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Top 5 natural antibiotics you should have in your kitchen

We’re giving you the top 5 natural antibiotics you should have in your kitchen at all times.

Lately, we have talked a lot about the subject of antibiotics. While these substances can be great for you in natural forms, they are being way over-prescribed.

The overuse of antibiotics is now an epidemic in the United States and it is creating antibiotic resistance.

They are prescribed for almost everything.

The issue with taking too many antibiotics is that they kill good bacteria in the gut, which makes it more difficult to fight infections in the future.

The immune system gets used to them and creates antibiotic resistance.

A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that in 2010, health care providers prescribed “258.0 million courses of antibiotics in 2010, or 833 prescriptions per 1000 persons.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reporting that the infectious organisms that antibiotics usually target have adapted to the drugs, because they have been used for so long.

Thankfully, there are antibiotics found in nature that don’t have these harmful effects. Let’s take a look at the top 5 natural antibiotics you should have in your kitchen.

Echinacea:
Organic echinacea is believed to be an immunostimulator, stimulating the body’s non-specific immune system and warding off infections.

It may help prevent and treat colds and upper respiratory infections.

It can also help with urinary tract infections and slow-healing wounds and strengthen the immune system.

Tip: Make a tea with it and drink 2-3 times a day.

Garlic:

Organic garlic is nature’s best antibiotic and is widely used to treat and prevent colds and flu.

A study done in the UK suggests that the participants who took garlic supplements were “less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if infected.” Include organic garlic in your diet and you will not need antibiotics.

Tip: Eat 1 to 2 cloves a day at the first sign of a cold. Crush it and add a little organic olive oil.

Raw honey:

Raw honey is one of nature’s most valuable treasure. As its name states, raw honey is not pasteurized, not filtered, unaltered, unprocessed, and harvested directly from the honeycomb to your pantry, courtesy of nature’s little honeybees.

A study published by the American Chemical Society shows that organic honey may begin to play a bigger role in fighting infections. “The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” explained Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., the leader of the study.

Tip: Make green tea and add 1 Tbsp of raw honey, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp of turmeric. Drink 2 to 3 times a day.

Tea tree oil:

It is often used topically to treat MRSA because of its potent antifungal benefits. It is also great for treating open wounds due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

As a potent expectorant, tea tree oil can alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

Please consult your health practitioner before using tea tree oil, as it might not be right for everyone. Please do not ingest tea tree oil, and keep out of the reach of children, as certain amounts can be toxic.

Turmeric:

This potent organic spice is a remedy for so many different ailments. It has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and is known as a powerful immune booster as well.

Tip: Make green tea and add 1 Tbsp of raw honey, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp of turmeric. Drink 2 to 3 times a day.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Resistance.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.
2. “Honey Is a New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance: How Sweet It Is!ACS. American Chemical Society, 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.
3. “Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Survey.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Advances in Therapy, July-Aug. 2001. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.

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