Viruses, unlike bacterial infections, CAN NOT be cured by taking any form of anti-biotic. You have to have an anti-viral to kill a virus… obviously.
I don’t like anti-biotics and we don’t use them in our home. We save them for very DIRE emergencies like a serious infection so that we don’t build up immunity to them. Also, doing our bit for the herd we do not want to participate in creating super bugs by taking these drugs without good reason.
I have created a wonderful tasting kitchen remedy suitable for most bacterial infections AND most viral infections - and you'll have all the ingredients you need right there in your kitchen, already!
From things like the common cold and flu bugs right up to measles, chicken pox and even bronchitis or whooping cough, this recipe WILL help aid faster healing and kill off viral infections.
1 whole head (not a clove, the whole bulb) of organic garlic, peeled and chopped
1 cup fresh organic ginger, chopped
1 – 2 large organic onions, peeled and chopped
Sprinkle of turmeric powder (or 1/3 cup fresh turmeric, chopped)
Sprinkle of cayenne (for adults – skip this for kids)
3 cups pure water
Place all ingredients into a medium sized saucepan. Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Strain. Drink as a hot drink or as cold. I prefer hot with some natural beef stock, a few carrots (tossed in the last 5 minutes) and maybe some meat so it’s a hearty soup.
Ginger – This herb has SO many healing properties, not least are: anti-spasmodic (helps stop spasming muscles or tissue like lungs from coughing), anti-septic, analgesic (pain relief) and an all over body tonic. It is also directly helpful for the heart, lungs, stomach spleen and kidneys.
Garlic – Also an anti-spasmodic (so GREAT with coughing) it is a powerful anti-microbial (kills microbes and even parasitic worms!) and an expectorant (it helps the body expel mucous for example). It is a powerful anti-septic, preventing growth and spread of disease micro-organisms both on skin and internally. It is a tonic and stimulant, digestive aid and an alterative meaning it tends to restore normal health. It is anti-catarrhal which helps the body remove inflammation and build up of mucous. Finally, it helpful in lowering blood pressure & the purging of bile (so great for stomach flu).
Tumeric – Has been used as a digestive aid, for fever and infections for centuries in the Ancient Indian medicine of Ayerveda. Boiled with milk and taken before bed is apparently the best thing for an irritating dry cough. Being an alterative, it tends towards restoring normal health for the body and is a healthful tonic. It has strong pain relief properties so is great for body aches and pains associated with colds and flu. It is also a very good anti-septic.
Cayenne – A potent herb with high Vitamin C content, as well as Vitamins A, B and E, it is also anti-microbial and aids the body’s ability to bring up mucous and soothe inflamed mucous membranes. It assists the body’s ability to sweat out infection through the spice (like chillies). It is very useful against vomiting and nausea, similar to ginger. An all over health tonic for the body, it is very useful in boosting the metabolism and immune system. This herb is also specifically helpful for the lungs.
Secondly they won’t wipe out your entire colony of gut bacteria in one fell swoop (which, I might add, can affect you for up to 7 years!)
Lastly, if disguised in the right way actually feels like you’re having a heart-warming bowl of chicken soup… with HUGE medicinal benefits!
It’s a quick and easy recipe – you can knock it up in under an hour. Make up a huge pot if your family is all unwell and within a day or two, they will be fighting fit again.
Love and onion-garlic –ginger breath,
The Eco Mum xxoo
Herbalpedia - 2012