At the time when pharmacies didn’t exist , the ancient people from around the world used them to treat successfully their wounds and digestive infections .
Here are some of the most common ones :
- RAW HONEY
People for centuries used honey for an upset stomach or as salve on open wounds in the skin . When applied topically it can kill a wide variety of pathogens , including MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria . Manuka honey originated from Australia and New Zealand has even greater curative potential .
Whenever having a cold or flu , this simple remedy is easily and at hand to use . By mixing honey in warm water and drink it 2-3 times a day , the success is guaranteed .
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor , but it also provides products that protect the body against harm .
Turmeric can be both consumed and applied externally , making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria . For extra benefit , from combining two bacteria fighting substances , it can be mixed with honey to create a paste that can be applied on the infected areas on the skin .
Turmeric’s essential oils contain a wealth of antibiotic molecules , making this antibacterial food useful for treating topical cuts and wounds . Turmeric paste has the potential of inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli – two of the most common infection generating bacteria in humans . Turmeric is also taken in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent and treat colds and other internal infections .
( Note : Cooking can destroy the fragile antibacterial molecules in turmeric )
Ginger is reputed to be effective against E.coli and Salmonella , both of which are food-borne bacteria that can cause significant illness in people .
It has even ben shown to treat and cure ulcers .
Either eaten fresh into salads , sautéed , marinated , part of the juices , or made into a tea using the fresh root or the dried and ground root – ginger is always effectively fighting infections .
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar include antibiotic and antiseptic properties , due to naturally alkalizing the system .
A chemical-free astringent , apple cider vinegar can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize and as a natural antibiotic for common cold when is mixed with warm water .
It can aid as well in everything from managing the weight to lowering cholesterol and the risk of cancer .
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast , this plant has also other very powerful qualities .
Normally known for its property of lowering cholesterol levels and prevent heart diseases , research has confirmed however that garlic possesses numerous antioxidants that kill bacteria and free radicals in the blood stream . It is also a very good anti fungal , bacteria in the body appearing not to develop resistance to garlic as they normally do to many other of the antibiotics . The active ingredient , Allicin , is antibacterial and also anti viral and it can attack and destroy a variety of viruses and fungal infections , such as candida . It is however also a very efficient antibiotic agent against food poisoning .
If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier , add more garlic into your diet !
- EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
There is not enough that can be said about the benefits of coconut oil .
It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants that can’t be found anywhere else in nature .
When used in its extra virgin form , coconut oil proves to be a very good moisturizer and efficient agent in preventing acne .
It can be used to boost immunity , balance thyroid , cholesterol and blood sugar levels , and even more important , improve the brain function .
Safe to be used internally and externally , coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature .
- GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
The journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract ( GSE ) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria , more than a hundred strains of fungus , and many parasites
The antibacterial properties of grapefruit seed extract are proved in fighting the growth of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria . It is as well high in many antioxidants boosting the immunity , alkalizes the body naturally , and aids in digestion by improving the beneficial gut flora .
- ESSENTIAL OILS
Numerous essential oils proved to have potent antibacterial qualities . Even since the ancient times , people used to heal the wounds by using Frankincense , Myrrh or other oils .
- OREGANO OIL
The essential oils in oregano ( particularly Carvacrol ) , give this herb the antibacterial powers that have been shown to fight against Salmonella and E.coli bacteria . Oregano oil is also useful in boosting immunity and preventing and treating common colds . Because the oregano’s antibacterial powers are found in its oil , an oregano oil supplement is better for health than dried oregano leaves .
In antiquity cabbage was used as a remedy for tuberculosis while the sailors used it to prevent scurvy .
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage ( a member of the cruciferous family that includes also broccoli and kale ) that have been shown being effective as cancer fighters .
What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage – one cup providing 75% of what the daily needs would be .
Naturally antibacterial , eating shredded raw cabbage in the salad or as a side dish , or drinking fresh cabbage juice ( sweetened with honey ) is an excellent way to improve digestion , prevent disease , and even manage the weight .
The main reason why people used for centuries silver cutlery was for its preventive properties against bacteria .
A natural antibiotic , in its colloidal form , silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid and it has been used for centuries . this treatment is temporary since too much silver – which is a heavy metal – can be toxic . However , it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria requires to multiply . deprived of their oxygen supply , the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage on you .
The benefits of Echinacea have been known about by the American Indian people since before the arrival of Columbus , as it was used to treat wound and infections .
Echinacea was a common herbal remedy , due to its properties of being a natural antibiotic as well as antiviral , antifungal and disinfectant agent .
Prior to the now common use of the antibiotics , a bottle of Echinacea tincture was always found in most homes , a well known remedy that will help coughs , colds , flu , spring allergies and respiratory infections but others too , such as scarlet fever or blood poisoning . This natural health remedy has a very effective action in the body on boosting the production of interferon – a protein which is released by the body to prevent viruses from replicating themselves – as well as its ability to boost the strength of t-lymphocytes , vital to the immune system helping to increase the number of circulating antibodies .
Cranberries prevent and treat bladder infections . Cranberries prevent bacteria from latching onto the walls of the bladder and urinary tract by altering bacteria such as E.coli – responsible for illnesses such as kidney infections and the flu – to prevent them from forming the biofilm necessary for an infection to develop .
The peppermint is commonly used in toothpaste , mouthwash and other oral hygiene products – and for good reason , too . Peppermint oil has antibacterial powers that help to kill bad breath-causing bacteria in the mouth . A 2006 study found that peppermint oil was effective against 22 different strains of bacteria .
Onions have amazing antibacterial and antiseptic properties . A raw onion placed next to a sick person could such the sickness right out of them . Placing some in the house , they will absorb all bacteria saving your family from countless illnesses .
They contain flavonoids which are pigments that give vegetables their color and act as antioxidants , having as well a direct antitumor effect and immune-enhancing properties .
The pungent chemical allyl-isothiocyanate formed when horseradish is cut , is the active constituent responsible for the stated antibacterial effects of the horseradish
17 . FERMENTED FOOD
Unpasteurized cabbage , homemade pickles , kefir and probiotic yogurts , all these renew our intestinal flora , protecting us from cancer and keeping our body fit to fight off infections .
BEST ANTIBIOTIC BLEND
- 1 organic garlic clove crushed
- 2 Tbs organic honey
- 2Tbs grated organic ginger
- ½ Tbs organic cayenne pepper
- ½ Tbs organic cinnamon
- ½ cup organic lemon juice
You can protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using only these great remedies : honey , oregano , garlic , Echinacea and turmeric .
Shake the pills off !
One of the bonuses of being a westerner living in a tropical country is also coming across and learning more about the traditional medicine … Mystic names , exciting stories and the pleasant odors and flavors , is always what attracts !
Beside the older acquaintances , already part of the common palette – like Goji berries , or Ginseng – Ashwagandha is a new comer on the list of perpetual discovering and learning .
Known as one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing , Ashwagandha has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions , and is most well- known for its restorative benefits .
Known also with other names such as Withania somnifera ( the Latin , scientific name ) , or Poison gooseberry , or Winter cherry – in Sanskrit , the meaning of Ashawagandha doesn’t sound too attractive at all . The name “The smell of a horse” however indicates that the herb certainly imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion , reason why it has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness .
Ashwagandha is frequently referred to as the “Indian Ginseng” due to its rejuvenating properties , even if – botanically speaking – , Ginseng and Ashwagandha are totally unrelated .
Belonging to the same family Solanaceae as the tomato , Ashwagandha is a plump shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers and it bears orange/red fruits about the size of a raisin . The herb is native to the dry regions of India , northern Africa , and the Middle East , and today is also grown in more mild climates including the United States .
Why do people use Ashawagandha ?
Do any of the following symptoms sound familiar to you ? Stress … Fatigue …. Lack of energy …. Difficulty in concentration …..
The use of this Ayurvedic herb can help alleviate all these symptoms and support as well energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing .
The Benefits and Healing Effects
Ashwagadha contains many useful medicinal chemicals , including withanolides ( a type of steroidal lactones ) , alkaloids , choline , fatty acids , amino acids , and a variety of sugars .
While the leaves and fruit have valuable therapeutic properties , the root of Ashwagandha plant is the part most commonly used in the Westerns herbal remedies .
The medical researchers are studying with great interest Ashwagandha for years and have completed more than 200 studies referring to the healing benefits of this plant . Some of the key examples of the healing properties of Ashwagandha are listed below :
- Protects the immune system
- Helps combat the effects of stress
- Improves learning , memory , and reaction time
- Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
- Helps reduce the brain-cell degeneration
- Fosters healthy sleep patterns
- Stabilizes the blood sugar levels
- Helps lower the cholesterol
- Thickens and increases the nutritive value of milk in nursing mothers
- Offers anti-inflammatory properties , thus being used successfully in the treatment of burns and wounds
- Supports healthy back and joints
- Contains anti-malarial properties
- Protects the liver , reduces constipation , and cures hypothyroidism
- Enhances sexual potency for both men and women
- The seeds and fruits are diuretic in nature
Ashwagandha as an adaptogenic herb
In the Ayurvedic medicine , there are specific herbs considered as having adaptogenic benefits .
Adaptogens are considered any compounds , herbs or practices that lead to the stabilization of the physiological processes and which promote homeostasis . In the herbal medicine , the use of different herbs as adaptogens is already very popular with far-reaching claims of increasing the longevity , libido , and well-being – on one side – or helping the body to cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment or internal stresses such as anxiety or insomnia ( two of the manifestations so common in the modern times ) Most of the studies on adaptogens were performed by The Soviet Union , Korea and China .
According to the Ayurvedic principles , our bodies are woven from food we eat . The nutrients we ingest are metabolized into the energy and the information that form our cells , tissues , and organs . Every day , our bodies need essential vitamins , minerals , or other nutrients in order to maintain our body’s delicate balance . That’s why , taking an Ashwagandha supplement is a highly effective way to create that balance .
The berries are commonly used as a substitute for rennet in the cheese making process .
Ashwagandha has become of interest of many researchers and it still grows in popularity
Himalayan salt , known also as the Pink salt , is now becoming more and more popular among the health-conscious people .
It is all natural , abundant in essential minerals and found to be much better for the body compared to the common table salt , or the sea salt !
But , let’s take a closer look into what Himalayan Salt really is – its properties , benefits for health and uses .
Originated from the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountain Range in Pakistan , the pink Himalayan salt is formed from the ancient sea beds crystalized during the Jurassic era . Being kept in an unspoiled environment protected by lava rocks , the salt is believed to be the purest salt available . Truly natural and uniquely beautiful , the salt boasts a translucent and gorgeous rose pink tint , indicating its rich iron and mineral content .
In present , Khewra Salt Mine ( or Mayo Salt Mine ) in Pakistan is the world second largest and the oldest salt mine . It is said to be discovered by Alexander the Great , when , with his army stopped for a rest , his horse started licking the stones on the ground . Soon , the soldiers noted that all horses were doing the same , they also tried and found the rocks to be quite salty . And , that’s how the KHewra salt deposits had been discovered .
Today , some 2330 years later , covering an area of 110 sq.km , 228 to 748 feet deep , the mine has over 40 kilometers of tunnels on 11 separate stories and is already a popular tourist destination . Tourists will be amazed seeing a small Badshahi Mosque built out there , or , more recently small salt versions of the Great Wall of China , and the Mall road of Murree that they can visit . At times , the many colors and bricks of light give the mine a sort of disco-Yellow-Brick-Road look .
The Khewra salt mine has its own fully functioning postal office , and a local grocery where people can taste and buy of the various kinds of reddish or pink rock salt .
According to the scientific studies , Himalayan salt is by far the only kind of salt that offers the largest number of natural minerals ( 84 of the 99 natural known elements ) . The elements the Meadow lists as found in Himalayan salt , in addition to sodium and chloride , in alphabetical order are : actinium , aluminum , antimony , arsenic , astatine , barium , beryllium , bismuth , boron , bromine , cadmium , calcium , carbon , cerium , cesium , chromium , cobalt , copper , dysprosium , erbium , europium fluorine , francium , gadolinium , gallium , germanium , gold , hafnium , holmium , hydrogen , indium , iodine ,iridium , iron , lanthanum , lead , lithium , lutetium , magnesium , manganese , mercury , molybdenum , neodymium , neptunium , nickel , niobium , nitrogen , osmium , oxygen , palladium , phosphorus , platinum , plutonium , polonium , potassium , praseodymium , protactinium , radium , rhenium , rhodium , rubidium , ruthenium , samarium , scandium , selenium , silicon , silver , strontium , sulfur , tantalum , tellurium , terbium thallium , thorium , thulium , tin , titanium , uranium , vanadium , wolfram , ytthrium , yttrium, terbium , thallium , thorium , thulium , tin , titanium , uranium , vanadium , wolfram , yttrium , zinc and zirconium .
These trace elements help in maintaining homeostasis , stimulating blood circulation , detoxifying the body , dissolving kidney and gall stones , as well as treating psoriasis .
Himalayan salt has been used to help detoxify the body in the form of brine treatment , most commonly done in the form of a bath .
Himalayan salt is most commonly found as coarse grains , fine grains , or large blocks making it perfect for cooking and seasoning as well in any of the forms . Salt blocks can be used as serving platters that delicately “season” the food they serve . They make a gorgeous presentation for sushi , savory tapas , grilled meats , seafood , and even fruits . Simple and easy to use , they only need to be wiped clean with damp cloth .
The more common way to enjoy the salt is by simply sprinkling it on your favorite soups , pastas , and sauces . Rubbing it on meat also helps to reduce the gamey taste and aroma and makes it an excellent food preservation method .
Besides flavoring the food , gargling with a mixture of Himalayan salt and water every morning can improve gum health and eliminate bad breath .
More recently , in a world overrun with stress and anxiety – like the world of the times we are living in – the benefits of the Himalayan salt in the form of salt lamps are becoming more and more clear as having a great impact on health . As an agent able to clean the air around or by increasing the emission of negative ions , increasing the oxygen flow in the brain , and fighting diseases – these lamps become a simple solution to bolster your health , lower the anxiety levels and protect you from the damaging effects of the technology surrounding us – like cellphones , laptops , televisions , or microwaves – making you feel really rejuvenated .
I can assure you that yes , you have eaten weevils ! Your eyes might pop-up now wondering how is that possible , but , in the end , you’ll surely realize that what I’m saying is one of those statements people answer with an “Yes” !
I know it is a perfectly disgusting thought , but there’s really nothing to be done about it . Most people are not even aware that it has happened . It might have simply been their eggs . It could , however have been little bits of exoskeleton – maybe a leg or two – or possibly even the entire nasty weevil … or , at least its larvae . With something as common as weevils , it’s pretty much unavoidable . They can be found in nearly any prepackaged food you buy that contains any sort or grain ( I’m talking about cookies , crackers , biscuits , cake mixes , pastas , breakfast cereals , anything ) , and this is due to the fact that weevils lay their eggs in , you guess it , grains . ( In my experience however , I noticed they like unexpectedly even …. milk powder !?! so ….. )
The thought is even more annoying when , imagine , you have just cleaned you cabinets two days ago and it was all perfect and clear , and here you see the little invaders in your most treasured products ! Imagine how’s that if , even more , an imported , sort of expensive item was the objects of the attack ! Yuk …
The two most common types of pantry weevils are the granary weevil ( Sitophilus granarius ) and the rice weevil ( Sitophilus oryzae ) . They are often referred to as “snout weevils” . These little pantry pests are actually beetles ; very small beetles that rarely get any larger that 1-2mm . Female weevils use their snouts to drill holes in the casings of grains , such as wheat , oat , rye , rice , corn , barley , and various seeds and beans . Once the hole is drilled , she deposits an egg and seals the hole back with a gelatinous glue-like substance that she creates all by her little self . The egg hatches after few days , and the larvae uses its surroundings as a lunch box for about the next month . For this reason , it can be difficult to detect an infestation . Not only it is slow to start , but the larvae are in hiding . Once the grain weevils ( a.k.a. flour weevils ) or rice weevils start to present themselves , you have got a real problem . A single female can lay up to 400 eggs , which means up to 400 more hungry bugs looking for a snack . If you have experienced something like this , you’ll need to know how to control and get rid of weevils .
Here are some little facts about weevils :
Rice weevil has the following characteristics :
- Is 1/8 to 3/16-inch long
- Dull reddish brown round pits on the thorax
- Four light spots on the carapace
- Able to fly
- Found more commonly in warmer places
Granary Weevil , on the other side , is characterized by the following :
- Is 1/8 to 3/16-inch long
- Shiny reddish brown
- Elongated pits on thorax
- Cannot fly
- Is found more commonly in cooler places
THE BEST METHODS OF WEEVIL CONTROL
Remove the contaminated food products !
This sounds like a no-brainer , but this might be the only most important step in getting rid of weevils .
Look through the ENTIRE pantry and every single cupboard for any food products that might be contaminated . If you find something you are not sure about , pitch it . There is no point in risking re-infestation ( It could very well cost you more money in the long run ) . Once you have it all gathered up , take it immediately outside to the trash and move the can as far away from the house as possible .
Pull a Cinderella
Conduct the most through cleaning of your pantry and cupboards that you ever done . Start by taking absolutely everything off the shelves and vacuuming them . Make sure you get all the cracks where flour or other food bits might be hiding . If you have contact paper lining the shelves , remove it ( anyway , you can put new stuff on later ) . Use a rag and some hot sudsy water to do the rest of the cleaning
Kill weevils with cold
In order to avoid future problems with weevils , it is advisable to freeze your food . You can do this to flour , oats , cookies , corn meal , grits , whatever . If you have enough space in your freezer , you should just keep the stuff in there full time . If you have a small freezer instead , set the freezer as cold as it gets and leave the food in there for at least four days . That will kill any eggs , larvae , or weevils . Also , that’s an added 4 days of shelf life !
Kill weevils with heat
If you don’t feel like freezing everything , a little heat exposure will accomplish the same thing . Spread your food or seeds thinly on a baking sheet , preheat the oven at 1200F , and leave it in there for 1 hour . If you are impatient , you can do 1300F for ½ hour . In case you want to use the microwave instead , spread the stuff on a glass dish or plate , and run it for 5 minutes. Keep in mind that if you are heating seeds for gardening , the heat might destroy the seed , thus producing changes in germination . Also , don’t heat fine-grained things like flour , being case of combustion .
FURTHER WEEVIL PREVENTION
Start by cleaning the cupboards and pantry regularly . In case you spill something , clean it up immediately and thoroughly . In the pantry and cupboards , you may want to consider sealing any shelving cracks with caulk in order to keep food from getting trapped down there in the future .
Buy your goods in smaller amounts so that you can use them quickly .
Rotate your stock and don’t mix new food with old one .
Finally , store all of your perishables in tight-lidded glass , tin , steel or plastic containers . If you have limited cupboard space , the rubber maid modular containers may be a very good plan .
BEST NATURAL WEEVIL CONTROL METHODS
Bay leaves are a natural weevil deterrent . After freezing or heating the grains , drop a bay leaf or two into the storage container on top of the food product you want protected . You may also consider to randomly scatter a few leaves around the cupboard or pantry .
Cloves are another natural deterrent for weevils .
Treat you grains with cloves the same way you will with bay leaves . After treating your food with hot or cold , drop a clove or two on top of it before storing . Scatter a couple around the cupboards and pantry . Even better , try a couple of each .
Sounds odd , but this suggestion seems to be mentioned more and more often .
Take a plain old matchbook , open it up , and set it in with your grains or pasta . Apparently , the sulfur from the matches acts as a weevil deterrent .
Not convinced yet ? Next time around when being invaded , try one of these !