Natural antibacterial and antifungal solutions at Complete Health
Find the best all-natural antibacterial and antifungal treatments in Australia only at Complete Health. This section contains body products from respected health brands like Comvita, Thursday Plantation, Botani, Australian by Nature and Wellbeing Honey Products. We offer a range of gels, antiseptic solutions, essential oils, foot sprays and powders, moisturizers and edibles depending to suit your individual bacteria-killing needs.
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Advantages and benefits of natural antibacterial formulas
It is important to address even minor infections from harmful microorganisms early on to avoid more serious complications. Even a small flesh wound or fungal infection could lead to more debilitating health problems if left untreated.
Many ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks have used plant extracts and specific moulds as rudimentary forms of antibacterial agents. Since the turn of the 20th century, and through the early works of scientists like Louis Pasteur, the development of more potent synthetic antibiotics has saved countless lives from serious bacterial infections that would otherwise be left untreated.
Using synthetic antibiotics can cause some side effects if used incorrectly or for prolonged periods of time. It’s common for antibiotics to cause minor digestive disorders and nausea, and some may also cause allergic reactions in certain folks. Over time, even the most potent antibiotic treatments may become ineffective as the bacteria it is supposed to fight off begin adapting and develop immunities to medication, making them harder to eliminate and eventually causing more health risks.
With the help of new discoveries in pharmacology (study of drug reactions and therapy development), all natural antibacterial products have also become more effective at treating mild to serious infections. Most importantly, these natural antibacterial and antifungal treatments typically have less side effects while offering similar healing properties as its artificially-made counterparts. And while these alternative therapies can effectively stop microbial growth in its tracks, they typically use different chemical reactions compared to synthetic antibiotics, making them more effective when the offending bacteria have already developed resistance towards pharmaceutical antibiotics. This is also beneficial to people who have allergies associated with certain types of antibiotics, as it provides a useful and natural treatment.
Overview of the all-natural antibacterial body products available from Complete Health
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil or melaluca oil is derived from the leaves of the plant of the same name which is natively found in Queensland and New South Wales. It has been the subject of numerous health studies and has been clinically proven to be an effective antiseptic. In its ointment form, it can be applied directly to the skin as first aid against minor cuts, abrasions, cracked dry skin and insect bites. It is also available as a foot powder or a foot spray due to its effectiveness in curing fungal infections, particularly athlete’s foot and toenail infections. In its gel form it has also become a popular cure against acne and pimples. Although it can be toxic when ingested, in low concentrations such as the ones available here, it is safe to use and has a myriad of medical uses.
Another natural therapeutic product that can be found close to home is Manuka honey. It is harvested from European honey bees that feed on the same tea trees discussed above, which can also be found in New Zealand, as well as southeast Australia.
Manuka honey has a distinctively rich flavour and can be eaten directly or added as a condiment to food or beverages. Its main antibacterial ingredient is methylgloxal, and its pH and osmolarity are also effective at fighting off infections.
The main producer of Manuka honey is New Zealand. To be able to differentiate the effective antimicrobial honey products from less potent and generic types, look for the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) label which guarantees its medicinal properties.
Olive leaf drops
Olive oil is widely known as one of the healthiest fats and is commonly used in cooking for its flavor, ans well as in other products such as cosmetics and soaps. And due to more recent clinical studies Olive leaf extracts are now also being marketed as an effective antibacterial alternative. Its active ingredients include the antioxidants oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol which have been clinically proven to possess antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. Typically, these two ingredients are removed or only exist in trace quantities in typical olive oil products. On the other hand, olive leaf drops contain high concentrations of these antimicrobial agents, as well as Manuka honey, making it a highly effective medication even if it’s used in very small quantities.
Propolis is available in the wild as honey bees use it to seal off small gaps in their hives. Bees collect the resinous mixture from tree buds, sap flows and other plant sources. It has been widely used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. More scientific studies have also shown that some types of propolis have antibacterial and antifungal properties. And particularly in dentistry, there has been a lot of research supporting its effectiveness at preventing dental caries and oral disease. Among the many propolis products you will find will include tinctures for treating wounds and to boost the body’s immune system, as well as toothpastes for oral hygiene.
Jojoba is a shrub that is native to Arizona, California and Mexico. Its oil is extracted from the jojoba seed and has been used as a replacement for whale oil in the cosmetic industry. It also has fungicide and antibacterial properties and can be found in lotions, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners. The oil itself can also be used directly on the skin, hair and nails for nourishment and protection.
Aloe vera is popular as an ornamental plant, and even more so for its medicinal properties. It’s been used since Egyptian times and up to now it’s still widely used for its therapeutic and soothing effects as a topical solution for many skin conditions such as sunburns, cold sores and frostbite. It’s also effective at treating first to second-degree burns. Much of its healing properties can be attributed to the presence of saponin which acts as an antimicrobial, and is actually found in a variety of traditional medicine preparations.
With Complete Health’s selection of natural antibacterial treatments you won’t have to limit yourself to over-the-counter medications. The alternative antibacterial therapies we offer contain high-quality ingredients and are highly effective for each one’s intended use.