– Nottingham, England: A 1000-year-old medieval recipe was tested for possible anti-biotic properties and, to the amazement of researchers, was found to be up to 90% effective against the most resistant infections known to man. (InvestmentWatch, April 4, 2015):
Made from garlic, onions, wine, and parts of a cow stomach, the concoction is more effective than the best modern drugs.
1,000-year-old onion and garlic remedy kills antibiotic-resistant bugs
The simple salve is more effective than modern antibiotics.
A 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon ‘eye salve’ made from onion, garlic, wine and part of a cow’s stomach has been shown to wipe out 90 percent of antibiotic-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA. And it works better than modern antibiotics in both lab and mouse models.
The 9th Century ‘eye salve’ recipe was originally found in Bald’s Leechbook – an old English manuscript held by the British Library.
It was translated from ancient Anglo-Saxon by researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK, in the hopes of finding new solutions to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance – which a recent report has predicted will kill 300 million people by 2050. But the team wasn’t expecting to find something so potent.
“We did not see this coming at all,” said microbiologist Freya Harrison, the lead researcher, in the press video below.
“We thought that Bald’s eye salve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity. … But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was,” she added in a press release.
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– MRSA killed by 1000-Year-Old Herbal Antibiotic: hospital superbug MRSA subdued by British Folk Remedy (Natural News, April 2, 2015):
An herbal remedy used to treat styes in the 9th Century has been used successfully to kill MRSA.
MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 9, is an antibiotic resistant bacteria that kills tens of thousands of people every year. Researchers at the University of Nottingham and Texas Tech University experimented with a lost Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections that combined onions, wine, garlic and a cow’s stomach, left to stand in a brass vessel. The resulting mixture killed 90% of MRSA. The recipe was found in an Anglo-Saxon medical book, used over 1000 years ago to treat eye infections.
Research with 1000-year old remedy for MRSA
Researchers at the University of Nottingham, lead by researcher Freya Harrison, conducted the study. Anglo-Saxon expert, Christina Lee, translated the recipe text in Bald’s Leechbook, one of the oldest known books on medicine and healing in the British Library. The idea for the research began at an infectious disease meeting at the university, when Lee discussed the remedies in Bald’s book. The team had difficulty finding some of the ingredients. They used modern types of garlic and leeks, hoping they would have a similar medicinal effect. The wine they added was sourced from a historic English winery that had an organic vintage. Because brass vessels cannot be sterilized to modern standards, the researchers used glass bottles with small squares of brass inside. They purchased cow bile salt (bullocks gall) over-the-counter, as it is now used as a nutritional supplement to treat gall bladder disease and to replace gall bladder enzymes after the removal of gall bladders. The researchers discovered that the herbal mixture was “self-sterilizing” after nine days, when they found that the soil bacteria from the leeks and garlic was completely destroyed. Information about the findings were presented at the Society for General Microbiology in Birmingham, England and will be published in the journal Nature.
Recipe for MRSA killing remedy
The recipe says to take “cropleek and garlic, both of equal quantities, pound them well together.” The next step is to “take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek… and let it stand nine days in the brass vessel.” Brass contains copper, which is known to kill microbes. Individually, the ingredients each have a minimal effect on antibiotic activity. For instance, copper and bile salts are known to kill bacteria, and garlic can stop bacterial action on infected tissue. But researchers found that the ingredients together have a much more powerful effect than any of the ingredients singly. Harrison is quoted as saying, “…we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.”
What is MRSA?
The hospital superbug MRSA is a drug resistant strain of Staph, and has become a “serious health concern” according to the U. S. National Institute of Health. Know as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 9, MRSA infects two million people a year and kills more than 23,000 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Traditional Folk Medicine and MRSA
Using this herbal formula to treat MRSA shows the value of herbal and folk medicine. The evolving field of Traditional World Medicine has discovered another wonderful remedy that was hiding in front of our eyes for centuries. Natural remedies from the past can treat incurable diseases in our modern health care system.