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Natural Herbal Antibacterials

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Antibacterial Herbs

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Antibacterial Herbs

Antibacterial herbs are those that fight and destroy bacteria. Many herbs that contain essential oils are antibacterial and antiseptic and some of the most effective herbs contain berberine.

Maintaining a balance of good bacteria in the body promotes wellbeing. Although traditionally, antibiotics are often prescribed to help fight bacterial infections, but sadly, antibiotics can wipe out all bacteria—including the good kind that helps keep our immune systems strong.

Antibacterial foods and herbs can help restore and maintain that balance of good bacteria that keeps us healthy. Support your immune system with foods that have natural antibiotic powers.

Antibacterial Foods

Garlic: The antibacterial properties of garlic make it valuable for treating and preventing colds, athlete’s foot and other infectious problems. A sulfur compound called allicin, releases when the garlic clove is cut or crushed. Scientists attribute garlic’s preventative and healing powers this compound. The heat from cooking deteriorates and changes this compound so raw garlic is the most effective way to derive the healing qualities from this antibacterial food.

Allicin, one of the active principles of freshly crushed garlic has a variety of antimicrobial activities, antibacterial activity, antifungal activity, particularly against Candida, antiparasitic activity, including some major human intestina parasites and antiviral activity. - Microbes Infect. 1999 Feb;1(2):125-9. Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic. Ankri S, Mirelman D. Source Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.

Honey: Useful for treating cuts and wounds; honey has long been used as an antibacterial salve. The use of traditional medicine to treat infection has been practiced since the origin of mankind, and honey is one of the oldest traditional medicines and considered to be important in the treatment of several human ailments. The belief that honey is a nutrient, a drug and an ointment has long been accepted, and thus, an alternative medicine branch, called apitherapy, has been developed in recent years, offering treatments based on honey and other bee products against many diseases including bacterial infections.

Currently, many researchers have reported the antibacterial activity of honey.
New research published in the July 2010 print edition of the FASEB Journal explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research shows that bees make a protein that they add to the honey, called defensin-1, which could one day be used to treat burns and skin infections and to develop new drugs that could combat antibiotic-resistant infections. Honey is also known to produce an enzyme that in turn produces a form of hydrogen peroxide, which prohibits the growth of bacteria.

Cranberries: Cranberries are most well-known for their anti-oxidant properties but lesser known for it’s ability to help prevent and treat bladder infections, in part because of their antibacterial properties. Cranberries prevent bacteria from latching onto the walls of the bladder and urinary tract by altering bacteria such as E. coli—responsible for illnesses such as kidney infections and the flu—to prevent them from forming the biofilm necessary for an infection to develop.

Using herbal remedies is easy and if you're looking for herbs to prevent or treat bacterial and viral infections, this list can help you decide what's best for your situation.

Remember; your body and your specific needs are unique. Before using antibacterial herbal remedies, you should always consult a reputable herbalist and or an authoritative herbal medicine guide for exact dosing instructions.

You can apply antibacterial herbs to skin infections, and fungus infections. Essential oils can be more effective, safer and cost less to use than synthetic compounds
Some herbs commonly used as natural antibacterial include

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