Antibacterial Herbs Stimulate Our Body’s Own Natural Immune Defenses
One of the best ways to naturally support the body from bacterial infections are antibacterial herbs that come from the plant kingdom. Bacteria are single celled living organisms that are important or even essential to our survival. Most bacteria do not cause disease, however, some do. Bacteria, unlike a virus, can thrive on non-living surfaces, such as a doorknob, a cutting board, in ill-prepared foods as well as in our bodies. When we come into contact with infectious bacteria, the bacteria can reproduce very quickly and cause an immune response in the body. If our body’s natural defenses are strong, the bacteria will be quickly managed and destroyed. If, on the other hand, our immune system is unable to effectively control and destroy the bacteria we have encountered, we become sick.
There are a number of therapeutic herbs that can be safely and effectively used to destroy or inhibit bacterial growth. Called, or more properly stated, “having the properties” of being antibiotic in nature, of these herbs have been used for centuries to kill bacterial germs. What makes working with antibacterial herbs so wonderful is that at the same time they are killing off bad bacteria they are also supporting and stimulating our body’s own natural defenses.
Having one or more of these antibacterial herbs in your home medicine cabinet can help to keep you symptom free and help reduce any bacterial infection you may encounter. Antibacterial herbs include:
Clove oil is highly antiseptic and is a time-honored remedy for toothaches and abscessed teeth. It is also used to stop vomiting. It also has a history of relieving indigestion, controlling diarrhea, and healing cuts and bites.
The active constituents in Echinacea, which are thought to bolster the body’s defense, are known as polysaccharides. Polysaccharides stimulate the activity of macrophages, white blood cells that destroy bacteria, viruses and other foreign invaders.
Garlic is one of the most important herbs, having a broad range of well-documented healing properties. It acts as an antimicrobial against bacteria, fungi and worms, fights blood clots, stimulates bile, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. It is also sited as working to improve blood LDL and HDL ratios.
Golden seal is an effective, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and healing tonic. It is often recommended for a variety of inflamed mucous membranes conditions, including stomach, intestinal, vaginal and rectal. It is also recommended for cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis and should be used with caution by hypoglycemic persons because it is known to lower blood sugar levels.
Licorice root is a very sweet herb. Its anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory actions make for excellent throat lozenges and ulcer remedies. It helps to destroy viruses and to stimulate and clear the lymphatic system.
Myrrh has been known as a powerful natural herbal antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. This ancient herb combats infections of the lungs, skin, and urinary and intestinal tracts for centuries. Since antiquity, Myrrh has been used to relieve pain and alleviate sinusitis, gingivitis, periodontal disease and sore throat, and has long been used to help bolster the body’s natural immune defenses.
Pau d’arco bark is a very effective immune building and antifungal herb. Internally, it is a blood purifier that is used for systemic yeast infections like Candida albicans, and to strengthen the immune system. This is the herb that South American Indians have historically used to fight tumors.
Reishi mushrooms have been used for more than 4000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to alleviate the effects of stress, strengthen the heart, protect the liver, soothe the nerves, normalize blood pressure and inhibit the release of histamine (thus relieving the allergic inflammatory response). They also support adrenal function, stimulate the immune system, slow the aging process, and is anti-carcinogenic. Reishi mushrooms, as an herbal remedy are also anti-bacterial in nature.
Over the past decade, the popularity of herbal medicine has exploded. The most extraordinary and tantalizing thing about herbs are their proven action and their incredible versatility to heal the body and restore it to health.
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