Certain herbs and natural foods have natural antimicrobial properties. In nature, these are used to keep the plant healthy. Even before we knew what a virus was, or how to treat illness by killing germs, people have observed that certain herbs will work to reduce the growth of microbes. Modern herbalists now know that certain botanicals will work against viruses and bacteria, some as effectively as standard pharmaceuticals.

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To effectively fight bacteria, you will be making both a spray to kill bacteria in the air as well as an internal syrup. Take the small spray bottle and add about 50 ml water to it. To the water, drop approximately 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 15 drops of grapefruit seed essential oil. Spray this oil in the air in the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, anywhere you feel needs to be disinfected.

Place 1 cup of honey in a small pot on the stove. If possible, use organic, unpasteurized honey. Most honey is pasteurized, so you may have to shop for your honey at a health food store and ask for organic, unpasteurized honey. Heat the honey slowly. As the honey heats, finely chop the ginger and garlic either by hand or in a food processor. Add the olive leaf extract to the garlic and ginger mixture. Put the olive leaf, ginger and garlic in the cheesecloth and tie it into a small sachet. You can alternatively use a tea strainer if you like.

Steep the ginger, garlic and olive leaf extract mixture in the honey for at least 20 minutes but up to an hour. The longer you steep the mixture, the stronger and more potent the remedy is.

Strain the ginger, garlic and olive leaf extract mixture and pour the honey into a small container. Store in the refrigerator. The combination of olive leaf, ginger, honey and garlic is a strong natural antibiotic. Take one tablespoon three times per day or as needed.