Achy joints. An itchy throat. A long string of sneezes worthy of “Gesundheit!”. When the warning signs of any illness appear, our instinct is to rely on medication for relief. After all, it’s only natural, right?
But instead of running to a pharmacy, why not try all-natural antibiotics as your first line of defense? Put plainly and simply, they are plants, herbs, or other natural substances with potent antimicrobial properties. In other words: they can help fight everything from a mild UTI and diarrhea to the foreboding symptoms of a cough, cold, or sore throat. No side-effects either!

So, until your doctor prescribes you the proverbial big guns, here are 5 all-natural antibiotics you can take as preventive measures right now. And chances are, they probably line your pantry shelf already. Now scroll!

5 ALL-NATURAL ANTIBIOTICS

Echinacea is a native North American coneflower, which has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for over 400 years. It’s no question why: the plant strengthens immunity and fights off a number of infections, including those caused by bacteria. Studies even show it can cut the duration of illnesses that are, more often than not, treated with normal antibiotics.
OUR RECO: Gummi Kids Echinacea Supplement for Kids, P495
Containing caryacrol and thymol, two antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds, oregano oil is one of the most powerful immune system stimulators. In fact, research shows it’s effective against many strains of bacteria, including E. coli. Just keep in mind that oregano oil should never been taken for more than 7-14 days at a time, with a week’s break in between doses.
OUR RECO: Piping Rock Oil of Oregano 1500mg (150 Softgels), P750
Garlic—a punchy flavor often used for steaks, chicken, or seafood—contains allicin, which is proven to display potent antimicrobial activity. Together with its high sulfuric content, it can kill various form of bacteria in the body. To reap its benefits, experts recommend eating it raw. But luckily, garlic capsules will do the trick, too! Take it at the first sign of illness to stave off the worst.
OUR RECO: Puritan’s Pride Garlic and Parsley (100 Softgels), P450
One of Mother Nature’s sweetest gifts, Manuka honey is considered a natural antibiotic in its own right. Its high sugar content and low pH level helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, thereby preventing mild infections. Just make sure to look at the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) on the label to guarantee the quality. Shoot for something between 12 and 16, as these are the most therapeutic variations of Manuka honey.
OUR RECO: Nelson Honey Manuka Honey 30+MG, P680
Not only can ginger spice up any recipe, the ingredient also works as a powerful antibiotic. Clinical studies even found it offers some type of relief against drug-resistant superbugs. What’s more, it’s known to have synergistic properties, helping strengthen the therapeutic efficacy of other ingredients. Mix it with honey, for instance, to create a potent elixir for extra sick days.
OUR RECO: Kayumanggi Organic Wild Ginger Tea, P360

In no time, you’re bound to feel better!

As always, consult with your physician first before testing any of these products out to ensure that they’d be compatible with your body.

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