Research is now finding that clove water extract may be effective against many different kinds of bacteria.
Oregano oil is widely recognised for its antimicrobial activity, as well as its antiviral and antifungal properties. Oregano also aids digestion. A few drops of Oregano oil in a steam inhale may provide benefits to sinus and chest congestion.
Basil is often used for its strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Did you know Basil oil has also found a wide application in perfumery and dental / oral products nowadays?
Yes I know it's not a plant, but it is definitely worth a mention. Since the time of Aristotle, honey has been used as an ointment that helps wounds to heal and prevents or draws out infection. The antibacterial effects of honey are usually attributed to its hydrogen peroxide content. One study documented that honey can inhibit approximately 60 kinds of bacteria.
TIP: Add a teaspoon of honey to hot water for a soothing sweet drink. For sore throats, add a teaspoon of honey, half a teaspoon of crushed garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice to hot water for a triple action bug killer.
Do you have any of these plants in your backyard? If not, why not give them a try. If you can source honey from a local supplier, why not try that also. We are lucky to have local honey produced 4 streets away from us in their backyard. Can't get more local than that. Not only are we getting the benefits of pure local honey, but we are also supporting a local small business which is very important to me.
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