Because antibiotics may eventually prove ineffective, their usage is generally considered to be a last resort. And as a consequence of our reliance on this form of medication, some diseases are gradually becoming more drug-resistant. But although that prospect may be worrying, a natural household solution exists that may just turn out to be a game-changer.
General scientific consensus states that bacteria are among the oldest inhabitants of Earth. Indeed, the progenitors of modern bacteria are said to have first appeared some four billion years ago. And yet after all this time, the microbes are still here – with some variants even helping us humans.
In fact, our bodies are apparently filled with roughly 39 trillion bacteria per person – many of which live in our gastrointestinal tracts. Experts refer to these microorganisms as gut flora, and in many cases they help with digestion, metabolize certain substances and create vitamins or useful acids. Other types of bacteria, meanwhile, live on the skin.
And while the damaging impact of specific kinds of bacteria is typically nullified by our body’s immune system, this isn’t always the case. Some bacteria can prove very harmful to humans if they’re virulent enough, creating all kinds of diseases and health problems that may ultimately prove to be fatal.
Take the infamous bubonic plague, for example, which was responsible for approximately 50 million deaths back in the 14th century. Even today, the bacterial infection tuberculosis claims around two million lives a year. And in addition, there’s the added threats posed by anthrax, pneumonia and respiratory infections, to name just a few potentially lethal conditions.
Nevertheless, antibiotics can treat such infections by either slowing the growth of bacteria or destroying them entirely. And, in fact, historical evidence indicates that several of the more advanced ancient civilizations – such as those once found in Rome, Egypt and Greece – also used this kind of measure. Medical practitioners often cultivated their antibiotics from bread mold, it’s said, which they applied directly to the skin.
In 1928, however, Sir Alexander Fleming revolutionized medicine through his discovery of penicillin. And after Fleming developed the drug with the help of his peers, it became available on a much larger scale. Yet this came with its own problems. Namely, as people came to overuse antibiotics, the substance’s effectiveness against infections began to be compromised.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), medical professionals have in recent times tended to over-prescribe antibiotics. Yes, no less than 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, as the CDC revealed in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016. It even seems that in some cases the medication is being used to treat non-bacterial conditions.
In particular, experiencing a cold or the flu may prompt an individual to seek a magic pill to quell their symptoms. But these illnesses are viral rather than bacterial – which makes any attempt to treat them with antibiotics fruitless. In addition, popping one of these pills if not needed may help build up a resistance against the drugs.
And somewhat disturbingly, so-called superbugs are apparently developing that can’t necessarily be combated by antibiotics. Tufts University School of Medicine’s Stuart Levy spoke out on the subject to National Geographic in 2014. “The bacteria have acquired the ability to destroy the antibiotic in order to protect themselves,” Levy said. “They’ve developed a gene for resistance to, say, penicillin – and that gene protects them.”
“A genetic mutation might enable a bacteria to produce enzymes that inactivate antibiotics,” Levy continued, “or [a mutation] might eliminate the target that the antibiotic is supposed to attack. A bacteria may have developed resistance to five or six antibiotics, so in treatment you don’t know which one to choose.”
“And the bacteria accumulate resistance by developing new genes,” Levy added. “Genetics is working against us – almost like a science-fiction story.” It may be the case, too, that the general public are ingesting antibiotics unwittingly. Individuals in the meat industry are feeding antimicrobials to their livestock, you see, as a method of growth enhancement.
“This is a big issue,” Levy elaborated. “About 80 percent of antibiotics manufactured are given to beef cattle, chickens and hogs to help them grow better and put on more weight. [The animals] excrete them, and the antibiotics largely are not broken down. They enter the environment – the ground and the water – and retain their ability to affect bacteria and promote antibiotic resistance.”
There are some powerful antibiotics in nature, however. And not only are these substances occasionally easy to get hold of, but some also apparently bypass the resistance of mutated bacteria. As a result of the current superbug crisis, then, some researchers are looking into these herbal remedies as potential alternatives.
It should be noted, however, that certain cultures have long recognized the potential of nature to treat illness. Take Echinacea, for example; Native Americans have used the group of plants to deal with infections and manage wounds. Echinacea species are also thought to reduce inflammation and help with colds and flu.
And science has also delved into the intriguing medicinal properties of Zingiber officinale – otherwise known as ginger. Experts widely acknowledge ginger root as an herbal antibiotic, and it can be effective in either powdered or dried forms as an essential oil or when consumed as a cooking ingredient.
Goldenseal is another herb that can be drunk in a tea or taken in tablet form. And because the plant contains the alkaloid berberine, it’s particularly effective on the stomach, urinary tract and skin. In addition, lab tests have shown that goldenseal can help combat the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.
A couple of further microbials, though, have gained wider attention as an effective combination. Specifically, honey and turmeric are quickly becoming a dream team in the fight against increasing antibiotic resistance. And while both of these ingredients are each highly useful on their own, together they create something remarkable.
The end result of that combination is called golden honey, and it’s perhaps no surprise that the medical world has shown interest. After all, honey – the by-product of nectar collection from insects such as bees – is a renowned antibacterial. Historians have even found evidence that the ancient Egyptians used the sweet substance thousands of years ago.
And it’s said that older cultures once utilized honey’s medicinal properties to treat wounds and internal troubles. Until recent lab tests, though, modern mainstream science hasn’t paid too much attention to its unique properties. Nevertheless, we’re now discovering that the perfect solution to our superbug problem may have been under our noses all along.
As previously mentioned, one of the key components of golden honey is turmeric – a plant that is genetically related to ginger and becomes a yellow-orange color in powdered form. And much as with honey, turmeric is an ingredient that has been used as a medicine for millennia – predominantly in India and China. In particular, the curcumin that the rhizomes contain can potentially provide significant benefits.
Unfortunately, though, turmeric only has trace amounts of curcumin that the body doesn’t absorb very well. Consequently, any mooted beneficial effects that curcurmin may have on health have proven difficult to quantify. Then in 2018 researchers from Imperial College London found something interesting. After experimenting on rats using curcumin eye drops, the scientists noted results that looked fairly promising.
“We used nanotechnology,” professor of ophthalmology Dr. Francesca Cordeiro told CNN in 2018. “The advantage of [curcumin] being so small is [that] it can cross into the eye as an eye drop into the back of the eye. Once [the curcurmin] enters, it can affect the nerve cells there, and that direct effect can lead to [the cells] not dying. It’s what we call neuroprotection.”
In fact, the experiment apparently showed that curcumin reduced the treated rats’ retinal cell degradation by 23 percent. But what happens when you mix turmeric with honey – and why is it so special? Well, a 2009 study that was performed by the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences may just answer that question.
“Most bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are resistant to at least one antibiotic,” Dee Carter, an associate professor at the school, explained. “And there is an urgent need for new ways to treat and control surface infections. New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant.”
Carter continued, “Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives. Our research is the first to clearly show that these honey-based products could in many cases replace antibiotic creams on wounds and equipment such as catheters.”
“We don’t quite know how these honeys prevent and kill infections,” Carter said. “But a compound in them called methylglyoxal seems to interact with a number of other unknown compounds in honey to prevent infectious bacteria developing new strains that are resistant to it.” Add turmeric to the mix, then, and you have the potential for something that’s even more special.
And website Turmeric For Health has elaborated on this point with reference to a medical tradition known as Ayurveda. “A study has shown that an Ayurvedic medicine containing turmeric and honey as two of the active ingredients stimulated the production and functionality of immune cells,” the site stated. “And thus [it] could result in improved immunity against diseases.”
Fortunately, the ingredients for golden honey are easy to obtain – indeed, you may already have them handy in your kitchen. All you need is three and a half ounces of honey and half an ounce of powdered turmeric. Put both of these into a glass jar and then stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.
Some people also suggest adding a pinch of black pepper to aid with turmeric absorption. Once your golden honey is mixed well, however, leave it alone for a night to build its concentration. And that’s it! Your new antimicrobial is ready to go, and you can start taking it on a daily basis.
The YouTube channel Natural Cures recommends consuming a spoon’s worth of golden honey every day before breakfast, for example, although you can also have three such measures a day if you feel unwell. If you don’t want to imbibe the mixture as is, though, just add the daily amount to a half-cup of warm water. And whatever you choose to do with golden honey, it’s worth being aware of some stipulations.
When you make golden honey, try to use the best organic ingredients to make the most of its properties. Unscrupulous sources have been known to market counterfeit turmeric to turn a quick profit, you see, so only purchase ingredients from reputable sellers. And then you also need to keep your current health problems in mind.
For example, Natural Cures warns against using golden honey if you have a liver or gall bladder condition. And as with any home remedy, be sure to clear it with a medical practitioner before trying. But so far, the herbal remedy channel’s video has received many people thankful for the golden honey recipe.
And a couple of people also offered some extra hints and tips in the comments section. “I just started golden milk a couple weeks ago for toe arthritis,” one person wrote. “I add turmeric, honey [and a] dash of pepper to any milk and warm it. It’s extremely delicious and effective.”
The commenter added, “My toes don’t have much pain at all only after a short time on this drink.” Another person described how they use golden honey to supplement another home remedy. “I’m dealing with Lyme disease,” they explained. “When I made my own colloidal silver, I started to feel a difference.”
“I take [the silver] periodically,” the individual continued. “I use it in between [turmeric and honey].” And Natural Cures’ video explains in more detail exactly how golden honey helps to fight bacterial infections. “Honey is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins,” it reveals, before going on to mention honey’s natural healing qualities.
“Bee honey fights against the negative effects of free radicals against the cells, strengthening the tissue and increasing the number of antibodies,” the channel claims. “Furthermore, [honey’s] anti-inflammatory effect is widely known because it helps reduce mucus in the airways.” This means that golden honey may help with cold and flu symptoms, too.
As for turmeric, meanwhile, Natural Cures has revealed what makes the ingredient so effective in certain cases of ill health. “Its characteristic color comes from curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and natural painkiller,” the video opines. “[Curcumin] balances inflammation in our tissue, destroys harmful pathogens and creates a protective barrier against the agents that cause infections.”
The Natural Cures clip adds, “To maintain a lasting effect, many people incorporate golden honey into their diets to strengthen their immune system. However, it can also be used periodically as a natural anti-inflammatory to treat infections.” And it’s amazing to think that something natural could in fact prove superior to advancements in modern science and medicine.
Hopefully, then, with this knowledge, you can help combat the ever-increasing amount of superbugs. And Natural Cures encourages this notion, too. “Now that you have learned how to use turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory,” the channel says, “take advantage of this ingredient to improve your quality of life and your family’s health.”