Natural antibiotics

Now that more and more regular antibiotics are failing and becoming resistant, it may be time to look at alternatives. How did we do it again before the age of antibiotics and penicillin (around 1940)? Natural antibiotics may be less spectacular, but may also be undervalued. Or perhaps only forgotten because of the remarkable work of their chemical big brothers? Antibiotics and penicillin are probably the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide. No other drug has ever had such a rigorous effect in modern medicine. Everything comes to an end, which unfortunately also appears to be unavoidable in this matter. It is common knowledge that antibiotics were/are prescribed inappropriately and for certain critics that is the reason that they no longer work as we want.

So let’s be careful with the types of antibiotics that still work well and only use them when really necessary, such as for life-threatening diseases. For less serious cases, one could turn to alternative remedies such as natural antibiotics. To achieve this, allopathic, homeopathic and naturopaths should work more together.

Aloe vera (desert lily)

Aloe vera originally comes from East and South Africa. More than two hundred and fifty species occur in warm and dry parts of the world. More than one hundred and sixty substances have been identified in the plant, which together prove to be particularly effective as a medicine for the entire body.
Aloe contains, among other things:

  • 13 vitamins
  • 13 minerals
  • 15 enzymes
  • Various amino acids
  • Essential fatty acids
  • 10+ different saccharides (sugars)
  • Wound healing saponins
  • Essential oils

In addition to its antibiotic effect against bacteria, viruses and fungi, aloe vera has numerous other qualities that have a healing influence on the body:

  • The immune system is strengthened, which reduces the risk of infection and makes infections less severe
  • Cleansing and strengthening the entire organism, aloe vera has blood purifying properties
  • Promotes wound healing and prevents wound infection
  • Radiation damage to tissues can be regenerated to some extent
  • Aloe vera is a natural painkiller
  • Aloe vera is a mild and hypoallergenic agent for cleansing and caring for the skin
  • This versatile plant contains valuable minerals, vitamins and trace elements
  • Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties


  • Don’t automatically choose a cheap aloe vera product. It must be carefully processed to preserve the valuable substances. Get advice from a pharmacy, health food store or a naturopath.
  • Aloe also does well as a houseplant. With this plant you always have a good first aid at home for wounds and burns: cut open the leaf and place the pulp on the wound.
  • Book: Treating and healing with Aloe vera by Ulla Rahn-Huber; the juice of this ‘miracle plant’ helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and detoxifies the body. Dutch – Paperback | 2002
  • Book: Aloe vera workbook by E. Asjes; First aid plant, miracle plant, medicine plant and fire aloe are some of the nicknames for Aloe vera. Dutch – Paperback | 1989

Aloe Vera products can have a laxative effect when taken internally. Long-term use and use during pregnancy are not recommended. The gel for external use is safe.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

The power of the scent is as strong as its healing power. Garlic is the healthiest seasoning that nature has to offer. And it is one of the oldest medicinal plants; Garlic was already used medicinally 4,000 years ago. This bulb contains the antibiotic allicin and a large number of minerals such as:

  • Silica
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Trace elements such as zinc, manganese and selenium
  • Vitamin C (only in fresh garlic)
  • Provitamin A
  • Vitamins B1 and B2, and B3 (niacin)

Garlic also contains phytic acid, which after conversion/metabolism is of great importance for hair growth and healthy skin. Here are a few more of the most well-known beneficial effects of garlic:

  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Fights bacteria, viruses and parasites

Less known are:

  • Inhibits the growth of cancer cells
  • Helps against flatulence, intestinal cramps and diarrhea
  • Good remedy against intestinal infections
  • Also helps in the fight against Helicobacter pylori
  • Garlic also helps remove heavy metals

Use garlic

Eating garlic regularly is therefore very healthy. Two to three toes per day is recommended. The rawer and fresher the better. The effect is affected by heating. It is best to add garlic at the end of the preparation. Garlic pills are also available.
You can also use garlic externally:

  • Mixing crushed garlic with water helps against wounds, insect bites and fungal infections of the skin
  • Place a slice of garlic with a plaster over it on warts, cracked skin and pimples. Remove after a few hours.

Grapefruit seed extract

The grapefruit belongs to the citrus fruit family, which in turn is part of the rue family (Rutacaeen). The fruit owes its bitter-sour taste to the glycoside naringin, which stimulates digestion and stimulates the appetite.
In 1964, the antibiotic properties of grapefruit seed extract were discovered by the American physician and physicist Dr. J. Harich.Grapefruit seed extract and its medicinal properties:

  • Combats numerous potentially harmful micro-organisms, but does not affect the natural bacteria in the mouth and throat, intestines and vagina
  • Stimulates and strengthens the immune system
  • Has a particularly good antioxidant effect against free radicals

Applied in the correct dosage, the grapefruit seed extract has no side effects; a slight irritation in the intestines may occur, which disappears as soon as the dosage is reduced or intake is stopped. Undiluted, this liquid substance is corrosive and should never be brought into direct contact with the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth and throat or the vagina. Always dilute ! This is also stated on the packaging.

Possible applications of grapefruit seed extract

It is a widely applicable medicine and can be used for, among other things:

  • Against bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • To disinfect wounds and sores
  • Against infections of the mouth and throat or the genitals such as Herpes Labialis ( dilution )
  • For inflamed gums and as a rinse after tooth extraction
  • With Candida albicans
  • It has a calming and preventive effect on cardiovascular diseases


  • Against impure skin, acne, skin fungus
  • Fungal infections of fingers and toes
  • Good results are also achieved with psoriasis

For mouthwash or gargle, dissolve 10 drops of extract in a glass of water.

A mixture of 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract dissolved in half a liter of water makes a lunch box or refrigerator mold-free.


Unfortunately, due to the overly enthusiastic use of this powerful drug, there are already active bacterial strains that, just like chemical antibiotics, no longer respond to it.


Propolis is a substance that is created by mixing the collected resins with the excretions of the bees. Not only plant substances have medicinal properties, animals also use antibiotic substances to protect themselves against bacteria, viruses and other parasites.
The most active substances in propolis are flavones and flavonoids, organic acids and essential oils. Nearly five percent of the total weight of propolis consists of pollen, of which a bee colony collects an average of fifty kilos per year.


Experiment with approximately sixteen thousand subjects yielded the following results:

  • Propolis is an antibiotic that is active against numerous microorganisms. Apart from an occasional allergic reaction, propolis has no side effects, does not lead to resistance and strengthens the immune system.
  • Propolis activates the thymus gland, which plays an important role in the human hormone and immune system.
  • Propolis accelerates the rate of metabolism and cell division, which explains its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties; this could be why propolis works so well for acne and herpes.
  • Propolis not only helps physically during the treatment of the elderly (geriatrics), but also improves the psychological condition.
  • In principle, propolis helps against all inflammations, including purulent conditions of the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Propolis also provides support for various metabolic disorders and has a good influence on cholesterol levels and blood circulation disorders.

The list of uses for propolis is endless and would be too long to include in this article. For detailed information, you can purchase the booklet: Choosing natural antibiotics by Petra Neumayer. Propolis is available as tincture, tablets, ointment and oil.


  • For infections in the sinuses, the mucous membranes in the mouth, the gums and the throat, you can put 10 to 20 drops of tincture on half a slice of bread and eat it while chewing thoroughly. This way the active substance comes into best contact with the affected areas.
  • For better resistance, you can dissolve 10 drops of propolis tincture in a glass of water (stir well) 2-3 times a day and drink it in small sips. The best option is a treatment of 3 to weeks (a few times a year).
  • For athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot, apply the tincture to the infected area twice a day (morning and evening) with a cotton swab.
  • Finally: no drug in the world is able to counteract the consequences of a long-term unhealthy and unwise diet and lifestyle.

Tea tree oil

This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, which actually only occur in tropical areas. Tea tree oil is the medicine of Australia’s oldest inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, who lived in harmony with nature for more than forty thousand years before they were mercilessly persecuted and almost exterminated by white immigrants. They used the leaves to treat wounds, bites and various skin infections

Some practical uses and recipes of tea tree oil

  • Acne and skin inflammation: dab the skin with a cotton swab soaked in oil
  • Herpes, cold sores: apply undiluted, for sensitive skin mix some tea tree oil with jojoba oil
  • Athlete’s foot and nail fungus: apply 2-3 times a day with undiluted tea tree oil
  • Mouthwash and gargle: 5-10 drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water
  • Rub for cough and bronchitis: mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 4 drops of tea tree oil

Worth knowing

After a real tea tree oil boom took place in the 1970s, entire tea tree plantations sprang up in Australia. This is not good for Australian nature, because the trees need a lot of water, which is quite scarce in Australia. Many pesticides are also used. It is therefore advisable to buy tea tree oil from plantations with organic management. That oil is usually a bit more expensive, but of much better quality.

When tea tree oil comes into contact with air, oxidation occurs and the quality of the oil decreases. Therefore, always store in a dark place and close/close the bottle properly. It is also usually sold in small quantities. Preferably prepare the content within a year.

African Ginger

African Ginger (Siphonochilus aethiopicus) is a plant with large hairless leaves that sprouts annually from a cone-shaped root tuber. The spectacular flowers of this beautiful plant appear in early summer.
The smell of ginger is aromatic and penetrating, the taste, spicy, pungent and warm. This rare South African plant is an ancient traditional herb considered Africa’s best natural antibiotic, and it has a long history of use in African traditional medicine for a range of conditions.

Traditional applications:

  • Influenza, flu (along with Warburgia),
  • Headache,
  • Mild asthma,
  • Sinusitis and throat infections,
  • P.M.S.,
  • menstrual cramps,
  • Candida albicans syndrome (along with Warburgia),
  • Mildly sedative for mood swings and hysteria,
  • Colds, flu and cough,
  • Digestive disorders,
  • Antiseptic complaints,
  • Stimulates blood circulation,
  • Lowering high blood pressure,
  • Helps reduce body temperature during fevers,
  • Inhibits clotting and thins the blood,
  • Lowers cholesterol,
  • Heartburn & Halitosis (bad breath),
  • Vascular Stimulant,
  • Body cleanser,
  • Anti-emetic.

The therapeutic benefits and special taste of the carrot comes from the essential oils in the carrot; the bitter component is due to a yellowish liquid called gingerol. Gingerol is an acidic component, responsible for the hot taste and stimulating properties. Ginger is rich in minerals and contains vitamins B3 and B5.

In combination with Warburgia (Pepperbas tree), African ginger is extremely effective against candida and flu. These two herbs enhance each other’s effect.


The German therapeutic monograph warns patients with gallbladder disease to avoid ginger and also warns against exceeding the recommended dosage. Because of its warming properties, ginger is not recommended for those who do not tolerate this spiciness well or people with gastritis and stomach ulcers. Do not use during pregnancy or lactation. Keep out of reach of children.

Possible side effects:

Side effects of ginger are rare when you stick to the recommended dosage. However, some people may be sensitive to the taste or experience slight increases in heartburn. Persons with a history of gallstones should consult with their doctor before using the product. A doctor should be informed when ginger is used for surgery, due to the anesthesia and possible nausea

Other plants with an antibiotic effect

  • Wild garlic
  • Thyme
  • Onion
  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Clove
  • savory
  • Juniper berry
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Horseradish
  • Mustard
  • Watercress
  • Marigold
  • Lapacho

Physical discomfort can often be remedied yourself. It is unwise to self-medicate with an illness. In case of illness, always contact an alternative or alternative doctor or expert practitioner. This article is for information purposes only, to show that there are more options and that things can be done differently.