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What Are the 10 Best Natural Antibiotics?

Updated on November 15, 2016
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Natural treatments and remedies have been some of Kelley's big interests since the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed in recent years.

Don’t go to the doctor - herbal and food antibiotics are available

People spend lots of money on conventional antibiotics. Unfortunately, many pathogens are becoming immune to drugs such as Amoxicillin. It also takes a doctor’s prescription to obtain such medicinal stuff, and going to the doctor costs money – too much money people might say.

But an easier and much cheaper way to obtain antibiotics is to simply go to a grocery or health food store and buy them. The following is a list of 10 that can be surprisingly effective in treating various diseases and health conditions:

Garlic cloves
Garlic cloves

1. Garlic isn’t just for spicing up your pizza or spaghetti sauce. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used by humans for at least 7,000 years and consists of many different varieties. For medicinal purposes, garlic has antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. In fact, its possibilities seem limitless, as its use may help prevent such serious diseases as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure or atherosclerosis; it’s also known to cleanse or thin the blood. Regarding more simple applications, garlic can be effective in treating gastric ulcers and acne.

In fact, as a natural antibiotic, garlic may be the best, not because it is potent in that regard, but also because it contains many nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

2. Echinacea is a flowering plant found in North America. There are nine different species of this plant, each with its own chemical properties. Plains Indians of North America often used Echinacea for various medicinal purposes, including pain relief and snakebite. Believed to contain an immunostimulant, Echinacea is often used to prevent the common cold and/or treat it once it’s begun, and this may be its major claim to fame, if you will.

Red ginseng
Red ginseng

3. Ginseng is found throughout temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Usually sold in its dried form, Ginseng has many medicinal applications for diseases and conditions such as Type II diabetes, sexual or erectile dysfunction in men, as well as lack of energy, which is the reason Ginseng is often included in popular energy drinks. Ginseng’s therapeutic effects may also include treatment for respiratory illnesses, influenza, cancer, as well as "quality of life."

4. Oregano is a perennial herb grown in hot, dry climates such as the Mediterranean. Generally used to spice up one’s Italian American cuisine, Oregano has antiseptic qualities as well. For centuries, people such as Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, have used Oregano to treat stomach and respiratory ailments and provide pain relief for sore throats. Oregano also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, because of its high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.

5. Colloidal Silver may be the most speculative antibiotic on this list, but many people claim it works wonders when taken orally at the onset of the common cold, influenza or various respiratory illnesses. This is understandable since silver has been used to fight infections for centuries. Colloidal Silver is simply a mixture of tiny silver particles suspended in a colloidal fluid similar for use in dental fillings and jewelry. At any rate, because silver ingestion can be toxic, use of Colloidal Silver for longer than ten days is not advised!

Neem oil
Neem oil

6. Neem Oil is a vegetable oil made from the fruits and seeds of Neem, an evergreen tree found on the Indian subcontinent. Composed mainly of triglycerides, Neem oil is nevertheless not used for cooking purposes; it’s primarily used to make cosmetics, soap and medicines. Neem oil has been used to treat illnesses such as acne, leprosy, malaria, tuberculosis, tetanus, eczema and many other maladies, both minor and serious. Having a strong antibiotic component, Neem oil is also used in pesticides.

Slippery Elm Tree
Slippery Elm Tree

7. Slippery Elm (also known as Red Elm) is a deciduous tree found in the Eastern United States. The reddish inner bark of the tree or its leaves can be ground into powder and used to make a tea or gruel that can relieve digestive problems. Slippery Elm can also be used to treat ulcers, sore throats, arthritis, various intestinal disorders, diarrhea, urinary tract infections and is also useful for expelling tapeworms. Moreover, the bark of this tree is so nutritious it can be eaten as food or taken as a dietary supplement.

8. Olive Leaf Extract had shown great promise as an anti-inflammatory agent, antibiotic, and has an antioxidant capacity twice that of green tea extract and 400 per cent greater than that of vitamin C. Olive Leaf Extract may be effective in treating high blood pressure, though clinical trials are equivocal. Astonishingly, recent research has shown that Olive Leaf Extract can be used to treat cancers and tumors, but clinical trials in this area are lacking as well.

9. Honey, specifically that produced by honey bees and not other types of bees or insects, has been used by humans for at least 8,000 years. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey make it idea for treatment of gastric ulcers, wounds and burns. These properties also make it an excellent preservative. Honey has also proven effective in the treatment of sore throat, coughs, colds and allergies, particularly those involving rhino sinusitis. Interestingly, as long as it’s been around, it appears the medicinal possibilities for honey are only beginning to be revealed!

10. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a liquid derived from the seeds, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit. Some nutritionists claim GSE has antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is therefore effective in treating ailments such as candidiasis, earache, sore throats, gastric ulcers and diarrhea. GSE has also been used to treat dental problems such as gingivitis. One study suggested that GSE could help prevent the occurrence of colon cancer.


Many of these substances may not be what they’re purported to be, that is, effective treatments, much less cures, for serious diseases and/or health conditions. Most, in fact, appear to have little scientific basis regarding efficacy and may do more harm than good when taken in any fashion. Therefore, the author recommends caution when taking for medicinal purposes any of the aforementioned herbs, supplements or foods.

Of course, conventional antibiotics are a “mixed bag” as well, aren’t they? Do your homework and act accordingly.

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© 2012 Kelley


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      Kelley 2 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Naturman. Ginger may have some antibiotic properties, I wouldn't be surprised. It's one of those Eastern natural remedies whose possibilities seem limitless. Later!

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      Michael Roberts 2 years ago from UK

      Hi I think also ginger is an anti-biotic.

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      Kelley 2 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Teresa Jonathan. Garlic is a kind of natural wonder drug, and yes it is effective when treating gastrointestinal ailments. Later!

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      Theresa Jonathan 2 years ago from Maseru, Lesotho

      Good Hub! Garlic is multi-purpose and does wonders for colds. It is moves lazy bowls and really makes you feel great! Chop and push it down with water to avoid chewing it. You will safely whisper to your friend!

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      David 3 years ago

      Natural sea salt is the most powerful antibiotic on the planet. Number one in natural medicine and more powerful and effective than all of the antibiotics pushed by pharmaceutical companies in conventional medicine.

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      Kelley 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Manatita44. I enjoy writing about the validity of using natural substances as medicine. Later!

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Very useful article, thanks.

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      Kelley 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, deepthiveera. You're right - natural antibiotics have lots to offer, so folks with medical needs should give them a try. Later!

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Interesting hub. Thank you for taking the time writing this hub :)

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      deepthiveera 3 years ago from Cumbum, Tamil Nadu, India

      Very much interested on this topic. Really many people are suffering from the side effects of allopahic, siddha and other medications. Natural anti-antibiotics are always trustable. Thanks for this great article! Kosmo.

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      Laryssa 3 years ago from Indiana

      Valuable info here. Saving this page!

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      Kelley 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Ryem. Everybody should be cautious taking medicine, because it can be dangerous. Later!

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      I don't know what it is, but I've always had a problem taking medicine. You've given some really useful information here, thanks : )

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      Kelley 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, itoldyouiwassick. Natural antibiotics are the best, don't you think so? Later!

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      Jaime A. Heidel 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub. Very helpful information!

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, prettynutjob30. I'm not sure I'd like to try a garlic clove mixed with honey. Yuck! But I'll bet it would be good for me. Later!

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Paul Kuehn. Vitamin C is definitely an antioxidant and probably has antibiotic properties as well. Later!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very interesting and useful hub for anyone looking for natural antibiotics. I have used garlic, honey, and gingseng with success as natural antibodies. What about the Vitamin C which is found in orange juice? I would think this would be a good antibotic. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Every night just about I have a garlic clove crushed with honey, I have done this for a couple of months now and have not gotten sick since I been doing this. Garlic is amazing, great hub, voted up and shared.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Doctors are quick to give you antibiotics time and time again and not even warn you about the consequences. I have been trying many natural remedies for repeated skin infections including tea tree oil and lavender. There are many remedies out there and thanks for the advice and suggestions.

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