So, here is my Go To List of natures antibiotics. Have some or all of these on hand in tincture form (liquid extract) dried herb and infused oil form (i.e. garlic oil) for when something strikes that’s determine to take you down.
This is THE antibiotic of Mother Nature’s making. I used to take it up cut up into tablet sized pieces but you can get Garlic Oil capsules (Blackmores makes some) and liquid extract.
When I am sick I start with either 3 cloves of organic garlic, sliced up or 12 garlic oil capsules. Then I have 6 every hour or another clove every hour. If I am using garlic cloves I cut the centre root out - its what causes the tummy ache!
Or make your own!
How To Make Garlic Tincture / Liquid Extract
Fill a jar with crushed cloves of organic garlic. Cover with 40% vodka. Place the jar on a saucer (garlic expands & pushes liquid out of the lid) and put in a cool, dark cupboard. Shake every day for 2 weeks and leave to sit for 6 weeks. Top up the alcohol content as it starts to diminish. Strain at the 6 week mark and put the liquid into a dropper bottle.
Adults dose is 20 drops
Kids dose is 5 – 10 drops
How to Make Infused Garlic Oil
Infuse oil of your choice (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is more stable) by heating gently on a double boiler or in a bowl over hot water for an hour. Fill a bowl with crushed cloves of organic garlic, pour over 1 cup of olive oil & heat for one hour. Strain & add to a dropper bottle or jar. Rub on feet morning & night during periods of sickness.
Echinacea is a great herb to have when sick. It stimulates the immunity and increase white blood cell count – both of which are necessary for healing. Only have it when you ARE actually sick – you will build up resistance to it over time.
To make a tincture, repeat the process as above for garlic but fill the jar with dried herb instead.
Being related to the garlic family this is no surprise. Onion soup (sliced onions simmered in pure water for 40 minutes) is wonderful for a cough that won’t budge.
You can also slice up an organic onion or two, place into a sealed air tight container with a sprinkling of raw or rapadura sugar. Leave for up to 10 days. The juice will be magic! It’s a lovely cure all with the sugar helping to ferment the onion and create healthy bacteria. Take for a cough or cold as often as needed.
Ginger is a fantastic herb / food to use when you are sick.
Slice some up, cover with water & simmer for 40 minutes. Strain & take for any kind of stomach bug. Its amazing and fast!
Slice up some fresh organic ginger, cover with boiling water and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
Pour in 1 tsp of organic or Manuka honey, a squeeze of lemon and sip throughout the day instead of those horrid LemSip drinks which are full of drugs.
The Native American Indians have been using Goldenseal for centuries for its potent anti-biotic and immune boosting qualities. Keep some dried herb in your cupboard for teas, decoctions (simmered for 30 – 40 minutes & the liquid strained off & drunk) or liquid extract / tinctures. Its truly an amazing herb and has so many wonderful benefits when you are unwell.
This is a powerful anti-biotic and wonderful for killing off bad bacteria without disturbing the good gut bacteria. Used for persistant vaginal infections, gut infections, stomach upsets it’s a wonderful herb and very potent. Keep some handy – its worth it!
There is a LOOOOOONG list of culinary herbs that you can use for their anti-biotic properties when ill or fighting infection. When you aren’t well, cook with these as much as humanly possible. Brew teas with them, make infusions from them and use the liquid in soups or as bases for smoothies. They are cheap, widely available and very effective.
• Bay leaf
• Chili peppers
• Caraway seed
• Mint sage
Love and hugs
The Eco Mum xo