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The Many Ways to Harness the Power of Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic

garlic natural antibioticAs problems with antibiotic resistance and fear of superbugs like MRSA increase, interest in the use of Natural antibiotics for routine infections continues to skyrocket. Of all the dozen or so natural antibiotics, raw Garlic tends to be the most popular for several reasons.

First, garlic is easy to obtain and widely available. Whether you live in the middle of a thriving metropolis or out in the sticks, obtaining a head of garlic is not a complicated process. Healthfood stores and mega-supermarkets alike carry it all the time regardless of season.

Garlic is also one of the most inexpensive herbs on the market. I buy an entire head of high quality, organic garlic from my local healthfood store for about $1.

Thirdly, garlic is one of the simplest herbs to grow as well. Just plant a few cloves with papery covering remaining in rich soil. Water about once a week (warning; do not overwater as garlic does not grow well in overly moist soil) and fertilize regularly and watch them grow like crazy. The bulbs are ready to harvest ideally after a hot dry summer when the long green stalks, called scapes, turn yellow or brown.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that one of nature’s most useful remedies for human health is not only easy to obtain and inexpensive to buy (even if organic), but also super simple to grow even for novice gardeners.

Garlic: Ancient Medicine Come Full Circle

Before the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics became all the rage post World War II, garlic was regularly used to treat infections and wounds. This herb is one of the oldest recorded remedies used by many ancient civilizations. It is specifically named in ancient texts of the Greeks, Hebrews, Babylonians, Romans and Egyptians.

Chances are, you already have a head of garlic in your pantry right now. So how to harness it as a powerful natural antibiotic when necessary?

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Put Your Heart in Your Mouth and creator of The GAPS Diet gives the simplest and most effective how-to I’ve personally used over the years. Read on for all the garlic-y details!

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