Natural Antibiotics

Dr. LaGuardia,
Is there any way to make your own natural antibiotic rather than using Pharmaceutical companies antibiotics?


There are some very powerful natural antibiotics that you can make at home. My personal favorite is one that was developed many centuries ago in Europe during the Bubonic plague epidemics. It has evolved over the years,  and I feel that the basic formula has improved and is even more potent than before. It has had various names and originally was known as Four Thieves Vinegar and now is also known as Master Tonic.  Let’s take a look at its fascinating history.

 Four Thieves Vinegar has many names; Marseilles Vinegar, Master Tonic, prophylactic vinegar and many others.  As the legend goes,  depending on which country you are in, this wonderful natural broad spectrum antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral remedy either originated in London during an outbreak of the Bubonic plague in 1066 or in Marseilles (or Toulouse) sometime during the centuries of the Bubonic plague outbreaks.

As the story goes, here too there are two versions; one where a gang of four thieves were breaking into plague victims homes and robbing the sick and the dying. Eventually they were apprehended and during their trial they were questioned as to how they never caught the bubonic plague like all the others that is when they disclosed the formula in exchange for their freedom.  Another version says that four thieves were already in prison and given the fatal task of burying dead plague victims and came up with this concoction to protect them.  Either way, at this point we will never know the true origin of the name.  One thing is true is that the aromatic nature of the tonic probably repelled the fleas that were responsible for spreading the plague and the antimicrobial properties helped treat just about any other infection that they might encounter.

For our purposes, this is a very easy to make tonic that we can do at home and keep on hand either as a daily drink to maintain health and assist our immune system in its fight against any and all types of invaders or as a super-antibiotic/antiviral/antifungal/anti-parasitic drink to be used as needed.   With the current widespread over prescribing of antibiotics by physicians as well as the much greater indiscriminate use of antibiotics on factory farms; we have created a perfect storm where multi-drug resistant pathogens (germs that cause disease) of all types are winning this arms race and are rendering our antibiotics useless. That is why we need new novel methods of treating diseases of all types, and here is the mother of all natural antibiotics. In addition to being fatal to all types of pathogens it is also purported to increase blood and lymphatic flow as well as being an anti-inflammatory agent.

I would like all of my readers to prepare themselves at least one or two mason jars full of this master tonic to have on hand if they become sick. Face it, you will not feel like making this once you are sick, so the time to do it is now.

Let’s take a look at what goes into this master tonic: The original recipe hung in the Museum of Paris in 1937,  supposedly it was an original copy of one that hung on the walls of Marseilles during the plague. There are several minor variations of this formula; here is the most powerful combination of natural ingredients that in my humble opinion would make you the best,  most potent four thieves or master tonic brew:

Garlic: Garlic by itself is well known for its antibacterial properties from its active compound allicin which has a broad range of antimicrobial activity. Allicin is produced by garlic when the bulb is damaged, either by crushing, biting or cutting.  Allicin is what the garlic plant produces to protect itself from predators;  it also gives garlic its pungent odor. The good news for us is that it kills many types of bacteria, but does not kill the good probiotic bacteria that live in our intestines.  Garlic even has activity against multi-drug resistant strains of E.coli and intestinal parasites.

Ginger:  Ginger has been used for centuries to treat illnesses, and also has the benefit of helping nausea and vomiting. Ginger is in the same family as turmeric. The root of the plant is what is used medicinally. The active ingredient in ginger is known as gingerol.  Gingerol has antibacterial, as well as antiviral activity and has been used as such for centuries as a treatment for colds and flu.

Horseradish: Horseradish is a perennial herb that is easily grown in any garden, for our purposes we use the root.  For our purposes horseradish adds a powerful immune stimulation to the tonic as well as delivering vitamin C, enzymes and minerals.

Onions: Onions possess antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties that help all of those type of infections. In addition, onions are strong antioxidants as well as being anti-inflammatory.

Red chilies: Here you can use red chilies or any other hot peppers such as cayenne, jalapeno, serrano’s and habanero’s.  All of these hot peppers contain the active ingredient capsaicin,  which is a natural pain killer as well as being anti-inflammatory.  Capsaicin also is known to support your immune system, thus aiding your body in ridding itself of an infection. Note: You should wear gloves when preparing your tonic because of the capsaicin content of any of these peppers, which will cause severe burning if there is any scratches or open wounds. The only way to neutralize the burning is with milk.

Turmeric: Turmeric is the main spice in curry,  giving its characteristic flavor.  In India, turmeric has been used for many centuries as a topical antiseptic due to its strong antimicrobial properties (it kills germs). Turmeric also boosts your immune system and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

Raw Honey:  Raw honey means honey that has not been pasteurized, filtered or treated in any way. Honey never spoils; you can eat thousand year old honey. The reason for this is that honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that prevent anything from growing in it causing it to spoil. When honey interacts with the water in your body it produces hydrogen peroxide which kills many types of microbes (germs).

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Apple cider vinegar helps preserve foods by preventing the growth of germs like E.coli. There are many health enhancing benefits of vinegar, that I described earlier in The Bible of Alternative Medicine.

The Recipe for Making Your Own Four Thieves/ Master Tonic

Ingredients: This will make one large Mason jar of your tonic, scale it up for larger batches. Try to use only organic ingredients to prevent any toxins from contaminating your brew.

1/4 cup of freshly chopped garlic (wait to chop it until you are ready to use it)

1/4 cup of chopped white onion

2 fresh hot peppers (red chilie, habanero’s, serrano’s, jalapeno or cayenne peppers)

1/4 cup of freshly grated ginger

2 teaspoons of freshly grated horseradish

1/4 cup of freshly grated turmeric (or two teaspoons of turmeric powder)

3 tablespoons of raw honey

3 cups of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar or any unfiltered and unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar

1 large Mason jar with lid

Cheesecloth to use as a strainer


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl,  without the apple cider vinegar.

Transfer your mix to a large Mason jar, filling it about 2/3 of the way.

Fill the rest of the jar with your Apple Cider Vinegar,  leaving a small open area at the top so you can shake it to mix it.

Keep the Mason jar in a cool, dry place mixing it several times a day (this step is critical,  if you don’t do this it will not work) for about two week’s time.  Do not dilute it with water. It will probably reach its maximum potency in about six week’s time.

After at least two weeks (any time after which is fine) you should strain your mix through a cheesecloth and pour the liquid tonic into another clean mason jar.

Place your mix in a cool, dark place and it will keep indefinitely. You do not need to refrigerate it,  unless you prefer your tonic cold to drink.

Directions in its Use:

You can take your four thieves/master tonic several different ways. You could use it as a daily health tonic to boost your immunity and prevent any infections, it also will provide an incredible array of vitamins, plant nutrients, minerals, enzymes and trace elements. Any of the doses are pretty arbitrary, but use half of what you normally would in a child or a pregnant woman.

For a sore throat you could gargle a tablespoon of it several times a day.

You could make a poultice and apply it as a topical antiseptic to any external wounds.

If you have a severe infection like a cold or the flu you could take a tablespoon (1 or 2 ounces) every four to six hours, depending on how sick you are.

For its immune support and general health benefits you can take one tablespoon a day. If you feel as if you are coming down with an illness, then double or triple your dose.

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