Expanded list of natural antibiotics for survival times
Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” — Hippocrates.
An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms. It
can be topical or taken internally. Stop poisoning your body with man made chemical
antibiotics. Instead trust nature, and let food by thy antibiotic!
The survival antibiotics most overlooked by preppers? The ones from nature!
Hippocrates was correct that food has healing powers and stimulate the body’s
immune function. Fruits rich in Vitamin C, such as strawberries, pineapples,
cantaloupes, watermelon, oranges, lemons and limes, for example, can help reduce
incident of infection by stimulating your own body’s immune function. Vegetables rich
in Vitamin C include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. They are equally
powerful foods to heal the body naturally.
The Hippocratic oath includes this important sentence: “With regard to healing the
sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and
means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.” This is an important
sentence. The message is clear about doing no harm. If you listen to advertisements
for prescriptions medicines you will hear an alarming list of side effects. The side
effects for prescriptive antibiotics include vomiting, severe diarrhea and abdominal
cramps, vaginal itching or discharge, white patches on the tongue, shortness of
breath, hives, swelling of lips, face, or tongue, fainting and rash.
Why would anyone succumb their body to such torture when nature is all the
medicine a sick body needs, and is virtually free of symptoms?
Indeed, nature offers a powerful prescription! Let’s take a closer look.
List of Most Powerful Natural Antibiotics for Survival
Take a closer look at natural antibiotics for survival because antibiotics may not be
available when you need them most. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of
defense (before going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs). Natural antibiotics can help
you with sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and
ordinary cuts and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge of the right natural
Nineteen Natural Antibiotics
Let the healing begin! This top list of powerful antibiotics don’t require a prescription:
Natural Antibiotic #1: Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic. Further weight loss,
arthritis, cholesterol, skin disorders, sinuses, anti-aging and much more. ACV is a
great detox for the body and can also be used as an astringent topically.
Natural Antibiotics #2: Andrographis to help with upper respiratory
Many preppers have not heard of andrographis. Grown in India and Sri Lanka,
Andrographis is a powerful anti-inflammatory to help you fight respiratory infections.
This powerful anti-inflammatory that’s a popular traditional Chinese herb.
Andrographis supports healthy digestive, cardiovascular, and urinary systems. For
an upper respiratory infection make andrographis tea.
- Recipe for Andrographis Tea: Make a tea by using one tablespoon of the
herb into hot water. Drink this tea three or four times a day. It’s rather strong,
but well worth the benefits. If you can’t muster the tea,then get the capsule
- Andrographis tablets: Andrographis Extract in Nature’s Way, pictured right, is
standardized to 10% andrographolides to support healthy immunity. Take 1
capsule 2 times daily with water.
Natural Antibiotic #3: Cinnamon and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil.
Cinnamon is a natural antibiotic alternative that helps regulate insulin levels in the
body. Cinnamon helps repel insects too! Cinnamon leaf essential has a warm, spicy
and clove-like smell.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil (distinctly different from Cassia) is extremely effective against anti-
biotic resistant bacteria, which makes a powerful food safe nontoxic disinfectant to
disinfect Kitchen cupboards, inside refrigerators and toys. Cinnamon Leaf Oil
promotes circulation, helping to alleviate aches and pains. As well, Cinnamon Leaf oil
builds and maintains a healthy immune system and has long been used to flavor
food and for its internal health benefits.
Natural Antibiotic #4: Cloves and Clove Essential Oil.
As an antibiotic, Clove Essential Oil is a botanical alternative worth considering. It’s
an active ingredient in Fresh green black walnut wormwood complex, which helps
treat parasites. Cloves were precious in 16th and 17th century Europe, worth more
than its weight in gold for its medicinal properties. Avoid during pregnancy.
Natural Antibiotic #5: Coconut oil.
Prepper’s love multi-functional preps and coconut oil is one of them.Coconut oil is a
heat stable food that provides fast energy among many other useful properties,
including as a cosmetic. You can apply coconut oil directly to the skin! It’s the lauric
acid in coconut oil that turn into an antibioitic.
Natural Antibiotic #6: Echinacea.
Echinacea purpurea is stem leaf flower, which has been clinically shown to support
the immune system. Echinacea is most effective at the very onset of a cold of flu. It
has the proven ability to increase white blood cell count, but it is a stimulant.
Natural Antibiotic #7: Frankincense (Botswellia serrata).
Frankincense has been used to treat inflammatory diseases for the centuries.
Boswellic acids from Frankincense are compounds isolated from the gum resin of the
Boswellia serrata plant. Frankincnese Essential Oil has a rich woody, earthy scent
with a deeply mysterious nuance dating back to biblical times. Frankincense also can
help aid with cancer according to Dr. Axe who also proclaims that food is medicine!
Natural Antibiotic #8: Garlic, Chives, Leeks and Onions.
Raw garlic is an antibiotic, antiviral and a fungicide. Not only will you keep those
vampires away, but raw garlic will help you overcome colds and flu and is used as a
cancer prevention food. Garlic has sulfur compounds which are beneficial to the
cardiovascular system to maintain cholesterol. In the same family for consideration
also are chives, leeks and onions.
Natural Antibiotics #9: Goldenseal.
Golden Seal is an ideal botanical option for antibiotics. Goldenseal prevents bacteria
from adhering to cell walls. Used as a treatment for irritations and inflammation of
the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts, Goldenseal
is ideal to for preppers to stock for many other reasons. Because of its anti-microbial
activity, goldenseal has a long history of use during the winter season and is often
used in combination with Echinacea.
- Recipe for Sore Throat Gargle with Goldenseal: Make a gargle from
Goldenseal Powder. Start with a pinch of salt with half a teaspoon golden seal
powder. Mix in the glass then gargle and spit. Do this three or four times a
day. Do not take longer than two weeks! Right, is Smallflower, Goldenseal
root powder (one ounce of loose herbs). Smallflower is packaged in old world
apothecary style, air tight brown paper canisters to keep light and moisture
out, and freshness in. Use in teas, tinctures, and elixirs. See also, Frontier
organic Goldenseal powder, right for your bulk use of goldenseal.
- Read more about the immune boosting powers of Golden Seal. Golden seal
may be applied topically on dry wounds to speed healing!For many centuries,
people from all over the globe have found fresh herbs to be a gentle yet
effective health-enhancing blessing. The goldenseal herb has properties that
stimulate appetite, aid digestion, often increase the production of bile and
cure digestive problems, in addition to its antibiotic properties.
Natural Antibiotic #10: Grapefruit seed extract.
Grapefruit Seed Liquid Extract is a versatile natural oil known to have antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. There are many tablets on the market,
which you can take for anti-bacterial/anti-fungal maintenance. Grapefruit seed
extract helps keep the beneficial Flora.
Natural Antibiotics #11: Honey (Specifically, Manuka Honey to help
heal cuts and scrapes).
Many preppers believe ordinary honey will do the trick, but really you must choose
only honey, which comes from the Manuka tree in New Zealand!
Manuka honey has a stronger antibiotic component to it than ordinary honey. (Use a
tablespoon of Manuka honey and apply it topically three times a day). Be sure also
to look for the pre-made bandage with Manuka honey.
Natural Antibiotic #12: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
With it’s strong and woodsy aroma, Eucalyptus oil, is a treatment for skin ailments
such as burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice and skin infections. Historically
Lemon Eucalyptus oil has helped combat the effects of colds and the flu, making
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil a fine addition to the list of pandemic preparedness and
supplies. It also has been used for over 100 years to combat sinus issues. Common
uses also include arthritis, bronchitis, poor circulation, and sinusitis.
Natural Antibiotic Food #13: Limes and Lemons.
Both lemons and limes contain flavonoids, which have antibiotic effects. Lime juice is
also effective against Cholera.
- Grow lemons for survival.
- Lemons can help soothe a mosquito bite!
Natural Antibiotic #14: Oil of Oregano.
Oregano oil has proven antibacterial qualitites according to a study published by the
JMM (Journal of Medical Microbiology).
Known to support digestive, respiratory and joint health, an active ingredient in Oil
of Oregano is carvacrol. According to Dr. Oz, “Oil of oregano, which is distilled from
the flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of nature’s most powerful
antibiotics. “Its ingredient, carvacro, may provide support to the immune system and
it also inhibits the growth of bacteria.”
Natural Antibiotic #15: Olive Leaf.
Olive Leaf was used by the Egyptians and written about by Hippocrates! Pictured
right, Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. It’s a
powerful antioxidant that can help give support to the healthy immune system,
cardiovascular system, and joints. Olive leaf features a natural antioxidant
(oleuropein), which neutralizes harmful free-radicals to bolster immune function.
Natural Antibiotic #16: Peppermint Oil.
Sure peppermint oil is revitalizing, invigorating, and cooling when applied topically as
aromatherapy, but Peppermint Oil aids with digestive problems (including irritable
bowel syndrome). It freshens your breath as well, which is why it’s an active
ingredient in many mouthwashes. Peppermint Oil has antibiotic properties, which is
another reason its often included in mouthwash and toothpaste, thanks the menthol
which is an organic compound of the peppermint plant. In addition to combating
stomach ailments, peppermint oil helps bruises heal more rapidly and soothes sore
joints. As an extra measure of natural goodness, perppermint is an antibacterial, as
well. Avoid Essential Oil of Peppermint during pregnancy (and keep out of eyes)!
Natural Antibiotic #17: Pau D’arco.
Not often talked about in prepper circles when it comes to botanical antibiotic
alternatives, is Pau D’arco. Pictured immediate right, Pau D’arco has a long history of
use in traditional cultures as a blood cleanser. This botanical from the rain forest
boosts your body’s defenses at the cellular level.
Natural Antibiotic #18: Tea Tree Oil.
Preppers are discovering the power of tea tree oil, particularly in the realm of first
aid, but there is so much more tea tree oil can do for preppers! Indeed tea tree oil is
well loved in the medicine cabinet by preppers for dealing with everything from cuts,
abrasions sun burns and sprains to rashes, tick and chiggar bites and even tonsilitis!
From personal hygiene, to first aid and pet care, tea tree oil is extremely beneficial
for preppers. Tea tree oil offers a variety of cosmetic benefits, including clearing up
acne, blackheads and blemishes, as well as eliminating body odor, dandruff and
even bad breath. Tea tree oil is a natural and safe disinfectant! Preppers are also
discovering benefits in fighting mold, and helping relieve bacterial and viral infections.
Read more about the beneficial uses of tea tree oil and its significance to preppers.
Natural Antibiotic #19: Thyme oil.
According to an abstract published by the U.S.National Library of Medicine National
Institutes of Health, “Thyme Oil demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotics
resistant strains of the tested bacteria.”
BONUS Natural Antibiotics #20: Silver (Colloidal and NanoSilver).
Silver is an ancient remedy worthy of consideration. Colloidal silver was mainstream
medicine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was replaced by man made antibiotics!
A natural and powerful antibiotic, colloidal silver works as a catalyst to disable
bacteria, fungus and viruses. Colloidal silver was first discovered in the early 1900s
by Alfread Searle who found it could kills the most deadly pathogens.
For Ebola prevention, choose 10ppm: as with Silver Biotics, which can supercharge
your family’s immune systems. Free of artificial ingredients, preservatives or
additives, Silver Biotics supports the immune system with 10 parts per million
beneficial silver. Dr. Rima Laibow says it’s a nutrient effective in neutralizing Ebola.
(She is referring to Nanosilver 10 parts per million)! The declassified research in
2009 from the Department of Defense shows that NanoSilver 10ppm (not to be
confused with Colloidal Silver) inactivates and neutralizes the Ebola virus.
There are many natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food
stores or search easily online. Please tell us what you find!
Extensive list of Natural Antibiotics:
While the above list is a good start, below you’ll find an extensive list of more
- Andrographis, listed above
- Bergamot (natura al polyphenolic antioxidant free radical scavenger)
- Collodial Silver, listed above
- Eucalyptus (see also lemon eucalyptus, which is not the same)
- Garlic, listed above
- Goldenseal, listed above
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, listed above
- Lavender Esstential Oil
- Lemon Eucaylptus Oil
- Olive Leaf, listed above
- Oil of Oregano, listed above
- Pau D’arco, listed above
- Tea Tree Oil
- Thyme Oil, listed above
- Wooly Lamb’s Ear
- Wormwood, excellent for parasite cleansing.
How to Survive in a world without antibiotic prescriptions
Antibiotics, which surfaced for medical use in the 1950s, kill or inhibit the growth of
microorganisms — they are directly lethal to bacteria and have no effect on viruses)!
Available topically or orally, antibiotics have been helping mankind win the war
against bacteria and live to tell about it. Penicillin was the first natural oral antibiotic
discovered for medicinal purposes, but there are many natural alternatives.
While the natural antibiotics are a viable option, storing antibiotics intended for
animals, because they don’t require a prescription is a common prepper practice.
Fish antibiotics, like FishMox, is a common prepper survival tactic and well worth
considering. Mind you, it’s difficult to find and not always available in pet stores, nor
on Amazon, but if you can find it, then get some! Consult your doctor about FishMox,
which is the same amoxicillin prescribed for humans, to see if this is right for you and
your family. This antibiotic intended for fish may be the only antibiotic available in
uncertain times when a doctor is not available.
- Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy recommend botanical antibiotic alternatives,
such as cayenne, eucalyptus oil, honey, thyme oil, peppermint oil, garlic oil, as
well as fresh garlic and ginger. As well, they advise use of Fish antibiotics.
- Read the Survival Blog: Veterinarians perspective on Prepper Medicine.
- See this testimonial from a Doomsday Prepper who advocates pet medicine use.
- NOTE: Always consult a physician for a proper human prescription as you may
have a sever allergic reaction. Prior to ever needing this medication, consult
your doctor on the proper dosage, should you ever need it when he or she is
not around for a prescription
- Patriot Nurse Recommended Antibiotics:
- (Additionally she recommends clindamycin, Flagyl and Bactrim).
- Equivalent antibiotics available for fish, popular with preppers:
- Fish Flex (Cephalexin)*
- FishMox Fort (Amoxicillin)*
- Fish Pen (Penicillin)*
While antibiotics have had a role in modern medicine, considering the long list of side
effects from prescription drugs, isn’t it wise to consider first the natural antibiotic
Grow your own Medicinal Herbs:
What will you discover in Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs book, a beginners
guide? Bring herbs into your life! Learn to make an aloe lotion soothes poison ivy,
dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for
stress relief. Pair this guidebook with the Medicinal Herb Garden in a can, also
pictured left. Soon you will enjoy.
- Cayenne, the most widely regarded as a circulatory stimulant said to
strengthen the heart and blood vessels while promoting increased vitality.
- Borage, effective against weak or diminished adrenal function, inflammation,
sore and inflamed eyes, colds, bronchitis, congestion, and fever.
- Pleurisy root, used by Native Americans, has been used in the treatment of
diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, and as an expectorant
- Nettle treats asthma as well as cold and allergy relief when steeped as a tea.
- Skullcap treats insomnia and is a headache remedy.
- Culver’s root treats liver and gallbladder disorders.
- Hyssop leaves have been brewed into a tea to soothing properties for colds,
flus, sore throat, bruises and burns!
- Lemon balm is a known folk remedy used as an anti-viral agent.
- Lavender has a multitude of uses for preppers.
What’s the Difference between Antiseptics, Antibacterials and
Antibiotics and Disinfectants?
- Antibacterial: apply to skin! An antibacterial is anything that is active against
bacteria. Saliva has natural antibacterial properties, which is why wound in
your mouth heal quickly, so your instinct to lick a wound is actually a good
thing! Antiseptics go a step further.
- Antiseptics: apply to the skin to prevent the growth and reproduction of
disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic is gentler than a disinfectant,
because its applied to living tissue. The microorganisms an antiseptic deters
include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses! Believe it or not, some mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash antiseptics include ingredients such
as cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your
Dentist), or zinc chloride.
- Antibiotics. An agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a microorganism
applied topically or orally. Antibiotics are transported… used in or on the body
to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no effect on
- Disinfectants: apply to surfaces (not skin). A disinfectant is a chemical liquid
that destroys bacteria. A disinfectant is stronger than an antiseptic. It kills
bacteria, and also viruses and fungi.
When there is no doctor, preppers will need to be creative about their medical
supplies. Following is a list of antibacterials and disinfectants to consider stocking.
Many have uses beyond their wound cleansing properties.
Survival antibiotics often overlooked by preppers, come from nature. This earth is
complete with natural remedies. Look to nature to heal. Nature is happy to be your
medicine doctor! Below you will find some related articles to help you in your quest
for natural healing.