As consumers become more aware of the dangerous side effects of prescription antibiotics, demand for natural alternatives increases. Natural solutions provide relief and even offer positive side effects by raising good bacteria and boosting the immune system.
Studies from the Waikato University in New Zealand have shown that honey is potentially even more effective than prescription antibiotics in the treatment of most topical infections—including bee stings.
Tea Tree oil is a potent weapon in the battle against infection, treating fungal and bacterial infections. St. John’s Wort, grape seed extract and garlic can also be applied as antiseptics to treat skin infections of all varieties.
Take Echinacea, Cat’s Claw and Goldenseal for the flu, colds and sore throat. Colloidal silver is known to cure more than 650 disease organisms, and cranberry has been shown effective against urinary infections.
Proteins and peptides occurring naturally in the human body, like lactoferrin and gastric mucin, act as broad-spectrum antibiotics and antimicrobials. These recombinant proteins must be created and mass-produced in a lab.
While herbal, natural remedies are relatively harmless, they can cause problems if used incorrectly just like any medication. Pregnant or nursing women, people with immune deficiencies or otherwise under a doctor's care, and children should first consult a physician.