It’s a well-documented fact that the overuse of antibiotics in our daily lives, added to the antibiotics we consume through meat, means that only the weakest bacteria are killed with a course of antibiotics, and the strongest bacterial infections are proving more difficult to treat. In some cases, natural antibiotics could be a safer alternative.
“Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is worse today than ever before—and it isn’t slowing down, in fact, the process is accelerating.” says Stuart B. Levy, M.D., president of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
Everyone should know by now that antibiotics are ineffective against viral illnesses such as colds and the flu, and taking them for these infections actually weakens the immune system and makes your health worse in the long run.
So, for those who would prefer to treat minor bacterial infections naturally, before rushing off to the doctor, nature has a whole host of help on hand.
This week, we’ll show you how to treat a different bacterial infection naturally, every day, starting with: a Sore Throat (like strep throat or whooping cough).
Buy some bitter orange essential oil from the health food shop and mix with salt warm water, twice daily. Gargle – but do not swallow!
Both are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. The medical journal Phytomedicine recently reported it was found in a study that bitter (sour or Seville) orange was one of five out of 172 plants
Try anti-inflammatory tea such as slippery elm bark, sage and echinacea, licorice root and marshmallow root which all reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of throat and chest infections, allowing the body to heal itself.
Try a Chinese medicine formula combining antibacterial chrysanthemum flowers and apricot seeds with anti-inflammatory and antiviral herbs. According to Natural Health Magazine, studies published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine have found that it actually helps to boost immunity in humans. The chinese have been using natural remedies successfully for years, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
As with all medical advice you get from the internet, check with your doctor before changing any long term treatment, or if you have a condition.
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