Since the 1940’s, certain herbs and foods have been used to protect our bodies from disease and infection. They can build up your immune system, boost your digestive system, strengthen your gut bacteria, shut down parasites and more. Since we’ve been developing antibiotics, bacteria and bugs have evolved to resist them. However, they can’t develop immunities against astringent herbs and foods.
Natural Medicines in Your Kitchen
Astringent foods naturally purify your blood in a way that doesn’t affect you negatively.
1. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is beloved by all in the holistic health community. Coconut oil provides a wealth of benefits all by itself with its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It provides a number of antioxidants that strengthen your immune system, softens your skin, boosts brain activity, memory and function, balances cholesterol, thyroid and blood sugar levels.
2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar offers a lot, especially if you take a dose each day. It can be used to sterilize and disinfect about the home, though its main talents are used on your body. Raw apple cider vinegar provides benefits that range from maintaining cholesterol to reducing overall risk of cancer.
3. Fermented Foods
A balanced gut flora is crucial to preventing cancer cell growth and encouraging wellness in general. Good bacteria can be boosted and protected, and even doctors will recommend a probiotic alongside medication.
Oregano is popular for its use in Italian foods, however it offers benefits to your body in other ways too. Among its many health benefits, Oregano offers antibacterial effects that help with weight loss and digestion. Carvacrol, or oregano oil, fights off bacteria before they infect you, treating one type of yeast infection and many digestive infections.
Used since the ancient Romans, honey has been known to treat wounds and infection. This substance is packed with antioxidants, and is a powerful antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic. Honey purifies blood, calms digestive system and boosts liver function.
Cabbage doesn’t get enough appreciation. Did you know that cabbage provides ¾ of the vitamin c that we need to consume daily? On top of that, it is packed with sulfur compounds that are effective against cancer. Cabbage manages weight, improves digestion and prevents disease.
Delicious in flavor, powerful in property. Garlic deftly defends against simple bugs and colds. Allicin, a compound found in Garlic, protects against bacteria, yeast and parasites. If you don’t like the smell, try odorless garlic softgel capsules.
Turmeric fights bacteria and protects against infection. It’s able to be taken externally or internally. Combine it with honey in a paste and apply for an extra boost in health. A good combination is honey, garlic, turmeric, oregano and Echinacea.
Primarily used for colds, Echinacea has been proven to shorten the cold and works well for prevention.
10. Colloidal Silver
While colloidal silver shouldn’t be taken long term, as it is a heavy metal and mildly toxic, it is a natural antibiotic that has been in use for centuries. It temporarily deactivates an enzyme in single-cell bacteria that allows them to multiply, and suffocates them.