5 Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

Updated at: Apr 27, 2015
5 Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

You don’t need antibiotics’ prescription to get rid of bacteria from your body. There are certain natural alternatives to antibiotics that will help you defend against bacterial and viral infections.

Himanshu Sharma
Home RemediesWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Apr 21, 2015

Doctors prescribe antibiotics to get rid of bacteria invading our body and inflicting damage. These formulations are great to kill bacteria and keep them from reproducing and strengthening body’s natural defences.


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When you take antibiotics, you also increase the chances of your body developing resistence against them over time. This is when you need alternatives that not only prevent drug resistance but are also just as effective.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has powerful medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), including lauric acid. MCTs are known for the ability to kill harmful bacteria like H. Pylori, C. Difficile and several others. To use coconut oil as an alternative to antibiotics, eat a small spoonful of coconut oil with breakfast. Another way of consuming coconut oil is by adding it to a salad.



Besides being a flavour to add to your meals, garlic offers endless health benefits. Consuming garlic kills bacteria and fights diseases. The alkaloids present in garlic affect bacteria directly, just as antibiotics do.



Honey has been used to treat wounds and prevent infection for centuries. It remains to be one of the best known natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories and antiseptics. An enzyme in honey releases hydrogen peroxide which helps your body fight infection and prevent growth of bacteria. Moreover, it has plentiful antioxidants and curative powers. To maximise benefits for the immune system, combine honey with cinnamon.

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract can be quite effective in fending off harmful viruses and bacteria. Besides, it has been known to cut off amino acid supply to viruses and keep it from spreading.



Ancient medicine has been using this bitter herb for over hundreds of years. It is best-known to treat digestive problems, fight influenza and cure respiratory infections. It is because of the antibacterial properties that andographis offer protection against most pathogens.

You don’t need antibiotics’ prescription. These natural alternatives to antibiotics will help you defend bacterial and viral infections.



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