Natural antibiotics can often be more effective than the synthetic medical antibiotics for common infections.

Medical antibiotics can be lifesaving in special circumstances but should be used sparingly and on the advice of a specialist or M.D.

The following are our choice of natural antibiotics that can be as effective without the unwanted side effects.


Propolis boosts the immune system and helps build resistance to infection.  It is particularly great for treating and warding off influenza.

It is a substance bees collect from the bark of  trees… especially poplars, horse chestnut, spruce, larch and other conifers (pine trees).

The bees coat the doorway of their hives with this substance and it stops any infection getting inside the hive. The bees also brush against it going in and out of the hive thus protecting their home.

Propolis has been hospital-tested by numerous doctors over the years and it has been found to be effective against staphylococcus (throat-chest infections), salmonella (food poisoning) and E.colli (gastric infection).

External ulcers, such as leg ulcers, respond well to Propolis, as do internal ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach.

There are no harmful side effects, and in fact, Propolis does not kill off the “good” bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Note: in very rare cases it has caused mild allergic reactions.


A well known antibiotic and is particularly effective in fighting coughs, colds and flu.


Garlic contains natural antibiotics known as anicillan and sulphur, long understood to be effective for bacterial, viral and fungal infections.  It can be used as a preventative or to treat an existing condition.

If consuming fresh garlic be sure it is at it’s freshest and hasn’t been sitting in your pantry too long.


Olive Leaf Extract

Olive trees are among the world’s oldest and longest living plants and act as a natural barrier to microbial invasion.

The leaves in particular concentrate large amounts of oleanolic acid.  Extracts of olive leaves have been used medicinally for several hundred years as it lowers fevers and treats malarial infections.

More recently, olive leaf extract has been shown to be a potent remedy against viral diseases, yeast and fungal infections, bacterial, protozoan and parasite infections.

Colds, food poisoning, strep throat, warts, gastro, hepatitis, influenza, pneumonia and ringworm plus many more have all been successfully treated with olive leaf extract.


Echinacea has the ability to handle upper-respiratory infections – coughs and the rhino virus (common cold).  It can shorten the duration of illness and is also an effective natural pain reliever.

It is a herb well publicised for its terrific immune building properties.


Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract is an excellent antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral medicine.

It has been known to successfully treat various types of infections such as bacterial, candida, parasitic and intestinal illness.

The main chemical compound in grapefruit seeds are polyphenols known as limonoids and naringenin and are thought to be responsible for their ability to kill infectious agents.

“Traveler’s Friend” which contains grapefruit seed extract is a natural water purifier, and as the name suggests is great for people traveling overseas for it’s effectiveness in treating dysentery and diarrhea.



Astragalus is a Chinese herb that is used extensively as a natural antibiotic and immune booster.

Fantastic for flu and bacterial infections, Astragalus together with other Chinese herbs is used in our “Infection Fighter” tonic.


Andrographis is an Ayurvedic (Indian) herbal medicine known to increase white cell count.  It can also assist your body to fight infections.

Golden Seal

Golden Seal is fantastic for staph infections, colds, flu and general inflammation.  It is great for catarrhal conditions such as chronic sinus.


The effects of antibiotics on the body

Medical antibiotics not only kill the “bad” or harmful bacteria but also destroy the “good” intestinal bacteria. This often causes deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B12 and can considerably lower a person’s resistance to infection.

The destruction on the good intestinal bacteria is one of the major causes of the fungal infection Candida and vaginal thrush which plagues many women.

A strong probiotic (good bacteria) is always recommended when prescribed medical antibiotics are being used.   Take the probiotic 1 hour either side of the medical antibiotics and at least 1 week after finishing.


Plain yogurt is one of the best natural sources of friendly bacteria to keep your gut healthy.


We hope this information has been enlightening and alerts you to the fact we do have natural remedies for infections… remedies with all the benefits but without the harmful side effects.



Natural Medicine can help with Food and Environmental Intolerances


There are so many different food and environmental intolerances and sensitivities that affect us these days. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones and you are not affected by any of them! But how much do you know about these and what it means for the people living with them? We think it’s important for everyone to be educated even just a small amount. So here is some information on a few things that can cause people A LOT of discomfort.

Lactose Intolerance


Lactose is a sugar found in the milk of mammals. We as humans produce an enzyme called Lactase which is produced in the small intestine to break down lactose into galatose and glucose which is then absorbed into the blood stream. People with a lactose intolerance are usually lacking or not producing enough of the Lactase enzyme. This means the body cannot break down the Lactose into a simpler form for the body to absorb. People with a lactose Intolerance typically experience bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. Abdominal cramps are also a fairly common experience with lactose intolerance. Therefore people with this type of intolerance generally avoid milk and other dairy products to avoid these symptoms.


Gluten Intolerance


A gluten intolerance generally describes a non-coeliac Gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found in some grains such as Wheat, Rye, Oats and Barley. This protein is often used in many products to help bind ingredients together and those with Coeliac Disease or a gluten intolerance learn very quickly to decipher those strange number and letter combinations on ingredients lists. Like those with a lactose intolerance, people with a gluten intolerance often experience flatulence, bloating, abdominal cramps as well as “brain fog”, extreme tiredness, headaches, flu-like symptoms and/or joint pain. To learn more about Gluten Intolerance head to our blog piece


Yeast Intolerance


A yeast intolerance is an inflammatory response to yeast proteins that are present in many foods and drinks. As you may know, yeast is a living fungus, it is often used in foods like baked goods to make them rise, and alcohol in which it is used to help the fermenting process. People with this type of intolerance usually need to avoid other foods as well, including blue cheese, mushrooms, malt and truffles. Sugar and sugary foods also need to be avoided often as fungus inside the body will feed off the sugar.


Environmental Intolerance


Environmental intolerance covers a HUGE range of things. From the typical pollen, animal hair and dust to electronic devices and chemicals. We are all familiar with “Hayfever” and if you don’t happen to suffer yourself, chances are you know many people who do. What you might not realise is that the intolerance might not be the dust or the pollen or the dog, but something else in your life.


If you think you are suffering from an intolerance – either environmental or food consider booking a consultation with one of our naturopaths. They offer a range of testing including Iridology, Biogenetic Hair Analysis, Kinesiology and blood testing. They can also provide support and treatment to help with symptoms and intolerances.


Call Ferny Creek 03 9755 1900 or Mitcham 03 9873 0966

Some of our testing can be done via mail and phone consultations, so if you don’t live near us we may have an option to help you!


New Year’s Resolutions! They feel so good to make! It almost feels as though you have already done them. It feels so good to say ’In 2017 I’m going to get fit!’ while you’re eating the leftover Christmas ham and pudding. It feels great!

The thing about resolutions is there is something missing from them so often; there is no follow through.

So the right way to go about New Years Resolutions is to, yes, have the goal in mind but the thing that will help the follow through is to make a plan that will secure the goal.

The best possible New Year’s Resolution you could make if you have a drug or alcohol problem is ’To get clean and sober!’ which I’m sure you may have uttered before, many many times. The plan would then be the ’how’. As an example, a good plan could be something like this:



  • Talk to your family or support group
  • Make contact with an ’intake coordinator’
  • Make an appointment for an assessment, etc.

The effect of making the decision and allowing the help is enormous. Firstly, your family will finally have a chance to feel relief, to not worry endlessly, to get some well-deserved quality of life. Imagine giving that to them? You could finally give yourself a chance to turn your life around, to start the new chapter, to enjoy life without the endless chase, the looking over your shoulder, the wondering if the lie you told was true or not, the tragedies.

Of course, rehab is hard, but anything worthwhile doing will have its share of confronting moments.

Do you want to remain in this trap? If the answer is no in your mind, you are already half way there.

We can help you make a plan. Please call one of our Intake Coordinators today to get help and to finally realise a great New Year’s Resolution. 1300 88 7676


April Practitioner of the Month – Liz Conder – Naturopathy Blog

Elizabeth Conder|Naturopath

I love it when people  are excited about their own life and good health is a big part of that. Naturopathy has always been an interest of mine since I was a small child, I remember looking at Kombucha and wondering what is was as it looked weird. I love it now and I have it daily. My mother is very interested in natural foods as she used to be a cook.

I also love the EBT as it is such an effective technique for intolerance, usually what we crave or have to have, we had an intolerance to. Theses intolerance’s can be assisted with EBT. I’m glad more people are taking an interest in the quality of their food these days. If you cannot grow your own, buy organic. It’s far more affordable in the long run, when you have good health, one enjoys life.

I love giving the NAET treatments but especially the emotional NAETS (EBT) as this really can alleviate a lot of the blockages or emotions we hold onto that we don’t always need.

Don’t forget I am offering $40.00 off an initial consultation with 10% off any follow up appointments during the month of April, this is gives you an opportunity to get to know me and see how I can help you! (Codeword for claiming this offer is “Fun In Life”)

I also offer Iridology photo and assessment for $45.00.

Call Ferny Creek on 03 9755 1900 to make an appointment.

Yours in Health
Elizabeth Conder.

April Practitioner of the Month Questionaire

Elizabeth Conder|Naturopath

As you know Liz is our April Practitioner of the Month, we thought you might like to know a little more about Liz, so we are asked her some questions.

  1. What do you do to spoil yourself?
    I love to go to the beach. I enjoy the sea and going fishing.
  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?
    I enjoy my vegetable garden, taking walks in the forest and seeing a movie.
  2. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
    I have a westie named Billie he loves walks, the beach and food. I have Seth, my cat, he likes lap sitting and sleeping. I also have a chicken named Honey. She likes company and to scratch in the garden.
  3. Where would your dream holiday be? Why?
    Would love an around the world trip to experience different cultures and scenery. I would also love to see the Amazon.
  4. What kind of music do you like?
    I love Australian music. I admire Molly Meldrum for what he has done for Aussie Music.
  5. If you could do anything to change the world, what would it be?
    Everyone would benefit and appreciate their food if they had the opportunity to grow some fruit or vegies even if it is in a pot. The taste, the freshness and the nutrition is far superior to what you buy

Thanks Liz! Stay tuned for more about Liz! and don’t forget she is offering $40.00 off an initial consultation with 10% off any follow up appointments during the month of April. (Codeword for claiming this offer is “Fun In Life”)

Liz also offers Iridology photo and assessment for $45.00.

April Practitioner Of The Month: Elizabeth Conder – Naturopath

Elizabeth Conder|Naturopath

Elizabeth Conder: April Practitioner Of The Month

Liz is our Practitioner of the Month this April. We are proud to have her here as a Naturopath at our clinic and would love to share a little about her!

Liz has been practising Naturopathy for 5 years and her passion is to restore body function and balance in her patients. She practises the techniques of Naturopathy, Iridology, Homeopathy. She enjoys utilising Herbal medicine, Nutrition and EBT (Energy Balancing Technique) to help with food and environment intolerance. If you require body work and massage Elizabeth can assist you with that as well and can deal with aches and pains of muscles and ligaments in your body so that you feel 100% again.

For the month of April Liz is offering the following:

$40.00 off an initial consultation with 10% off any follow up appointments during the month of April. (Codeword for claiming this offer is “Fun In Life”)

Liz also offers Iridology photo and assessment for $45.00.

Please call our Ferny Creek Clinic for an appointment with Liz on 03 9755 1900. And keep your eye out over the coming month for more information on Liz!

(Offer is valid until the 30/04/2016)