Antibiotics allow you to treat infections and viruses that invade your body and cause any number of illnesses or infections. For the cold and flu season, there are some natural antibiotics that can help fight these illnesses and keep you feeling well throughout the season.
The first natural antibiotic that can help you when cold and flu season arrives is garlic. Garlic is a type of spice that many people are familiar with, as it is often used in cooking. But you might not realize it has a long list of health benefits, including being able to give your immune system a little natural boost. Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. It contains a lot of natural properties to make it a great healing spice, including being a natural antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal spice. You are able to help get rid of bad bacteria that enters your body by adding more garlic to your foods. There are also garlic supplements you can take.
This might seem like an odd suggestion, but don’t count it out just yet. Cayenne pepper has many natural healing properties, just like other herbs and spices. Not only does it have natural antibiotic properties, but hot spices can really help to clear your congestion when you have a head cold. Cayenne pepper can simply be used in soups and other hearty dishes you are able to keep down while you are sick, or you can try making a tea or tonic with it if you aren’t quite ready to eat anything.
If you have a need for sweetening up foods or beverages, why not choose something natural like manuka honey? This not only allows you to only have natural sugars, which is great for overall health and dieting, but it also has other health benefits as well. Among the various medicinal benefits, manuka honey is a natural antibiotic. It is one of the healthiest types of honey you can get, which is only from bees that are pollinating Manuka bushes. You also get antimicrobial properties in this type of honey. Use it on your skin for skin infections and to fight bacteria, or consume it for your immune system benefits.
Naturally, echinacea is going to be on the list, as it is on many ‘top’ lists when talking about your immunity and illnesses like the common cold or flu influenza virus. Echinacea is a type of herb that helps to treat and prevent infections, including for the cold and flu. Historically, it was used to treat more severe diseases like blood poisoning and open wounds.
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Lisa Ann de Garcia, MA, MEd.