12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills


Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

Oregano and the oil of oregano

You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.
A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.


Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.
New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.
An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.
A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.


This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.
You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.


Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.


So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.


There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.
What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.
Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.
Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.
Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

Fermented food

Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.

Colloidal Silver

A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.
This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.





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Phyllis Bentley
I have 12 years’ experience in the medical industry. As a freelance writer, I have written a number of articles which have been published in highly read publications. I have a strong knowledge base in a range of medical and wellness topics and in the business of health care.
Specialities in Family health; autoimmune diseases; mental health; diabetes, cancer; fitness and nutrition.

  • Here is one more that should have been added to the list. Especially since it has over 3,000 years of history. Black Seed. It get better because Dr Leonard made a formula of seed extracts that is extremely powerful for inflammation and chronic pain. learn more here http://www.recoverhealthnow.com – Take a look at what this one formula can do to improve your health. Let food be your medicine. In this case the DNA found in this seed extract formula.

  • jake

    your talking about old natural antibiotics…Try Propolis, honey has nothing on that other product the bees make that has been a known antibiotic/medicine since the days of Hippocrates. Honey is great for you (raw unpasteurized) but it is no kind of antibiotic compared Propolis.

  • Michael Haymar

    Colloidal silver is not toxic if it is made correctly.

    • GarthDial

      Too much silver will turn your skin blue. Silversmith Syndrome. Some historians claim that Paul Revere suffered from it.

  • rosemaryjacobs

    If you study the history of civilization, do genealogical research or talk to people who grew up before the 2nd World War you will learn that our ancestors did not have effective antibiotics. That is why so many died prematurely of diseases that are history today.

    Silver drugs, including those in colloidal form, were used by desperate doctors and patients starting in the early 1900s before the first effective antibiotic, a sulfa drug, was developed around 1932. The silver drugs didn’t work and the silver supplements available today don’t work either. In fact several scientists have told me that the dozens they have tested don’t even kill germs in test tubes which is ironic since silver like bleach and alcohol is a disinfectant that should kill germs on contact although like silver they are not antibiotics. They do not kill germs inside of people who consume them.

    Silver taken internally can discolor the skin. The condition is called argyria. I have had it for over 50 years and have been researching silver and argyria for decades. There is no correct way to make a silver supplement that won’t cause argyria because it is the silver, and nothing but the silver, that causes the discoloration by binding with tissue throughout the body including that in the skin.


    • Kangalanatolian

      It is the SIZE of the silver particles that determines if you get blue (Argyria – which is harmless but unsightly)
      This is why ionic and nano silver are sold today. The process by which they are made (pure H2O only – etc) eliminates the larger particles that would get lodged and therefore cause the skin discoloration.
      The “Blue Man” was an ongoing big pharma ploy sent around the country to discredit their competition. Fear works unfortunately, especially coupled with vanity.

    • momsaid

      If it is processed using salt, and/or the particulate size is too large, silver can get lodged in body tissues. Micronized silver won’t and can’t. It attaches to bacteria cells and kills them. Rubbing your hands on silver or copper will kill bacteria and germs, too.

  • Johnny

    I live on ACV. That stuff runs through my veins and I feel great after drinking it.

    • Jakki Wetherall

      Problem is it tastes disgusting!

      • GarthDial

        Mix it with honey. It will cut the sourness.

  • Dan Feidt~hongpong

    Apple Cider Vinegar is excellent but it’s not accurate to call it “chemical-free” since … it is a set of chemicals. It would be more accurate to say “free of artificial chemicals”… after all it’s a liquid, not a light beam or sound…

  • GarthDial

    Onions, garlic, chives, scallions and leeks also contain sulphur compounds that are good for health.

  • GarthDial

    Silver nitrate, a liquid that turns the skin very dark on application, is the only silver compound that acts as an antibiotic that I am aware of. We used it to treat “Swimmer’s Ear”, a bacterial infection of the ear canals, back in the day. It was unsightly, but it really worked and was pain and odor free.

  • Wrightclick

    Silver is not a heavy metal. It is a Noble metal which is a different classification.

  • Mary Craven

    Saltysoap uses Tumeric coconut oil and Neem oil. Neem oil us another one to add to your list.