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Alternative Medicine - A Natural Antibiotic Tonic

Don and his wife love to cook. They enjoy new and different recipes and experimenting with interesting combinations of ingredients.

Commercial Antibiotics and their Dangers

When you see the word Antibiotic on the news or in an article you may be reading, your “uncomfortable” antenna goes up and you become immediately wary.

Why is this so? Well, we have all read, over and over, the many articles about the way antibiotics are overprescribed by our physicians; especially over the past few decades.

We also hear about the resultant dangers to some patients when these over-prescribed drugs no longer work. This is often because there are so many people today whose systems have become immune to some of the most popular antibiotics.

And, of course, we’ve all read about the many new strains of bacteria that are themselves quickly developing immunities to certain of these once reliable antibiotics.

Well, all of this new information is disturbing and naturally makes many of us nervous about the whole subject of antibiotics, and honestly these new revelations make us wonder about whether we should ever take any medicine that has the word antibiotic associated with it.

Natural Alternatives to Chemicals

So, you ask yourself; What else can we use?

Well, while it's true that, in the past we, the public, have been abused by many of our Doctor’s casual attitudes about who really needs to take an antibiotic, and who doesn’t; the logical path for prescribing certain such drugs for many types and levels of treatments are getting a more discerning view these days.

Well, this antibiotic situation has concerned me for a while now and I’ve been searching the web regularly for other, more natural ways to get the bacterial and infection care I might need in the future.

Care that I find is effective and still, safer for me, considring my special health problems.

And, of course, I’m not looking for, or using, some panacea that replaces the fantastic antibiotic drugs that are available from a trained doctor.

Rather, I have been looking for something I can do as an initial way to fight such health problems before they get to the level that I might need a Doctor.

An Amber Bottle for your Essential Oils and Tonics

If you make your own natural medicines then you need a quality container for storing it. This is an Amber Bottle often used for storing Essential Oils

If you make your own natural medicines then you need a quality container for storing it. This is an Amber Bottle often used for storing Essential Oils

Finding a safe and effective Natural alternative

Well, it didn’t take me long before I found that there are a number of ways for a person to get certain “antibiotic-like” results from the judicious use of some homemade tonics that have provided many people with excellent results.

In fact, many of these tonics I found, or actually their ingredients, have provided healthy solutions to some illness’ for some people around the world, for centuries.

There was one of these Tonics I had found, that stood out to me because of the ingredients used.

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I have used all of these ingredients in Essential Oil form many times myself. I'm familiar with them and their popularity for certain treatments and the tonic itself is one I will be making for myself.

The herbs used in this Tonic can help prevent infections, improve the function of a person’s immune system and because of these things they are perfect for assisting the body in fighting everyday virus and respiratory infections.

So when I recently found this recipe for a relatively simple “Antibiotic Tonic” on a web site called I decided to put this one into my personal arsenal of what I call “Natural Medicines” and make it for use, when the need arises in the future.

After some thought, I decided to share this interesting recipe with you. Of course, you can give it a try at home, or not, that’s up to you.

I’m just providing this information in case you too are concerned about the casual application of chemical antibiotics and might want something more natural to use before you end up at a Doctor’s office.

Be Smart, and be Cautious.

Once again, after reading the list of ingredients, I can say that it is made of natural ingredients that shouldn’t provide any problems for most people.

The only reservation I have is to say that if you have serious health problems or allergies to any of the ingredients used here, please avoid using them or this recipe, under any circumstances.

A quality Organic Turmeric Powder

I am Careful with my Medications.

Let me note something else right here.

I am not some “back to Nature” radical who goes out into the woods gathering wild plants and then returns home to cook up some strange concoctions to use in treating anything and everything that may show symptoms in my body.

No, I’m not that way, but I do have a lot of medial problems, such as; a Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and the occasional attack of Gout, to just name the major ones.

I have a lot of prescriptions that I must take regularly (according to my personal physicians) and they are all chemical concoctions manufactured by the giant drug companies of the world.

They all do their jobs, some well and some poorly, but I have found that it’s the side effects of most of these man-made drugs that give me, and many other people, so much trouble.

For instance, my anti-rejection drugs, even though they do keep me alive, they also increase my body’s cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as my Blood Sugar.

So, of course, I take Blood Pressure medications which cause me to have higher blood sugar and my Cholesterol medications also add to my blood sugar problems but also affect my transplanted Kidney in a way that I get attacks of the Gout. And, the list goes on and on.

I accepted these side affects for years and then a few years ago, I decided to take control (to a degree) of my health problems and my medications.

So, with the world-wide-web as my library, I continuously researched and studied about my health problems (and the drugs I take) and have, over the years noticed that many of my medications have more natural (and thus safer and easier on the body) equivalents.

First, I started working with my Doctors, of course.

I began to argue (more like technical discussions) with my Doctors and found that even they were open to the use of some substitutions, if certain circumstances were met, for instance;

  • we only tried certain supplements or natural replacements for certain drugs we both agreed to manage and monitor,
  • we tried some of these changes together, with him monitoring my health, blood work and any side affects,
  • I would agree to start a more aggressive exercise routine and try to lose some of my excess weight,
  • and of course, I had to go back to his drugs if my proposed replacements didn’t improve my health, or at least leave everything no worse than with his regular drugs.

Some non-Prescription aids I use

After these experiments, I have been able to get several things done, as far as my medications are concerned;

  1. I no longer take Statins,
  2. I take a lower dosage of several of my medications than I had been taking for years,
  3. I now weigh over thirty pounds less than when I started this process,
  4. I now only take one prescription to control my Blood Sugar where I was taking three.
  5. I am healthier overall and I now have more energy than I have for years.

I must add that, as a result of my experiments, I do take certain non-prescription “things” for my health every day that aid my body and its health;

  • I take Flax Seed Oil capsules,
  • I take one Multi-Vitamin a day,
  • I take one Vitamin D capsule a day,
  • I take one Baby Aspirin a day,
  • I drink at least 70 or more ounces of water (or Green Tea) a day,
  • I add a slice of fresh lemon to anything I drink.
  • And, of course, regardless of how i feel (I'm a lazy person at heart), I walk at least three miles at least 4-5 days a week.

So, enough about me and my problems.

Natural Medicine definition

(1) A general term for any form of healthcare (diet, exercise, herbs, hydrotherapy, etc.) that depends on the body’s natural healing powers.

(3) Any substance (e.g., foxglove, menthol, peyote, etc.) which is used in an unadulterated state to manage a condition or evoke a desired change in a person’s physical or mental status.

Finally, the Antibiotic Tonic Recipe

Looking back at what I have written up to this point, I see that I have put down a lot of boring things about myself.

But, I did so to get your attention and convince you that I do not take or use off-the-wall medications or treatments that I do not seriously feel are advantageous to my own health and safety.


1/4 cup Garlic (organic), chopped fine

1/4 cup Ginger, grated

1/4 cup Onion, white, chopped fine

2 tbs. Horseradish grated

24 oz. Vinegar (apple cider)

2 tbs. Turmeric (Curcumin) powder

2 large Jalapeno Peppers sliced in half


  1. Mix all of the ingredients, (except the Vinegar) together well in a bowl.
  2. Place the mixed ingredients into a jar (Mason type). Use an amber or other colored jar to block sun rays.
  3. Pour the Vinegar over the ingredients, leaving only 1-inch of space at the top of the jar.
  4. Place cap on jar and shake the jar until the ingredients are mixed well.
  5. Place the jar in a cool dry space out of direct sunlight.
  6. Shake the jar each day and allow to steep for two weeks.
  7. After the 2 weeks, filter the mixture through a cheesecloth into another sealable jar (amber or colored).
  8. This jar of liquid should be stored in a cool dry place and should be good for at least 6 to 12 months, if kept sealed.

NOTE: When making this recipe, it is recommended that you use gloves to avoid getting the spicy ingredients on your hands and avoid touching your face near your eyes when making this tonic. And, of course, wash your hands well after you finish making the tonic and you have cleaned up your cooking station.

Most Common Uses for this Tonic

Most Common Uses for this Tonic


Cold or Flu

Drink 1 tsp. at least 3-times a day

Sore Throats

Gargle with 1-tbs. twice a day.

Strengthen your Immune System

Take 1 tsp. per day for a week and gradually increase dosage to 1-oz. or more per day.


If the spicy taste is too strong, rinse your mouth with water to ease the “heat

Who should take this Tonic

This Tonic is not recommended for babies up to 5 years old.

Also, do not give this to any children under 10 if they do not eat hot spicy foods.

This tonic should be safe for pregnant women, but they should also check with their physicians to make sure.

So, what can you, the average person out there, waiting to go to your physician so he can give a prescription for some new group of chemist’s latest chemical concoction (antibiotic) for your problem?

Always check with your Doctor first

Without a doubt, you should always see your Doctor before taking anything that might affect your health and well-being, but if you are interested, you might want to try making and using this simple recipe for the occasional and weaker symptoms mentioned.

I think you will find that it has as good a chance (or better) of working for you than many of those over-the-counter medicines sitting on the Drug Store shelves.

Notes on the Ingredients used

Each of these natural ingredients themselves are widely recognized for helping with certain health problems.

With this in mind, rather than duplicate what you can easily find on the web, I'm listing access to them here; where you can click on the name and go to a web site which explains in detail each one’s capabilities:

These links alone can give you an idea how a tonic made from these ingredients can possibly be something anyone can take that will help a person's body fight a number of common symptoms.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Don Bobbitt


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 10, 2016:

Teaches12345 - In my opinion, the increasing use of GMO's and strange chemical concoctions for we humans to ingest, is moving far too fast for any real and reliable long term testing to be done.

Our government agencies (and many around the world) are giving cart blanche approvals out to corporations like they were cookies and this is eventually going to cause some real health problems for some of us.

I, like you, am moving to a more cautious approach to treating my health problems.

Thanks for the read and the comment,


Dianna Mendez on June 09, 2016:

I try to keep to natural remedies and solutions when needed. Great thoughts and information on staying healthy. Your recipe for a natural antibiotic is simple enough to follow. THanks for sharing.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 09, 2016:

BlossumSB - I see so many companies jumping onto the "Natural" bandwagon and we should all take care when we select a product made from Essential Oils.

One should always look to see that the Oils were "cold processed" which means that they were extracted at a low temperature, typically lower than 220F. You see the higher the temperature, the more of the useful chemicals in the plants are lost in steam or are damaged.

Thanks for the read,


Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 08, 2016:

It sounds good and congratulations on finding it and making it so clearly available to others.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 07, 2016:

Kaili - I'm looking forward to making this one myself. I need to get a few Amber colored bottles first, then I can start.

Thanks for the read and comment,


Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 07, 2016:

Hi Don, I like the sounds of this tonic. I make turmeric tea regularly; if you put some fresh grated ginger and a little black pepper in it, it tastes wonderful. Good for the skin and inflammation.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 07, 2016:

RTalloni - I believe that to be true also. As someone, in occasional poor health, I spend a lot of my time sorting through the facts versus the rumors and myths of using more Natural solutions for health problems.

Thanks for your comment,


RTalloni on June 06, 2016:

This is a great discussion on using the antibiotic tonic. Thanks for sharing some of your experience and the recipe. The more the issues and options are discussed, the more the options will be understood.

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