A 1,000 year old salve recipe for eye infections translated from Bald’s Leechbook – an Old English manuscript considered the earliest medical book – was tested by scientists at the University of Nottingham. Equal amounts of garlic and onions or leeks, from the family Allium were mixed together with wine and bull’s gall. The concoction was then placed in a brass container and allowed to sit for 9 days. The experts then tested it on cultures of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the remedy killed up to 90% of the bacteria that has become a major menace in modern medical settings.
Allium sativum (garlic) has been for it’s antibiotic qualities. Effective in: pain relief; anti-worm, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties; lowering of blood glucose and blood pressure; and liver protection.
Allium cepa (onion) is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, lithontripic, stomachic and tonic.