Billie and Robert Nicholson
Since the beginning of the 1900’s scientists have worked diligently to find chemicals that would fight microbes attacking the human body and not hurt the human. Some of the earliest research was on a treatment for syphilis, an endemic and almost incurable disease. The successful discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 stimulated drug research up until the 1970s. As good as it was, Fleming cautioned about the potential resistance to penicillin if used in too low a concentration or for too short a time during treatment. Today the problems of microbe resistance to antibiotics have multiplied. 
These resistances have sent researchers back to the history books to come up with some ideas of how humans survived before antibiotics. It seems that over the centuries, traditional medicine shared by herbalists and shaman, revealed that some plants possess antimicrobial components. There are about 50,000 medicinal plants used around the world, but only a few have actually been studied. 
Nature provides some powerful alternatives for everyday, non-life threatening infections.
We have many natural antibiotic alternatives right in our kitchens. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- Garlic – one of our favorites, garlic has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral qualities, kills parasites and even cancer cells. It has a rich history of uses, including being used in paste form as a battlefield wound dressing. Eat it raw for the best results and more than just one. It’s our go-to at the first sign of a cold or flu.
- Ginger – I learned about the use of ginger from a friend experiencing nausea while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Sliced and boiled and mixed with honey settles an upset stomach. Ginger has anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects on respiratory and periodontal infections.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – has antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties that can naturally alkalize your body. Drink it with hot water, lemon and honey to break up mucus and sinus infection and relieve a sore throat. 
- Raw Honey – breaks up bacteria as it kills them, stopping the evolution to resistant strains. Romans used it as a battlefield dressing. Manuka honey from New Zealand is the best for resolving infections. 
- Cayenne Pepper – use this with crushed garlic and honey for a holistic strep throat treatment. 
- Cinnamon – is a great antibiotic to deal with bacterial infections, especially while traveling. Cinnamon has also shown to help stabilize blood sugar for diabetics. 
- Coconut Oil – is a common ingredient in homemade toothpaste, lotion, and shampoo. Pull coconut oil in your mouth for 5 minutes or more to help heal mouth sores. 
- Aloe Vera – every household should have an Aloe Vera plant. It soothes burns and repairs dry, cracked skin. 
- Tea Tree Oil – in Australia, it’s recommended for whatever ails you. It treats skin infections, relieves itchiness from rash, soothes sunburns and insect bites and much more. 
- Onion – has been scientifically proven to hold antibacterial properties. It has been shown to draw sickness and toxins out of the body. 
Consider this list when planning your garden. This way you can use the food in your kitchen for more than seasonings.
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