18 Infection-Fighting Herbs and Essential Oils
Explains how to use medicinal herbs and essential oils to fight infectious illness, strengthen the immune system, and combat antibiotic resistance
• Presents 18 of the most potent antibiotic and antiviral herbs and one beehive remedy, propolis, detailing how to use them and what illnesses each is best suited to treat
• Reveals how natural antibiotics have antiviral properties, lack side effects, and have no adverse effects on non-targeted bacteria, such as intestinal flora
• Also includes info on restoring gut health with probiotics, strengthening your immune system to become less receptive to infections, and supporting natural antibiotics with detox treatments
Nature offers us many natural antibiotics from the plant kingdom that work powerfully against germs while also being gentle on the body. Knowledge of these safe and natural antibiotics and antivirals is more crucial now than ever as modern antibiotics become less and less effective due to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant germs. Natural antibiotics even offer an opportunity to reverse antibiotic resistance by reducing the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics to only the most critical cases.
In this practical guide, Christopher Vasey presents 18 of the most potent antibiotic and antiviral herbs from around the world and one beehive remedy, propolis. He details how to use them effectively as mother tinctures and essential oils as well as what illnesses each is best suited to treat. Drawing on the latest research, he explains how microbes can’t build resistance against these natural substances due to the many molecules in their make-up and their large spectrum of action in the body, which makes them effective against viruses as well. He reveals that, unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics and antivirals whose list of side effects grows in proportion to their strength, natural antibiotics generally lack any malignant side effects and have no adverse effects on non-targeted bacteria, such as intestinal flora.
The author also includes information on probiotics to restore gut health after the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics, ways to strengthen your immune system and become less receptive to infections, and guidance on detox treatments to support the natural antibiotics as they work. He also provides an index of more than 50 common ailments and diseases with the most effective medicinal plants and essential oils to use in each case.
Offering a way to break free from the threat of antibiotic-resistant germs and improve the body’s immune system and internal terrain, this guide gives each of us the ability to fight infections naturally.
Softcover, 208 pages
“An informative and invaluable book that explores the application of natural antimicrobial and antiviral plant-based remedies to combat and stave off infection, Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals provides a significant source of reference for the layperson and health care professional alike.” – Heather Dawn Godfrey, author of Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation
“Christopher Vasey’s fascinating book explores in detail the powerful world of natural antibiotics (essential oils and herbs) and the role they play in addressing the countless pathological germs we encounter every day. His book is well organized, allowing you to easily reference treatments for common infections, and provides detailed information on creating a symbiotic relationship with our intestinal flora, ultimately leading to radiant health.” – Candice Covington, author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice
“As the number of people embracing alternate healing modalities has increased, so has the popularity of books on essential oils, tinctures, and herbal remedies in general. I’ve read a lot of them and, while most of them are very good, this book has a particular clarity about it that makes it a stand out. Vasey includes quite a bit of scientific information in making his case for the effectiveness of herbal remedies.” – Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
Most of this book discusses principles and theories concerning infectious germs, the body’s defense mechanisms, and advantages of probiotics. The quarter of it that is devoted to essential oils offers good formulas to treat 50 infections with 18 oils, although ingesting 3-5 drops essential oil 3-4 times a day is far more than an aromatherapist would recommend. Grapefruit seed is repeatedly recommended, even though its antimicrobial properties are solely due to a synthetic antibiotic, as reported in the AHA Quarterly and an American Botanical Council 2012 paper. Vasey is a naturopath whose books include The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health. – American Herb Association Quarterly