Before penicillin was discovered and amoxicillin became available, our forefathers had herbs. Amoxicillin is a semi-synthetic penicillin that can treat a broad range of infections. It is mostly used for dental abscesses, pneumonia, and other bacterial infections. The history of herbal medicine has a long list of amoxicillin alternatives. These are the herbs that curb the growth of bacteria and can be used internally or externally. In this article, I’ll share with you my homemade herbal amoxicillin recipe.
Synthetic vs Herbal Amoxicillin
Amoxicillin is a powerful drug against bacterial infection, and fast-acting too. The problem with conventional medicines is that their actions are very specific. That said, amoxicillin targets all types of bacteria – bad or good.
If you have ever been on amoxicillin, you have likely experienced side effects like upset stomach and diarrhea as it messed up with gut flora.
Herbal antibacterial remedies are milder, but they come with a wider range of benefits. Garlic, for example, is not only a whole-body antibiotic. It is also an immunity booster, digestive tonic, detoxifier and liver tonic. Getting rid of the bacteria is just one phase of the process. You also need to boost your immune shield and support the good gut bacteria.
The Herbs in My Natural Amoxicillin Recipe
These are but a few from the list of effective herbal antibiotics. These are a good start since most of them are readily available in any kitchen. Some of them are also easy to grow in your herbal garden whenever you need them.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is always on the top of the list, with its potent antibacterial properties. Crushing garlic releases its antibacterial compound allicin. Allicin kills bacteria inside the body and reduces the stress that sickness causes. It can also treat respiratory illnesses and is a good antibiotic against cholera.
Onion (Allium cepa) is used as a preventative medicine for flu during an outbreak. Onion attracts bacteria and draws it out of a sick person. That explains why some people put onions in their socks whenever they are sick.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an excellent antiviral and antibacterial rhizome that helps in clearing infections. Ginger is also gut-supportive which helps improve the gut microbiota. The gingerol in ginger is effective in reducing bad bacteria and preventing them from growing.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is excellent in fast wound and abscess healing. It contains curcumin that acts as a whole-body antibiotic and treats a wide range of infections. Turmeric is also valued for its immune-boosting properties that speed up the healing process from various diseases and infections. Turmeric is often used with a pinch of black pepper which improves its absorbability in the body.
Citrus fruit peel is found to have bioactive compounds that make up its antibiotic properties. It is best to choose organic options. Lemon, lime, grapefruits and other citrus fruits reduce the spread of germs both locally and internally.
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) is a hot spice with an analgesic effect. It also possesses an antibiotic property that is potent against group A streptococci which causes strep throat. It also heals related skin and soft tissue infections from the same bacteria group such as impetigo and cellulitis.
Pineapple (Ananus comosus) contains Bromelain which is an antibacterial compound. It was found to display an excellent inhibitory effect against periodontal bacteria that cause tooth and gum diseases. Concentrated pineapple extract also works against pathogens that cause respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.
Black pepper displays an excellent antimicrobial action with its piperine, terpene and flavone chemical compounds. Preliminary research found the inhibitory effect of black pepper in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Black pepper also inhibits the growth of E. coli and A. aureus.
Honey possesses potent therapeutic properties. Often, it is used as a sweetener in foods and beverages. But honey, in fact, does more than that. Scientists discovered its excellent antibacterial property that curbs the growth of bacteria. Studies suggest that it may be due to the sugar content of honey that shrinks and dehydrates bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for many years in treating many health problems. ACV is popular in diets that promote weight loss and sugar control and also provides other medicinal benefits. ACV can inhibit bacterial growth in food, inhibit staph infection and kill the bad bacteria in the gut.
Find out more in The Holistic Guide to Wellness, where you can read about the best natural remedies to take for a variety of ailments.
Making Nature’s Amoxicillin at Home
It is possible to concoct your own antibiotic using most of these potent ingredients. Keep a jar of this tonic handy and use it to treat infection during a disease outbreak.
The most popular winter drink that is packed with antibacterial and antiviral properties is Fire Cider. It is made up of powerful herbs and spices steeped in apple cider vinegar and honey.
Fire cider is versatile and you can use any herbs, fruits and rhizomes. For this recipe, we use all the potent natural antibiotics to make a delicious fruit punch. Unlike fire cider tonic which needs a couple of weeks to ferment, this fire cider punch can be used immediately.
You may also store it in the fridge, for a handy natural antibiotic whenever you need one.
What you will need:
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup fresh pineapple, washed and cut into half-inch cubes
- 2-inch ginger, peeled
- 1-inch turmeric root, peeled (or ½ to ¾ tsp turmeric powder)
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic
- 1 medium-sized onion
- ¼ organic lime or lemon with peel, chopped
- 1 ½ tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- a pinch of black pepper
- Glass jar
- Put all the ingredients in a blender (pineapple, garlic, ginger, onion, lime, turmeric, apple cider vinegar and honey).
- Blend until smooth and consume. If you don’t like the texture of this fire cider punch, you may pass it in a fine mesh strainer to extract just the liquid. But, eating the pulp will get you the most benefit out of this delicious and spicy blend.
- Transfer the juice to a glass mason jar and store it in the fridge. The fire cider shot can last for 2 weeks.
How to Use
Take a shot glass of the fire cider punch before a meal. You may also use it as an ingredient in salad dressings or marinades. This fire cider shot makes an excellent cocktail, just add some sparkling water for a hot, pungent and health-supportive shot.
Adjust the taste and potency of the fire cider by adding more or taking less of some of the ingredients, your call. If you don’t like pineapple, you can use mango or apple instead. Just make sure to remove the seeds before adding them to the blend.
You can also use fresh cayenne pepper instead of powder for a spicier cider. However, I opted for powdered cayenne in the recipe to make it manageable for children as well.