When was the last time you got sick and took a medicine from your cabinet instead of just sipping a hot bowl of garlic chicken soup and resting the whole day? I guess you don’t remember! (Unless it was just yesterday. If so, I hope you feel better now.)
Because of the advancement in medical technology people have been so accustomed to prescription medicine almost thinking that these medicines are the go-to meds for sickness. People have forgotten that there are natural medicines that are actually powerful, safe, cheap and effective. One of which are herbal antibiotics.
What are antibiotics in the first place?
WebMD defines antibiotics as “medicines that help stop infections caused by bacteria. They do this by killing the bacteria or by keeping them from copying themselves or reproducing.” These medicines help stop infection caused by bacteria.
When you say antibiotic, you literally mean, “against life”. Drugs that kill germs inside the body are technically antibiotics. Before it’s discovery, many people died even from minor bacterial infection. Do you believe, even from a sore throat! But during the 1940s, antibiotics were made available.
Of course, there is no perfect drug, there are side effects.
What are the side effects of taking prescription antibiotics?
- Abdominal Pains
- Loss of Appetite
If you notice, the side effects listed above all boil down to compromised stomach function. If not taken properly, the side effects mentioned above can be felt.
But, did you know that herbal antibiotics are found in your kitchen?
Yes! That’s correct, they are found in your kitchen! So before opening that medicine cabinet again, take time to go to your kitchen and take herbal antibiotics because although prescription meds are effective, there are side effects of prescription antibiotics.
Open that kitchen cabinet and try to look for these natural herbal antibiotics:
Garlic is good on chicken. It is great on fried rice! AND it is also great as an antibiotic. It has actually been used all over the world as an antibiotic for thousands of years. It has many medicinal properties. It is not just a good antibiotic but also a strong antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial herb.
What’s good about garlic as an antibiotic is that it is great with a meal and it doesn’t leave harmful side effects like prescription antibiotics. (Although consuming too much of it can leave you with “garlic breath”). If you notice above, prescription antibiotics practically cause an upset stomach, garlic is actually good for your stomach.
Here’s an easy to make HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN that is such a delight.
6 chicken thighs, bone in or out, with or without skin*
Salt and pepper, to season
2 teaspoons garlic powder, to season
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, or any white vinegar)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
To know more about this recipe, click here.
Ginger’s antibiotic effect is, particularly against food poisoning. It is a good treatment for indigestion and other stomach ailments. Aside from tummy ailments, it is a great anti-inflammatory herb as well. If you have swollen feet or tired legs, ginger can help.
How to take ginger for anti-inflammation? You just add a few tablespoons of grated ginger to your diet or stir-fry it. If you want to take it as a tea, you can grate two teaspoons of ginger and simmer it in a hot pot for five minutes. This is not just good as an anti-inflammatory herb but the smell of ginger tea itself is very relaxing and soothing.
Ginger is also great for people who have arthritis.
Here’s a quick 1-minute video on how to make a yummy ginger tea for the tummy.
Added tip: If you have a tired calf or inflamed ankles, it is best to wear cotton compression socks while you rest your foot. It helps promote proper blood circulation which in turn lessens inflammation. To know more about compression for ankles, click here.
3. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is almost available in every kitchen in America. (Or at least for those who like spicy food.) Some benefits of this herb include improvement of blood circulation and is a great stimulant for bowel movement. It is one of the key anti-inflammatory foods that are always available in the market. It also helps with weight loss.
For those who like it hot, here’s a BLACKENED SALMON FILLET from Allrecipes that’s good for you.
2 tablespoons ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 salmon fillets, skin and bones removed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
On a final note
These herbs are more effective than you think. They are not just great as an antibiotic but at the same time, they are yummy for the tummy. You will enjoy taking them rather than taking a pill. Natural remedies like the ones above have been time-tested. All you need to do try them out. So, the next time you look for that antibiotic, go to the kitchen and not the medicine cabinet.