How to Use Garlic as an Antibiotic

By LeafTV Contributor

You may know garlic as a strong-smelling seasoning for foods, it can also be used as a broad spectrum, herbal antibiotic. Garlic, whether used internally or topically has been proven to kill a wide range of bacteria. The plant owes this powerful antibiotic effect to allicin, a volatile oil that also gives the herb its pungent flavor. There are many methods when using garlic as antibiotic, here are a few:

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Garlic, an Herbal Antibiotic

Raw Garlic

Chew on a raw, peeled cloves of garlic. The allisin will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream by your tongue and cheeks. If the taste is too strong you can chop a clove into smaller pieces and swallow these as you would tablets. Take 3 to 5 cloves a day.

Garlic & Honey

Combine garlic with honey to make a natural cough syrup. Peel and crush 4 cloves. Add a tablespoon of honey to the crushed garlic and blend thoroughly. Take one teaspoonful 3 times a day. Garlic honey also works well for a sore throat.

Homemade Ear Drops

Use garlic oil to make homemade ear drops. Note: this remedy needs to be made ahead of time. First, peel and crush 5 garlic cloves. Place the crushed garlic in a jar and add 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Let the mixture steep for three to five days at room temperature. Strain and store in the refrigerator for up to six months. Place 2 to 3 drops into the infected ear and loosely plug it with a cotton ball. Use this three times a day for up to 4 days.

Garlic Tea

Peel and chop 6 cloves of garlic. Place 2 cups of water and chopped garlic in a saucepan and bring to a boil. After boiling, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in honey and lemon juice to taste. Strain into a warmed teapot. Sip half a cup three times a day. You may drink it hot or cold. Refrigerate the remaining tea for later use.