Natural Antibiotics and Medicinal Herbs

In a long emergency, getting to a doctor could take a few days…or weeks.  Natural antibiotics may be your first defense against infection until you can see a health care professional.   Here are some ideas on  natural antibiotics and medicinal herbs to store  for emergencies and every day use.

Natural Antibiotics and Medicinal Herbs

What Is An Antibiotic?

An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the growth of or destroys harmful microoganisms.  Antibiotics can be taken internally or applied topically.   Unfortunately, many don’t know that there are natural versions of antibiotics that don’t require a prescription.

Did you know, almost every pharmaceutical medication originally came from plants?  After they were proven effective in treating various ailments, the pharmaceutical industry then created synthetic variants which they could patent….and charge a fortune for.

Herbal Antibiotics

Golden Seal

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Golden Seal is a natural antibiotic that has the ability to prevent bacteria from adhering to cell walls.  Because of this,  Golden Seal is used as a treatment for irritations and inflammation of the mucus membranes.  Also, Golden Seal has a long history of being used during the winter and it’s associated respiratory ailments.

Echinacea

Used in combination with Golden Seal,  echinacea also works to boost the immune system.

Mullein

Mullein is useful for respiratory infections, bronchial infections, and asthma.

DIY Homemade Cold Syrup

1 part dried echinacea root.
1 part fresh ginger root, grated.

Add 2 ounces of the this herb mixture to 1 quart of cold water. Simmer over low heat until the liquid has reduced to 1 pint, creating a very thick tea.

Using cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer, strain herbs from syrup. Return syrup to pot.

Next,  to each pint of liquid, add 1 cup honey, maple syrup, vegetable glycerin, or organic brown sugar.

Warm the sweetener and liquid together just enough to mix it well.  Finally, remove the syrup from heat and bottle for use and store in the refrigerator.

If the syrup is too strong, add it to a cup of warm lemon water to drink as a tea.

Mullein Flower –  Garlic DIY Herbal Ear Infection Oil

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
2-3 Tablespoons Mullein Flowers
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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1. Place the garlic and mullein flowers in a double boiler with just enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the herbs. Warm for 20 to 30 minutes over very low heat.

2. Strain well, using a fine mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth. Finally, store oil in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator.

When it is time to use the oil, warm a teaspoon of it over  a stovetop burner. Only warm it to body temperature. Suction the oil into a dropper, and add 3 drops into each ear, massaging the outer ear around the base. Apply as needed.

More Botanicals For The First Aid Kit

Olive Leaves are said to contain powerful antioxidants, thus promoting  general health in the event of colds, flu or infection.   Olive Leaves act as a natural antibiotic, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Elderberries

As you may already know, the minute flu season nears, I crank out the Elderberry Syrup !  Check out our post on how to make your own Elderberry Syrup. 

Andrographis

Well known in  Chinese medicine, Andrographis supports healthy immunity including lungs, heart and kidneys.

Natural Antibiotics

Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Garden

Nettle

Struggling with seasonal allergies?  Drinking Nettle tea regularly is a great way to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Believe it or not,  Nettle’s histamine content reduces inflammation caused by seasonal allergies.

Nettle can also be taken in capsule form.

Holy Basil

Incredibly easy to grow in most gardens, Holy Basil helps to strengthen and modulate the immune system.  Herbalists use this natural antibiotic  for lung issues such as bronchitis and pulmonary weakness.  Use Holy Basil to treat and prevent respiratory viruses.

Finally, Holy Basil has expectorant qualities that help move stuck mucus out of the lungs.

The easiest way to prepare basil is as a tea. First,  add 1 teaspoon dried Holy Basil leaves to 2 cups of hot water.  Steep for 5 minutes.  Adding Ginger and Honey will help soothe a sore throat.

FYI:  It is believed that Holy Basil may have an anti-fertility effect on both men and women.  Do not use if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

 

Why Lemon Balm Should Be In Your Emergency Kit

A must have to treat insect bites and stings, Lemon Balm is also very calming and relaxing.  Relieve painful cold sores and other herpes outbreaks with this simple plant you can grow in your garden.

To treat insect bites and stings crush fresh Lemon Balm between your fingers, and apply to affected area.

Infuse Lemon Balm into jojoba oil and used as a salve, lip balm, or other treatment.

To infuse oil with Lemon Balm,  fill an 8 ounce mason jar with dried and crumbled Lemon Balm Leaves.  Cover with jojoba oil and stir well.  Keep in a cool dark place stirring daily for 2 weeks.  Finally, strain and use the oil as desired.

FYI: In it’s essential oil form, Lemon Balm is known as Melissa.  While expensive, I always have this essential oil on hand.   Here’s how to order Melissa Essential Oil.  

Topical Natural Antibiotics

Manuka Honey  Unfortunately, many believe that any kind of honey can be used as a natural antibiotic, but really it’s only Manuka Honey that has this.  And we have a DIY Manuka Honey Recipe for you to try!

Essential Oils With Antibacterial Properties

What, you haven’t heard that there are essential oils that have antibacterial properties?

Well, according to this  study on oregano essential oil done by the Journal of Medical Microbiology, they sure do!

Next,  there is the study from the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice showing how cinnamon essential oil eliminated bacterial growth after a procedure.

I’d love to not only share with you where I get my family’s essential oils, but give you a $25.00 Discount as well:  How To Order Young Living Essential Oils.

Want To Learn More?

If you’d like to learn more about natural antibiotics and medicinal herbs,  I recommend the following books:


Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

PS:   Check with your doctor before starting any of the natural antibiotics mentioned above to be sure nothing will interact with any medications you are currently taking.  This is important!

 

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

How did it become the norm to think that good skin care had to cost a fortune?  Luckily,  the move toward natural living is proving this wrong.  Great skin care be affordable.  Make our Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils to see what we mean.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

The Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

Due to fatty acids like linoliec, linolenic, and oleic acid, Rose Hip Seed Oil easily absorbs into the skin.  A terrific carrier oil for both dry and mature (ahem) skin.

Finally, Rosehip Seed Oil is a great addition in many skin care products, like lip balms and even bath bombs.  Therefore, it is an oil you want to always have on hand.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils Ingredients

Containers: 1/2 ounce dark Boston Round bottle with dropper OR 10ml roll on bottles with metal roller balls.

PRO TIP:  Hosting an essential oil Make and Take?  Go with these 3ml/0.1oz MINI glass roller bottles.

1/2 ounce Organic, Unrefined Rosehip Seed Oil

4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Next, combine ingredients by rolling bottle in your hands to disperse everything evenly.  Apply a SMALL amount to face after washing.

PRO TIP:  If using roller bottles, make up your Simple DY Face Serum in one of these 4 ounce squeeze bottles, and then squeeze the amount needed into each roller bottle.

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Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

My Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars were created to give those winter dry and scratchy feet sandal worthy softness.  Actually, this is a great bar of soap to grab anytime weary tootsies need a bit of revival. Not only are ingredients in this recipe are readily available, making these fun bars are as easy as it gets. Let me show you how!

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bars

I chose a combination of coarse and extra coarse sea salt to make my DIY Salt Scrub Bars. I’ve seen larger hunks of salt used in these bars before, but that somehow seems really uncomfortable to me.

I love the two tone horizontal bar because it gives two options, one to scrub with, one to soften with. I specifically chose the honey base for the healing properties found in honey.

I’ve added shea to the honey side of this soap too.  You could certainly add it to both layers if you choose.   Another option would be to add a Teaspoon of Manuka Honey to the honey layer of your soap.  No Manuka Honey?  No worries.  Check out our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

Finally, the essential oil blend I used is a combination of Peppermint (refreshing and ‘my’ essential oil) and Manuka (antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, relaxing scent) essential oils. If you’d like, you can replace the Manuka with Tea Tree Oil.

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Tips For Layering Melt and Pour Soap

Melt and pour soap melts at about 120-125 degrees.   When pouring layers it is important to remember that if the layer of soap you are pouring is too hot, it will melt the layer below it.

Make sure that the top layer has cooled to 125 ° F or below before pouring the next layer.

Because temperature is so important, I recommend investing in an *this post contains affiliate links infrared thermometer for making layered soaps.  Even someone as experienced at soap making as I am can ruin a gorgeous bar of soap because I thought it was cool enough simply by touching the container.

It’s also important for the bottom layer of soap to be hard  enough to support the soap layer you are pouring on top.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If it is too soft, the top layer will melt through to the bottom, no matter how much the layer you are pouring has cooled.

As the bottom layer cools and hardens, it will develop a ‘skin.’ To test the thickness and strength of the skin, gently touch the soap.  If you can easily push into the soap, it needs to cool and harden longer.   You don’t want this layer to set up all the way, just to be hard enough that the heat of the layer you are pouring can’t penetrate it.

Spritz the the hardened layer of soap with alcohol before you pour a new layer to help the two layers adhere better.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Ingredients

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1 Pound Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base

1/2 (give or take a bit) Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

4 ounce soap mold

1/2 Cup Coarse and/or   Extra Coarse Sea Salt  (I used a combination)  If you want to use Epson Salt, use the fine grain.

1 Teaspoon Refined Shea Butter

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil and 4 drops  Manuka Essential Oil PER 4 oz. BAR OF SOAP you are making.

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Method

Chop your clear melt and pour base. In the microwave pulse in 30 second stints until the base is melted.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons salt over the bottom of each mold.

Pour melted clear soap over the salt.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoon salt over the top of that layer of soap.

Repeat until soap mold is full, ending on a layer of clear soap.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If you are making the bi-colored DIY Salt Scrub Bars, end your clear soap half with a salt layer.

Chop honey soap base into small chunks, pulse in microwave in 15 second bursts until melted.

Add shea butter and stir.

Add drops of Peppermint and Manuka essential oils. Pour a layer of the honey base over the last salt layer in your mold.

Repeat with salt and honey layers until mold is full, ending with a honey layer.

Allow your DIY Salt Scrub Bars to fully harden, turn them out and head to the tub!

Pro Tip: Usually if you are using a 4 ounce mold, a pound of soap base will give you 4 bars of soap.  But because of the volume the soap will take up, you might have a bit of soap base left over.  You may want to grab a small 1-2 ounce mold to use any potential left over soap base in.

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Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

I love organic gardening with essential oils.  Therefore, anytime I can address fungal threats and pests with non-toxic, chemical free alternatives, I’m a happy gardener.  Let’s explore all the ways we can effectively use essential oils in the garden.

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

Rosemary

The woodsy scent of Rosemary may help repel garden pests. Simply put a drop or two on a few pieces of broken clay pot and scatter the pieces around your garden.  You’ll need to reapply the Rosemary essential oil to the clay pieces every few days, or after a rain.

Peppermint

The sweet scent of peppermint essential oil sends aphids, flies, and spiders running in the opposite direction.  Our DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray is easy to make!

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

 

Easy Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray

Use 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil per 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle on the leaves of plants. Shake often. You can even use this spray indoors around your baseboards and doorways to get rid of spiders.

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PRO TIP:  Want to learn more about organic gardening?   I LOVE this book by Barbara Ellis,
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control. 

DIY Organic Gardening With Essential Oils Spray

Unlike the easy peppermint essential oil garden and home spray above, our DIY Organic Gardening Essential Oil Bug Spray is meant to be sprayed directly on bugs.    I’m adding this to my arsenal of squash bug defense this year.  Ugh.  Squash bugs.    I’m an organic gardener and do NOT want to have to resort to chemicals to control the squash bug population.

It contains:

Orange Essential Oil

The D-limonene found in orange essential oil is harmless to humans, but deadly to most insects.
Because D-limonene  dissolves the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, they die of  asphyxiation and dehydration.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Virginian Cedarwood’s claim to fame in the bug killing business is it’s ability to disrupt octopamine, a compound that pheromone bugs need to live. Consequently, Cedarwood is bad news for ticks and fleas, but safe to use around kids!

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray With Orange and Cedarwood


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In a 16 ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

1/8 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Soap
38 Drops Orange Essential Oil
38 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fill the rest of the way with warm water.
Shake well. Store in a cool dark place.

Unlike the Peppermint Essential Oil Garden Spray above, this gets sprayed directly on the bug, not all over the leaves.  It may take a moment before they die, but dead they will be.

Have you been thinking of using essential oils in the garden? Need to order a couple to get you started?  Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils, like I use.

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