Scientists recreated this 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic, wine and part of a cow’s stomach. They were fascinated to find it almost completely wiped out Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.
This treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.
The recipe calls for two species of Allium that includes garlic, onion, and leek, as well as wine and oxgall, or bile from the stomach of a cow.
The paper states that the recipe specifically calls for the mixture to be brewed in a brass vessel, purified through a strainer, and left to sit for nine days before use.
The researchers included found the remedy killed up to 90% of MRSA bacteria. Moreover, they believe it is the effect of the recipe rather than one single ingredient.
Dr Freya Harrison said the team expected the eye salve to show a small amount of antibiotic activity, and were absolutely blown away by the extent of effectiveness of these ingredients’ combination.
In case you have need or want to prepare this remedy, you can substitute the cow stomach bile (since it is difficult to find some), with some rennet, which is used for the making of cheese, and see the results by yourself!
- Finely chop equal amounts of garlic and onion and crush them to a smooth consistency
- 25 ml English wine
- Dissolve bovine salts in distilled water
- Add all ingredients together
- Keep the mixture chilled for 9 days at 4C
Source: Healthy Food House