7 Herbal Antibiotics: Powerful Defense Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs


Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” are becoming more numerous and more virulent thanks to continuing overuse of antibiotics.

Overuse of antibiotics is creating stronger germs. Some bacteria are already “resistant” to common antibiotics. When bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, it is often harder and more expensive to treat the infection. Herbal medicine offers an alternative to these increasingly ineffective drugs.

7 Herbal antibiotics that can fight against bacteria and viruses


Is an antibacterial herb, garlic is more effective against several types of bacteria than penicillin. Garlic is also friendlier to the body than antibiotics because it attacks the offending bacteria without wiping out the body’s normal flora. Garlic can be used as a tincture, capsule, infused in oil or simply added to your diet.

Olive Leaf

Olive leaf is a great anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial that can boost immune system and improve the symptoms of heart disease, HIV infections, digestive problems, yeast and urinary tract infections, cancer chronic pains and arthritis.

Astragalus Root

Astragalus is one of the antiviral herbs that works by boosting the immune system. Taken internally, either as a capsule, tincture or buy adding it to soup, astragalus root is known to increase your body’s defense against viruses. Astragalus root is best used as prevention, so take it during flu season or before going places with large crowds of people.

Ginger Root

Ginger is another herb known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is used to prevent and decrease duration of the common cold. Ginger can be taken as a tea, in capsule form, or added to meals.


Licorice has great anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Licorice is very beneficial for improving bronchitis indigestion, adrenal insufficiency, viral infections, obesity, small intestine ulcers, heartburn and hepatitis.


Thyme has antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Thyme is so effective for treating coughs, asthma and breathing problems, bronchitis and digestive problems.


Lavender essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lavender has also been known to improve stomach disorders, digestive problems, constipation, headaches, insomnia and skin problems. Lavender is also great for improving women health problems such as indigestion, cramps.

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Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Minor in business and liberal arts. I've written about health for more than a decade. Veteran freelance writer with expertise in health, wellness, parenting and lifestyle issues. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to achieve and maintain optimal health and is committed to providing the highest quality health care.