Special Antibiotic Herbs

Although this article tends to focus on natural antibiotics for viral infections, the following herbs are equally powerful fighters against bacterial infections as well.


  • Echinacea – contains properdin, which strengthens the immune system. It is also antibiotic and acts like interferon, the body’s own antiviral compound. Note: Do not use the rootstock once it has lost its odor. (Warning: It should be used with caution by those who are pregnant, or allergic to ragweed or plants in the sunflower family. Because it stimulates the immune system, it should not be taken for lengthy periods by those with autoimmune disorders.


  • Garlic - contains allicin, one of the plant kingdom’s most potent, broad spectrum antibiotics (but only if eaten raw). Dice it up raw (or put it in a garlic press) and put it in juice or spread it on surface infections: or take garlic oil or garlic concentrate tablets. Here is another successful formula: Put tomato juice into a blender, along with 3 cloves of garlic. Drink it at various times throughout the day. Cooked garlic lacks the antibiotic factors. Garlic is powerful against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.


  • Goldenseal - contains berberine and hydrastine, and is a broad-spectrum herbal antibiotic. Berberine is an immune stimulant. (Berberine is also in barberry root bark and Oregon grape root, two other antibiotics.) Warning: Goldenseal is a powerful alkaloid and should not be overused. Two or three #00 capsules per day are safe and adequate for most conditions. Normally, don’t use it more than a week at a time. Excessive use diminishes Vitamin B absorption, by killing certain intestinal bacteria. Don’t use large amounts during hypoglycemia. Those with high blood pressure or insomnia should not use it.


  • Juniper berries – contains deoxypodophyllotoxin, which inhibits a number of different viruses. Warning: Large doses of juniper berries can be irritating to kidneys and urinary passages. It should not be used during pregnancy, nor by persons with kidney disease.


  • Ginger – contains 10 antiviral compounds called sesquiterpenes.


  • Lemon balm – is also antiviral.


  • Shiitake – a tasty Asian mushroom which contains lentinan, an antiviral, immune-stimulating, and anti-tumor compound.


  • Dragon’s Blood – a South American herb which has dimethylcedrusine and taspine: these have antiviral and wound-healing properties.


  • Eucalyptus – contains hyperoside, quercitrin and tannic acid, which have virus-killing functions.


  • Olive leaf extract – a powerful antibiotic, and is excellent for viral infections, the common cold, arthritis, skin diseases, heart trouble and much more.


  • Licorice – has eight active antiviral compounds including glycyrrhizin, which keeps viruses from replicating. Licorice has the most bactericidal compounds (up to 33% antibacterial compounds on a dry-weight basis). It also has saponins, which increase the availability of other antibiotic compounds.

           Other herbs rich in bactericidal compounds, in descending order of potency, include thyme, hops, oregano, and rosemary.

           Remember that you can always use licorice extract and/or ginger to help sweeten and flavor your tea with other antibiotic herbs.

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  1. very informative and useful post. thanks for the share!

  2. you are absolutely right I am a big fan of Natures medicines. Thank you for this work

  3. Good share and wonderful information!

  4. nice share!

  5. very good research well presented. Natural herbs are good, they may not be fast healing, but the healing are usually permanent, to the “root” of our system, even those without any illness and consume them have no side effects usually.

  6. Good to know. I have a lot of respect for the healing power of herbs.

  7. really great article, some fascinating points.

  8. Ginger and garlic are personal favorites but Dragon’s blood also sounds interesting. Very good post gift. Liked it.

  9. Well researched post and helpful tips, kabayan.

  10. Very good information, I must bookmark this.

  11. Very informative…will have to bookmark and share this, thanks.

  12. Wonderful! I really liked it. You’ve given very useful and important info. Well done!

  13. Tx for this valuable info.

  14. There seems to be on limit to what can be achieved with certain herbs in terms of their healing properties … this article certainly attempts to provide the consumer with good information regarding the antibiotic claims of these herbs ~ very interesting Giftarist :-)

  15. Sorry .. hehehe .. I meant “There seems to be no…” :-)

  16. I cook with garlic but according to this information I’m cooking out all of the benefits pf eating garlic. I’m going to have to re-evaluate how I use garlic.

  17. Very thankful for your comments, friends. ^_^

  18. Great herbs. Never thought that they are antibiotics.

  19. Garlic and ginger have lots of health benefits. I’ve learned something new today. Have retweeted it bro.

  20. Excellent info and well-written and pics all great to remember..I didn’t knew abt Dragon’s blood & Licorice..Thanks for sharing..

  21. very well done regarding ginger and garlic and useful to all

  22. Nature has certainly endowed with the right kind of foods and herbs to keep us healthy. We just really need to know what they are, and how to use them.Thanks for the tips.

  23. Great Info…nice share….

  24. Very helpful information..

  25. Helpful and informative. Thanks for this share.

  26. Good article, gift, some very useful information here.

  27. Very useful and informative. Garlic has very good properties as well as Echinechea.

  28. Good to know.



  29. Great share this one cheers.

  30. Good sharing
    This must do good to some who are fed up with modern medicines.
    In fact they are preventive and with right amount of regular usage these herbs dont let decease near.

    Ayurveda is one of oldest forms of preventive cure .
    Garlic , Ginger , Onion , Lemon and Amla are used almost as commonly as salt and peppers in northern parts of India.
    It is generally opined that physically north Indians are healthier and comparitively more immune to many common kind ailments which later culminate into serious cronic problems .

  31. Very good post.

  32. This was a great article. I didn’t realize that these were antibiotics either. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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