The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

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There is no doubt that antibiotics are truly a wonder of modern medicine. Beginning with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, the rapid resolution of bacterial infections from antibiotics caused many in the medical profession to become completely enamored with the drug based approach to illness erroneously thinking that the danger to human life from infections was a thing of the past.

Not so fast.

By 1940, antibiotics had come into widespread use causing both doctors and people to gradually forget about natural antibiotics for resolving infections and the age old remedies like cod liver oil. This change in the medical paradigm has led in recent decades to abuse of drug based antibiotics and the worrisome rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs such as the “TDR”(totally drug resistant) strain of tuberculosis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections particularly in babies and children.

The over-reliance on drug based resolution to infections has also triggered an epidemic of children and adults with compromised gut function and autoimmune diseases of all kinds due to an imbalanced intestinal environment and the consequential scourge of leaky gut syndrome.

Beyond the problem of antibiotic resistance, however, are the long term effects of even a single round of antibiotics. The expectation in the health community that you can just fix the damage with probiotics and/or fermented foods and that gut flora magically returns to normal seems to be far from accurate.

Evidence is now emerging from multiple sources that gut flora may actually be permanently altered by drugs or, at the very least, the damage persists for several years.

The Journal Microbiology, for instancereports that the generally acknowledged precept that use of antibiotics only causes disruption of the gut flora for a few weeks is highly flawed.

Gut flora does not quickly return to normal after a round of antibiotics.

Even a short course of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacterial populations taking up residence in the gut that persist for up to 4 years – maybe even longer (source)

The bottom line is that drug based antibiotics really should only be used for life threatening situations – as a last resort if you will.

For bothersome everyday infections that are not life threatening, however, nature provides some very powerful and effective alternatives. Here is the list of the best of these natural antibiotics which have succeeded in keeping my own family of five off all drug based antibiotics for colds, flu, skin and sinus infections for over 15 years (and counting!). This list of the best natural antibiotics on the planet is in no particular order although I make note of which one is my personal favorite.

How to Use the Best Natural Antibiotics on the Planet

Oregano Oil

There are over 40 different oregano species, but the most beneficial one to maximize the therapeutic antibiotic effect you need is the oil produced from wild oregano, called Origanum vulgare.  Thymus capitatus, a variety that grows in Spain, is also very powerful.

Quality oregano oil made from these species is golden to dark yellow, with a strong spicy odor.

According to Dr. Mercola, the best uses for oregano oil as a natural antibiotic are the following:

  • Foot or nail fungus. Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a small tub water and soak your feet.  The oil can also be diluted (one drop of oil with a teaspoon of olive oil) and then apply directly to nails or skin.
  • Parasites and infections: Dilute the oil as described above and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat at least four times a day.
  • Sinus infections:  Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water or neti pot, and inhale the steam.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper also called capsicum is a strong spice used for thousands of years for its healing power and antibiotic effects.  It’s not just an anecdotal, folklore remedy, however.  Science is validating its use as a natural antibiotic as well.

Cayenne pepper is particularly effective at resolving vulvovaginitis, a common infection in women. One Czech study found capsicum essential oil exerts a considerable anti-fungal and antibiotic effect on this condition. It is important to properly use a carrier oil such as olive oil and thoroughly dilute cayenne pepper essential oil, however, as capsicum is quite burning upon initial contact with the skin.

Cayenne pepper is also fantastic for helping to resolve strep throat. This article describes the protocol in depth.

Colloidal Silver

The remarkable antibiotic nature of silver has been known for centuries. In the early 1900′s, the founder of Searle Pharmaceuticals, Alfred Searle, wrote in his book The Complete Use of Colloids in Health and Disease:

Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.

In the 1970′s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began to intensively research colloidal silver. He discovered that silver not only kills bacteria, but it actually killed bacteria that were resistant to all known antibiotics with no undesirable side effects.

While colloidal silver is highly antibiotic in nature, I suggest only using it for external uses such as gargling, ear infections like swimmers’ ear and skin.  The reason is that ingestion of colloidal silver does damage the delicate gut microbiome by killing beneficial bacteria though not as extensively as drug based antibiotics. If you need the assistance of natural antibiotics to consume internally, choose another one on this list, not colloidal silver.

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) has been reported to be a highly effective, natural antibiotic in combating a variety of common infectious agents. In one study, drops of concentrated grapefruit-seed extract were tested for antibacterial properties against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.  The researchers concluded that GSE was comparable to “proven topical antibacterials. Although the GSE appeared to have a somewhat greater inhibitory effect on gram-positive organisms than on gram-negative organisms, its comparative effectiveness against a wide range of bacterial biotypes is significant.”

Used full strength to combat warts, properly diluted GSE has a variety of uses to combat pathogens in your home environment.  The only caveat is that commercial preparations of GSE have a chemical in them called diphenol hydroxybenzene that is of questionable safety and other chemicals like triclosan and cancer causing parabens that are definitely to be avoided.

Therefore, if you intend to use GSE especially internally, it is best to make it yourself by grinding the grapefruit seeds and the juiceless pulp and then mixing with glycerin.


Of all the natural antibiotics, garlic is my personal favorite and my family’s go-to for internal use. The reason is that it kills the pathogens, not just bacteria but also fungus and viruses too without harming beneficial gut flora.

  • Garlic packs a punch with phytochemicals and healing sulfur components. These sulfur compounds even chelate toxic heavy metals (like lead & cadmium), binding with them for excretion out of the body.
  • It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral qualities.
  • It promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora by acting as a prebiotic (food for probiotics).
  • Garlic helps keep fats from oxidizing.
  • Garlic acts as a strong antioxidant and guards against DNA damage.
  • It protects against radiation & sunlight damage.
  • Garlic fights worms and parasites.
  • It benefits digestion, which is good for the whole body.
  • It contains many nutrients such as vitamins (C, B1, B2, B3), minerals (calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and phytochemicals (Allicin, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, diallyl-disulfide, ferulic acid, geraniol, kaempferol, linalool, oleanolic acid, p-coumaric acid, phloroglucinol, phytic acid, quercetin, rutin, s-allyl-cysteine, saponin, sinapic acid, & stigmasterol).

The phytochemical allicin in garlic is so powerful that it is one of the best natural antibiotics effective against MRSA. This article describes how to use it appropriately for this purpose.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD suggests consuming a whole head of garlic a day when using for natural antibiotic purposes.  She also outlines how to make garlic infused olive oil as a remedy for ear and other external infections.

  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil

Place the crushed garlic in the oil and let sit for 30 minutes, then strain. The oil can be warmed slightly by placing it in a cup and setting the cup in warm water (don’t overheat or this will destroy beneficial properties). Use a few drops of this oil hourly in the ears to treat an ear infection. Garlic oil is a safe remedy for children and can also be used daily (just a couple of drops) to soften ear wax buildup.


Have you ever wondered why pickled, raw ginger is nearly always served with sushi? This is likely because of historical folklore concerning ginger’s natural antibiotic effects which help prevent food poisoning.

Studies have shown that fresh ginger really does have an antibiotic effect against food borne pathogens such as salmonella, listeria and campylobacter.  Fresh ginger also increases stomach acid production and helps calm indigestion when a meal just doesn’t agree with you.

So, if you are going to eat something that has the potential for food borne illness such as sushi or raw oysters, always best to eat some fresh ginger (raw and pickled is most potent) too in order to make use of its natural antibiotic properties.

This article on how to make The Master Tonic includes fresh ginger (as well as cayenne pepper and garlic). This tonic is a highly effective concoction to make and take with you when traveling overseas in order to have a handy formula available that packs the punch of several natural antibiotics synergistically combined and fermented for maximum potency.

Olive Leaf Extract

Most people are aware of the health benefits of pure, 100% extra virgin olive oil.  However, many in the health community are still in the dark about the antibiotic effects of olive leaf extract coming from the very same trees!

According to Dr. Ronald Hoffman MD, founder and Medical Director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, olive leaf extract as a healing modality was first realized in the 1800’s for malaria.  Olive leaf extract may be best known for it’s ability to reduce fever even due to severe illness.

Early in the last century, oleuropein was isolated from olive leaf extract as this phytochemical was thought to give the olive tree its resistance to disease. Researchers from the Netherlands then learned that elenolic acid, a component of oleuropein, acted as a broad spectrum natural antibiotic, which safely and strongly inhibits the growth of not only bacteria, but also viruses and fungi.

Dr. Hoffman MD’s suggestion for use of olive leaf extract for long standing infections or candida is two 500 mg capsules (20% oleuropein) three to four times per day, preferably with meals.


Turmeric is a spice widely used in traditional Indian cooking that has been used holistically for centuries.

Dr. Kelly Brogan MD uses turmeric widely in her holistic psychiatry practice.  She writes,

This wonder-spice is a mainstay of my anti-inflammatory work with patients in my practice where I use liposomal preparations of curcumin, the natural phenols responsible for turmeric’s yellow color, when I suspect their symptoms stem from a challenged immune system.

In research, the curcumin in turmeric was shown to be effective against Helicobacter pylori common in gastroduodenal ulcers regardless of the genetic makeup of the strain.  The administration of curcumin also resolved any gastric damage caused by the infection. Turmeric is also highly effective in providing allergy relief from the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or hay fever.

If you wish to use turmeric as a natural antibiotic, Dr. Weil suggests to look for extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed.


Echinacea is an herb widely used to fight infections and has been the subject of wide scientific research.  Even WebMD is positive about it concluding that:

Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections.  Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.

German scientists have studied echinacea using double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, the gold standard for scientific research on drugs.  One of these showed that echinacea users experienced less frequent and less severe virus infections by one-third to one-half with no toxic effects compared to the group that took a placebo.

According to Dr. Sears MD, echinacea studies on adults suggest 300 mg three time a day for a total of 900 mg a day as a recommended regimen.  For children, half the adult dose for ages 6-13, and one-quarter the adult dose for those under age six.

Manuka Honey

What would this list of natural antibiotics be without raw honey which has been used as an infection fighter since ancient times?  Of all the honey on the planet, Manuka honey from New Zealand is the best when it comes to resolving infections. Just be sure it has never been heated (source)!

I first used Manuka honey 16 years ago shortly after my first child was born to resolve a breastfeeding related infection. It worked so well I was able to avoid using antibiotics.

According to Dr. Mercola, clinical trials have found that Manuka honey is effective against more than 250 strains of bacteria, including:

  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
  • Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)

In 2007, the FDA even approved Manuka honey based wound dressings.

The great thing about Manuka honey is that it is food.  I’ve personally found it most effective for skin based infections (just slather on as needed), but the research indicates an internal infection fighting benefit as well even reducing the cavity causing bacteria responsible for dental plaque.

Pau d’Arco

Overuse of drug based antibiotics frequently leads to an overgrowth in the gut of a large family of yeasts or fungus known as Candida.

Pau d’arco is an herb that is highly effective at repressing Candida and significantly reducing the resultant sugar cravings that come with it.  Repressing Candida and ingesting plenty of probiotics in the form of fermented foods and/or supplements will over time allow beneficial gut microbes to regain control of the gut environment.

While Pau d’arco has been used as a medicine for centuries as one of the best natural antibiotics to counteract fungal overgrowth, science is also validating these anecdotal observations.  The Brazilian Journal of Biology found in 2010 found that Tabebuia avellanedae, one tree species that is the source of the Pau d’arco herb, does indeed exert an inhibitory effect on yeasts.

The form Pau d’arco is most often used is as an herbal tea, which I must admit, is an acquired taste!  Even after drinking it as needed for the past 2 decades, I still don’t like it much! The good news is that the taste isn’t so terrible that you can’t drink a cup or two for a few days to a week or more.  This will help you get back into the routine of healthy eating with sweets kept in moderation if Candida has gotten out of control during off the wagon eating while on vacation or due to a round of antibiotics.

Which of the natural antibiotics on this list are your favorites?  What do you use them for and when?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Why Antibiotics Today Could Threaten Your Life Tomorrow

The Impact of Short Course Antibiotics on the Gut Microbiome

How to Repair Your Gut MicroBiome after a Round of Antibiotics

Dr. Ronald Hoffman and Olive Leaf Extract

Antifungal Effect in Natural Compounds in the Treatment of Vulvovaginitis

Long Term Impacts of Antibiotic Exposure on Human Intestinal Microbiota

Oregano Oil Benefits

Bactericidal properties of plant essential oils

Why I Never Consume Colloidal Silver

The Best Vegetables for Boosting Immunity

Pau d’Arco: The Best Herb for Candida


Comments (139)

  • Lori

    I am having a dental implant placed this friday…they prescribe preventative antibiotics I do not wish to take. i have olive leaf oregano oil capsules and silver. is this what you would try first. so many people are discouraging me but i really dislike the legnth of time it takes for my body to be normal after a course of antibiotics.

    June 12th, 2016 3:10 pm Reply
  • Indigo1969

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m trying to create an antibiotic effect with wild garlic, berberine and oil of oregano to see if I can ward off my symptoms of severe body odor from secondary TMAU. So, I was wondering if you have a formula with the above mentioned to restore my gut flora. I’m already taking probiotics.

    March 6th, 2016 2:42 pm Reply
  • jose villavicencio

    Mainstream modern AMA medicine is garbage!!Alternative medicine is REAL Medicine!!!FOOD stupid!!!

    March 1st, 2016 7:42 pm Reply
  • Eva

    Do you have any recommendation or info on natural remedy to remove salivary gland stone and prevent infection. I am breast feeding mamma and do not want to go to doctor who will prescribe antibiotics after removing the stone. Is there anything that can dissolve the stone naturaly so it can come out by itself? Any info would be much appreciated!

    February 23rd, 2016 7:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah Fairbairn

      Hi Eva,

      Did you find an answer to your salivary gland problem? I am suffering at the moment and in the same position with a baby.

      April 7th, 2016 1:57 am Reply
  • Alex

    Dear Sarah,
    Your website is my GO ΤΟ for natural remedies.
    Could you please comment on my predicament: I’m 4.5 months pregnant. I have a bad sinus infection and the doc wants me to take antibiotics. I refused and he’s giving me 2 days to see an improvement. if I get worse he will prescribe antibiotics as he says it’s moving down to my chest and may cause bronchitis.

    pre pregnancy I would use Oil of oregano for any ailment and it worked like a charm. But I know caution has to be used during pregnancy. I know you cannot recommend what to do, but could you comment on what you would do in this situation and how many drops etc you would take if you decided to take it while staying safe during pregnancy.

    Thanks for an amazing website and great information!!!

    February 2nd, 2016 1:34 pm Reply
  • Ashlee johnson

    Thank you for the article. It’s been very helpful. I’m hoping you can give me some advice. I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant and sick with pneumonia. I’m trying to avoid taking antibiotics and I read that inhaling colloidal silver with a nebulizer can cure pneumonia but I’m scared to do it. Some people seem to think its not harmful and others think it’s questionable. And of course my main worry is that it could harm the baby. If you feel this is not a safe treatment for pneumonia is there another treatment you would recommend. I’m feeling very sick right now and if I don’t find a natural way to treat it soon I think I’ll be forced to go get antibiotics. Thanks in advance for any advice you might have.

    January 11th, 2016 7:34 pm Reply
  • KMJ


    Interesting page, thank you. As you recommend eating a “whole head” of garlic a day, have you also got a recipe for the social ostracism caused by the odor that will be radiated? That is a heck of a lot of garlic! Or did you mean eat a “whole clove”? I’ve done that. I’ve chopped a clove into 4-5 bits and swallowed them with black tea, which is supposed to combat the odor. But I doubt that a cup of black, or two or three, would have much effect on a whole head of garlic.

    I do love garlic for health reasons, but a few days after consumption, my face breaks out… takes a long time to clear up. Have you heard of that reaction? If so, have you any preventives to recommend that should be taken with the garlic? Thank you for your time.

    December 22nd, 2015 5:47 pm Reply
    • Kristine Anderson

      What a wonderful site. I am a writer in the health field — more of an advocate — but I needed some info on natural antibiotics for myself and I love learning these new things. Oregano oil is my favorite and it has really helped me through chronic sinusitis. I buy it pre-mixed at a health food store and put two – four drops under my tongue 3x a day for just a few seconds. It’s strong, but a good gulp of water and a mint afterwards and it goes away fast. I live with constant infection because I am resistant to all antibiotics. I have chronic illness and pain, so these remedies mean a lot to me. Thanks!

      March 2nd, 2016 12:10 am Reply
    • Naomi Johnson

      What to take for gum disease and tooth pain.

      June 2nd, 2016 9:07 am Reply
  • Evgeni

    Hi Sarah. The article is very good. What is your opinion for bee propolis tincture as a natural antibiotic?

    December 3rd, 2015 4:06 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      Bee propolis is fine, but just not one of the top 11 I would recommend.

      December 4th, 2015 6:43 am Reply
  • Ilana

    Another Question:
    Do you have any recommendations for using garlic internally in a way which will not cause ones pores to ooze the smell of garlic? I once used crushed a clove as an overnight vaginal yeast treatment. But the next morning, my mouth and skin actually reeked of the garlic.

    November 30th, 2015 10:02 am Reply
    • Lyndon

      I use Kyolic Garlic capsules… Oderless garlic that holds all nutritional values as well as some other great ingredients.

      December 9th, 2015 2:07 am Reply
  • Ilana

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve heard of Grapefruit Seed Extract being used as a very effective supplement to treatment of yeast infections. I’ve heard a few drops of the diluted extract can be soaked into a tampon and inserted vaginally. I wonder if it can be used somehow for thrush of the nipples while breastfeeding too. Do you know anything about this? Here you mention it’s anti-bacterial properties, not anti-fungal.
    Thank you!

    November 30th, 2015 9:58 am Reply
  • christy

    Daughter has peri oral dermatitis that has gone on for almost a year. She has taken topical antibiotics (3 different ones) two doctors have given her steroids. Now another has given her something else. Very confusing. What would you suggest. The rash is around her nose and spreading to mouth and cheeks. We have used apple cider vinegar but are on the fence as to if it really worked.

    November 28th, 2015 9:08 am Reply
  • Judy

    What would be your recommendation for a natural antibiotic to treat an infected dental implant?

    October 24th, 2015 3:41 am Reply
    • Harvey D.

      In most cases a gentle swooshing of hydrogen peroxide around in your mouth in the area of infection will cure any gum infection within a couple of days. Use 3.5% over the counter kind and DON’T swallow it.
      You may also have to complement this with some natural internal antibacterial like Oleuropein (olive leaf extract) or oil of oregano fighting the infection both from the inside and outside.


      October 27th, 2015 5:36 pm Reply
  • Jay

    Good Morning,
    Great article,

    I was bit by a spider a few days ago, I did not want to take any antibiotics as I know they are not necessarily good for your gut lining but unfortunately the infection from the bite was traveling up my leg. I decided to go ahead and take the antibiotics to be on the safe side. I am supposed to take 4 daily for 7 days.

    Do you reccomend finishing the round of antibiotics for an infection caused by a spider bite?

    September 11th, 2015 1:55 pm Reply
    • susan


      If you start a round of antibiotics, then you should finish them. If you don’t intend to finish antibiotics then don’t start them. You create resistant bacteria within your body.


      September 14th, 2015 8:58 pm Reply
  • susan westmoreland


    Great article! Neem oil was not listed, how do you feel about it? It has been used to fight fungal, viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections for quite a number of years in many countries.

    Also, topical application of honey or salt to open infected wounds helps draw fluid from the wound bringing along much of the existing bacteria and resulting waste, therefore, allowing the body to efficiently wage war on the infection within the body. Healing from within and without.

    I have been hearing medical doctor discuss the recent findings about how as few as 5 rounds of antibiotics throughout the life time have been shown to increase the risk for developing chronic health issues such as Diabetes type 2 and other autoimmune diseases..

    I understand why you didn’t mention the hypertonic effects of salt and honey in your post, because you were addressing antibiotic properties, but I saw where some people had asked about what appears to be infected wounds.



    September 7th, 2015 2:55 pm Reply
  • danny

    Do you have any pics?

    August 10th, 2015 9:18 pm Reply
  • Maky

    Hello, nice article!
    What would you recommend for a stubborn UTI caused by the enterococcus bacteria which didnt respond to a course of antibiotics?
    I am trying oregano EO On my feet soles, goldenseal (but having a hard time swallowing the tincture, too bitter!!) .. Trying garlic … Can only eat 1 raw clove/day without throwing up or feel too nauseous by it … Anything else? I also have olive leaf spray, i use.

    July 23rd, 2015 11:04 am Reply
  • Petya

    Hello there! I have a small wound on my right foot which I got from accidentally burning myself with a drop or two of hot seal wax. But it’s turned into a pus wound and my question is if I can use cinnamon (which kills bacteria) or garlic for maybe a bandage …
    Lots of luck!
    Thank you! :)

    June 19th, 2015 4:39 pm Reply
  • Paul


    Antibiotics are pharmaceuticals that kill bacteria. Antibiotic actual translates to “anti-life.” They don’t kill viruses or fungi. Your article would be better titled ‘The 11 Best Natural Antimicrobials and How to Use Them.’

    May 4th, 2015 2:16 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Antibiotics that are natural don’t necessarily kill the good (probiotics) and the bad bacteria like drug based antibiotics do. In addition, natural antibiotics are frequently also anti-viral and anti-fungal which drug based antibiotics are not. I don’t think I need to change my wording just because some folks have a drug based mindset. The drugs have created a false mindset for people as to what a true, broad spectrum antibiotic is.

      May 4th, 2015 6:41 pm Reply
  • M

    Hi there, I have an infection on my leg from a cut.. I dont think its MRSA but i will check with a Dr as soon as I can..
    I wondering what would be the best to clear this up?
    And is it okay to just crush a clove of garlic in water then drink it?

    May 3rd, 2015 5:03 pm Reply
  • Colleen

    I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome last year and after further research and testing I discovered that I have an active chronic Epstein-Barr infection which likely triggered the Sjogren’s. I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant (an unplanned pregnancy but we’re grateful for another little one). Do you happen to know what I could take to treat Epstein-Barr that would be safe during pregnancy? I’m nervous about breastfeeding when my EBV nuclear antigen (EBNA) levels are so high.

    April 19th, 2015 8:54 pm Reply
  • Ada Bay

    Wow!!! This article was very Informative. Thank you!

    March 30th, 2015 7:50 am Reply
  • michael L.

    I have heard that some of the natural antibiotics can affect our internal bacteria so we need to use probiotics at some point to rebuild the losses… is that true?

    March 24th, 2015 3:44 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Not the plant based ones. Colloidal silver definitely kills off beneficial bacteria in the gut .. but that is a metal, not a plant based antibiotic. Garlic is actually considered a prebiotic .. it helps encourage friendly flora to grow.

      March 24th, 2015 6:23 pm Reply
      • Aaron K

        That would be because although silver does have antibiotic properties while other things in her list such as oregano and garlic do not.

        There certainly are natural product antibiotics, penicillin being the classic example, but oregano isn’t one of them.

        Most antibiotics are broad-spectrum which is why they have a negative effect on your gut flora.

        Also in this article you also suggest using “antibiotics” to combat ailments that are viral which makes no sense given that viruses are not effected by antibiotics.

        April 1st, 2015 7:18 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          These remedies are not only antibacterial, but antiviral and antifungal as well in many cases. This is why they are helpful with viruses as well whereas conventional antibiotic drugs are not.

          April 1st, 2015 10:19 pm Reply
        • Linda

          Aaron, doctors will sometimes use antibiotics to control the ‘side effect” of a virus not necessarily to attack the virus.

          May 1st, 2015 8:56 am Reply
  • Sandy

    I keep a small spray bottle of colloidal silver in the kitchen, and another in the car. I spray cutting boards after washing them with soap & water, then let the CS dry on them before putting away. I spray CS on doorknobs, restroom faucets, and shopping cart handles. I’ve read that viruses live longer on hard, smooth surfaces, so when I’m out and about, I keep my little spray bottle handy and spritz as appropriate. This may make me sound “germ-phobic”, but in practice it’s not that big of a deal to whip out the little bottle (3″ high, 1″ dia.) and spritz something. I don’t leave wet surfaces for the next person either; I dry it off with a paper towel, tissue or whatever is an appropriate and available material.

    March 8th, 2015 8:02 am Reply
  • Fancee

    Being allergic to all antibiotics I learned a few natural resources that I didn’t know of already. Great article.

    March 6th, 2015 12:57 pm Reply
  • Kieran

    This is very useful knowledge especially in light of facts that damage to our gut flora is cause for so many diseases. In fact more and more modern diseases chronic or otherwise seem to be connected to the health of out gut so it would be beneficial to use gut flora-friendly antibiotics which are easily available in our kitchen cabinet and use prescribed ones only as a last resort

    March 4th, 2015 11:15 am Reply
  • Aimee Clark

    We would most definitely add bone broth to this list!

    March 4th, 2015 12:26 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Bone broth is wonderful, but it is not antibiotic in nature.

      March 4th, 2015 4:52 pm Reply
  • Jonathan

    “antibiotics had come into widespread use causing both doctors and people” — So doctors aren’t people?

    February 17th, 2015 12:02 pm Reply
  • Becky

    This a great list! I love being reminded of the incredible power simple foods can have. Thank you!

    February 16th, 2015 10:53 pm Reply

    I found this information to be extremely interesting and helpful! Thank you so much!

    February 16th, 2015 8:25 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    I’m surprised that you didn’t add coconut oil. It is awesome. Even still, this was a great article. Thanks for the excellent information.

    February 16th, 2015 1:16 pm Reply
    • Jane McClunan

      I am grateful for your extensive list

      February 16th, 2015 4:26 pm Reply
    • Brealynn Miller

      IM surprised you did not mention Coconut oil, or Apple Cider Vinegar. I used the ACV every day three times a day and it has done wonders for me. Thank you for your list tho

      March 30th, 2015 1:41 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        These are wonderful, just not as powerful as the ones on this list.

        March 30th, 2015 9:09 am Reply
  • Lizzie

    Thank you

    February 16th, 2015 5:20 am Reply
  • Marge Morgan

    What about C O P D I have real bad on oxygen 24 7 in the hospital about 3 or 4 times a year I am going to to be 75 soon I would realy like some relief thamks Marge

    February 16th, 2015 1:47 am Reply
    • Madi

      Marge, I would start using cayenne pepper. It helps improve circulation of lymph and blood. Here is a brief article.

      Hope this helps!!

      May 21st, 2015 2:20 pm Reply
  • Victoria

    I would like to point out that while you are condemning modern medicine for its over use of antibiotics for common ailments, you should really be aware that around 80% of antibiotics used every year go to livestock. So we are really consuming the largest amount of antibiotics in our meat. That is really where the largest part of resistance comes from. Aside from that, as a physician I will tell you in my anecdotal experience, it is not I who likes to give out antibiotics but something patients as for when they feel ill. And at times even if I do not agree that the patient needs it, the patients can be so persistent it is just easier to give them the antibiotics.

    February 15th, 2015 9:25 pm Reply
    • Lindsay

      Victoria- If you are a physician, what you have just admitted to is absolutely unethical!

      Providing a treatment to a patient that you do not believe would be helpful. I am stunned and appalled at your admittance! Your job as a physician is to provide the correct treatment, NOT to PLEASE a persistent patient! Your job is to uphold the hippocratic oath and not to provide MEDICINE to make YOUR LIFE EASIER!

      I am so absolutely appalled and disgusted by you, and I am glad to know that YOU ARE NOT MY DOCTOR or Nurse practitioner.

      You should be ASHAMED of yourself!

      February 16th, 2015 7:02 am Reply
      • Rukiyat

        Lindsay, just calm down. Sheesh…

        February 16th, 2015 9:20 pm Reply
      • michelle g

        Lindsay, many doctors admit to this – they risk losing their patients if they don’t, anyway! I have read so often that patients feel they “need anitbiotics” for anything from the sniffles to the flu. Perhaps the placebo effect alone is worth it. Either way, before judging, take into account that doctors often are not allowed to recommend or even discuss alternative therapies.

        March 3rd, 2015 7:22 pm Reply
      • Tom

        You obviously have read comprehension issues if that’s what you got out of her article.

        March 4th, 2015 10:35 am Reply
    • Donna Lee

      I hear you! Dr. I know the people you are referring to. And it is pretty nearly impossible to tell them different. Keep up the good fight on educating them. Some day, some way…..some will listen!

      February 16th, 2015 12:14 pm Reply
    • Chelsea Gutierrez

      Maybe these patients just need more knowledge as to what kind of drug they are insisting on. As a patient if I didn’t know any better I would love for a doctor to educate me rather than trying to take an easy route with me. After all we trust in doctors.

      February 16th, 2015 8:29 pm Reply
    • Sharon Azar

      not only should we consider giving up eating meat for reasons of compassion, but also because we are ingesting the antibiotics that are injected into the animals in factory farms

      September 5th, 2015 10:15 am Reply
  • Betty

    I’m curious as to the effect that animals,poultry etc are given antibiotics thus creating the resistance to them now days

    February 15th, 2015 4:00 pm Reply
    • seano

      I think the doco “Food Inc” is a good start on this topic.

      July 21st, 2015 2:19 am Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I just have to point out that you stated you reccomend this instead of taking antibiotics for the common cold, flu, etc. Although I agree with the premise of the article, and brag about how I don’t get sick because of my healthy lifestyle, common colds and flu are viral infections, so no one should be taking antibiotics in these cases anyways. Antibiotics should only be taken for bacterial infections, IF they need to be taken. Maybe this does prove that antibiotics are over prescribed if people think they are also taken for common cold and flu. Otherwise, thanks for the article. It’s good to have a healthy lifestyle as opposed to filing our bodies with toxins.

    February 15th, 2015 1:42 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You would need antibiotics perhaps for cold or flu if there was a secondary bacterial infection. This is why people need them in those cases.

      February 15th, 2015 3:20 pm Reply
      • Ez

        Indeed, last year I acquired what I believe was an h1n1 type of virus because it was vicious and I rarely get colds. If I had begun a consistent protocol with the above natural antibiotics, I would have likely, avoided the pneumonia that stepped in after the cold was diminshed. At that point I needed antibiotics because breathing was painful. I would rather have avoided the antbios. So, I will take care when the next cold appears……

        March 7th, 2015 2:34 pm Reply
  • aval

    At present I have an eye infection with a bump on the inside of lower eyelid. My doctor gave me anti biotics and I am highly sensitive and allergic to many… So I have quite a fear of taking pharmaceutical s . I am also, since a heart attack… Been unwillingly put on some awful medications such as effient…a very scary med… Are these natural abs safe to take with prescribed pharmas???

    January 27th, 2015 10:01 pm Reply
    • PeonyofIndiana

      With my limited knowledge, I have learned from nurses that one should not eat citric fruits with antibiotics, as they render them ineffective. So hold on the grapefruit until you are done with the meds. I take psyllium hulls then too to help the meds move through more thoroughly.

      February 15th, 2015 4:33 pm Reply
  • Hilary Bataille


    The beginning of your article has one linked medical paper source. Do you have more you could provide. You say “Evidence is now emerging from multiple sources that gut flora may actually be permanently altered by drugs or, at the very least, the damage persists for several years” but there is only one papers. Any medical sources on this would be great, since I married a doctor’s son! Anecdotal stories won’t do it for him.

    And one other question: why do many good, sensible doctors NOT AGREE that antibiotics are bad for you? This confuses me every time. Please help me work this out, as I go through the same battle every winter with both my doctors and my husband when my son gets ear infections that he just can’t shake. THANK YOU!

    January 23rd, 2015 2:11 pm Reply
    • Mp

      Looking forward a reply to this

      January 24th, 2015 6:43 pm Reply
    • Chris Waslin

      Good questions…similar to what I was thinking about evidence (or lack of it). My GP is reluctant to prescribe antibiotics unless there is serious infection so last time our family had antibiotics was decades ago when our son had tonsillitis!

      However, not all medical people are so wise. For example, We were recently overseas & on a small group tour met up with a young pharmacist (now studying medicine)…she was traveling around Asia (mostly Laos) with her Mum (as we were doing) & she talked about taking a preventive antibiotic!! We thought, how irresponsible!… no wonder antibiotics don’t always fight serious infection these days! We just took care with hand washing, clean water etc & had no problems at all during our 3 weeks. However, if we had developed a bacterial infection & a Dr recommended antibiotics (leaving such infections to linger can be very dangerous) we would take them.

      January 24th, 2015 9:43 pm Reply
      • Dominic

        that pesky malaria, why would anyone want to prevent getting it?!?

        April 30th, 2015 2:21 am Reply
    • Simona

      Hillary, the next time your son has an ear infection, heat up an onion in the microwave, squeeze the juice let it cools hen apply to the ear. You don’t have to get the onion very hot, just enough to squeeze the juice out. You’ll be saving him lots of pain and easy on the pocket.

      February 16th, 2015 3:51 pm Reply
    • cindy

      Read the book, “Missing Microbes.” By Dr. Martin J. Blasser. He has researched this subject for years and explains it all.

      April 29th, 2015 8:36 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Yes, this is a great book!

        April 30th, 2015 8:15 am Reply
  • sandra

    Are you an economist?

    January 22nd, 2015 5:41 pm Reply
  • Benjamin

    Does cooked garlic count, or must it be raw? Thanks

    January 22nd, 2015 3:29 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Best if raw.

      January 23rd, 2015 10:51 am Reply
      • J H

        You say how to make the tonic, but not how to take it (at least I cannot find that information). Does one drink it straight, or diluted? How much and how often? Etc. Thank you!

        February 23rd, 2015 9:08 pm Reply
  • abhay

    There is a good description of these medicines in AYURVEDA (ancient indian medical stream). In indian AYURVEDA there is also a good use of these types of medicines for different diseases, and also for incurable diseases like AIDS and CANCER.

    January 22nd, 2015 11:49 am Reply
  • Katie

    Hi there, do you apply collodial silver directly from
    The bottle externally, even if eye infection?
    Also, I have exhausted alternatives to try and deal with my daughters enlarged tonsils and adenoids , she is never ill with them but her breathing at night really concerns me. Has anyone got any advice? I really don’t want to resort to surgery. She is 5 now :-)

    January 22nd, 2015 5:22 am Reply
    • PeonyofIndiana

      Hi Katie! I am glad to tell you that I know some people have been able to rid their homes of toxic cleaners, and eat natural foods, avoid processed foods, and we’re able to avoid surgery. Not me though- My tonsils & adenoids came out 57 years ago & I regret it. I urge you to not give up.

      February 15th, 2015 4:41 pm Reply
    • Jewels

      Hi Katie
      doTerra Lavender essential oil cleared up my eye infection in less than 24 hours. Its applied not in, but under and around side of eye…diluted with a carrier oil for kids.

      For Tonsils…rub 2 drops of melaleuca and 2 drops of On Guard Blend on Throat. Can also dilute one drop in 8 oz of water and drink. (32 oz of water for onguard)

      February 17th, 2015 10:54 am Reply
  • Olivia

    This is a great article.
    What would you do to rebuild your gut health after a round of antibiotics?? My 21 month old unfortunately had a rather lengthy round of them recently.. Something I never wanted him to have to take, but was a difficult decision as was battling a raging infection that was causing swelling that could’ve caused permanent damage:(. I still wonder if the natural things we gave him did most the work in getting rid of it. Anyway, now I’m trying to counteract the damage:(… I would really appreciate any thoughts?

    January 21st, 2015 9:20 am Reply
  • David

    What is the best way to use the garlic as a natural antibiotic? I know someone who takes a dose of garlic in pill form that you can buy at any pharmacy and they are hardly ever sick. Is this a good way to prevent illness, and is there any good/bad things from taking the pill form of garlic?

    January 20th, 2015 2:29 pm Reply
    • david

      And can someone recommend the best of these natural antibiotics that is best at getting rid of a sinus infection? Just started coming down with one and running a low grade fever. Don’t really want to do to the DR and spend $100 just so they can give me a script for antibiotics that is going to tear my stomach up since I am allergic to so many of them.
      Anyone Please???

      January 21st, 2015 11:11 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Garlic works insanely well :)

        January 21st, 2015 1:34 pm Reply
      • Cocoa

        Vitacost Olive Leaf Extract liquid works really well for me. It tastes deplorable, but I mix it in water and hold my breath while drinking it.

        February 16th, 2015 1:43 pm Reply
      • Sunset

        David, I’m sure you’ve taken care of your sinus infection by now. I’d like to recommend that you read Sarah’s article on preventing them. Last January, I had an awful sinus infection (one of the several that I get every year.) I was already on antibiotics, but was determined to prevent future infections and found her article. I have not had an infection in about 14 months now.

        March 5th, 2015 3:49 am Reply
  • Susan

    I have had numerous UTIs in my life, and have taken many antibiotics. In fact, I have become resistant to several. I have tried cranberry, Dmannose, homeopathic blends, etc. and nothing keeps them from returning. As I’ve aged, they seem to be more frequent. I’ve seen a urologist, and she could find nothing wrong. Do you know of anything else I can do?

    January 19th, 2015 2:00 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Hi Susan,

      I used to have UTIs all of the time. The reason they occur is mainly due to a yeast problem. I went to so many “specialists” that had absolutely no Idea on how to treat them. What worked for me and I did use all of the above as you mentioned which did not work as well, is Uva Ursi. This herbal remedy rocks. I buy Nature’s Way brand and take 3 capsules, 3x per day for two weeks. I took them three times over a period of two years. Its been around 5 years since I have had a UTI. Good Luck!

      January 21st, 2015 4:24 pm Reply
      • J H

        So, Kim… are you saying the 3 capsules, 3 x per day for two weeks… was that a preventive thing you did while symptom-free, which you repeated three times over two years? Or did you have a UTI, take the pills as described, and then the UTI went away?

        February 23rd, 2015 9:13 pm Reply
    • MO

      Add some ordinary salt to water and use as douche or simply rinsing
      after each use of the loo. No more UTIs!! Might need to experiment
      for a while to get the mix that works for you!! Since I started using it
      on a hunch as a teenager have never looked back!!

      March 7th, 2015 11:51 am Reply
    • Liz

      Easy fix for a Urinary Tract Infection is to drink a level tsp
      of carb soda (cooking soda) in 1/2 a glass of fairly warm
      water twice a day.
      Within 24 hours the infection has gone.
      The active ingredient in UTI over-the-counter pharmacy
      products is carb soda (known as bicarbonate of soda).

      March 13th, 2015 7:51 pm Reply
  • angie

    D-mannose. It’s a sugar and works as long as the infection is caused by e-coli.

    January 19th, 2015 1:12 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Please be aware that all commercially prepared pickled ginger has MSG in it. I would get a terrible migraine from one slice.

    Ironically, ginger can stop many a migraine (not all, but a lot of them – about 2/3 of mine) if taken at the very first sign. How I take it is to keep raw ginger in my freezer and grate (the long plane grater) it into a small Pyrex of hot water, adding a blob of honey. Let it sit for 5 mins, then strain into a drinking cup.

    For the migraines one tends to wake up with (often coming from during the night digestion activity by the gut biome), a cup of tea like this at night before bed is a miracle. Make it as strong as you like.

    January 18th, 2015 2:19 pm Reply
    • Candi

      Yes many of the commercially pickled versions of ginger do have msg in them… I have the same problem. The resolution is to make your own and store it in the fridge in a mason jar. It just takes sugar, rice wine vinegar and peeled sliced ginger. My husband loves the home made stuff so much better than store bought now. You can find recipes online just buy searching. It definitely does help with headaches.

      February 16th, 2015 9:33 am Reply
  • nicola

    Hi, we just overcame a nasty MRSA infection in my 3 year old with a mushroom combination – mainly Turkey Tails & shitake. Amazing!!

    January 17th, 2015 4:31 pm Reply
    • Laurie

      I have been battling MRSA for over 5 months could you give more detail, i would love to get rid of this once and for all. Thanks.

      February 5th, 2015 11:36 am Reply
  • Nicole

    It is important that the garlic-infused oil be used only externally unless you alter the preparation somewhat. Garlic in oil carries a small risk of botulism. If you want to use it internally, you have to first soak the garlic in vinegar for several hours before draining and adding it to the oil. Visit for more information.

    January 17th, 2015 11:54 am Reply
  • Judy

    Love these natural anti-biotic remedies. I tend to steer clear of using antibiotics unless I really have to, because I believe it will not benefit met in the long term. I actually use turmeric, garlic and ginger almost daily but did not know they were considered natural antibiotics.

    January 17th, 2015 11:21 am Reply
  • Hannah N

    Is it true that a few if the items on this list, like echinacea, turmeric, and oregano oil are not safe during pregnancy?

    January 16th, 2015 12:18 pm Reply
    • nicole

      I used all these during pregnancy, but YMMV.

      January 17th, 2015 11:55 am Reply
  • Katie

    Garlic is my favorite for any kind of infection or sickness. It’s amazing stuff!! Garlic oil for ear aches, garlic compresses for infections of any kind, raw garlic for colds… It helps every time.

    January 15th, 2015 11:16 pm Reply
  • Victoria

    Is there a brand of manuka honey you reccomend? There is so much confusing info out there! Not sure what to buy!

    January 15th, 2015 9:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Any brand that is completely raw and unfiltered will work.

      January 16th, 2015 8:54 am Reply
  • Saeriu

    My favorite go-to is local raw honey. This summer my son has a skin rash/inflammation that wouldn’t go away. We tried everything. We set an appointment to see a doctor but it was 2 months out…love my health insurance… Thinking I’d tried everything, I put some raw honey on it. My husband thought I’d completely lost it but within 36 hours it was gone. It had gone from half dollar size to nothing in 36 hours! If anyone gets a sore throat my son is instantly saying “take some honey”. It’s truly amazing.

    January 15th, 2015 7:19 pm Reply
    • chemfreemom

      I’ve had good luck with natural treatments for years, but when I was either stung by a bee or bitten by a spider a couple years ago (I didn’t see it–I just felt it happen), and had a huge red, raised circle on the inner part of my knee, I tried putting organic, raw honey on it before bed, with a bandage. (Not manuka) The next morning I could barely see anything on my skin. My neighbor saw it at night, and the next day and couldn’t believe it. I’m a huge fan of natural remedies and we never take pharmaceuticals, but this shocked even me!

      July 29th, 2015 8:17 am Reply
  • Christine

    Just wondering where your source(s) is for not ingesting Colloidal Silver, did I miss it ?? Also, Oregano essential oil is a hot oil, which is why it caused so much pain going in through the nose. Hot oils HAVE to be used with a carrier oil when being applied to skin !

    January 15th, 2015 3:23 pm Reply
    • Frankie H

      Are you aware that oil of Oregano and Oregano Essential Oil are not the same? The first is mild while the essential oil is very “hot” and show always be used with caution.

      January 17th, 2015 4:42 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Great information. I will have to keep this handy. Any recommendations for eye infections?

    January 15th, 2015 12:34 pm Reply
    • Katie

      I used colloidal silver on my daughter’s eye infection and it went away.

      January 15th, 2015 11:18 pm Reply
      • Sara

        Thanks for the info re colloidal silver for eye infections. Going to give it a try.

        January 16th, 2015 11:11 pm Reply
    • Megan

      My family uses a drop of whey in the infected eye 2-3 times a day for a few days. NOTE: Our whey comes from straining our homemade, raw milk yogurt and it it does sting when applied. To avoid the stinging with my children I simply use raw milk instead, same dosage but it takes longer to completely clear the infection like 7-10 days.

      January 18th, 2015 9:46 pm Reply
    • Kristina

      Breast milk!

      February 11th, 2015 6:47 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I am currently taking an antibiotic for acne which is working wonders, however I am having terrible reactions to it internally. Anyone have any thoughts on what would be the most natural way to replace it?

    January 15th, 2015 10:09 am Reply
    • Margaret Varner

      YES!!!! I had suffered for many yrs. as a teenager in school adding makeup made it went all around my mouth and forehead..I finally, after yrs. now a young lady found this book on beauty..I was skepical at first..I thought better than I tried what they said to the letter..gone gone gone! I am 56 acne..not since 21yrs. old! Here it is: take daily, 600mg. of vitamin C, 40ie of vitamine E, 50mg of Zinc sulfate..(if you get sick at your stomach at beginning like me) take the Zinc Glutanate, I had to…..YOU MUST TAKE ALL THREE TOGETHER OR DOESN’T WORK..THE VITAMINS NEED MINERALS TO WORK..OR VISE VERSA…TAKE for 3 make up at can apply acne med topical if you choose.. Listen: after on 2mo.ALL ACNE GONE, GONE, GONE!!! this will take some patience I know but works like a dream..for beauty..quit smoking ages you chips because of oils that get trapped in skin….For a home remedy facial scrub: use yougurt, with salt..along with mud mask you lie and let work then gently wash off..then lemon juice diluted water apply splashing on face after scrub, mud mask..pat…I used the apricot scrub after a while with a mud maks about once every two months..I know this works..hope you look your best very soon!!

      February 15th, 2015 4:26 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I really appreciate the first commenter sharing her experience. Some folks are so passionate about going natural which is exciting, but no testing has been done on them and you never know if they can be harmful. I’ve had to learn many things the hard way when dealing w/ natural cures. I now try to treat natural cures like any medicine — cautiously.

    January 15th, 2015 9:35 am Reply
    • Liz

      Rachel, where do you get the notion that “going natural which is exciting, but no testing has been done on them?”
      Just Google it, and there’ll be thousands of articles come up that prove that testing HAS been done
      on them!

      March 13th, 2015 8:04 pm Reply
  • Pam Moore

    I love this post with recommendations for natural anti-biotics. I’m all for it and use them regularly. My doctor even recommended that I take oregano oil capsules when I was dealing with candida. I do have one concern, though. You suggested using oregano oil in a netti pot. That is a bad, bad idea. We were out of state when my son came down with sinusitis. I had been having him flush his sinuses with a netti pot, but didn’t seem like we were getting anywhere. Since I didn’t have my regular resources and eo’s with me I headed to the health store in town that is owned by an RN, thinking I could get some good advice on an eo to add the netti pot to kick my son’s infection more quickly. She recommended oregano. I bought the oil, added a drop to the netti and had my son flush again. He immediately began screaming and crying, “My head! My head!” This was not like him to react so strongly. His face turned purple and he stared throwing up from the pain he was in. I thought I was going to have to take him to the ER. It was terrifying. I have never before or since seen him throw up from the pain of something. I still think that there are eo’s that are safe to use in a netti pot, but after that experience I would warn everyone that oregano is not one of them.

    January 15th, 2015 7:39 am Reply
    • Susan

      I’m sorry that yoiur son went thru that. I can imagine how badly you felt when it happened.

      You are so right on this one. I have used oil of oregano and have even mixed a few drops with a few ounces of water and sip it because the taste is so strong! My Naturopathic Dr told me not to use it in my nose because it would burn terribly. I use Premier Research Labs Oil Of Oregano.

      January 15th, 2015 8:59 am Reply
    • Katie

      I’m sorry your son had such a bad time. It’s good to point out not to put it in your nose!

      To clarify, Sarah isn’t recommending putting the liquid through your nose, she said to inhale the steam. Although, just inhaling the steam will be burning to the sinuses for some people.

      January 15th, 2015 9:13 am Reply
      • Pam Moore

        I’m not blaming Sarah. She’s quoting a reputable source. Actually, I’m not blaming anyone. But the article actually does say it can be used in a neti pot. …

        Sinus infections: Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water or neti pot, and inhale the steam.

        I just wanted to give people a heads-up so they don’t have to unwittingly go through what my son did.

        January 15th, 2015 7:26 pm Reply
    • Nancy

      Mild probiotics can do wonders in the nasal irrigation. Start very slowly. I’ve had no pain or bad reaction from the infantis strain.

      January 18th, 2015 2:29 pm Reply
  • KC

    This is helpful, and I use a lot of these. However, with some infections we really are dealing with extreme consequences. I choose antiobiotics then. If it is just bothersome, then yes all for natural treatments! But sometimes natural treatments are not enough.

    January 15th, 2015 6:40 am Reply
  • steph

    thankyou for this article, we use garlic a lot. But today my 21 yr old son is going to have his wisdom teeth out, (2 at a time). I’m sure the dentist will recommend taking antibiotics, I was thinking to probably go with it but also tell him to take garlic and vitamin e (wheatgerm oil) at the same time, then the pau d’arco afterwards and then fermented foods.
    can you tell me your thoughts on this and what you would do.

    January 15th, 2015 6:35 am Reply
    • Laurie

      A suggestion! Arnica is very effective for oral surgery especially if you go for a strength of at least 1M or 200C. I know of others who dose back and forth between Arnica and Hypericum.

      My son also had all 4 of his wisdom teeth out under anasthesia. One was extremely close to a nerve. That was about 2 yrs ago. Knowing what I know now I would have counseled him to have only had that one extracted. And instead of antibiotics I would have used the Arnica and Hypericum. Ins spite of it all he recovered very well. Best wishes!

      January 15th, 2015 11:32 am Reply
    • Joyce

      When my younger daughter had her wisdom teeth out, I had her use coconut oil gently swishing with it maybe twice a day. She had no problems at all. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about this 15 yrs ago when my oldest had hers out. She took antibiotics for the first time at 16 and she didn’t even have an infection. I could kick myself for that.

      January 15th, 2015 1:25 pm Reply
    • Nancy

      One time when you cannot avoid antibiotics is post surgery. They will be put right into your bloodstream through the IV. I want to give you some good news about this. I had a very very bad bacteria taking up 25% of my gut population, and it was causing chronic diarrhea. I discovered it from taking one of the gut biome studies and getting my results. It took months to get rid of, and I continued for a full year fighting it with soil based probiotics and small amounts of fermented foods.

      Then I knew I was going to have major surgery, so I ordered another gut biome testing kit to arrive before surgery, WH en I knew I’d be given IV antibiotics. It didn’t arrive on time. I had to take my second gut test a week or so after surgery. After all the antibiotics (2-3 IV doses) I’d had. Well, my gut biome came back wonderful. I will never know if it would have been MORE wonderful if I hadn’t had surgery, but it did not “ruin” all my hard work of improving my gut biome!

      Maybe that will be of comfort to someone needing surgery.

      After all, when youve been cut open in the one place where all the bad germs like to hang out (hospitals), you’d better damn sure take that antibiotic!

      January 18th, 2015 2:37 pm Reply
    • Deb

      u have to watch it with garlic though. It is a natural blood thinner. So be careful using too much before any surgery. They recommend you not to use it before a surgery.

      February 6th, 2015 3:48 am Reply
  • Sarita

    I agree that these methods can work though recently a family member tried many of them and had to resort to antibiotics in the end. Also, getting kids to adhere to a protocol that includes these ingredients would be extremely challenging in my home for sure. Lastly, our local health food store and family chiropractor both recommend and use Water Oz Silver. It’s non-colloidal and works exceptionally well. Have you heard of it? Thanks for your highly informative posts.

    January 15th, 2015 1:36 am Reply
  • Lorie

    This is such wonderful information to have. My pediatrician kept diagnosing my youngest child with strep every time we came in her office and kept giving me antibiotics to fight it. The antibiotics prescribed were increasingly stronger each time and my child was miserable. I felt in my gut that antibiotics were not helping and might be destroying her gut health. I thought “I’m not doctor so, I guess I just keep doing what I’m told to do”. I talked to a specialist that explained how easy it was to test positive for strep and that seeking alternative treatment would be a good idea. I can’t tell you how upset I was but relieved to have the ok to look for healthier alternatives. Your list has been that much more of a help as I try to find a better way to take care of my family.

    January 15th, 2015 12:50 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I just don’t get it. How can garlic pick and choose which bacteria it is going to kill???

    Even when I make ferments with garlic, they ALWAYS come out different from the ones that I didn’t put garlic in.

    Garlic HAS to be killing good bacteria too!?

    January 15th, 2015 12:33 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The very fact that garlic can be successfully fermented is indicative of its friendliness to a probiotic environment.

      January 15th, 2015 6:38 am Reply
  • Donnie

    I use most of these already and it is amazing what they have done for me. Oh, I just took my third mole off with oregano oil. I was charged $500.00 to take one off, and it came back. It’s gone now and don’t expect it to return. Colloidal Silver is just like a miracle. It’s about time people started using time tested and proved natural medicines.

    January 14th, 2015 11:20 pm Reply
    • Stacey

      Hi Donnie!
      Please tell me what your protocol was with the oregano oil to remove a mole.

      Great article, Sarah!

      Thanks so much,

      January 15th, 2015 7:25 am Reply
      • Donnie

        Hi Stacey,
        It is always recommended to cut the oregano oil or any oil for skin use but I didn’t. I wanted them gone and in a hurry. I was afraid they would on day become malignant. One hurt all the time and I asked several doctors about it and they always said it was okay. I didn’t trust their opinion so I heard about oregano oil and it worked. Take a Q-tip with a small amount of oil on it and apply to mole at least five times a day. I had one to come off in four days but it usually takes six to eight days. Do not get in the sun or it will hurt bad. The area around the mole will turn yellow and start flaking off. In a few days the mole will be gone! In a place where your close will come in contact and wipe the oil off, get one of those small round band-aids and put a small amount of oil on it and stick it on the mole. This is in no way medical advice but good old wisdom that has been lost. The American public puts too much faith in doctors. It’s not their fault, it is the way they have been taught.

        January 16th, 2015 12:40 pm Reply
        • Kristina Mattson

          If you are worried about a Nevis (mole) malignancy, one should really get a punch biopsy. They check the Breslow depth which is on the cellular level. Depending on the depth determines if it is likely to have metastisized. I speak from experience as an experienced oncology RN and as the wife of man who has metastatic melanoma in remission after surgery natural treatments like turmeric, coq10, fish oil vit d and probiotics qucerine. Per a naturopaths recommendation since the 5 year survival
          Rate was unchanged with bio therapy.

          February 11th, 2015 6:58 pm Reply
  • chris

    As always, thanks for the excellent information!

    January 14th, 2015 11:07 pm Reply
  • Elle

    So I have a friend that had been lower stomach pains, went to the hospital and found out he had a bad infection in his colon – of course they put him on antibiotics. However, I believe this was a case where they were needed. However, it has made me thing – how do you know when you can get away with not doing antibiotics? Any benchmarks we can all follow?

    January 14th, 2015 10:41 pm Reply
    • Liz

      Elle, you just get onto one or more of the above natural suggestions
      before your problem reaches too high an intensity – as soon as the
      problem starts is best :)

      March 13th, 2015 8:23 pm Reply

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