Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Natural Antibiotics

Because of the relatively simple supercritical CO2 extraction method, essential oils companies are springing up and offering an array of products. Some plants are touted as being antibacterial.   But, for real;  if I had a serious infection, which plants would work as good as or better than pharmaceutical-grade antibiotics.  

Hops (Humulus lupulus)-  used in beer fermentation to inhibit bacterial growth. humulus lupulus extract is effective in inhibiting growth of gram positive bacteria, MRSA, and even resistent TB. It is not effective against E.Coli. and other gram negative antibiotics.

Cinnamon and Cranberries- contain high levels of benzoic acid/sodium benzoate which is used as a common food preservative with activity against anerobic bacteria and yeast. (poor en vivo results).

Horseradish- contains sinigrin, which breaks down into allyl isothiocyanate is active against respiratory, sinus, urinary tract, and GI infections. Several German studies demonstrate its effectiveness vs. standard antibiotics. All cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, watercress, mustard greens, kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts), demonstrate some antibiotic properties. 

Nasturtium- Edible flowers and leaves.  Angocin Anti-Infekt N is a verified safe and effective antibiotic made in Germamy from nasturtium and hoseraddish extracts.  

Boric Acid- (alkalinize urine with potasium citrate, sodium bicarbonate) shows efficacy for UTI

Hiprex/ Urex or Methenamine Hippurate- breaks down in the urinary tract into formaldehyde but requires the urine be acidified with ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Hexamethylenetetramine is synthesized from 40% formaldehyde and 20% ammonium hydroxide solutions. Cystex is a commercial product containing methenamine/sodium salicylate/benzoic acid 

Garlic (Allium sativum)-  exhibits contains allicin and diallyl sulphide which exhibit antibiotic, antifungal and antivital properties.  However, only fresh garlic is bioactive. Proper dose is 2-3 cloves twice a day.   

Bald's Eye Salve- Allium (fresh garlic, onion, leek) fine chopped and crushed, 25ml wine, Oxgall (bovine bile) chilled for 9 days. 

Usnea/Old Man's Beard- Contains Usnic acid which shows activity againat gram positive bacteria (staph and strep). 

Bidens pilosa/leucantha/frondosa- are also known as beggarticksblack jackburr marigoldscobbler's pegsSpanish needlesstickseedstickseeds and tickseed sunflowers.

Copper and Bile- Copper and copper salts are antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.  Bile likely disrupts the biofilm and bacterias protective capsule

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