Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments! ~Giveaway!

naturalantibiotic 1If you’ve been following any of my posts, you’ll have gathered that I’m a fan of things that are natural, non-chemical, healthy (but taste good if they’re food!) and that I don’t just accept anyone’s word for what’s right for us and our health. I was quite pleased when Robert Rose offered me “Natural Antibiotics and Botanical Treatments” by Aruna M. Siewert. I was intrigued to see how helpful this book would be with getting an overview of natural alternatives. Keep in mind – I am not a doctor – I never recommend using a natural alterative over (for example) an antibiotic. There is a time and a place for our doctors and our medicines! Use them!

Having given that disclosure, let me tell you a bit about this book! It’s divided into three parts. The first part “Natural Antibiotics for the Body” gives an overview of antibiotics, bacteria, benefits versus risks, how medicinal plants work, treatment of common ailments and post-treatment care. That sounds like a full book in itself doesn’t it? Even though I have a medical background, I appreciate how this book is written. It’s in simple layman terms and is easy to read. I’m also glad that there are a few pages dedicated to antibiotics and how to properly take them! Throughout these chapters there are occasionally green boxes – they’re worth reading! For example, one says “Use with Caution. “Natural” is not synonymous with “safe” an when using medicinal plants, less is often more……” A person needs to be just as aware with a natural alternative as you do with an antibiotic!

Chapter 5, which deals with treating common ailments, is very interesting. In each case, there is a description of the ailment including symptoms and when you should see a doctor. But then there are plant remedies offered! I’ve really got to try the “Onion & Sugar Fights Coughs” remedy! Seriously! Onion juice and sugar. Sounds fascinating and…..odd! In the Post-Treatment Care chapter there’s an interesting chart on complementary medicinal herbs that help work along side the antibiotically effective plants. I’m going to include an excerpt from the book on regarding the Common Cold!

Common Cold

Description: We often loosely refer to the common cold as the flu. But they actually are two completely different illnesses that only initially have similar symptoms. While the cold, or flu-like infection, normally runs its course without complications, the flu — which results from the influenza virus — has intense symptoms, including high fever, strong aches and pains, and an overall sick feeling. Colds are caused by various viruses that are considerably less harmful and easier to fight.

Symptoms: Colds creep up on you. Signs include cough, sniffles, sore throat, mild headache, joint pain, faintness and slight concentration problems, and sometimes earache and a mild fever.

When to Visit the Doctor: See the doctor if the symptoms become suddenly worse, if after 3 days there is no clear improvement and if there is greenish-yellow phlegm. For those who have existing conditions like asthma, and for babies, young children, the elderly and the immune compromised, go to the doctor as a precaution.

Possible Complications: Superinfections or secondary infections; sinusitis; tonsillitis; middle ear infection; bronchitis; and pneumonia.

Plant Remedies: Depending on the symptoms, you can combine up to six plants into a tea, in equal parts, from the following three categories and drink a cup of tea three to five times throughout the day.
• For coughing: sage, thyme, ribwort.
• For sniffles: verbena, peppermint.
• To strengthen the body’s defenses: nasturtium, horseradish, echinacea.
• To make breathing easier: as needed, brew half of a handful of sage or peppermint in a bowl. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel and breathe in the soothing steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Switch between breathing through the mouth and nose.

Additional Help:
• Warmth: bed rest, thick socks, scarf, warm (but not overheated) rooms. Air out rooms regularly!
• As needed, take an evening bath with the following ingredients: 5 drops eucalyptus and pine oil; 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey, cream, oil or mild liquid soap. Bathe for 15 to 20 minutes, then go straight to bed.
• Daily rising footbath and alternating footbath.
• Chest compress for coughs.

Part two of the book is called “Botanical Healing for the Mind” and covers Psychological Conditions, Psychotropic Drugs, Proven Therapies, and Treating Common Disorders. In the first chapter it gives a good, but brief, overview of the different psychological conditions. Let’s face it, some of us have had next to no exposure to this type of disorders and I think we’d all do well to have a bit more knowledge and perhaps then a bit more empathy! I like the chart that gives a list of “Foods that Lift the Spirit”! I think this list should be in everyone’s back pocket, to be taken out, consulted, and then pick a food off the list and eat it – every day! Who couldn’t use a boost for our spirits? More bananas, bitter chocolate, cinnamon and spinach folks!

natural antibiotic StomachFluAntibiotics_0The chapter on Treating Common disorders again is fascinating. With each different disorder we get an overview, symptoms, when to visit the doctor and useful plants, additional help, and more! Included are also quite a selection of little recipes for one thing and another. I’d like to make the Courage Cookies! There are also some meditative techniques described to help with insomnia and concentration difficulties. I really think our busy lives have caused a lot of people to forget how to relax! We all need me time and we all need to know how to relax – our bodies crave down time and I don’t think it was intended that we only get down time while we sleep! There’s also a listing of “The 38 Bach Flower Remedies” which were intended as “pure medicine for the soul.” The doctor that created them “searched for a healing method that treated the whole person, was simple to handle and ideally had no side effects.” Wow – again – that sounds like it could be a book in itself! I had never heard of these so found it quite interesting to read about each. And seriously – I wish we had more naturopaths or homeopaths or someone who was well versed in this type of knowledge that could help the rest of us try some of these alternatives! These are fascinating remedies and so very, very underutilized!

The last part in this book consists of just two chapters – but they’re important chapters. One is Natural Medicine for the Mind and the other is Natural Medicine for the Body. These two chapters give an overview of a multitude of different plants, from chamomile to goldenrod to st. john’s wort to lavender! For each different plant we are given a description, parts used, ingredients, main applications, health effects, side effects, contraindications and dosage forms. There are also other tidbits of information scattered throughout.

Overall, this book makes for a fascinating read if you are interested in plants and their helpfulness to us! There is a lot of information in this book, but it’s well laid out and given in a concise manner that makes it easy to follow. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to try an alternative way to deal with life and the lemons it sometimes hands us! Check out Robert Rose on Facebook or Twitter, to keep up with all the interesting books they publish!


Robert Rose is giving away one copy of this book to one of our readers! Please use the entry form below, contest ends September 27, 2016.


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  1. Doris Calvert says:

    I am allergic to all antibiotics and get a few serious infections every year, so I am real interested

  2. I’m definitely game to using natural herbal remedies. I grow a lot in my garden I figure that it was good enough for our Great Grandparents it’s good enough for me!

  3. I am always looking for nature’s remedies for things rather than the chemical alternatives, so I would love to read this book and discover natural antibiotics.

  4. absolutely. thanks

  5. Christine Holliday says:

    I’m so into it! antibiotics ruined my life!!

  6. I’m always game for trying alternative medicines.

  7. Rosanne Robinson says:

    My daughter and I both have a lot of allergies, so I’m definitely interested in learning more about natural remedies & antibiotics.

  8. I am very interested in trying alternative medicines.

  9. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    I am open to try alternative medicine. So yes!

  10. I absolutely love trying new & exciting things especially when it comes to health1

  11. we already use some natural remedies and would like to learn more.

  12. Angela Mitchell says:

    Yes I’m very interested in learning more about it.

  13. Yes, I’d like to do more with natural antibiotics.

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