How and when to use natural antibiotics from your garden

Stef Zisovska

More and more people are becoming resistant to antibiotics because of overuse. The modern world population lives on pills, chemicals, antibiotics, synthetic foods, and powder shakes. Low immune system, low body resistance, and lack of energy are only some of the health issues that we hear about every day.

Fortunately, there are natural antibiotics that we can grow in our gardens or even balconies, and learn how to protect ourselves from bacteria and viruses by adding a few healthy medicinal plants to our everyday food plan. Here are some of the most common antibiotic plants that you should start using now!

Oregano and Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is commonly used to treat internal and external infections.
Oregano oil is commonly used to treat internal and external infections.

The pizza spice oregano is a potent antibiotic plant used mostly in the Mediterranean cuisine. There are more than 30 different oregano species, but the best one to eat is the Origanum vulgare. What’s even better than the plant is oregano oil, which you should start adding to your favorite recipes and make them even healthier. Oregano oil is perfect for treating foot and nail fungus, intestinal infections and parasites, and sinus infections. Put a few drops of oregano under your tongue to combat parasites or soak your feet in warm water with a few drops of oregano oil to cure fungal complaints.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is another strong antibiotic spice with a strong flavor. People who like spicy food won’t have a problem with this amazingly powerful natural antibiotic. Many studies have shown great results in treating vulvovaginitis with cayenne pepper oil mixed with olive oil. Vulvovaginitis is a common infection in women. It also has anti-fungal properties, it helps with fever, cold, and strep throat. You can add cayenne pepper powder to all your meals if you are a spicy food fan. It will boost your immune system in a couple of weeks.


Garlic promotes the growth of healthy microflora
Garlic promotes the growth of healthy microflora

Known as the favorite and the strongest type of natural antibiotic, garlic is used by a lot of people who refuse to take chemical medications. It’s easy to plant it in your backyard, your terrace or in a pot on your kitchen window.

Garlic promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral qualities. It’s also a strong antioxidant and fights worms and parasites. It protects the skin from radiation and sunlight damage. Garlic also helps the body to get rid of the heavy metals like lead and cadmium.


Raw ginger is a great antibiotic root that you should include in your diet as soon as possible. With raw ginger on your plate, you’re unlikely to suffer from food poisoning, stomach ache, or intestinal difficulties. Ginger helps with food digestion and prevents food poisoning. Ginger has an antibiotic effect against foodborne pathogens such as salmonella, listeria, and Campylobacter. If you feel like you’re getting sick, make a ginger tea, add a spoon of honey and a few drops of lime juice and you’ll feel better within an hour.


Turmeric rhizome and powder – Author: Simon A. Eugster – CC BY-SA 3.0
Turmeric rhizome and powder – Author: Simon A. Eugster – CC BY-SA 3.0

Turmeric is a strong spice used traditionally in almost every Indian dish. Its antibiotic properties are good for fighting infections, allergies, and fever. You can add turmeric to your food or combine it with ginger and make a tea. Turmeric tea will help you with any gastric damage caused by an infection and relieve stomach ache. You can find turmeric powder in every health food store or in most supermarkets. If you add a little bit of turmeric powder to your toothpaste you will get whiter teeth in a few weeks time. Remember these healthy natural antibiotics and try to use them as much as you can. Stay healthy and good luck!

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stef-zisovska is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival