36 Natural Alternatives for Infection

36 Natural Alternatives for Infection

Most people have issues with bacterial or viral infections from time to time. Unnecessary antibiotics ARE dangerous! Antibiotics damage the integrity of the microbial balance in the gut. The healthy gut microflora is 70-80% of the immune system. Impaired immune systems are less effective at healing the body.

Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their anti-microbial and health boosting benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our immune health.

Here are 36 natural substances which have been studied to help to support our body's immune system to heal itself!

  1. Manuka honey fights serious infection caused by MRSA
  2. The inhalation of tea catechin appears to suppress MRSA infection in the elderly.
  3. Tea tree topical preparations are superior to standard topical regimen for the clearance of MRSA colonization.
  4. Garlic and tea have antibacterial activity against Klebsiella, as well as drug resistant strains of Saphylococci, Enterococci and Psedomonas aeruginosa.
  5. Water extract of garlic has antimicrobical activity against multidrug-resistant bacteria and Candida species, and many other microbials.
  6. The compound found within garlic known as allicin has antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  7. Probiotic therapy has therapeutic value in treating Klebsiella infection in children.
  8. Susceptibility to ear disease in children may be a result of deficiencies of zinc and vitamin A.
  9. Topical nanocrystalline silver dressing may provide an alternative treatment for MRSA infected wounds to oral antimicrobials.
  10. Cranberry may reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by inhibiting biofilms in the bladder.
  11. Probiotic strains from breast milk are superior to antibiotics in the treatment of infectious mastitis.
  12. Honey may have a therapeutic role in treating refractory chronic rhinosinusitus.
  13. Honeydew and manuka honey has strong antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant pathogens.
  14. Cinnamon verum bark has the highest antimicrobial activity, particularly against antibiotic resistant strains, of 13 essential oils tested.
  15. A number of plant oil extracts inhibit multi-resistant strains of bacteria and yeast.
  16. Clove, guava and lemongrass exhibit the highest synergism rate with antimicrobial drugs.
  17. Thyme and Eucalyptus oil have antibacterial activity against MRSA isolates.
  18. Compounds isolated from Bay leaf have anti-MRSA activity.
  19. The essential oil of dill and peppermint enhances the antimicrobial activity of nitrofurantoin against enterobacteria.
  20. Grape seed extract has bactericidal effects on MRSA.
  21. A combination of Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) and geranium oil showed the greatest anti-bacterial effects against MRSA.
  22. Rosemary has activity against drug-resistant bacterial and fungal pathogens.
  23. Propolis exhibits antimicrobial effects on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains resistant to various antibiotics and some microorganisms.
  24. Cumin essential oil exhibits anti-Klebsiella activity.
  25. Green tea exhibits anti-MRSA activity.
  26. Mango seed kernel extract may potentially be useful as an alternative therapeutic agent or an adjunctive therapy along with penicillin G in the treatment of MRSA infections.
  27. Wormwood, tarragon and eucalyptus contain the compound pipertone which reduces antibiotic resistance against Enterobacter cloacae.
  28. Alpinia galanga contains a compound with activity against multi-drug resistant bacteria.
  29. Elecampane (Inula helenium) has potent antisaphylococcal activity, including against MRSA.
  30. Lavender oil has antimicrobial activity against methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  31. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG inhibits invasion of cultured human respiratory cells by macrolide-resistant group A streptococci.
  32. Lime has potent antibacterial activity against multiple drug resistant E. coli.
  33. Nigella sativa has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  34. Nutmeg contains a compound with potent anti-biofilm activity against oral bacteria.
  35. Olive leaf extract demonstrates antimicrobial activity against Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori and Staphylococcus aureus [including meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)].
  36. Cinnamon and Oregano, containing cinnamaldehyde and carvacrol, respectively, exhibit powerful antimicrobial activity against antibiotic-resistant strains of Campylobacter jejuni isolates.
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Great List!

   Great line-up of polyphenol containing items that protect body charge, cell structures and influence various immune related receptors...Check out the simple chemistry of these and other high ORAC substances where electron rich aromatic carbon rings are the common denominator in health and healing:



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Hi Pat,

If periods were placed behind the numerical listing of your references, it would make for an easier read. Otherwise, your article is chocked full of useful information. I was not able to contact you using other links, my sincere apologies for making this comment a public spectacle.

Oral and Eye-drop Colloidal Silver Use

I have allergic conjunctivitis and I have read good results of colloidal silver use on eyes by people with allergic conjunctivitis. Also colloidal silver is commonly promoted as something that eliminates all viruses, bacteria and parasites that are tested with. As a person that ate raw processed meat(sausages) in childhood, I wonder if I may have some of those harmful organisms living inside me that colloidal silver can kill. Can Colloidal Silver Help Me ? Thanks

allergic conjunctivitis

I have a child with allergies who gets irritated eyes. Can you give more info on the colloidal silver use?

People wrote they treat conjunctivitis with colloidal silver

Unfortunately I can't tell anything more than what I read in internet, yet. I've been using colloidal silver orally for a few weeks but people that get relief for their eyes are dropping or spraying it on their eyes and it seems to work as far as I know. I started using prescribed eyedrops before colloidal silver arrived and they work for me but after reading some impressive results from using colloidal silver for conjunctivitis again, I think I may try it. A report on internet shows that there are huge quality differences between colloidal silver products and producing it yourself will probably end with a bad quality product imho(at least one person got blue skin from doing it long times), the best quality product I found by comparing according to the report was Mesosilver. You can check conjunctivitis pictures and symptoms on internet and decide if they look like your child's eyes or not and maybe if a type of conjunctivitis' symptoms are the symptoms your child is experiencing. What you read on internet may persuade you to use colloidal silver on your child's eyes but an eye doctor will also most likely have a solution.


Antibacterial Activity and Mechanism of Action of the Silver Ion[1]. Silver has a long and intriguing history as an antibiotic in human health care[2]

I recommend http://www.silver100.com/.

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2292600/

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16766878

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