to heal wounds and prevent infection. It can be applied as a lotion or tincture.
Cinnamon is a warming spice. It can support digestion and when taken as a tea the antibiotic benefits can be enjoyed.
Clove can be infused in oil to be used topically in defence against bad intestinal bacteria. It can also be added to cooking or made into tea.
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