If you have been reading the pages of natural healing websites like Healing the Body, you have probably started to realize that there are plenty of ways to rid yourself of germs (pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) in a completely natural way.
What are some of the best ingredients to keep on hand to make sure you can annihilate any pathogenic germ that gets past your initial defence systems?
Behold – the deadly dozen that will effectively fight anything that ails you.
Apple cider vinegar
ACV is particularly beneficial as a natural remedy in the fight against infections due to it’s high enzyme and probiotic properties, which dramatically strengthens the immune system, your main weapon against destroying any pathogenic microorganism.
Be sure to choose unpasteurized and get a brand that includes “the mother”.
The potent healing effects of garlic are largely due to its potent allicin content. When broken up and allowed to breathe for 5-10 minutes, raw garlic can help annihilate nearly any pathogenic bacteria, as well as viruses, fungi, and parasites (all major causes for illness).
Read the Healing Benefits of Garlic for more information.
Also high in allicin (the component that makes your eyes water when cutting them), onions have extremely potent antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial effects that can kill common microbial cultures in the body such as Candida albicans and E. coli.
Another extremely popular natural remedy, it’s the active ingredient curcumin that makes this a beast for killing germs. Due to its high antioxidant (high in vitamin C and E) and anti-inflammatory properties, it has been shown to support the immune system, the digestive system, and promotes healthy liver function. These are critical systems to stimulate and support to overcome any type of infection.
Read the Healing Benefits of Turmeric for more information.
Cayenne is a great spice to have in your cupboard, largely due to its “heat” and the stimulation that occurs in the body as a result. Naturally facilitating a normal response in the body (heat up to destroy unfriendly microbes), cayenne also dramatically improves circulation and is very anti-bacterial, viral, and fungal.
Read the Healing Benefits of Cayenne for more information.
For many years, eucalyptus has been used as a remedy for colds and other respiratory illnesses. Popular as an additive to steam machines, vaporizers, and hot baths, this essential oil is antibacterial and has been shown to wipe out the bacteria that causes respiratory infections.
A simple remedy is to do a “steam tent” with some drops of eucalyptus in a bowl of hot water (careful not to burn yourself) with a towel over your head and the bowl, to decongest and remove any material not welcome in the lungs.
Oil of Oregano
A long standing remedy for infections, oil of oregano takes care of pathogenic organisms due to the key active ingredient carvacrol (ensure your source is at least 70% carvacrol in order to be effective). It is extremely antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, which makes it a powerful three-in-one combination against colds, flu, and other infections.
Ginger has long been an herb that has helped solve different maladies at home. Due to several volatile oils present in ginger that give it its signature smell and taste, it is very antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. This makes it a well rounded home remedy for every kind of infection.
Honey has been successfully used as a powerful natural antibiotic for a long time, and can help treat super bugs and chronically infected wounds. Applied topically it can kill a wide range of pathogens including MRSA and flesh eating bacteria. It was also found that the treated bacteria did not build up any resistance, which would eventually render manuka honey ineffective.
Since most honey is pasteurized and filled with other sugars, it is vitally important you choose a pure and potent source, like manuka honey.
Lemon juice has antibacterial and antiviral properties and high levels of vitamin C, which adds a synergistic effect in fighting off all kinds of infections. Lemons are also very low in sugar, which helps starve rogue microbes by not feeding them directly. This also boosts your immune system, so it can do a more effective job of keeping your body clean of any foreign pathogens.
Use organic think skinned lemons for the most benefits.
Colloidal silver has been used as a remarkable antibiotic for centuries. It has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. Recent research has backed this up showing it can destroy antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA, the bird flu, and SARS.
Reishi is starting to get more press, not only for it’s immune modulating effects but also as an extremely potent antibacterial, viral, and fungal agent. It also supports other areas of the body as well, such as the digestive system and liver, which is critical in order to be able to properly detoxify foreign invaders out of your body.
All these ingredients can be used in several different ways. One way is through a tincture like the the Antbiotic Tonic (recipe here), and another is through an antibiotic tea (recipe here). These will help you use these ingredients effectively, so you can be the first line of defence against many common infections.
Creating a combination of these foods and herbs is your best bet. For an already formulated recipe you can make, check out the Antibiotic Tonic.
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