1. Apple Cider Vinegar contains Malic Acid which is an antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and also supports energy production which increases mental and muscle functioning. It strengthens the immune system and regulates the acid/alkaline balance.
It also aids the digestive tract- if the apple cider is organic and unfiltered (see: How to make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home – easy) it will contain small amounts of ‘mother’ colony (bacteria and yeast) which is an amazing probiotic. More so, it is known to reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
2. Fresh Hot Peppers contain capsaicin (The hotter the chili, the more capsaicin) a substance known for keeping immature fat cells from developing into full-fledged ones (Burns off FAT cells) and for boosting metabolism. It also contains Vitamin C (helps the immune system) and a wide range of B Vitamins. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that adding hot chilis to daily meals protects against cholesterol (forming) in the blood.
3. Garlic contains allicin, an antibiotic and anti-fungal compound that protects it against pests. Allicin helps treating sore throats, colds, flu, poor digestion and it is a potent antiseptic and antimicrobial agent effective against many types of infection. Above all, it really helps your immune system and you won’t be caching colds that easy. (see: How to make Medicinal Pickled Garlic)
4. White Onions contains Quercetin (just like Allicin for Garlic), a substance known for its health benefits. Quercetin is an effective anti-inflammatory agent (study in the journal International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology). Quercetin has been found to relax the airway muscles and may provide a relief when caching a cold (or for asthma symptoms). It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body against free radicals and boosting your immune system.
5. Ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
6. “Horseradish Root juice or sauce (extracted from horseradish root) has been used effectively to relieve sinus discomfort. The traditional treatment for sinusitis is to “take a half teaspoonful of grated horseradish sauce without dilution both morning and afternoon. Do not drink anything or eat for at least ten minutes after the dose. There will be a powerful feeling in the head, followed by a sensation of the sinuses clearing, sometimes accompanied with sweating and perhaps tearing.
Due to its antibiotic properties, horseradish can also be used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) and destroy bacteria in the throat that can cause bronchitis, coughs and related problems. Additionally, horseradish stimulates the body to eliminate urine, so bacteria or other inflammatory agents in the bladder may be flushed out sooner than they normally would be eliminated.”
- Combine all the ingredients except for the apple cider vinegar in a bowl and mix them thoroughly.
- Transfer this mixture into a glass jar.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into the jar, making sure that the contents are completely covered. Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake to mix the ingredients.
- Place the jar in a cool, dry location for two weeks, remembering to shake it several times a day during this period. This shaking helps transfer the active components of garlic, chili, and other ingredients into the vinegar.
- After two weeks, strain the vinegar mixture into a separate bottle. To extract as much liquid as possible, you can press down on the mixture in the jar using a spoon or a potato masher. Alternatively, you can place the mixture in a clean cotton cloth and squeeze out the liquid.
Now, you have a potent, natural homemade antibiotic at your disposal. There’s no need to refrigerate it, and it will remain effective for an extended period. Use it sparingly as a seasoning in your cooking, and enjoy the health benefits it offers.
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