15 Natural Antibiotic Alternatives

Are you looking for natural antibiotic alternatives that will fight off the nasty bugs without destroying your immune system in the process?

I recently released “The Miracle of Garlic” (you can get a free copy here), which explains how garlic can be used to fight common infections.

But garlic isn’t the only natural antibiotic available…

… So I’ve put together this list of 15 natural antibiotic alternatives you can try if you need to boost your immune function, eliminate infection, or recover from an illness.

Each of these packs a wallop against dangerous bacteria without knocking out your stomach, nervous system, or the good bacteria that help your immune system fight off infections naturally.

15 Natural Antibiotic Alternatives:
Before You Take MORE Antibiotics, Why Not Try These? 

And hey, if you’ve used any of these to prevent or treat a common illness or infection, I’d love to hear your story!

Tell me about it in the comments below…

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #1—Garlic

Natural antibiotic alternative garlic

Ahh, garlic. That pungent-smelling, mouth-watering clove of antibiotic goodness is my #1 favorite antibiotic alternative.

Spicy, bacteria fighting, and perfect for when I want my own personal space. 😉

(If you want to learn how I take garlic to fight infection without SMELLING like garlic, be sure to grab your free copy of “The Miracle of Garlic.”)

It’s been shown beneficial for a wide range of infections and illnesses, including:

  • Common colds
  • Flus
  • Fungal skin infections
  • STDs (including genital warts)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Candidiasis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Yeast infections
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Meningitis
  • Herpes

It has even shown promise for destroying three “nightmare superbugs”:

Robin Cherry writes, “Garlic is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it’s effective against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria…  Garlic shows promise against two of the three most dangerous bacterial infections (christened nightmare superbugs by the CDC):

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly found in hospitals where there has the potential to weaken those whose immune systems are already compromised).” (pp 31-32)

It can help prevent food poisoning by killing E. coli and salmonella.

And it is also shown to boost immunity, helping fight off bacterial infections.

There are many reasons we call garlic “miraculous.”

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #2—Goldenseal

Natural antibiotic alternative goldenseal root

Goldenseal is a perennial herb, also called “orange root,” native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada.

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine lists goldenseal as “one of the most effective of the herbal antimicrobial agents” (475).

Vaginal and bladder infections are destroyed by goldenseal.

A common winter infection—sinus infections—are treatable with goldenseal.

Goldenseal contains “berberine,” which has “been shown to inhibit the adherence of bacteria to human cells, so they cannot infect the cells” (p 959).

It is also thought to be effective in treating strep throat, diarrhea, gum disease, and pneumonia.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #3—Licorice

Natural antibiotic alternative licorice root

The licorice root is a super-powered natural antibiotic.

Steven Orr, in The New American Herbal, says licorice root contains “glycyrrhizic acid,” which has been shown “to treat and soothe respiratory problems like bronchitis, usually in the form of cough drops and syrup, and also arthritis” (p 225).

It is even being studied to measure its ability to treat “hepatitis, cirrhosis, herpes, and flu” (p 225).

But the most impressive attribute of licorice is that glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root is showing promise for treating the deadliest illnesses of our time: HIV-1 and SARS-related coronavirus.

It’s an antibiotic, an antiviral, and it’s delicious! 😉

It is even used to treat conditions like eczema, asthma, and Lyme Disease.

(See The Herbal Drugstore, The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (3rd Edition), and Herbal Antivirals for more about licorice root). 

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #4—Echinacea

Echinacea has a particular scent that instantly opens up your airways. That’s how you know it is effective for colds, sinus infections, strep-throat and other respiratory issues.

The purple coneflower is pretty to grow in your garden and can be made into a tea, extract, juice, powder, or cream for treating a number of infections.

“There have been more than 300 scientific investigations on the immune-enhancing effects of Echinacea—one of the most popular herbs in the treatment of the common cold” (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 437).

Paired with goldenseal, Echinacea helps knock out strep throat. It has also been used to treat a range of problems “from skin wounds to dizziness” (Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, p 53).

The Herbal Drugstore lists treating Lyme Disease and vaginal infections among its uses.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #5—Aloe Vera

Natural antibiotic alternative aloe vera

Perhaps you’ve already experienced the skin-soothing wonder of aloe vera gel.

But beyond its ability to soothe damaged skin, aloe vera has been shown effective in the treatment of gum disease, hypertension, angioedema (rapid swelling from trauma or allergies), asthma, Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, diabetes, peptic ulcer, and other skin issues, such as psoriasis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, plaques from the shingles virus, and cuts and scrapes.

It’s ability to “inhibit the production of reactive oxygen metabolites and inflammatory mediators by human colon epithelial cells” makes it effective in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease—a particularly uncomfortable and often untreatable disease (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 467).

It can also help relieve asthma symptoms in sufferers who are not dependent on corticosteroids.

(See The New American Herbal and The Herbal Drugstore for more about the antibiotic properties of aloe vera.) 

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #6—Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil as lotion. It heals dry and broken skin and gets rid of harmful bacteria in the process. Coconut oil (and coconut milk) is a common ingredient in homemade toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, and other beauty-related products.

Coconut Oil.com says: “The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglyucerides (MTCs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s.

Research has shown that microorganisms that are activated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses.”

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can form into monolaurin in your body. Monolaurin helps attack some of the nastiest forms of bacteria.

Oil-pulling is becoming a common practice, and for good reason. Chew up a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish in your mouth like mouthwash for a while to remove bacteria, clean and whiten your teeth, prevent gum disease, and repair cavities.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #7—Tea Tree Oil

Natural antibiotic alternative tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a well-known acne treatment.

“Tea tree oil possesses significant antiseptic properties and is regarded by many as an ideal skin disinfectant” (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 250).

But did you know it’s also good for healing skin infections, relieving itchiness from rashes, soothing sun burns, treating warts, healing insect bites, treating psoriasis, and much more.

Plus, Tea Tree oil is also good for clearing vaginal infections (vaginitis) and can help treat chronic candidiasis (see The Herbal Drugstore).

Be careful, though, using tea tree oil around house cats. Cats’ livers cannot process tea tree oil and if it comes into contact with their skin, it can have dangerous—even fatal—side effects.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #8—Cayenne Pepper

Natural antibiotic alternative cayenne pepper

If you like spicy food and suffer from asthma, joint and muscle pain, diabetes, psoriasis, or have a cut/scrape, you’re in luck. Cayenne pepper is good for treating all of those issues.

“The bright red fruit of the plant contains an ingredient called capsaicin, which has been found to deplete nerve cells of a chemical that helps transmit pain messages” (Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, p 51).

Capsaicin is also shown to block “the small nerve fibers that transmit the pain” people with diabetes suffer from. “Topically applied capsaicin has been shown to be of considerable benefit in relieving the pain of diabetic neuropathy” (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 541).

Capsaicin in cayenne pepper is also effective in getting rid of inflammation, which can help treat psoriasis, and helps to desensitize “airway mucosa to various mechanical and chemical irritants,” which makes it effective in preventing asthma attacks” (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 335).

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #9—Turmeric

Natural antibiotic alternative turmeric

This bright orange spice, commonly used in Indian cuisine, is good for just about everything you can think of that would normally require a trip to the hospital and the consumption of harmful antibiotics.

“Research shows turmeric reduces liver toxicity, boosts the gallbladder’s performance, helps metabolize fat and reduce bad cholesterol, and may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease” (The New American Herbal, p 319).

Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to treat osteoarthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, gallstones, and has even shown promise in treating HIV/AIDS.

Curcumin has been “shown to inhibit HIV integrase, the enzyme that integrates a double-stranded DNA copy of the RNA genome, synthesized by reverse transcriptase into a host chromosome” (The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, p 260).

It is an effective anti-inflammatory, which makes it effective in treating psoriasis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports injuries.

Add it to recipes, make it into tea, or brush your teeth with a combination of turmeric and coconut oil to whiten and fortify your teeth.  You can also add honey and hot water to help soothe symptoms of the common cold (particularly inflammation in your lymph nodes).

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #10—Apple Cider Vinegar

Natural antibiotic alternative apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar contains malic acid, an antibiotic substance. “It’s a virtual infusion of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals” (The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, 297).

According to Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen, authors of Healing Remedies, Apple cider vinegar can treat a whole host of problems: arthritis, first-degree burns, sore throat, laryngitis, cough, fatigue, aches and pains, dry hair/scalp, rough skin, headaches, shingles virus, indigestion, itchy skin, sprains, cold sores, urinary tract infection, etc. Anything skin or respiratory tract related can be treated or improved with apple cider vinegar.

Drink apple cider vinegar with hot water, lemon, and honey to break up mucus and infection in your sinuses and relieve a sore throat. Break up that infected mucus and blow it out and away.

Apple cider vinegar is also shown to “improve insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects,” which means it is an effective treatment for diabetes. “This makes apple cider vinegar a powerful natural weapon, along with cinnamon and chromium, in the fight to control blood sugar and help get carbohydrate metabolism on track” (The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, 298).

Be aware that apple cider vinegar can have some adverse effects if you take certain medications.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #11—Ginger

Natural antibiotic alternative ginger root

Upset stomach?  Stomach flu? Drink some ginger tea.

But that’s not all ginger is good for!

“Research conducted at RMG Biosciences of Baltimore showed that extracts of ginger and galangal, a member of the ginger family, helped inhibit the manufacture of inflammatory brain chemicals, and in turn slowed down the progression of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s” (The Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing, p 88).

It has also been shown “effective in reducing the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis” (150).

Green MedInfo.com references dozens of scientific studies and says, “At least one study that compares the effects of ginger and antibiotics on Staphylococcus aureua and S. pyreus infections shows that ginger extract may be superior…Ginger has been shown to have an antibacterial effect on respiratory and periodontal infections.”

The Herbal Drugstore lists the following as treatable with ginger: angina, arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis, cervical dysplasia, colds and flu, ear infections, flatulence, headache, heart disease, hives, indigestion, intermittent claudication, intestinal parasites, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, Raynaud’s phenomenon, sinus infections, sports injuries, and stroke. 

In addition, ginger has antiviral benefits, which means it is able to treat “viral infections including colds, influenza, hepatitis, herpes, yellow fever, measles, chicken pox, and enterovirus” (Herbal Antivirals, p 172).

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #12—Grapefruit Seed Extract

Natural antibiotic alternative grapefruit seed extract

Need to treat a nasty wart? Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is your natural remedy.

The Herbal Drugstore lists acne, canker sores, cuts and scrapes, diarrhea, ear infections, and fungal skin infections as treatable by grapefruit seed extract.

Grapefruit seed extract is a powerful antibiotic: “In one study, drops of concentrated grapefruit-seed extract were tested for antibacterial properties against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.  The researchers concluded that GSE was comparable to ‘proven topical antibacterials. Although the GSE appeared to have a somewhat greater inhibitory effect on gram-positive organisms than on gram-negative organisms, its comparative effectiveness against a wide range of bacterial biotypes is significant.’”  (The Healthy Home Economist)

Grapefruit seed extract can also help combat fatigue.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #13—Oregano Oil

Natural antibiotic alternative oregano oil

Oregano oil has been shown effective in treating tonsillitis and other bacterial infections. Dr. Axe calls it “the ultimate natural antibiotic.”

In essential oil form, oregano oil is particularly effective: “Essential oil components are fundamentally different [from antibiotics]. Their nonselective activity makes it practically impossible for microorganisms to develop resistance. Microorganisms may be able to resist the attack on one of their targets, but this leaves all the other targets of the essential oil still vulnerable” (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 47).

Oregano oil contains carvacrol and thymol, which both “have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties” (Dr. Axe).

Hundreds of studies on PubMed have proven carvacrol able to treat bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasites, viruses, inflammation, candida, allergies, and tumors. It has also been shown to kill E. Coli bacteria, cancer cells, and five other types of harmful bacteria.

Use oregano oil to treat foot or nail fungus, parasites and infections, and sinus infections.

Be careful about applying oregano oil directly to your skin as it may cause irritation. 

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #14—Honey

Natural antibiotic alternative honey

We’ve read the studies that claim bacteria can protect each other and resist antibiotics, but honey breaks up bacteria as it kills it, making it impossible for bacteria to evolve into resistant strains.

Healing Remedies lists honey as a key component in treating hay fever, asthma, cuts and scratches, sore throat, laryngitis, tonsillitis, cough, Emphysema, cataracts, fatigue, athletes foot, leg cramps, headaches, heart conditions, indigestion, acne, sores and lesions, skin problems, sleep disorders, stress, tension, and anxiety, teeth, gum, and mouth issues, and ulcers.

Eating local honey can also help alleviate allergies to local pollen, as the pollen is used to make the honey. Ingesting it can help you become immune to the pollen in the air.

Natural Antibiotic Alternative #15—Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one natural antibiotic we should always have on hand, particularly when traveling and have an increased potential of contracting bacterial infections:

“The antibacterial effects of Cinnamon Bark oil make it one of the best options when a person encounters violent bacterial infections of the intestinal tract, especially while traveling in unfamiliar territory!” (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, p 73).

The Herbal Drugstore claims that the cinnamon spice is antifungal and “inhibit fungi that commonly infect the skin. It is also a key ingredient in natural cough syrup.

Use cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil as a powerful anti-infectious blend. Cinnamon is also helpful to reduce or prevent intestinal issues.

So there you have it, 15 natural antibiotic alternatives.

Comment with your experiences using natural antibiotics, and do share this list with friends!


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(This article was originally published on March 29, 2017.)

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  • Dr Glenda Hicks says:

    Thank you x 1000000000!

  • Angel says:

    Thanks so much for this list! I discovered echinacea tea for colds, sinus problems, etc, a few years ago, and it is truly wonderful for those things. I am always looking for more natural ways to treat illnesses and injuries in my household. One use for garlic that I didn’t see above is for ear infections: crush a clove of garlic in some olive oil and let it sit for a while (15 min or more), then put a few drops in the ear.

  • Tammy says:

    Please note that Oregano oil can inhibit iron absorption. As an anemic I found this out by chance. Something to think about if you are taking it for periods of time. Take it away from iron. Funny that it is not noted much in the alternative articles. Do your research :).



  • Renata says:

    Thank you for this very interesting article. Certainly there are so many options. I would add to it many essential oils like for example clove, rosemary, lavender, Thieves blend etc. It would be helpful to know how much and in what form to use each of the above remedies to make them effective. I myself like to use many natural remedies.

    I have noticed also many barriers could be very helpful for some health problems. For example raspberries in case when we feel cold infection is just starting or has already developed. I like to eat the raspberries fresh or take them in the form of ready to use syrup with hot water or tea – about 1 tbs per cup. It makes body feel warm. One needs to wrap themselves up in blankets when taking it to stay even warmer, or just go to bed after taking it.

  • Carol says:

    I cured a full blown UTI in six hours without a doctor visit or antibiotics by drinking a lot of water along with garlic, ginger, and apple cider vinegar! I was amazed when I slept all night comfortably and woke to no symptoms and this is something we’ve been led to believe is only curable by antibiotics! These three powerhouses are always in my pantry!

    1. SA says:

      Great article, thanks. After a near death experience that began with a UTI, I’ve learned that many people have come up with various herbs and foods to stop a UTI in its tracks. There is not just one solution to this problem, rather many different cures.

      Yes, docs want to treat you with a 7 or 10 day round of antibiotics for a UTI. My approach uses several products. I can’t begin to state how pleased I am to know that I won’t die from a raging UTI. Sepsis is a horrible, painful death.

      I’m not going to spell out my protocol, but I will tell you that my first line of defense is honeybee products. I use Bee Rescue Cream from beepothecary.com and bee propolis capsules from Natural Grocer. If I feel an infection coming on, this begins my attack.

      Two things: I have nothing to do with either company, I just know their products work. I learned about Beepothecary at a Mother Earth News Fair. Second, if there seems to be some interest, I can write more specifically about how I treat a UTI. PS Clearly I am not a physician.

  • elizabeth says:

    have used all ot these got rid of pneumonia with garlic I cannot use antibiotics immediately have terrible intestinal problems
    have not had success with echinacea

    1. Patricia says:

      Aloe Barbadensis is the aloe plant that is grown for the gel in the leaves. As with all plants there are many varieties, be sure to use the correct variety when using for home remedies.

  • Cherie says:

    Great info. Question about #5. Aloe Vera. Are ALL Aloe Vera edible? I only see the ones for sale to eat that have very long leaves. But I have many short leaves. Like a beautiful star or rose. It is very prolific. But I am not sure if I can eat it (minus the skin). I have not been able to find an answer, I hope you will be able to assist me. Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Beverly says:

      I heard that the short leaf aloe is not good. From a fellow gardener, I heard that it made her skin itch after accidentally using it.

      The herbal aloe vera is edible. My co-worker had open it in front of me and scoop the slimy clear meat inside and just put it in her mouth. BTW, she’s from another country.

    2. Sona Knight says:

      I have never tried to use Aloe Vera internally straight from the plant. I have used it with great success on burns and cuts from the plant but for drinking I buy it at the Health Food Store. My two favorite brands are “Lily of the Desert” (a little bitter but tastes pretty good) and “Georges” (pretty much tastes like water and still works great).

  • Jaime says:

    Great article! I loooove hibiscus. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday 🙂

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  • Anne says:

    Thank you for that list, Marjorie, as garlic doesn’t agree with me. However, cayenne is a nightshade, and nightshades are notorious for aggravating psoriasis. When I stick to a diet that doesn’t include nightshades, among other things, my psoriasis is completely in remission, but when I eat nightshades, it flares up. Also, there are better sources of berberine than the endangered goldenseal, such as amur cork tree bark, coptis, barberry bark & berries, and Oregon grape root. All of these have more berberine than goldenseal.

    1. Anne – I have been using goldenseal tincture for asthma and sinus flare ups and have had great success with it. I have read that I shouldn’t use it for more than 14 days at a time (?). I would be interested in trying some of the other sources of berberine that you list in your comment of March 31. Any suggestions? Can I find these at a health food store? Thanks for any information.

      1. Anne says:

        Hi Barbara,

        I guess it depends on where you live and whether or not you know anyone who can help you identify things in the wild. The amur cork tree grows prolifically in New England, and the Oregan Grape grows in Oregan, of course, and states around that, I have seen on youtube. If you’re not in an area where these things grow wild and/or can’t identify them somehow, maybe your health food store has one of them or could order them in. There are things that grow around me, and I’m going to have someone to help me identify them this summer. I just ordered barberry bark online, as it was the most cost effective, and made a big container of tincture out of it with some vodka. It’s lasted me for years – I’m about to make a new batch. I live in Canada and so tend to use Trade Technocrats or Herbies Herbs. I’d start with Amazon and do some comparing – be sure to read the reviews.

  • Judy Yates says:

    Thankyou mam for your wealth of information that you just give GOD bless you,,my story years ago,husband,39,all teeth bad for years,we knew the blessings of garlic he took it for years cause we couldn’t afford to get them pulled garlic kept him in check but then sores just started popping up on him we went got all teeth pulled ,,but I tell garlic kept him a live and always GOD,judy

  • Michelle says:

    This is a great article! My family is fairly new to the more natural healing methods and while I actually have some of these natural antibiotics that you have listed above, I’m not quite sure exactly how to use them (in a recipe form with instructions). Does anyone have a book or resource that they would recommend? Thanks!

    1. Sara says:

      I bought a book called Beyond Wheat and Weeds by Claudia Orgill. It’s an amazing resource for natural and alternative remedies. The author suffered from lymes disease for 7 years during which she studied and applied those things that truly worked. She also has a lot of informative YouTube videos.

  • Pamela says:

    My 7 year old grandson had bronchitis. The doctor wanted to put him on antibiotics. So I smiled politely, went home and gave him elderberry syrup. Within 48 hours his fever had left; three days after that he had gone from lying on the couch to running around the yard. By the way, the recipe I have for elderberry syrup is the only medicine my grandson will take during cold and flu season. He actually asks for it if he begins to feel ill.

  • Marla says:

    Excellent article! I knew about most of these and that they all had antibiotic properties. I have used raw garlic for ear infections and it has worked better than any prescription antibiotics plus no side effects. Thanks for sharing. Pinning & tweeting. Happy Spring!

  • carmen pazargad says:

    Marjory, thank you for all the natural alternatives information. You seem to be a true naturalist, living the life that you write about. My son suffered from sinus infection, allergies, etc.. He went to a specialist that prescribed drugs which didn’t really help. I gave him oregano oil and had him inhale oregano oil in water. It helped him and now he
    feels 100% better with no side effects with a lot less money.

  • Tanya Reeder says:

    I have cured several upper respiratory infections with garlic. I chop it up and add it to either hummus or guacamole to ease the process of eating it since it’s so strong. I have also used tea tree oil (mixed with olive oil) to cure my son’s ear infections. So much better to go the natural route!

  • Cynthia says:

    What is your understanding about how wheatgrass can help you? I read an article that it does nothing for you and your stomach cannot digest it because we are not like cows.
    I used to take wheatgrass shots but now I am in question.

  • Leah says:

    Great info! I knew a couple of them and even use a couple. But there were quite a few I had no idea were so beneficial for your health!

  • Paula says:

    I have recently used oregano oil to mitigate a cold. Probably would have worked better if I didn’t stop after one day because the sore throat went away. After years of using home remedies, I helped a friend start her pediatric practice. I got sucked in to Big PHARMA ‘cures’ and MLM supplements and nearly destroyed my liver. I still work there, and slowly we are changing the way we treat our patients. I just completed Home Medicine 101 and hope to integrate much of that into the practice.

    1. Marjory says:

      So glad to hear you are putting these remedies to use! I sure hope you enjoyed Home Medicine 101. 🙂

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    Can you something about purslane weed?

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  • Ronald E. Clark says:

    Dear Marjory:

    Thanks for your work in medicinal herbal remedies for human medical problems. I find your articles very helpful, especially as many are turning to naturopathic medical solutions these days. If there is an award for naturopathic medicine similar to the Nobel prize, I am nominating you for it.

    Please continue to publish these great and highly informative articles. I circulate them widely. If you are ever near Saratoga Springs, Utah, please consider stopping by our home at 2296 S. Hunter Drive. We would love to have you visit or spend the night with us.My wife Sherri is well-versed in essential oils, and I am getting well-versed in the use of medicinal herbs and naturopathic medicine.

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  • Lydia says:

    Thank you Marjory for a great group of best articles.
    I would like to tell you about little known uses of honey and onions. Supposedly one can combine honey with chopped raw onions as a treatment for the onset of a cold or flu, taking a spoonful of the mixture every so often thru the day. However, i found after a few times that it made me nauseous, so i did not try it again. Years later I knew a elderly lady, who swore that just breathing the fumes of fresh chopped onion would stave off a cold. She grew up in New York where her family had emigrated from Eastern Europe. I don’t know if she discovered this remedy herself or an old family secret. I have tried her method and believe it works. Take a slice of raw onion and chop it up, put in a small dish and inhale the pungent fumes deeply. (Do this carefully as you might not want too much at once) Cover the onion with plastic or put in a airtight baggie. Breath it as often as you want. The fumes gradually dissipate, so you will have to take a fresh slice and repeat the process. I’ve also used GSE, Vitamin C, and colloidal silver for colds and Ginger tea or apple cider vinegar in water for stomach flu.
    About honey: A few years ago, I had unbearable itching of eczema or psoriasis on the tops of my feet and on my forearms, that became scabby and oozing. No medicine, cream, conventional or herbal, would stop the itching. Out of desperation I tried smearing honey on my arms and feet (very messy). I would put gauze bandages around my feet and cover with an old sock. I cut off the arms of a long sleeve T shirt and unrolled them over my honey smeared arms, but only at night so I could sleep. The bandages or cloth would stick to the skin and would have to be washed off. I do not credit the honey with curing this problem, but it was soothing and helped heal the sores. This was a seasonal allergy problem ( continuing several months after the hay fever season) that went on for several years.
    Last year I had no skin itching, just a little hay fever. I have been gardening barefoot and getting more sunlight on my feet and legs. Is it natural Vit.D or electrons from the earth that are the cure? I don’t know. I’m still looking for a cure for the 1 mo. per year hay fever. I’m 75.
    Best wishes and thanks for providing this forum.

  • Vickie Wangberg says:

    To heal quicker or avoid getting colds/flu etc:
    Avoid all fruits and all fructose-not even 1 bite. Drink Elderberry tea every 2 hours. Buy elderberries at your health food store and steep them in hot water 15 min. and drink every 2 hours.
    Above is better than pink eye (conjunctivities) medicine if you do that along with a clay (food grade bentonite clay) eye poultice (over closed eyes) every 4-6 hours. I cured a mild case of pink eye (conjuntivitis) and an extremely severe case within a few hours to within 18 hours by doing above no Dr. visit. Be careful to avoid all fruits and all fructose (honey is high fructose and it’s in many packaged foods too). I got part of this idea from Barry Groves book: Tricks and Treats: How Healthy Eating is Making Us Ill, which teaches us the fallacies we’ve learned re: eating and taking care or our health. I am a teacher, & I avoid flu shots and colds/flu by doing this. The rest of the idea was from Master Herbalist Doug Simons, called “Treating Infections Without Antibiotics”…Thanks for this healing information!

  • Anna says:

    Cold remedy: when I first feel I am starting to get one, I take a hot bath or shower, uncomfortably hot, then wrap up well to sweat it out. In addition I immediately take 6 grams of Vit C along with 6 echinacea caps, 2x/day, reducing by 1 each day. Works every time. And Sleepytime tea worked wonders for my kids, for colds, stomach upsets, whatever ailed them.

  • Elena Upton, PhD says:

    Thank you so much for creating this forum and for consistently sharing quality information for a sustainable healthy lifestyle. I especially love the suggestions and articles you have written throughout the year around the issue of antibiotics. As a Homeopath for nearly 30 years I have worked to educate those looking for another alternative. Each one of your suggestions are valuable and easy to access. I’d like to introduce your readers to the first of many tried and true solutions to the use of antibiotics through natural Homeopathic remedies.
    At the first sign of a cold or flu take Aconitum + Bryonia as often as every hour until there is improvement, then every 3 hours, or as needed. You will be amazed at how quickly symptoms disappear.
    Homeopathic remedies are FDA approved, inexpensive and easy to access at most health food stores and online. You will readily find them in 30c potency and for even more effectiveness, order online in a 200c potency to have on hand when the need arises.
    Keep up the good work and let’s continue to work together to create safe, healthy choices.
    Happy Holidays and Happy, Healthy 2018!

  • Lisa says:

    Another wonder topical natural remedy I don’t see listed here or mentioned in the comments that absolutely should be is Tamanu oil. It is a cold pressed oil from the nut of the Tamanu tree. It has become a staple in my home and many others I know, once they learn of its benefits. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Besides the everyday cuts and scrapes that clear up in record time with minimal to no scaring, it also works wonderful on minor irritations and rashes, as well. I have cleared up a nasty case of impetigo that my daughter got. It stopped spreading instantly and soothed the itching and calmed the redness very quickly. Signs of healing were showing in just a couple days and completely healed with no scaring in just over a week with no other treatment. The most impressive feat I have seen so far was clearing up a nasty bed sore that was several inches wide, deep, and covered with a thick crusty like substance on the back of my diabetic father’s heal after being in rehab for a broken hip. The home nurses could not get it to improve much after months of trying everything in their arsenal. We tried tamanu oil as a last ditch effort, since the nurses implied that he would likely have to have it surgically cleaned out, i.e. cutting deeper into the wound, to remove the tough crusty covering, which would hopefully allow the new flesh to fill in the wound and skin to grow over it, and if that didn’t work, amputation was on the horizon. Within days of applying tamanu oil 3 times a day, the crusty covering began to loosen up and come off like an old scab. The nurse was amazed and asked us what we were using. She wanted some for herself! Once the crusty stuff had come of, the wound started visibly shrinking and filling in. There also seemed to be much improved blood supply to the surrounding area and the swollen reddened skin around the open wound looked much healthier and was no longer red and inflamed. In just over a month and a half, the 4 inch opening had shrunk down to almost nothing with minimal scaring. Absolutely amazing! The home nurse was flabbergasted and was a true believer after that. I hope this information can help others out there. I will never go without this amazing oil in my house again. It can be a little tough to find. I get mine at Mountain Rose Herbs online.

  • Wm. A. Jokela says:

    I was plagued with athletes foot literally for decades until I found an article online about unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar. I mixed 2 cups of acv and 2 cups distilled water and soaked my feet for several days, 20 minutes at a time. Within just a few days the athletes foot was gone and has not returned. I’m now using the same procedure to treat toenail fungus of my left big toe. It is slowly going away. The ugly nail is gradually being replaces with healthy new nail.

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