Homemade tea and tincture.
Put nature’s pharmacy to your advantage in the case of diseases that cause mild symptoms! Plants that have been used for a long time in folk medicine have many favorable properties; let’s take advantage of their antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects!
Note: natural remedies are only used for mild symptoms, if they do not subside, make sure to consult a doctor!
Antibiotics from your garden:
Garlic is the best-known natural antibiotic. It helps fight viruses, bacteria and fungi, and has a general anti-inflammatory effect. Due to its allicin content, it can also be used in the case of high blood pressure and thrombosis. It strengthens the immune system, it can be consumed as a prevention, but also in case of a cold. It is best eaten raw, finely chopped with bread.
Like garlic, onions also have antibacterial and antiviral effects and play a role in regulating blood pressure. It is worth trying onion tea! To do this, cut an onion into slices and steam for about 5 minutes in half a liter of water. Then pour off this cooking water and flavor it with honey. It has long been a proven home remedy for bronchitis and colds.
Thanks to its pungent and spicy substances, such as gingerol, ginger is also a highly effective antibacterial, antiviral agent and pain reliever, but also rich in antioxidants. It is best to eat ginger raw, for example, you can drink it as a tea. For this, it is recommended to grate the fresh root and let it sit for at least 15 minutes after pouring hot water over it.
4. Sage and thyme
Sage and thyme contain essential oils that have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. First of all, it is recommended to chew freshly picked leaves in the case of mouth wounds, blisters and sore throat. Prepare a tea against a cold by steeping a heaped teaspoon of the herb in half a liter of hot water for at least 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey and sip.
Chamomile is known to have a calming, wound-healing and anti-inflammatory effect. Chamomile flowers also have an antibacterial and pain-relieving effect. It is worth making a tea from the flowers and sipping it in case of stomach problems or a cold. Skin problems can be treated locally with the help of ointments and tinctures.
Calendula ointment is a classic ointment that can be used for wounds that are difficult to heal and other skin problems. In addition to its antifungal and antiviral properties, it also contains anti-inflammatory substances, and its tea can help with digestive problems.
7. Common yarrow
In nature, yarrow is a widespread wild plant, but despite its antibacterial, hemostatic and anti-inflammatory effects, it receives too little attention. It can have a calming effect, especially in case of dermatitis, skin problems and digestive problems. Its leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried. Drink yarrow tea three times a day for a maximum of 4 weeks. Its alcoholic extract (tincture) is suitable for external use, for example in cases of nosebleeds or cuts.
8. Common nasturtium and horseradish
The mustard oils in nasturtium and horseradish inhibit the spread of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Use it for mild urinary tract infections, colds, inflammation of the bronchi and sinusitis.
To make a tincture with an antibiotic effect, pour 150 grams of the fresh leaves and flowers of nasturtium into a bottle and add 2-3 cm of grated horseradish. Fill it with up at least 45% alcohol, then close it and put it on the windowsill for 3 weeks. Then filter and pour the tincture into a dark glass. Take 15-20 drops of it a day after meals, for a maximum of 6 weeks.