Nature’s antibiotic: A natural virus & infection fighter
Last week I got a case of the sniffles.
So I took some shots… of ACV followed by a large mug of echinacea tea loaded with cinnamon, ginger, and raw honey three times a day.
This is how I typically cure a cold naturally and quickly, often within a couple of days. So by day four I knew I had a bigger problem: I had a sinus infection.
I’m no noob to sinus infections. I got them a lot when I was younger and I took some very heavy antibiotics to wipe them out. In fact, my junior year of college, I was becoming immune to the strongest antibiotic prescribed. This, ladies and gentlemen, is not good (but antibiotic resistance is a topic for another day).
If only I had known then what I know now…
That there is a super-duper effective, all-natural antibiotic that you can whip up in your kitchen. It can help battle the flu as well as common internal infections.
My sister tried this recipe when she got mastitis a few months ago. It worked extremely well for her, so when I started feeling the heavy pressure in my sinuses I gave her a call to get the low-down on nature’s antibiotic.
Fresh crushed garlic: The stinky stuff
Garlic has a *potent* history (heh). According to the NYU Langone Medical Center,
From Roman antiquity through World War I, garlic poultices were used to prevent wound infections. The famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur performed some of the original work showing that garlic could kill bacteria. In 1916, the British government issued a general plea for the public to supply it with garlic in order to meet wartime needs. Garlic was called Russian penicillin during World War II because, after running out of antibiotics, the Russian government turned to this ancient treatment for its soldiers.
Fresh crushed garlic is the star of nature’s antibiotic, and the “fresh” part here is very important. Minced garlic in a jar will not do. When fresh garlic is crushed, a chemical reaction that causes sulfenic acid is set off. But sulfenic acid is unstable and breaks down steadily into another unstable compound called allicin, which has a strong antibiotic property. Let the fresh minced or crushed garlic sit for about 15 minutes before using it in order to build up a greater amount of allicin (which is what we want here).
Cayenne pepper: The spicy stuff
Cayenne pepper is a very powerful spice that, like garlic, has been used for its health benefits throughout history.
According to Dr. Patrick Quillin, Author of The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper,
Cayenne pepper – prized for thousands of years for its healing power. Folklore from around the world recounts amazing results using cayenne pepper in simple healing and in baffling health problems. But cayenne pepper is not just a healer from ancient history. Recent clinical studies have been conducted on many of the old-time health applications for this miracle herb. Again and again, the therapeutic value of cayenne pepper has been medically validated.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations states that cayenne pepper fights infection and inflammation, and the University of Maryland Medical Center has reported that the capsaicin in cayenne peppers may offer an effective treatment for ear infections.
Raw honey: The sweet stuff
While, I really do just try to put raw honey in absolutely everything I make, it has a real purpose here.
First things first, it makes the garlic and cayenne go down easier.
But most importantly, raw honey boosts immune function, and has strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
So how does this work exactly?
Combine 1 crushed garlic clove (that has been sitting out for 15 minutes) with one teaspoon raw honey and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and mix it all together. Take about ¼ of the mixture into your mouth and swallow it down with a sip of warm tea or water. Do this until the mixture is gone.
As you would with a prescribed antibiotic, you should do this 2-3 times daily, and continue for a day or two after the symptoms disappear.
Of course, seek medical attention if your symptoms are not alleviated.
I prefer using nature’s cures over western medicine. What is never mentioned, is the occasional heartburn that accompanies it immediately after swallowing.
Are there any drawbacks say for women who are pregnant or nursing? Is allicin safe for a woman in her 2nd trimester?
Very effective is the garlic alone to lower down hypertension…Ive been doing it since then.
Plus honey …very potent against any infection .
I had a severe viral cough years ago and sick for two weeks. I tried the crushed garlic and echinacea five times in 24 hrs the allacin in the garlic killed the virus and cough in the bloodstream. No more coughing. A miracle for me !!!.
*I cannot give medical advice* but you should research D-mannose for UTIs.
Would this work for a UTI? I can’t get to the doctor for prescribed antibiotics
I have reoccurring infections to related immune issues, and I have exhausted my pharmaceutical options. This has been a God send for me. Thank you for posting this!
If caught early enough, I’ve found that consuming raw garlic does kill off an infection. Cayenne is different than regular hot sauce. It can actually heal an ulcer(strange I know). Many other hot peppers and sauces will make digestive problems worse. I’d also be careful not to use too much of any honey. It I’d high in sugar, and sugar harms your immune system.
I have found a super easy way to get anyone to take raw garlic and cayenne pepper. Take twelve doritos salsa cups and put a small block of cheese into each one. Heat just enough to Melt the cheese. Take out and add your crushed or finely chopped garlic (that has been sitting for fifteen min) to each of the cheese cups. Top with a dollop of hot salsa(can add a teaspoon of cayenne to half/full cup of regular salsa) you can also add a dollop of sour cream for the more sensitive as well. Another way is to add one to two table spoons of cayenne to a can of chicken noodle soup. Add the garlic once you remove soup from heat and eat right away.
I had very hard sinus pressure when I bend to tie the laces of my shoes
or when i bend to pick up a thing from the floor, so i mixed 2 table spoons
of honey with 1 tea spoon of Ceylon cinammon and i washed them down
with a glass of warm water.After 4(four) hours all the pain and the pressure
where gone!! Just that simple!
Yes this is worth trying if you don’t want to take prescribed antibiotics. 2 1/2 days ago I developed swollen tonsil and gland on one side, with many white spots and ulcerated areas on both sides. I began my home treatment (1 clove garlic, tsp of cayenne pepper, tsp honey and some turmeric to offset taste a little 4-5 times a day) and 48 hours later I would say all symptoms have reduced by 75% I think by tomorrow I will be nearly better. In the past I have always used prescribed antibiotics! But not anymore.
Can you not spread this on toast and chew it? It seems that that would be a little less harsh on the stomach and follow up with a warm drink of herbal green tea.