Natural antibiotics are common dietary supplements and you will feel well after ingesting them. Most of them are readily available to you on a daily basis, but you may not know how beneficial and healthy they are for your body. They have preventive effects and they may serve you well in periods of usual winter colds and other illnesses. Preventing illnesses is the best thing to do, but do not hesitate to take them even if the disease as already set in. So what are natural antibiotics and how to use them?
Honey and Propolis
Honey is the notorious bee product. It boosts the immune system, remedies the cold and tastes delicious. Honey contains a great number of essential and very healthy substances. It has many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, royal jelly and essential oils. Always have multiple sorts of honey at your home and alternate between them. Each one of them has a different set of ingredients. Monofloral honey contains glucose, fructose, lots of vitamins, pollen and mineral substances. Floral honey contains max. 19% of water. Honeydew honey has less vitamins but more mineral substances. It contains glucose and fructose too. And its water content is also max. 19%. In mixed honey, all ingredients are balanced. Mead is a popular products made of honey. Mead has max 17% alcohol and it also contains glucose, mineral substances and water.
Honey has been used as a natural antibiotic ever since because of its great ability to destroy bacteria. It should become a part of human diet already from a young age. It has calming and mildly sedative effects, it acts beneficially on the intestines and liver and it helps prevent a civilization disease of arterial sclerosis. Honey also supports widening of coronary arteries and thus improves blood circulation of the heart muscle. Honey also supports the liver function, helps in certain kinds of pain (e.g. toothache in children during teething) and it has general positive influence on mental freshness and physical condition. Beekeepers who consume honey and its products regularly in larger amounts enjoy good mental and physical condition up to old age.
There are many ways to use honey. You can also use it as a sweetener into any hot drink. The drink temperature shouldn't exceed 50°C - higher temperatures destroy all the active substances.
Hot Milk with Honey
Honey is a great medicine for insomnia, thanks to its mildly sedative effects and in combination with warm milk, it takes effects perfectly and fast.
Teas with honey
Tea with honey has beneficial effect on our respiratory tract. If we catch a cold, honey is great especially in combination with onion, ginger and lemon.
Sweet Rehydration Potion with Honey
Squeeze out the juice out of one or two oranges, add a teaspoon of salt and 10 tsp of honey. First, mix everything with a small amount of water. When the mixture is smooth, pour ca 1 litre of water on it. Such a beverage rehydrates you and replenishes energy and ions in the body when you do sports or fall sick.
Propolis has a wide range of possible utilization in healing. It is a mixture of resin and wax that bees use as a sealant. It has antimicrobial and anti-mycotic effects. It is also a powerful antioxidant and rids the body of undesirable bacteria. Its effects are also anti-inflammatory, propolis supports wound healing and has anaesthetic effects as well. Furthermore, it enhances production of antibodies in the body. Its effects are reliable even upon administration of a very small or diluted dose.
Cut 30 g of propolis into small pieces and put into 5 dcl of pure alcohol into a dark-glass bottle. Shake well and let rest for 9 days. Shake the mixture every day. Strain it on the tenth day and your propolis tincture is finished. The liquid must never get in direct contact with any metal, it is therefore necessary to use a plastic strainer, not a metal one.
A propolis tincture prepared like this is used in injuries for wound disinfection and also for burns - after applying propolis tincture, no blisters occur and the pain ceases immediately. You can also use it for facial acne, to support psoriasis treatment, for bunions, to treat inflammations of inner and outer ear and for rheumatic disorders - ache in joints, muscles and for cramps.
You can also apply the tincture internally where it acts preventively against the flu, inflammations of the upper respiratory tract and bronchi, stomach ulcers. It also acts beneficially against various internal infections.
If you add the propolis tincture into a warm beverage (tea, water, milk), you get a propolis emulsion. We use that to treat sensitive mucous membranes, to disinfect the oral cavity, to treat gums during paradontitis and for aphthas on the oral mucosa. We also recommend using it during anginas and nasopharynx inflammations, in chronic tonsillitis and similar problems.
Beneficial effects of garlic were already notorious in the Antiquity and so people used it extensively. Garlic has antibiotic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It contains vitamins A, B, C, calcium, iodine and selenium. Garlic enhances the immune system and boosts its resistance against viruses and bacteria. It reduces cholesterol, improves blood circulation, supports heart function and cleanses blood vessels, lowers blood pressure. Regular garlic consumption reduces probability of stomach and intestinal cancer. It is good prevention in case these types of cancer occur in your family. Effects of garlic on human body are beneficial. During flu seasons, it is recommended to eat a clove of garlic a day preventively. If you get temperature, garlic supports perspiration, cleanses the respiratory tract, enhances hemming and removes intestinal parasites.
It is best to use garlic unprocessed, i.e. just the peeled clove. You can eat it even 3 times a day. You can cover the garlic smell by chewing on coffee grains or mint leaves.
You can also use garlic in the form of milk. Grate 5-10 g of garlic into 1 litre of milk and apply as necessary.
Simple Cheese-Garlic Spread
To make the spread, you will need the following ingredients: 200 g Eidam cheese, 100 g mozzarella, several cloves of garlic, 15 ml mayonnaise, 50 ml cream, pepper, salt, sweet paprika. Grate Eidam and mozzarella finely and mix them with the mayonnaise and cream. Add the pressed garlic. Season the mixture with salt, pepper and ground paprika. You can vary the cheeses to your taste and imagination. You can use bryndza, Emmenthal cheese, cottage cheese, etc. The spread is great for canapés and savoury snacks. Decorate the prepared snacks e.g. with a piece of vegetable.
Quick Garlic Soup
Garlic soup will give you energy and warm you up during winter months. Prepare 1 litre of water, 300 g of potatoes, 1-2 bouillon cubes, 8-10 cloves of garlic, eggs, salt and pepper. Chop the potatoes into little cubes and boil them in the water with the bouillon. Add 4 pressed cloves of garlic, one or two mixed eggs, salt and pepper and keep the soup boiling. We can also roast some bread to eat with the soup. Chop the bread into pieces and roast or fry it. Finally, press the rest of the garlic and season the soup with it.
Onion is very important in illness prevention; it is very healthy and universal healing use. It also has preventive effects against illnesses and infections of respiratory tract; it acts against cough and secretional obstructions, rhonchus, flu, angina and sore throat. It strengthens mucous membranes of stomach and intestines, disinfects the colon and destroys colon parasites. It also reduces sugar level in blood, regulates blood pressure, cleanses inner organs, removes nervousness and insomnia. Onion can help in case of nephritis.. It helps regulate cholesterol, improves blood circulation to the limbs and heals haemorrhoids. It supports hair growth and makes your nails stronger. And all these various extensive healing effects of onion still don't make this list. Onion is also good and powerful help against insect stings. Place a slice of onion on the affected spot; the onion will reduce swelling and redness or itching.
Furthermore, onion is also used to treat fungal skin diseases or warts thanks to its antibiotic and disinfectant effects. Spread some freshly blended onion on the fungus-affected place or wart and let it work for several hours every day until the spot is fully healed. Onion acts as a mild sedative on our nervous system and it also has aphrodisiac effects.
Slice an onion into rings and add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. The onion will start to release juice in a moment. Administer the onion juice several times a day in a dose of 2-4 teaspoons, depending on how much of its taste you can take. This onion juice protects you from falling in and it helps against cough and cold.
Onion with Honey and Fennel
Grate the onion finely, add some honey and some ground fennel. Eat one teaspoon before a meal; it will help you with cold, cough, flu, anglina, secretional obstruction, rhonchus and sore throat.
Chop 2 onions into fine pieces and let them boil for 5 minutes in 200 ml water. Let it rest for 10 minutes, strain and sweeten it with honey. Drink several times a day
In case of infection, sufficient input of vitamin C is crucial. It is best delivered in the form of increased consumption of lemons and other citrus fruits.
Citrus fruits act preventively against various metabolic disorders and diseases. They have multiple beneficial effects on our health. They are also a good source of carbohydrates, they contain a lot of dietary fibre and they are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Applying two tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal and before sleep is great if you suffer from asthma. Lemon is a great energy booster with powerful antioxidant effects. It also acts preventively against cardiovascular disorders and sclerosis. Lemon juice is a powerful disinfectant, destroys some types of bacteria and helps cleanse our liver. It helps the body discharge urea, works well in case of kidney troubles and rheumatism and reduces cholesterol level. Apart from these medicinal effects, it is also good for your complexion because it cleans it and helps contract pores.
Another known and very beneficial citrus is grapefruit. It is the most powerful natural antibiotic. It enhances the immune system, metabolism, helps in case of varicose veins, prevents cancer and supports healthy hearts. Grapefruits are sour which forces us to sweeten them, but beware. By doing so, you eliminate all his beneficial effects. Furthermore, sugar makes grapefruit ferment in the stomach.
Lemon Gargling Water
Squeeze the juice out of one medium-sized lemon, dilute it mildly using water and gargle it. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
Squeeze the juice out of two medium-sized lemons and mix it with two tablespoons of cane sugar in a tall glass. Pour hot water over the mixture. You can also add juice out of one orange. Drink every morning before breakfast throughout winter.
Scald a pack of raisins with hot water and put them into a small bowl. Pour juice out of two lemons over the raisins. Let the raisins soak up the lemon juice and puff up. Vitamin C will bind to the grape sugar which enhances its effects in our body. Daily digestion of these raisins is a great prevention against infectious diseases.