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12 Natural Antibiotics that Our Ancestors Used Long Before Pills Existed

It is never fun being sick. Getting sick during an emergency is its own disaster. After a hurricane or an ice storm it may be very difficult to find a doctor or even an open pharmacy. Furthermore, if or when the SHTF, a minor ailment may turn turn severe, even deadly. As a result this is one prep you cannot ignore.

Fortunately, there are numerous alternatives to modern chemical medicine. In a story at Natural News, J. D. Heyes provides excellent insight into natural replacements for pharmaceutical antibiotics. Consider these the “Top 12” natural infection fighters. I provide a summary herein. Therefore please check out the original!

Heyes also notes the danger of over-reliance on antibiotics. This is noteworthy because bacteria are adapting to and surviving against these medical marvels. Yet old-timers didn’t worry about such resistance. Their natural remedies worked the same in colonial America as they did in ancient Rome. You too can reap the medical benefits of nature. You just need to know where to look. Hence,

The Benefits of 12 Ordinary, Natural Antibiotics:

Oregano aids digestion and also fights bacterial infection.

Oil of Oregano has the same properties as oregano.

Apple Cider Vinegar has antibiotic and general antiseptic properties. It also fights cancer.

Honey may be the best natural antibiotic. Amazingly, it can even be used directly on wounds. If properly sealed, it doesn’t go bad either.

Turmeric can be taken orally or directly applied to the skin.

Garlic can fight off a cold. It also protects against yeast and certain parasites.

Grapefruit Seed Extract kills hundreds of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Echinacea can prevent a cold or shorten its duration.

Cabbages are high in vitamin C and fight cancer.

Virgin Coconut Oil is great for cooking and also naturally boosts immunity.

Fermented Foods, like yogurt, don’t just taste good. They also fight infection and promote the body’s “good” bacterial population.

Colloidal Silver isn’t a food. It’s a suspension of metallic silver and it kills many microbes. It’s also a heavy metal, itself potentially toxic. As a result, use it sparingly.

Whether the grid is down or up, consider the medical alternatives of nature. There may be no need to run to the hospital. Just take a look in your kitchen cabinets. I’ve even heard that, like honey, white sugar can be directly applied to wounds.

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Photo by Perrin Lovett.

There are other great benefits to these common spices, oils, and sweeteners. If taken regularly they can boost overall health. That, in turn, helps the body fight off infections and inflammation.

Your great-grandfather didn’t need a prescription pill to fight ordinary illness. Neither do you. Many thanks to Mr. Heyes for reminding us of these simple, efficient cures. In conclusion: some honey today, keeps the infection at bay.

How many of these 8 dangerous medicines have you taken in your life?

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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