What is Penicillin?
There’s literally no person in the world that hasn’t heard about penicillin. A popular and powerful antibiotic, it was widely used in the past as treatment for bacterial infections. It was especially effective against streptococci and staphylococci. Although it is still used in some cases even today, antibiotic-resistant bacteria have largely made it obsolete.
That is not to say that penicillin isn’t good anymore. Discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, its use started in 1942. It was in use quite a time until the appearance of drug-resistant bacteria. Another problem with penicillin is that roughly 10% of all patients are allergic to it. Over time, bigger and better antibiotics took its place, leaving penicillin on the sidelines.
Thanks to preppers and survivalists and the fact that you can produce it at home, homemade penicillin has lately been in the focus.
Why Is It Hot Again?
Expensive healthcare and recent political/geological developments in the world are the main reasons why penicillin has been making a comeback. Effectively, it’s just mold bread and the antibiotic was discovered by accident. This means that anyone can produce it easily and at home. So, in case society collapses, it’s a good idea to have it at home. Or you know, you’ll make a batch just because you’re health conscious.
Of course, no one claims that it’ll work. It’s a risky procedure that might end up ineffective. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives in the form of oregano oil or garlic remedies. If there’s a true urgency and there are no prescription meds in sight, having a batch of penicillin at home is a pretty good idea. Before we show you how, let’s move a few things out of the way.
What Penicillin Can’t Help You With
It Doesn’t Help Against All Infections
The antibiotic can’t help in cases of urinary tract and oral infections. You can, however, use it for respiratory, skin, and throat infections.
It Doesn’t Kill Superbugs
The emergence of MRSA and other superbugs have largely spelled the beginning of the end of penicillin. This means that it won’t save you from any infection, but it’ll sure help against some.
Get Ready for Bizarre Ingredients
If you want to make your own penicillin, get ready for odd ingredients. Most people don’t have them at home, so you’ll need to make more than a few trips to the store.
How to Make Penicillin at Home
- Take a piece of bread and put it in a container or a bag
- Let it sit until visible spores start to form
- Take the whole bread and then break it up into small pieces
- Add moisture – light misting – and then place the pieces of bread in the same container or bag
- Watch the mold growth and don’t remove it until most of the mold culture starts to turn clearly green
As the mold starts to grow it will take on blue, green and white stages. The green mold that you can see in the photo here shows this point. The green color will have doses of penicillin. You can see that the green places are where the mold has developed the largest. Well, now that you have the green mold, you’re free to use it.
Take the pieces of bread, fill up one big cup full of them and then add warm water, but not boiling. Mix them together and then consume it. Repeat this process if it is necessary, especially like a daily dose of the penicillin. It is essential to say that while you are growing your mold, you can grow some other things, but not all of them are helpful. When you eat the bread, you will get both penicillin and the bad thing. It tastes horrible too. But does that bad thing outweigh the good thing? In this scenario, upset stomach or diarrhea are much less serious health problems in a comparison with the infection. This cure has been used for many years in the ancient cultures, and also it has been seen for many centuries in the folk remedies around the US.
Separate just the green mold from your bread very carefully. Clean well the wound, take the ‘scrapings’ from your bread and apply them topically over the wound. Cover it lightly, and repeat this regularly.
There is one interesting fact that dates back to Imhotep, the ancient doctors used to cover the wounds with honey. They do this because it is really difficult for the bacteria to grow on the honey. If the wound is clean and fresh and infection free, you should apply a little honey to the wound in order to preserve it from bacteria. In the modern emergency rooms today are still used the medical grade honey bandages. You can cover the wound in honey, and then wrap the place to keep the honey in place.
There are some different and advanced ways to make the penicillin from oranges and breads than the mentioned above. If you have time and more resources, you can make a pharmaceutical grade penicillin. But with the wide availability and low cost of the penicillin in the stores today, this might not be practical. But, if you found yourself in the zombie apocalypse, this useful information may save your life.