What would be a natural alternative to antibiotics?
Q. Dear Terry, “What would be a natural alternative to antibiotics? I’ve heard that antibiotics are becoming less effective because of bacterial resistance.” — Kacia D., Rio Rancho, NM
A. Dear Kacia, The overuse of antibiotics has led to many strains of bacteria now becoming resistant to the antibiotics designed to kill them. Because bacteria can develop resistance – even to the strongest antibiotics we currently have – we need to boost our own natural defenses.
I believe that cinnamon, thyme, clove, and oregano oils—some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients—are very effective at aiding the body’s natural defenses against infections. I would take these once or twice per day, as needed.
Look for concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
I also think that propolis is a safe and effective natural antibacterial and also a strong antiviral and antifungal. Perhaps one of the most important uses of propolis today is fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Propolis is so powerful it can even stop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Make sure you choose a propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria and virus fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. I would take propolis once or twice per day.
Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively fight bacterial and viral infections. I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.
Terry . . . Naturally