6 Powerful Natural Alternatives To Antibiotics That Really Work


Antibiotics refer to both natural and artificial substances that wipe out our prevent the growth of certain bacteria. The first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in 1927 by Alexander Fleming. Since then, antibiotics have saved millions of lives across the globe. Although they have beneficial effects, they have been hackneyed that new strains of bacteria resistant to these medicines were born and are now widespread. Fortunately, there exist natural alternatives that are relatively more powerful in a way that no strain of bacteria ever becomes resistant to them.


Probiotics, as the word suggests, are the opposite of antibiotics. They are live intestinal microorganisms, also known as good bacteria, that hinder the proliferation of detrimental bacteria, support proper digestion, improve the immune system, and enhance the body’s resistance to infection. Probiotic bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, produce compounds, namely acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid, that hinder bacterial growth. They also produce other natural antibiotics called bacteriocins.

Dietary probiotics, specifically Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, are found in many foods, such as plain organic yogurt, as nutritional supplements. Different brands of yogurts vary in their bacteria strains and potency. Fruit-bottomed yogurts either do not have live bacteria or have an adulterated form unrecognizable by the body. Probiotic supplements are also available in capsule form which can be taken in two to four in divided doses.

Oregano oil

The oregano plant has proven to be the most effective of all the herbal plants that have been studied for antibiotic potential. In vitro studies show that the oil of oregano is as effective as leading commercial antibiotics. Moreover, oil of oregano is safer for internal use and better at inhibiting the development of resistant bacteria.


The role of garlic as an antibiotic has been well documented. Garlic can directly kill infectious bacteria and protect the body from poisons that are causing the infection. Clinical research suggests that garlic is as effective as penicillin, streptomycin, erythromycin, and tetracycline. It is also effective against some bacteria that are already resistant to commercial antibiotics.

For consumption, fresh garlic is more effective than deodorized garlic. Garlic oil made from chopped fresh garlic soaked in olive oil can be taken internally or applied topically.

Bee propolis

Propolis, also known as “bee glue,” is a resinous substance collected by bees. A number of key antibiotic compounds, such as galangin and pinocembrin, are found in bee propolis. Propolis inhibits reproduction of H. Pylori, the bacterium associated with ulcers, and destroys E. coli and Candida albicans.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a topical substance derived from tea tree, which is native to Australia. It is used to treat a variety of skin infections, such as acne, athlete’s foot and nail fungus.


Turmeric as an antimicrobial has also been well documented. Like garlic, turmeric inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, parasites and fungi. Turmeric is also a good substitute for anti-inflammatory prescription drugs.

The above are 6 alternatives to antibiotics. In addition to being effective against bacteria, they are safer, cheaper, and more readily available than prescription antibiotics which many bacteria have become resistant to.

Mayimina has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.

  • shoalster

    Where's the colloidal silver?

  • Paula

    i find niacin is great too, slightest sign of a chest infection and this knocks it on its head. only problem i've found is i can't find any detailed information on Niacin use in pregnacy. normally i would take between 100 and 500mg a day till infection clears. it never takes long. i'd love to know more about it.

  • Alexander Rinehart

    I love monolaurin from coconut oil too, works well combined with some of these. Colloidal silver is also a very popular one. Thanks for the resource. We are going to need these with the rise of superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

  • TeaFlea

    Propolis rules 🙂

  • Deborah Ramos

    where are the pickles???????????

    • Julija

      I think that pickles refer to fermented food, as it is olso rich in vitamins c and probiotics. Here I would also add kombucha and other fermented vegies

    • I believe maybe referring to the fact pickles can be coloured with turmeric or have garlic added to the jars? Or maybe it's a reference to the vinegar which i believe also has anti bacterial properties

  • Wrightclick

    Kefir should be included in probiotics.

  • Brittany

    Do you have any guidance on how much to use of each as a treatment?

  • TheHealth-Minded.com

    These natural alternatives are crucial as antibiotic resistant infections are here, unfortunately, and affect millions in drastic ways. There is a film about it now, just released, and I wrote about it here: http://www.thehealthminded.com/2014/06/resistance…. Check it out and learn what you can do to help. Thanks for the post!

  • Kyle

    Apple Cider Vinegar? That should be there too!

  • Alyson

    How do you use the tea tree oil on your skin to help acne? Do you put the pure essential oil on your face?

  • For few days I find out natural treatment for my skin because in my skin have many dark spots and I don't believe in antibiotic medicines. But I am happy here you are giving natural tips. I will definitely use it.

  • Craig

    honey is an antimicrobial and promotes healing when applied topically as well. If you add flour to give it some thickness it becomes a very potent ointment for infected cuts and the like.

  • freda

    I have a very bad heart burn and I'm looking for cure….

    • Sullaman

      I cured mine by juicing Cabbages. Google it up. I had a peptic ulcer for years. I also eat a lot of sauerkraut straight from the jar. German is best or organic from local. Pickle juice adds immediate relief.

      I heard tell that a bacteria can cause inflammation there and it has to be diagnosed. Once some people have it done so and get it treated the heartburn is gone. In otherwords, it could be multiple causes. Try mine and go from there. All I know it worked for me and I had it for 20 years off & on. Now dead as a dodo.

  • Lindy

    Tea tree great for slowing down tooth abscesses – some times even cure them! A crown they were going to remove, still there 16 years later after Tee tree treatment.