Ingredients: Raw Organic Honey, Raw Organic Garlic, Organic Tumeric* (Other natural antibiotics that can be substituted or added to your natural antibacterial ointment: Oregano, Echinacea, Ginger)
Easy instructions: Combine 4T Honey, 3 cloves freshly minced garlic and 2t turmeric in a sterile container. Stir well (I used a chopstick). Seal and label: “Antibacterial Ointment” Apply a thin film evenly on injured skin that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried with a sterile cotton swab or toothpick. Cover immediately with a bandage.
Use for: cuts, scrapes, open wounds (not bleeding), festering sores, any topical condition where the skin is raw and exposed, and where antibacterial protection is desired. BTW, this mixture is also an edible “antibiotic” and immune booster, take ½ teaspoon up to 3 times a day* when bacterial infections are a concern, make sure to balance with sufficient intake of probiotics.
Why this works: “The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too.” (National Institute of Health) Honey also “prevents a type of streptococcus pyogenes that inhibit wound healing…[and is an] effective topical antibiotic, safe for use in open wounds…” (Microbiology Society Journal, March 2012)
“Allicin, one of the active principles of freshly crushed garlic homogenates, has a variety of antimicrobial activities. Allicin in its pure form was found to exhibit i) antibacterial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug-resistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli; ii) antifungal activity, particularly against Candida albicans; iii) antiparasitic activity, including some major human intestinal protozoan parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia; and iv) antiviral activity.” (Ankri, S. and Mirelman D. “Antimicrobial Properties of Allicin from Garlic” originally published in the Journal of Microbes and Infection, February 1999)
“A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as reservatol) [active constituents of turmeric] were effective alternatives to the drugs: aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib and tamoxofin.” (*The above listed drugs are types of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, blood thinners, corticosteroids, and estrogen moderators. *Therefore, individuals on prescription blood thinners, estrogen moderators and insulin should consult a doctor before ingesting therapeutic doses of turmeric, particularly capsules or tinctures. © 2015 Green Med Info, Written by Sayer Ji.)
Another noteworthy study concluded that curcumin has significant bactericidal properties, especially on gram positive and gram negative bacteria, multi-drug resistant strains, and E-coli. (Poonam, Tyagi “Bactericidal Activity of Curcumin” published online March 2015, US National Library of Medicine)
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