Did you know that some types of foods actually have natural antibiotic properties? We all know the side effects that antibiotics can have on us, so why not take a look at natural remedies! And, as always, remember to get a firm diagnosis and approval from your health practitioner before embarking on any self-medication journey.
The good thing with natural medicine is its minimum side-effects.
Honey: Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which may account for some of its antibacterial properties. It also has a high sugar content, which can help stop the growth of certain bacteria. To use honey as an antibiotic, apply it directly to the wound or infected area. The honey can help kill off the bacteria and aid in the healing process. You can also ingest honey to aid in the treatment of internal infections. Simply swallow a whole tablespoon or stir it into a warm cup of herbal tea for a soothing treat.
Onion Soup: Onion has antimicrobial effect against tested microbes, because it is a rich source of flavonoids, polyphenols, organic sulfur, saponins and many other secondary metabolites, which are mainly responsible for its medicinal activities. Try this onion soup:
- 4 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups chicken bone broth
- 2 cups beef bone broth
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- In a stock pot over medium heat, melt ghee and thinly sliced onions.
- Cook onions until lightly caramelized. Add bone broth and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30–50 minutes (the longer the more flavor).
Garlic: Garlic has long been thought to have antimicrobial properties. One 2011 study found that garlic concentrate is effective against bacteria. You can purchase garlic concentrate or extract at your local health food store. You may also be able to make your own by soaking a few garlic cloves in olive oil. You can also apply garlic concentrate directly to a wound or blemish.
Combine Honey and Onion: Antibacterial activity of a onion honey mixture, 1:1 ratio, has higher values than it would have had with separate elements. Peel, chop and blend an onion. Put the blended pulp in a strainer. Using a spoon, press the pulp to extract the juice. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey to the onion juice. Optionally, add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender oil.