Echinacea: A Powerful Natural Antibiotic


 There are several different herbs I find useful in times of illness, but echinacea is one that I turn to the most for its powerful medicinal properties and its safety for all ages.

Echinacea {also known as purple cone-flower}, is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics available.  Because echinacea is excellent at fighting infection and boosting the immune system, many natural practitioners of our day feel that this lovely flower is the most important immune-boosting herb in western medicine.

Unlike most herbs, echinacea is one that you don’t want to consume all the time, but is best used only during a time of illness, and not more than 2 weeks at a time.

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Make Your Own 5-Minute Antibiotic Garlic Salve

Garlic is a powerful antibiotic.  Consuming 3 cloves of garlic is said to be equal to taking one dose of antibiotics, but without the side effects.  One way I like to get the properties of garlic into my family is with homemade garlic salve.

Garlic Salve

This powerful garlic salve takes me 5 minutes to make and is an excellent way to get antibiotics into a patient.  When rubbed on the back and chest, it helps with coughs and congestion, as well as getting it into the system; when rubbed on the bottoms of the feet, this salve goes directly into the bloodstream to do its work.  You can use it for any illness: fevers, coughs, congestion, flu, viruses, bacterial infections, etc.  I do give a natural antibiotic internally along with the salve like colloidal silver, echinacea, raw garlic, etc.

This recipe for garlic salve is taken from Be Your Own Doctor.  This book is the one I go to most for times of illness: a must have for every bookshelf!



 Homemade Antibiotic Garlic Salve

1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 cloves peeled garlic {must be raw garlic}
5 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Strain through a fine strainer and pour liquid into a glass jar.  Keep refrigerated.

To use, rub the salve on the chest, back, and bottoms of feet at least 4 times a day.  Apply hourly for more serious conditions like pneumonia, croup, whooping cough, serious asthma attacks, etc.

How do you use garlic for illness?

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Garlic Poultice

Garlic is such a powerful natural antibiotic, that when anyone in my family is laying low with a fever or some type of infection or virus, I’m anxious to get it in their system!  As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, fresh garlic can be added to foods to boost the immune system. It can effectively kill viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, yeasts, and molds, even many that cause serious disease in humans. Below is a list of things that garlic can kill or inhibit:

Acinetobacter calcoaceticus
Aspergillus flavus
Aspergillus fumigatus
Aspergillus parasiticus
Aspergillus niger
Bacillus cereus
Candida albicans
Candida lipolytica
Cryptococcus neoformans
Debaryomyces hansenii
Escherichia coli
Hansenula anomala
Herpes simplex virus type 1
Herpes simplex virus type 2
Histoplasma capsulatum
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Human rhinovirus type 2
Influenza B
Kloeckera apiculata
Lodderomyces elongisporus
Parainfluenza virus type 3
Vaccinia virus
Vesicular stomatitis virus
Micrococcus luteus
Mycobacterium phlei
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis
Pneumocystis carinii
Proteus vulgaris
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Rhodotorula rubra
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Salmonella typhimurium
Salmonella typhimurium
Shigella dysenteriae
Shigella flexneri
Staphylococcus aureus
Streptococcus faecalis
Torulopsis glabrata
Toxoplasma gondii
Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Another way I like to get garlic directly in the bloodstream is by making a garlic poultice.  Here’s how~

Crush 2 or 3 garlic cloves with a fork to get the juices going.  Use larger or more cloves for an adult. 
  Fold the cheese cloth a few times to make it a little thicker, but not too thick.  Place the cloves on cheese cloth or a thin towel.  Make sure the cloves are spread out.  You don’t want them in a smaller bunch, as this will be too strong for one spot on the skin.  Garlic can “burn” the skin if it’s too strong on one spot. 
 Fold the cloth up like a burrito.  Like this…
 …and this.

Pour a small amount of hot water over the poultice.  Make sure it’s hot, but that it won’t burn the skin.  The heat helps to release the healthy properties that the skin will absorb.
Place the poultice on the chest or wrist for 15-20 minutes. You want to place it on an area that has a lot of veins so the garlic properties can be released in the blood stream and do its work! Garlic releases its strongest properties the first 10-15 minutes after being crushed, so be sure to use it right away.    You can also use this poultice on the chest for congestion.  If you use this on a baby, check the poultice every 1-2 minutes to be sure it’s not irritating their sensitive skin.  For my older girls, I check every 2-5 minutes.

 A garlic poultice is an easy remedy to boost the immune system when sick.  What an amazing plant God gave us to use!

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