Garlic Tea. (Snake Oil revisited
Actually a brew, this is a safe, sane, pleasant tasting herbal (i.e., 'smart
') antibiotic, anthelmintic, and blood-purifier. It's good for your heart too. It's miraculous for all kinds of infections (including upper respiratory tract infection and sinusitus) and, especially if taken fasting, it kills a wide range of intestinal parasites.
Utterly harmless for children and most pets. For further eulogies seehttp://www.advance-health.com/garlic.html
and http://quanta-gaia.org/reviews/books/powerOfGarlic.htmlCaution: Garlic may be harmful or fatal to some pets.
Garlic: for an adult human, goat, pig or sheep - five good sized cloves; less for a human child, dog or cat, depending on the size of the sufferer; two whole bulbs for a cow or horse; three for a camel; one clove per three four hens.
Juice of a lemon, or two for large animals (except cats - they don't like lemon juice)
Tsp to a tbs of honey or sugar.
Fresh rain- or spring-water or next best.
Method (quantities are for an adult human):
Chop the garlic roughly. Bring it to the boil and simmer it for five minutes in two cups of water to five cloves. The steam is valuable for inhaling for a stuffy nose. Otherwise keep the lid on to preserve the volatile oils. Allow to stand five minutes more before pouring into a large mug.
Squeeze in lemon juice (half a lemon is sufficient for this quantity).
Stir in honey (preferred for its ) or sugar.
Add two or three drops of eucalyptus oil. (This can be omitted from the brew in the case of infected wounds; instead, apply the eucalyptus oil mixed with a little honey directly to the wound, and drink the tea.)
Drink a cupful of this every four hours until symptoms abate, making a fresh brew each time. Feverfew may be given too if headache is present - the dried flower heads are pleasantly bitter to chew. For small animals an eye-dropper can be used, or it can be soaked into their fur so that they can lick it off. Even after symptoms have abated it is wisest to taper off, reducing the dose to half a mugful every eight, then twelve hours until strength and well-being return. If given to ruminants or humans to expel worms, give only one dose and follow up with a handful of wild mustard (or some nice beef with prepared mustard) to kill the eggs.
Try it - it works. I've even used it to heal an infected wound in a bird's leg, but more often for goats, cats, dogs, family, the neighbours and myself.