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Natural Antibiotics for Treatment Without Side Effects

Updated on August 26, 2011

Natural antibiotics are substances that are available in nature and have anti bacterial properties. They are widely found in herbal plants. Natural antibiotics have some advantages over chemical antibiotics. Natural antibiotics have no side effects and do not cause drug resistance. There are several natural antibiotics which have been used over the years. Garlic, vitamin C, Colloidal silver and olive leaf extract are some of them.


Garlic is an important herb which has anti bacterial properties. It is quite effective as a broad spectrum natural antibiotic. Garlic has an antibiotic called allicin in minute quantities. It is available in raw crushed garlic and destroyed when it is cooked. It is also used for topical applications to kill bacteria. Garlic tea can be prepared by boiling chopped pieces of garlic in water, strained, mixed with honey and lemon juice. It is an effective remedy for sore throat, cough and other infections.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver has been used over the ages to kill bacteria. It can destroy a wide variety bacteria, fungi and viruses. It contains microscopic particles of silver. It is effective against allergies, diarrhea and throat infection. It has no side effects. It is used to treat burns and wounds that may lead to infections. A ball of cotton can be dipped in colloidal silver can be applied on the wound. It is also useful to treat yeast infection of the vagina. Topical applications include treatment of eczema, itching bug bites and sunburn.


Neem leaf powder and neem capsules are available for health applications. It is used to treat inflammation due to pyorrhea. It is also quite useful against urinary tract infection. Neem creams used as vaginal lubricant avoid the spread of syphillis. It is used to treat various stages of syphilis. Baby’s diaper rash can be treated by neem. A neem based cream or neem powder can be used. Conjunctivitis can be treated by neem. Drops of tea made from neem leaves can be applied to the eyes. Neem oil is an effective natural antibiotic to treat infection of the mouth, stomach or skin.

Licorice root

Another natural antibiotic is licorice root (glycyrrhizin) used to treat antibiotic resistant infections due to severe burns. It helps the creation of antimicrobial peptides to prevent infection.

Grapefruit seed

Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic without any side effects. It can be used for both internal and external applications. It is used to treat throat infection, and yeast infection. It is also used to sterilize wounds and skin.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera which is common household plant has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat candida infection. It can also heal burns, cold sores rashes, ulcers and burns. A variety of other substances like carob powder, honey, bitter melon and tea tree oil are used as natural antibiotics to fight various ailments.


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      bnsridhar 5 years ago from India

      Most of these natural antibiotics take some time to show results. But they are quite effective and cause no side effects.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear bnsridhar,

      In these days of increasing resistance to conventional medicine antibiotics it becomes more and more important to look to natural herbs, oils and plants that were used successfully in the past.

      Thank you for the guide to some of them.

      Kind regards Peter

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      bnsridhar 5 years ago from India

      The active ingredient in natural antibiotics is very low. They have to be taken for long periods. But they do not cause any side effects.

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      John Coviello 5 years ago from New Jersey

      This is certainly a useful and interesting Hub. I've heard good things about some of the natural substances you mentioned, but did not realize they also work as natural antibiotics. What you eat matters to your health.