Garlic is a potent, broad-spectrum, herbal antibiotic. Whether applied topically or taken internally, it has been proven to kill a wide range of bacteria. Garlic owes this powerful antibiotic effect to allicin, a volatile oil that also gives this versatile herb its strong pungent flavor.

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

Use garlic honey as an antibiotic cough syrup. Peel and crush 4 garlic cloves. Blend the crushed cloves with a tablespoon of honey. Take one teaspoonful 3 times a day. Garlic honey is great as a sore throat remedy too.

Use garlic oil as antibiotic eardrops. Crush 5 garlic cloves. Place the crushed garlic in a jar and add 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Let steep for three to five days at room temperature. Strain and store the garlic oil in the refrigerator for up to six months. Put 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.

Use Garlic Tea as an Antibiotic

Place the water and cloves in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the honey and lemon juice. Strain into a warmed teapot.

Sip half a cup three times a day. You may drink it hot or cold. Refrigerate the remaining tea


  • Crushing, bruising, chopping and chewing garlic releases and activates allicin, its antibiotic component.

  • Eat garlic raw for maximum effectiveness. Garlic is at its medicinal best when eaten raw; cooking it tends to destroy allicin.

  • Obtain your olive oil from an unopened bottle unless you have a open bottle has been refrigerated.