Friday, March 11, 2011
As the strains of bacteria and viruses continue to get more virulent, you need to know about a natural remedy to keep your body healthy. While elderberry juice is great for viruses, it does not help with bacterial infections. The absolute best thing to take for a bacterial infection is garlic.
Garlic has been valued for centuries due to it's medicinal properties. Modern research has found that it has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties. It is a supreme infection fighter and has been found to kill bacteria on contact. Research as found that even if it is diluted 1 part in 125,000, it still killed bacteria. It is an extremely effective and powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic. It has been proven to destroy Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Cholera, E. coli, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, and many others. Garlic's use as an antibacterial agent in Russia has earned it the nickname, Russian penicillin.
Garlic also increases the activity of the immune system. It stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production. The immune-boosting properties of garlic seem to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides.
Fresh, raw garlic is the best way to take it for the most potent benefits. It takes 5-6 cloves or more a day to get the full medicinal benefit. They should be freshly minced and then swallowed with water on a full stomach. You can mix it with honey to get it down easier. Another way to get it down is to put the freshly minced garlic into empty capsules and swallow them immediately. I have found that I will need to eat more food after taking the garlic to avoid nausea or stomach discomfort. Cooked garlic does not have the same medicinal benefits.
Garlic odor can be eliminated on your hands by rubbing them on stainless steel. Garlic on your breath can be helped by eating parsley. Personally, I'd rather smell a little like garlic than be sick in bed.
I have seen garlic work for chest congestion, colds, sinus infections, and tonsillitis. For the tonsillitis, I have put 4-5 raw cloves in a blender with a little bit of water and apple cider vinegar, blended it up and strained it. Gargling 2-3 times a day with the diluted garlic juice was all it took to get rid of the infection in the tonsils.
I would not use raw garlic on a young child due to it's potential irritation of the digestive tract.