When cold and flu viruses hit your home, infection can set in unexpectedly. Further, with the increased understanding about yeast infections, you may also need a natural antibiotic to help heal your body. Since there has been an increasing concern about over-using prescription antibiotics, you may choose a natural antibacterial and avoid prescription antibiotics all-together.
Please note: Parental judgement in all matters of illness are necessary.
God gave us many natural antibacterials to treat an infection. Whether you or your child comes down with regular ear infections, yeast infections, sinus infections or chest congestion, these remedies can help you heal.
We rarely come down with an infection in our household any more. Natural remedies and good nutrition keep us from coming down with serious ailments. We use natural remedies, along with elderberry syrup (an antiviral), zinc and vitamin C. Plus, I am a firm believer in using expectorants, such as a essential oils (or even a Mucinex generic).
I have successfully used essential oils, raw honey and sea salt to heal yeast and fungal infections in our family. I can vouch for their efficacy.
Natural antibacterials fight infection
When nothing else works, whether you use natural remedies or over-the-counter medications, you may need to stop or prevent an infection. Even if you use an antibiotic from the doctor, you can use these simple remedies to help provide relief for your little patient.
These natural antibacterials below do work well in both preventing and healing minor infections. Some of the ingredients below are common pantry items you probably have around the house, and are not typically expensive! Use them in hot teas or use the oils in salves.
Remember essential oils are not recommended for children under 2 years of age.
Natural Antibacterials for your family
Using oregano oil works well for any lingering bacterial infection. You can apply the oil directly to affected areas. However, oregano oil is a “hot” oil and will sting if applied to open wounds. It is better taken in a capsule, or topically applied to the hands or the feet.
Melaluca or tea tree oil
Using coconut oil as a natural antiviral and natural antibacterial helps to boost the use of other methods. Taking spoonfuls of coconut oils combats yeast and other fungal issues. Several studies have been done which prove its efficacy. It also makes a great carrier oil for oregano and tea tree oils.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat infection and combat virus. Added to teas or a cup of hot broth, garlic will help stop an infection. I make a probiotic garlic if you are interested!
Raw honey, that has not been treated or heated to produce typical commercial honeys, is a strong antibacterial. Look carefully at the label if you are not sure whether or not the honey is raw.
In particular, Buckwheat honey is known for its effectiveness in treating infection. You can use any raw honey, topically, for skin issues, or taken internally. Taking a spoonful of honey during illness does help to prevent infection.
Raw apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (the raw vinegar) has many healing properties for your digestive tract, as well as antibiotic properties. Take it by the spoonful, mix it with honey, or use as a salad dressing. ACV has been known to heal infections as well as heal many fungal issues as well. Many even claim it helps you lose weight when taken before bed!
Use lemon essential oil to cleanse or detox. This helps in fighting infection. When added to a base of honey, it helps to prevent infection.