Infection treatment with antibiotics is very common but for those of us that have a story to tell concerning the use of antibiotics for an infection, where the use of antibiotics caused us harm than good, and when finally we get an alternative to antibiotics, we appreciate it better.
Growing up I remember taking antibiotics for throat infection, which is an infection of the oral pharynx and tonsils by streptococcus. I was always having sore throat and most times, it comes with feverish condition and very severe that I can’t swallow saliva, food or even talk. At that time I was taking Strepsils, Rosiclox, Amoxicillin, Ampiclox prescribed by my doctor, I used to take any of these antibiotics but discovered that Strepsil and Rosiclox works better for me so I took more of Strepsil and Rosiclox for so many years. Antibiotics have a number of drawbacks. They kill bacteria indiscriminately throughout the body, that’s the way they work. For example, if you have a sore throat, the antibiotic you take kills the friendly or good bacteria known as lactobacillus in the gut and vagina, exposing you to vagina yeast infection. That’s why vaginal and intestinal yeast infections are very common after the use of antibiotic.
Infections can get smart sometimes, they become use to our body system and by this time the antibiotics will begin to fail us, they stop working. When you take antibiotics repeatedly, they can weaken, rather than strengthen, the immune system, and may lead to more serious problems if not almost immediately, then later in life, especially when taken for years.
In my case, the Strepsils I was taking at that time did not only stop working but left a very dark black scar on my lower lip that was there for more than 3 years, running into several years. I remember after taking Strepsils, suddenly my lips will begin to itch me badly, I was helpless at that time in my life but I had to tell myself it was time to stop taking Strepsil even though the throat infection was still there, on and off and disturbing me almost all the time.
I suffered this all through my teenage years. I remember those days at the university when I fall sick and by the time they get to know at home that I was sick in school, they don’t bother to ask me what it was, they will just say, “it is sore throat again” and I will say “yes”, it was that bad. Miraculously, the itching very dark black scar faded away after several years but today I have a story to tell on the use of antibiotics and its adverse drug reaction because it left me with an unforgettable experience.
Later on in life, I’ve got to look elsewhere for solutions to throat infection. So many of you have similar story to tell concerning the use of antibiotics, where it stopped working for you and the infection seems to be the master of your body system because it’s now smarter than the antibiotics and keeps coming back. That’s where natural remedies and natural antibiotics come into play. Here’s a guide to natural antibiotics and these natural antibiotics treat various types of infections without breaking down your immune system.
What to Do If You Have an Infection
One important thing you should do when trying to get rid of an infection or a recurrent infection is to eliminate toxins by cleansing your body system.
Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, refined foods, red meat, and dairy while you have an acute infection. You should eat lightly and drink lots of water.
Hot, warm, and room-temperature beverages such as herbal tea is very helpful during the period of fighting an infection. See herbal teas that can help you here >>>
Infection Treatment without Antibiotics
After treating an infection for so many years with antibiotics, you get to the point that you become confused and frustrated, and all you want to do is to look for an alternative treatment, I call these alternative treatment “Natural Antibiotics”. See how to treat infection naturally without antibiotics.
Goldenseal has numerous uses that are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
The roots and rhizomes of goldenseal contain many isoquinoline alkaloids, including hydrastine, berberine, canadine, canadaline, and l-hydrastine as well as traces of essential oil, fatty oil and resin. The high content of alkaloids contained in Goldenseal is believe to give its antibiotic, anti-infective and immune stimulating qualities. Research at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School has shown goldenseal’s medicinal effectiveness as an immune stimulant due to its ability to reduce pro-inflammatory response that indirectly leads to limiting of clinical symptoms during infection.
Goldenseal also contains calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex, and other nutrients and minerals.
Goldenseal is effective against bacteria, protozoa, fungi, Streptococci and it also promotes easier removal of the bacteria by preventing their ability to adhere to tissue surfaces. The berberine in goldenseal prevents the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) from binding to urinary tract walls.
Goldenseal is used as a medication for inflammatory internal conditions such as respiratory, digestive and genito-urinary tract inflammation induced by allergy or infection. It’s an effective treatment for bladder and intestine infections, gonorrhea as well as candida albicans.
Echinacea has been used for many years by the Great North American Plains Indians as an effective painkiller. It’s especially effective for relieving pain associated with genital herpes, gonorrhea, sore throats, and pains in the bowels.
Echinacea is a fantastic natural remedy for various types of infections such as urinary tract infections (UTI), bloodstream infections, genital herpes, syphilis and vaginal yeast infections.
Research by the University of British Columbia, explains that regular echinacea consumption can effectively reverse and alleviate various types of inflammation, which is at the root of most disease.
Echinacea contain polysaccharides that are known to trigger immune function which results in the production of leucocytes (white blood cells). The resulting phagocytic action of the leucocytes effectively eradicates a number of infectious organisms.
Due to its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects, echinacea can be used to relieve the various upper respiratory symptoms.
Various Native American tribes have successfully used Echinacea to improve skin conditions. It’s been used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, psoriasis, skin infections, and to promote wound healing.
Garlic is a plant in the onion family, grown for its cooking properties and health effects. It contains a compound called allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. Allicin enters the body from the digestive tract and travels all over the body, where it exerts its potent characteristics.
Garlic has been used for many years to treat and prevent bacterial and viral infections and also infection from other microbes including yeasts, fungi and worms due to its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal properties. The organosulfur compound found in garlic called ajoene, has been successfully used to help prevent infections with the yeast Candida albicans and to treat fungi skin infections.
Garlic has the ability to help in the treatment of bacterial infections that are difficult to treat due to the presence of bacteria that have become resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics. It is known to enhance the function of the immune system and help with digestive disorders.
It improves inflammatory conditions. The anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic benefits the musculoskeletal and respiratory system.
Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing. It is a good source of minerals like, selenium, calcium and phosphorus. It contains vitamin C, B6 and manganese and different kinds of natural sugars, including fructose, glucose and inulin.
Sage has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-viral properties which are responsible for its healing characteristics.
Sage is effective against 70% of all staphylococcus bacteria and has the capacity to instantly kill as many as 65 different bacteria strains. It also kills different viruses and fungi that include E.coli and effectively promotes healing.
The phenolic acids in sage are particularly potent against Staphylococcus aureus. Sage oil has been shown to be effective against both Escherichia coli and Salmonella species, and against filamentous fungi and yeasts such as Candida albicans.
The rosmarinic acid found in sage acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in many parts of the body while the antioxidant compounds found in sage, such as rosmarinic acid, luteolin, and apigenin, can all work to neutralize free radicals and prevent them from creating oxidative stress in the body.
Astragalus root has a very long history as an immune system booster and is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on planet earth.
Astragalus contains three components such as saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides that gives the plant it’s powerful and numerous health benefits.
The saponins and polysaccharides components in astragalus can reduce inflammatory response in connection to a number of illnesses and conditions, helping to heal wounds and tissues. The anti-inflammatory effects of astralgus has been confirmed in several studies and is beneficial for women whose tubes are blocked due to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or infections.
Astralgus also helps to remove excess fluids from the body, this can be helpful in removing hydrosalpinges as well as inflammation of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
As an adaptogen herb, it lowers cortisol levels, known as stress hormone, while fighting disease at the same time as well as fighting free radical damage due to its antioxidant properties.
The concluding part of my story is that I finally got free of throat infection some years ago when I discovered one of nature’s natural antibiotics – Oregano Oil, for me this potent oil is a MIRACLE because it saved me from the continuous use of antibiotics for throat infection.
What’s your story like? Do you have an infection you have been battling with and it seems antibiotics is no longer working? We would like to hear and learn from your story, please share with us here.
Thanks for reading. Stay healthy!
Benney Ojo, Herbologist, Aromatherapist, Fertility & Wellness Advocate, FERTIL-24.