By Brandi Monasco
In 2009 alone, Americans spent $10.7 billion on antibiotics. This amount also includes $6.5 billion that was spent among patients who visited doctor and physician offices.
It is becoming more and more popular to be prescribed a round of antibiotics for the smallest illnesses. Being repeatedly prescribed antibiotics, as well as improper use, are the causes of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when the bacteria in your body changes in some shape or form and is not affected by the antibiotics any longer.
Prescriptions of antibiotics can also give you some not-so-pretty side effects such as vomiting, rash, mild stomach discomfort and even an allergic reaction. For many people, this is just a short list as to why they are turning to their kitchen in hopes of finding something that can work just as well, if not better, than prescription antibiotics.
#1. Ginger. Ginger is commonly known for being used as a flavor enhancer for your favorite dishes and it is also known for helping in reducing the symptoms of nausea and morning sickness.
What you probably didn’t know is that ginger also contains natural antibiotic properties. These natural antibiotic properties can not only help, but also prevent health problems that are caused by bacteria. Ginger is effective against the common cold and more harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli.
How To Use It: You can find ginger in a variety of forms such as the root or ground root. Tea can be made using either form. You can add raw honey to the tea to naturally sweeten it. Ginger can also be found in a candied form.
#2. Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that gives curries their smoky flavor and rich color. As with ginger, turmeric is more than just added flavor for your dishes. Turmeric is also a natural antibiotic that has amazing healing properties. Turmeric is powerful enough to be used against MRSA. It acts as an antibacterial and can be applied to your skin or eaten or mixed in a drink. It has also been found that turmeric is effective in helping Helicobacter pylori, which is found in stomach ulcers.
How To Use It: Turmeric can be found by as powdered turmeric and even capsules. If you choose to use turmeric as an antibiotic, there are a few ways that it can be used:
Have you had any experience with either of these powerful natural antibiotics? Share with us in the comments below!
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