Natural Antibiotics To Have Around The Homestead

The amount of people looking for natural remedies has been on the rise for a while now and it is no surprise as to why people are opting for another way to heal themselves. Long before pharmacies and prescription medication, the people visited healers and medicine men or women for nature’s medicines. Natural Antibiotics have been around longer than you think!

Some of the medication most often prescribed are various forms of Antibiotics. Whether it’s a chest cold, ear infection, cuts, and scrapes, somehow antibiotics are always on the list of medicine prescribed and sometimes just as a precaution. I’m here to let you know that there are so many available, safe, and easy to use natural antibiotics. Believe it or not many of them can be found somewhere in your kitchen or maybe even in your backyard.

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All pure honey contains natural antibiotics along with a wealth of many other healing benefits. Manuka Honey is known as one of the best honeys to use but any raw honey will do. Honey has been used for thousands of years to fight infections. It is effective against over 200 strains of bacteria which make it extremely useful. You can use it internally or topically for small wounds and skin infections.

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Fresh ginger has antibiotic properties that are effective against food-borne pathogens like Listeria, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. It’s easy to kick a cold or even the flu by using fresh ginger to make a lemon ginger tea. Ginger is also an awesome anti-inflammatory.

Oregano Oil

There are many different species of Oregano but Origanum vulgare, also known as, wild oregano is the best species to use. This oil is great for fighting foot and nail fungus, parasites, and a wealth of infections. It works incredibly well as a steam treatment for sinus infections.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruits are incredible for the health but those tiny seeds we normally discard provide so much for our well-being and health. Antibiotic, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antibiotic properties are all packed into the seeds. The extraction is used to treat diarrhea, earaches, Candidiasis AKA Candida, Strep Throat, and other throat infections. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) and fungal infections as well.

Raw Garlic

I don’t know too many people that are fond of consuming raw garlic but unfortunately, cooking it can kill the Allicin which contains the healing properties we are looking for. Garlic has been known to kill bacteria and viruses for centuries. It is used to fight the flu virus, common colds, fungal infections, UTI’s, and even intestinal parasites. The Allicin in garlic has the power to kill viruses that are prone to becoming immune to the pharmaceutical prescription antibiotics. I just peel my garlic and cut it into small pill sizes and down the hatch, they go. Or you can make a combination of garlic and honey and it’ll beat just about anything.

USNEA ~ (Usnea barbata & Usnea hirta)

Usnea, also known as, old man’s beard is a very powerful and potent antibiotic. It is actually a lichen that grows on hardwood trees. BEWARE of WOLF LICHEN the poisonous look-a-like of Usnea. Usnic Acid produced by Usnea is highly effective against so many bacterias and infections such as strep throat, staph infections, the common cough and cold, UTI’s, Bacterium causing Pneumonia, and abscesses just to name a few. You only need a little bit to help you heal. I keep an Usnea tincture on hand!

usnea | Natural Antibiotics To Have Around The Homestead

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There is an alkaloid called Berberine produced and found in goldenseal. It is used to fight infections and gram-positive bacteria such as MRSA. It is also beneficial for treating staph infections. The list of medicinal uses of Goldenseal has increased from the times of old. Long ago the Native and Indigenous people of America used Goldenseal to treat skin diseases, general infections, and Gonorrhea.


Echinacea is useful for treating several strains of bacteria. This herb helps to fight the cold and flu, upper respiratory infections, UTI, yeast infections, Septicemia (blood infections), tonsillitis, strep throat, and that’s just the short list. This herb is one I recommend growing for its beauty and its benefits. Along with the antibiotic properties, it also contains antiviral, anti-fungal, and disinfectant properties.


Turmeric is not only tasty but it is good medicine. It destroys bacteria that causes diseases and it also strengthens the immune system. This spice is great for the gut in many different ways. It helps cleanse our body but balance our belly. This is another multi-use herb as it is not only an antibiotic but also an Antiseptic and Antibacterial. It can be used topically to treat scabies, skin ulcers, wounds, acne, and eczema.

turmeric | Natural Antibiotics To Have Around The Homestead

turmeric | Natural Antibiotics To Have Around The Homestead

Olive Leaf Extract

This beautiful tree not only produce delicious olives but the leaf extract is powerful medicine. It is used to treat bacterial infections. It destroys any bad bacteria in our system yet promotes the growth of good bacteria which is great for the stomach. Olive leaf extract is used to treat MRSA along with many other super-bugs that other medicine can’t beat. Olive trees have a natural resistance to fungus and many other diseases that affect other trees so it is no surprise it also holds the key to humans health as well.

This list of antibiotics to have around the homestead is actually a rather short version of a very long list. I have used all of these natural antibiotics except the Olive Leaf Extract. Out of all of them that I have tried Usnea comes in first place for me personally, but there are so many natural and wild medicines available that it’s good to know where to start. I hope this list helps you create a natural medicine arsenal for your homestead. Happy Healing!

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