We have entered a truly dangerous period in human history in which not only have we lost touch with traditional, natural treatments for infection, but improper and excessive use of antibiotics has led to drug-resistant superbugs. Back in 2012, Dr. Margaret Chan, then director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), noted that we are moving toward a post-antibiotic era in which “things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.”
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): This plant, native to North America, is a traditional treatment for skin infections resulting from scrapes and cuts. The leaf extract is so powerful that it can treat not only minor abrasions, but even superbugs like MRSA – methicillin resistant Stapholococcus aureus.
Garlic (Allium sativum): While many of us are very familiar with garlic’s delicious cooking properties, its powerful medicinal powers are less well known. Garlic is a potent antibacterial when crushed and exposed to air, and laboratory studies have found it as effective as penicillin at treating many infections, though studies on its efficacy against superbug infections is limited. [Related: Discover the healing power of garlic at NaturalPedia.com.]
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial, and is traditionally used to treat coughs and colds. It has also shown promise in the fight against more serious infections like pneumonia and even superbugs.
Indigo (Baptisia sp.): The Indigo plant has proven to be an effective treatment against typhoid. While we do not see many cases of this disease in the U.S., it is interesting to note that typhoid and food-borne salmonella – which does affect about 1 million people each year – are very similar bacteria. It is therefore logical to assume that indigo would also be an effective treatment for cases of salmonella poisoning.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): This powerful anti-inflammatory is an excellent treatment for allergies and asthma. A word of warning, though: Pregnant women should not consume licorice, and it should be avoided by those with high blood pressure.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): This well-known spice is an effective treatment for gingivitis as well as other irritations and infections of the mouth.
Honey: Honey is a powerful antibacterial that also speeds up recovery from burns. It can also prevent infection and promote healing.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): Elderberry boosts immunity, making the body better able to fight off any infection and helping to avoid the necessity for antibiotics.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpura): Studies have found that Echinacea is at least as effective as pharmaceutical anti-viral drugs in the treatment of the common flu. Patients who take Echinacea have been found to suffer fewer complications and side effects than those treated with anti-virals.
Cumin (Cuminum cyminum): This well-known Middle Eastern spice is a powerful antimicrobial, and can treat mouth infections that even antibiotics are useless against. It is likely, therefore, that it would be effective against superbugs.
Cranberries: Cranberries contain anti-inflammatory properties which mean they can both prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). By preventing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, cranberries also help to prevent recurring bladder infections.