Three Natural Antibiotic Foods that Really Work


Oregano Oil, Garlic and Honey are Clinically Proven natural antibiotics and laboratory tests prove these foods can kill resistant bacteria

Antibiotics are used to get rid of infections by killing off the bacteria that is causing the illness. Doctor-prescribed antibiotics are stronger than you might really need if you are suffering from a mild infection, though. You can use natural sources of antibiotics as a milder alternative to get rid of the infection. There is so much information on natural antibiotics that it’s hard to believe any statement about foods that might really work. That’s why we’ve collected information of foods that have been proven effective through clinical studies.

When to See a Doctor

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If you experience a mild infection and want to try natural foods instead of prescription antibiotics, you can try these three foods clinically proven as effective on some resistant strains of bacteria.

Bacterial infections can happen on any part of your body. Mild infections may heal easily, but if the bacteria enter your bloodstream, they can cause sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Children, the elderly and anyone with weakened immunity should see the doctor if they suspect an infection. Symptoms of a mild infection include:

  • Pain, redness or rash
  • Swelling or warmth in the affected area
  • Wound draining pus
  • Fever

For a more serious infection, see your doctor right away. These symptoms include:

  • Would with red streaks leading from it
  • Swollen glands in neck, armpits, or groin
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache, fever and stiff neck
  • Seizures, lethargy, confusion or loss of consciousness

If you experience a mild infection and want to try natural foods instead of prescription antibiotics, you can try these three foods clinically proven as effective on some resistant strains of bacteria.

If you continue to suffer from an illness after you have tried a regimen of natural antibiotics for a week, or if your symptoms worsen, you should discuss your problem with your doctor.


When you begin to feel sick, you can try taking a teaspoon of raw honey daily. Honey also makes an excellent everyday sugar substitute.

Honey is filled with natural antibiotics that can help fight illness if you catch the problem early enough.

You must first discuss using honey with your doctor, since some patients with weakened immune systems can become ill, rather than better.

Try to use honey that was cultivated in your local area for the best results. Local honey contains pollen from the plants and flowers in your area. The honey will provide you with a natural immunity to the allergens contained in those plants and flowers. You can use the honey to help heal your mild infection and protect you from further respiratory problems, or other allergic reactions to the plant life that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Local honey tends to contain fewer preservatives, as well.

The real strength of honey, however, lies in its ability to treat skin and eye infections. Applying raw honey locally on infected wounds and conjunctivitis in a laboratory test on rats reduced redness and swelling. It also reduced the healing time. Researchers noted that honey was as potent as traditional local antibiotics.


Another ancient remedy, garlic, has proven its power in scientific tests.

Many scientists suspect plants similar to garlic may also have antibiotic properties, such as chives, onions, leeks and shallots.

Not only is garlic an alkaline food full of healthy nutrients, it is also high in sulfur. The sulfur is responsible for chemical reactions that block enzymes necessary for bacteria to live. In 1954, a researcher in Russian proved that placing garlic juice directly onto bacterial colonies immobilized the germs in just two minutes. The bacteria showed no signs of life after ten minutes.

Oregano Oil

You can find oregano oil at most health stores and some grocery stores. It works well on many types of infections and as a topical antibiotic.

Cinnamon oil and thyme oil have also shown antibiotic properties, but in laboratory tests, oregano oil was the most potent.

Researches tested these three oils against germs that showed antibiotic resistance including Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus.



Jessica Bosari writes about health and nutrition for, a site dedicated to helping students find the best nutritionist certification and culinary arts programs.

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  1. Thanks – helpful information. We should all be concerned with the amount of antibiotics that end up in our soil, water and food, so natural alternatives are very welcome. As a vegan I would avoid the honey and focus on the garlics and oils.

    • Vegan’s can’t have plant pollen mixed with bee spit?

      • Very interesting John… maybe someone can enlightne us on this idea? Any vegans out there who dont eat honey? Why else would we eat plant pollen?

        • I am a vegan, however I do choose to eat honey because of its antibiotic properties. However, the consumption of honey is definitely a controversial topic in the vegan community. One of the main arguments against consumption is because of how it is cultivated, not do to the actual honey itself. As john suggested, aside from the “bee spit”, honey itself is not really an “animal” product. But one could argue that the cultivation of honey is detrimental to bees because it robs bees of an important resource. In addition, some cultivation techniques such as the use of smoke to incapacitate bees during cultivation are also frowned upon. There are more arguments as well, but these are just a few.

  2. I use honey when I have a fever and it is very helpful. I am amazed on how powerful it is.

  3. Great to see honey included in the list. I’m a huge fan and have always increased the amount I eat when I start feeling a little sick. Seems to get me feeling better pretty quickly. What do you think about Turmeric? Do you think that and antibiotic qualities? I’m a firm believer that it works great as preventative medicine. Would like to know what you think.
    Great article :)

    • A friend of mine takes turmeric tablets on a regular basis because there is family history of cancers and alzheimers and she wants to do eveything possible to prevent these diseases for herself.
      Turmeric is used widely to colour foods especially our lovely curries. I add a pinch of it into my egg mayonnaise and it gives it a fabulous rich colour and nice flavour.
      Turmeric also has anti inflammatory properties and can be used to rub into wounds but I’m not sure I like the sound of that and prefer to spread a bit of honey if I get a wound from something. All in all turmeric is one of our natural wonders.

  4. Roberta says:

    If you are going to be taking honey I suggest Manuka Honey. It is expensive granted but it has the highest anti bacterial and health porperties of all the honeys I believe.

  5. I had always heard that honey has antihistimine effects, and when taken in high doses around allergy season, the benefits are huge. Apparently, though, it’s best to take honey from your county, or as local as possible….

  6. I’d like to second honey as an excellent, natural way to kill bad bacteria, but it’s important that you find the right honeys…as is too often the case, store-bought honeys masquerade as being “raw” and “natural” when, in fact, they are highly processed or filled with additives. The best honey is very expensive, but because only small doses are required it is still incredibly cost effective.

  7. Hi really interesting post. I had heard of honey and garlic for ailments but never heard of oregano oil. You learn something everyday as someone once said . So for that thanks very much.

    Thanks lee

  8. Thanks for the solid tips here. I’m always looking for fresh, useful health pointers for clients.

    I’ll also echo that if you are trying to treat allergies with honey, to be very sure the honey is from your immediate region. You may pay more (or less!) for honey very locally grown, but the results will be very different. If you eat honey from GA but you’re from WY, you’ll only have relief from certain allergies when you’re vacationing in GA!


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