1,000-year-old onion and garlic remedy kills antibiotic-resistant bugs

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-resistant Staphylococcus 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. Via 1,000-year-old onion and garlic remedy kills antibiotic-resistant bugs

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