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Who Needs the Drug Store When You Can Use These?

 It’s ever so easy to head to the drug store and pick up some pills or syrup for the most minor of ailments, but did you know that overindulgence in antibiotics can result in bad bacteria becoming resistant to them? These bacteria are evolving faster than science can find a cure for them. This alarming information made me take a look back at the all-natural treatments my grandma used to swear by for various ailments. Here are the 9 I can remember:
1. Honey

If you want to keep your body free of harmful bacteria, try drinking a glass of warm water containing a spoonful of apple cider vinegar and a spoonful of honey.

If you’ve managed to cut, burn or injure yourself somehow, you can try cleaning the resulting wound with honey.

2. Garlic

Garlic is rich in allicin, a compound that helps fight infections such as the common cold. What’s more, it helps to protect your body from other harmful microbial bodies, such as bacteria, yeast or parasites.

All you need to do to benefit from garlic’s antibiotic properties is just ensure that you include it as a regular food in your diet.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is very commonly used in Asian cuisine, however the spice also happens to be an excellent natural antiseptic.

Try mixing turmeric with honey to make an easily-applicable paste. If you want to give your immune system a boost and increase its ability to fight infection, you can try mixing turmeric with warm milk to stimulate it.

4. Cabbage

The humble cabbage doesn’t get the recognition it deserves as an antibacterial source. For starters, it’s rich in sulphur, which is essential for treating infections and is even believed to be anticarcinogenic. Cabbage is also rich in vitamin C, which makes it highly effective at preventing everyday infections, including the common cold.

Try including cabbage into your everyday diet as salad, or try using it when making fermented foods (more about this below). You can also try cabbage juice (include a dash of honey for sweetness).

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

This miracle vinegar, which is made from fermented apple extract, is a nutritional powerhouse, and great for maintaining excellent health. This is because it's both antiseptic and antibiotic, making it great for combating bad bacteria.

It’s also great for balancing the pH level (acidity vs. alkalinity) in the body, which means that bacteria have a lesser opportunity to breed.

6. Virgin Coconut Oil

A fixture in Sri Lankan cuisine, coconut oil is a highly effective antibiotic, which also happens to be antibacterial and antifungal.

Due to the latter property, coconut oil is an excellent remedy for dandruff or other fungal infections of the scalp.

Furthermore, coconut oil has wonderful antioxidant properties, which means that it can help slow down aging, keeping hair and skin looking their best.

7. Seeded Grapefruits
While the benefits that the consumption of grapefruit has on the skin is talked about widely, not much is said about its antibiotic properties. The fruit’s seeds in particular are highly antibiotic. A recent study showed that grapefruit seed extract was effective against more than 800 different forms of virus and bacteria, as well as over 100 different types of fungus.
8. Fermented Food

Fermentation is usually either thought of in the context of produce going bad, or alcohol being made, however fermentation is actually a process involving good bacteria having an effect on a given type of food. When it occurs, many compounds are generated, thus antibiotic properties are added.

Common examples of fermentable food items include pickles, probiotic yogurt and unpasteurized cabbage. Consuming them will boost your immune system function.

9. Oregano Oil

More well-known for adding flavor to pizzas or salads than anything else, oregano is also great for helping digestion, as well as weight loss. The herb is antibacterial in nature.

An oil is made out oregano, and it’s known as Carvacrol. It’s immensely good at treating both stomach and intestinal tract infections. This oil can also help treat yeast infections.

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