Because of the overuse of antibiotics, we have cultivated a variety of multidrug-resistant super-bugs, and have set ourselves up for weak digestive tracts, which lowers our natural immunity to future infections. On the contrary, natural antibiotics, like those mentioned below, do not only help our digestive tract, but they strengthen the immune system and actually fight off infections without compromising our health.

Here are 6 natural antibiotics that could save your health (and your life), no prescription needed!

1. Garlic

Raw garlic is a great natural antibiotic and is incredibly effective at battling bacterial and viral infections. The active component in garlic, called allicin, has been found to be effective against multidrug-resistant strains of bacteria like E.coli, and helps fight against infections caused by Candida albicans, and can destroy human intestinal protozoan parasites.

Studies have also found that those consuming garlic are almost two-thirds less likely to catch a cold than those receiving a placebo. And even if those in the garlic group did catch a cold, they recovered faster if infected (compared to the volunteers taking the placebo).

Garlic is also incredibly high in antioxidants that help destroy free radicals, supporting a strong immune system.

2. Pau D’Arco 

Pau D’Arco is another wonderful natural antiobiotic. It was used by ancient Incan civilizations in order to treat a range of conditions. It is especially useful as an anti-fungal, or anti-viral, helping to get rid of colds, the flu and Candida.

Pau d’arco is also used for the prevention and possible treatment of cancer, thanks to a chemical compound in the plant called lapachol, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

Pau d’arco is often made into a tea, and you can usually find the bark shreds at your local health food store.

3. Turmeric

If you want to stay sickness-free forever, then just eat (or juice) turmeric every day for the rest of your life. This rhizome has some serious illness-healing super-power! Turmeric contains a polyphenol called curcumin, which has been proven effective in over 150 therapeutic activities. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, one of natures best antibiotic, anti-carcinogen, anti-viral, anti-fungal and so much more!

Turmeric also improves the activity of beneficial bacteria in our gut, which lends to more immune-strengthening effects, since our immune system starts in our digestive tract.

4. Olive Leaf Extract

Research has found that olive leaf is beneficial in the treatment of conditions caused by viruses, retroviruses, bacteria and protozoans. It has been found useful in the treatment of influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, herpes I and II, shingles, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, HIV/AIDS, urinary tract infections, ear infections, malaria, gonorrhoea, encephalitis, and dengue.

Studies have found olive leaf to interfere with the ability of viruses to produce critical amino acids needed for their survival. Olive leaf also prevents the shredding, budding, or assembly of new viral cells at the cell membrane and completely halts viral replication.

5. Colloidal Silver

In the early 1900s, Alfred Searle found colloidal silver to be incredibly effective against deadly pathogens. It helps to subdue inflammation, promote healing, and fights infection. It is also incredibly fatal to disease-causing microbes, without harming the host.

Although the FDA has tried to discredit the efficacy of colloidal silver, it will nonetheless remain an important healing remedy for those suffering a variety of different illnesses. In fact, colloidal silver has recently been proven effective against destroying antibiotic resistant bacterial strains like MRSA, the bird flu and SARS.

I like the brand Sovereign Silver (this is not a promotion for the company – I have been using their products forever!). Take 10 drops, 3-4 times a day until you start feeling better.

6. Manuka Honey

Forget prescription drugs! Manuka honey is a miracle worker against bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. I used it a few yeas back when I decided to forego drugs and fight off strep throat naturally. Honey was used by ancient Egyptians, and still remains one of the best antibacterial remedies out there.

It destroys a host of different pathogens like MRSA and flesh eating bacteria (when applied topically), without causing any sort of bacterial resistance (which would render the honey ineffective in future treatments). The medicinal properties of honey are endless, but make sure you get raw, unpasturized honey for the best effects.