12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used That Are More Effective Than Pills
The general use of antibiotics has increased by a tremendous amount throughout the last 20-30 years. This has caused something known as “antimicrobial resistance“, which has resulted in what people are now calling “superbugs”. These are disease-causing microorganisms that have gradually become resistant to the antibiotics meant to get rid of them.
Although antibiotics have now become the go-to remedy for any minor sickness the average person may experience, there have been many remedies developed in the past by our ancestors that are just as, if not more, effective than the pills you get at the pharmacy.
Using foods and herbs and other natural products, the human beings that came before us found natural ways to ward-off disease-causing microorganisms. Here are some of those remedies:
Oregano is often used for culinary purposes because it works so well as an accompanying flavour to full meals. Aside from it’s great taste, oregano essential oil has been found to be an incredibly effective antibiotic. During the study of it’s antibacterial properties, researches found that oregano essential oil was effective against all of the bacterial strains it was tested against, including E.Coli.
Although it does taste good, oregano is a heck of a lot more than just some additional flavouring!
Vinegar is well-known to be an all-around effective anti-bacterial substance, but did you know that different types of vinegar help fight off different kinds of bacterial strains? For example: Red Wine vinegar works best against bacteria that causes skin infections, such as S. epidermidis, while Apple Cider vinegar works best against bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses.
Vinegar can be applied topically to treat infections on the surface of the skin or it can be ingested in moderate amounts to treat infections inside the body.
Honey has been used throughout history for a variety of different medicinal purposes.
A recent study has concluded that bacteria found in a honeybee’s stomach can reduce the growth of drug resistant bacteria such as MRSA (Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Researchers found that a variety of infectious bacteria was no match for the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) found in honeybees. This disease fighting bacteria is only found in fresh honey and only lasts a few weeks before it dies, so you won’t be able to get the benefits of it from commercial store-bought honey.