Viruses and bacteria are pathogens known to quickly “evolve around” antiviral and antibacterial drugs. This phenomenon happens due to a one-dimensional action of the drugs against viruses and bacteria.
Viruses consist of a nucleic acid, either DNA or RNA wrapped in another protein. Being so primitive, most biologists do not regard them to be living things. They reproduce insides the cells of living hosts, because of which they are considered infectious particles or biological agents.
Some doctors are said to prescribe antibiotics to viral infectious diseases, some of which shows similar symptoms to that of bacterial infectious diseases. As antibiotics are specifically designed to fight bacteria, they are useless against viruses. For viruses, doctors rely on drugs called antivirals, which are said to be not so effective.
Viruses mutate very easily due to their primitive (simple) structure. That’s why antiviral resistant strains can appear in a matter of weeks or months. Scientists have detected that phenomenon happened to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in 2009.
Many governments stockpiled it as the best possible remedy for bird flu. Unfortunately, when bird flu arrived, it was found useless against the flu as the viruses had developed resistance to the drug.
As far as antibiotics are concerned, penicillin-resistant strains of pneumonia, gonorrhea and hospital-acquired intestinal infections were detected four years after mass-produced penicillin was introduced.
Each class of antibiotics kills bacteria in its unique way. Penicillin, the first true antibiotic discovered, kills bacteria by attaching and followed by rupturing their cell walls, consequently killing the bacteria. Conversely, tetracycline, erythromycin, and streptomycin kill bacteria by attacking the vital structures inside the bacteria ie, ribosomes that allow them to produce proteins, of which action also destroying the bacteria.
As each antibiotic is a single chemical compound and one dimensional in its action, it’s not that hard for bacteria to “evolve” around such attacks. For example, penicillin-resistant bacteria have developed cell walls different from their previous ones. In effect, that prevents the penicillin from binding.
Similarly, other variants prevent antibiotics from binding to ribosomes, thus makes them ineffective.
Natural antipathogens, on the other hand, are different in term of their action against pathogens that include viruses and bacteria compared to that of antiviral and antibacterial drugs. As explained above, antiviral and antibacterial drugs usually consist of a single compound which functions in a one-dimensional manner.
Conversely, natural antipathogens are multi-dimensional due to their many bioactive compounds that prevent viruses or bacteria to “evolve.” Non-active compounds are believed to potentiate the antipathogenic effects of the active ones besides offering many possible combinations with each other.
This complexity results in a phenomenon thought not only produce synergistic killing actions but also suppresses the bacteria in their attempt to “evolve.”
Surprisingly, when you combine several herbs and spices in one formula, the possible synergistic actions of different types of chemical compounds are beyond counting. Quite simply, as for antiviral and antibacterial cases, microbes cannot “evolve” around them.
Natural Antiviral and Antibacterial Formula
The following are nine antipathogens found in nature that can function as antiviral and antibacterial.
- Garlic 10 oz
- Ginger 10 oz
- Onion 10 oz
- Olive leaf 5 oz
- Clove 5 oz
- Lemon (whole) 10 oz
- Pomegranate (juice) 10 oz
- Wild mountain oil of oregano 1 teaspoon (equiv. 100 drops)
- Apple cider vinegar 300 fluid oz
Individually, their effectiveness is astounding.
Garlic is available all-year-round culinary herb that can be easily bought from grocers. It is considered by many herbalists as one of the best antiviral and antibacterial alternatives. It is found to stimulate the immune system by stimulating the activity of the macrophages (white blood cells), which engulf foreign organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and yeast.
Apart from that, garlic improves the activity of the T-helper cells which are the core of the activity of the entire immune system. Garlic can be effective in alleviating upper respiratory viral infections including colds, flu, and sore throat due to its immune-stimulant, antioxidant, antihistaminic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is not only destroying bacteria but inhibiting bacterial cell growth (prevent replication) as well. Exerting antibacterial action equivalent to 1% penicillin, garlic is effective against staph, strep, and even anthrax bacteria.
Ginger has been traditionally used to treat viral infections including colds and flu in many cultures. An Indian report indicates that it promotes the immune system’s ability to fight infection and can be effective to help alleviate swine flu symptoms. Moreover, preliminary Indonesian study based on red ginger (Zingiber officinale var. rubra) oil on Avian flu virus can be implied that whole ginger may also be effective against many types of flu.
Onions and garlic share many similarities in term of biological activities due to their powerful sulfur-bearing compounds that function as potent antiviral and anti-bacterial.
Olive leaf has long being used traditionally against infectious diseases. Studies have shown that the olive leaf extract possesses antiviral as well as antibacterial properties.
Cloves are dried flower buds of the clove tree which is native to India and Indonesia. The buds emit a very strong aromatic odor, one of which is due to eugenol, a potent compound that acts as antiviral and antibacterial. Many Western herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners are said to overlook the great potential of using cloves as antiviral and antibacterial agents that might due to too focus on using local herbs.
Lemon (and lime as well) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body, reduce the cold and flu duration, and reduce phlegm.
Pomegranates have been known for hundreds of years for their multiple health benefits, including antimicrobial activity. Studies have indicated that pomegranates and their extracts may serve as natural alternatives due to their potency against a wide range of bacterial and viral pathogens.
Oil of Wild Mountain Oregano
Oregano is a herb native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for culinary purposes for centuries. An oregano species which is known as wild oregano has been highlighted in recent years as having potent antimicrobial (antibacterial) properties. It has been shown to be beneficial as antiviral and antibacterial and is said better than penicillin, streptomycin, vancomycin, nystatin, and amphotericin in its ability to annihilate pathogenic bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Besides containing acetic acid as a major organic acid, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is also believed to contain similar compounds found in fresh apples including bioflavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, many types of organic acids, esters, soluble fibers, and insoluble fibers, some of which may be changed to become compounds such as esters.
ACV is said to be able to remove toxic wastes (metabolites) harmful to the body and many of its phytochemical constituents are believed to act as potent antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiflu.
Making ACV Tincture
Follow the following instructions to make a potent antiviral/antibacterial ACV tincture:
- Fill your jar to the top with room temperature, not boiling, ACV.
- Put all ingredients (see Natural Antiviral and Antibacterial Formula section) in a pint (dark glass) jar.
- Add ten fluid ounces of ACV.
- Use cork to cap your ACV tincture.
- After two weeks, the tincture is ready for use
- Shake well before use as the oregano essential oil may always float on top
- For preventive measures, the usual dose of this ACV tincture is one teaspoon per hundred pounds of body weight. When having a cold or flu, take 2-3 times daily on an empty stomach.