Natural Antibiotics Around Us

May 09, 2018 19:02:21

Natural, and Traditionally Used

Antibiotics or antibacterials are commonly found in drug form, to kill or otherwise inhibit bacterial growth. However, there are natural substances around us with antibacterial properties as well. Substances such as:

1. Honey

Honey is the earliest known form of antibiotic. Ancient Egyptians have been known to use honey to treat wounds and maintain skin health.

The antibacterial property of honey can be attributed to its hydrogen peroxide content, as well as high osmolarity, allowing it to absorb water out of, and dehydrate bacteria.

To use, simply apply honey as ointment to the inflamed body part. Alternatively, honey can also be taken orally, either directly or mixed together with other drinks, such as tea.

That being said, it is not recommended to give honey to infants younger than 1 year old. Honey has been known to contain botulism spores, and the infants’ immune system is still too weak to fight it off. In fact, most known cases of botulism in the U.S. are infants.


2. Garlic Extract

Garlic has also been used as antibiotics since ancient times. A study published in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2011 found that the active ingredients within garlic are effective against bacterial infection.

For a simple extraction method, finely chop several garlic cloves, and soak them in olive oil or water. It is recommended not to boil the mixture, as it is believed that boiling could damage the active ingredients within garlic.

Garlic is generally regarded as safe for consumption, but overdose of garlic has been known to lead to internal bleedings. Two cloves of garlic daily is still considered to be an acceptable dose. Nevertheless, if you are currently taking blood thinners, consult with your doctor prior to consuming garlic.


3. Clove Essential Oil

A study by Brazilian Journal of Microbiology found that clove oil possesses antibacterial properties. They were able to inhibit the growth of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

In addition to its antibacterial properties, clove oil also works as antifungal and has purported benefit as antioxidant.


4. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is purported to possess immunomodulator, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While such claims have yet to be conclusively proven, a few studies suggested that oregano oil possess antibacterial properties.

The compound known as carvacrol is the key to Oregano’s benefits; it gives oregano its distinct scent and could aid in recovery process. Oregano oil is commonly taken to treat stomach ulcer and relieve gastrointestinal inflammation.


5. Thyme Essential Oil

In 2011, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry studied and compared the antibacterial properties of thyme and lavender oil. Both oils were tested against more than 120 bacterial strains, including Staphylococcus, Escherichia, and Enterococcus. The study concluded that thyme oil had higher antibacterial activity compared to lavender oil.

Use thyme oil only topically. Before application, it is necessary to dilute the oil in coconut or olive oil. Afterwards, thyme oil can be used on inflamed or irritated skin.


Different individuals have different reactions to herbal products, especially those with certain conditions or allergies. Consult your doctor prior to using even natural antibiotics to aid in recuperation and ask whether there will be any adverse effects. It is not recommended to take natural antibiotics without consulting your doctor.


Reposted from: Kompas, 20 April 2018 (