(Natural News) The overuse of antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance, which may be an issue when you are stuck in a long-term survival scenario and you don’t have access to medications.
If you are worried about antibiotic resistance, here are some natural alternatives to antibiotics. (h/t to HomesteadSurvivalSite.com)
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is a kitchen staple that is often used to make tangy salad dressings and vinaigrettes.
Studies have found that apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help kill or reduce the pathogen level of the bacteria that causes infections such as staph infections. It can also be used as an astringent to disinfect a wound.
Clove water has been used in home remedies to treat common infections like mouth issues and intestinal issues. Data also suggests that cloves are antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
It’s best to use fresh organic clove leaves. Soak them for 12 hours in clean drinking water. Strain the water before drinking it to treat mouth issues and internal issues.
If you aren’t used to taking clove water, do not apply the liquid to your skin. Common side effects of topically applied clove may include:
- Erection problems
- Itching, rash
- Mild skin irritation
- Trouble having an orgasm (delayed ejaculation)
Colloidal silver was used before antibiotics were invented and some people still use the former against bacteria and microbes. Colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles that have been suspended in a liquid.
You can use colloidal silver as a foot wash for athlete’s foot and as a mouth rinse for cold sores.
Exercise caution when ingesting colloidal silver because it may give your skin a permanent blue-grey hue.
Echinacea is used in traditional medicine to treat the common cold since it may help lessen the duration and severity of your cold symptoms.
You can use echinacea petals and leaves to make an infusion. Alternatively, you can make an echinacea decoction from the roots.
An echinacea infusion can be taken as a healing tea or as a supplement.
Garlic is an effective alternative to antibiotics because allicin, the oil in garlic that gives it its strong flavor, also gives it its antibiotic properties.
There are several ways to use garlic. The easiest way is to chew on a peeled, raw clove. Doing this means the oil gets directly absorbed into your bloodstream through your mouth. If the flavor of raw garlic is too strong for you, add a bit of olive oil or honey.
Alternatively, you can make some garlic honey by crushing and blending a few cloves of garlic into some honey.
Ginger is another powerful antibacterial alternative to antibiotics. Try using ginger as tea or crushed and mixed with honey for wound care.
To make ginger tea, boil several slices of fresh ginger root in water. Strain, then set aside to cool before drinking. Add a bit of honey if you don’t like the taste of plain ginger.