Monday Musings…13th February 2023…Natural Antibiotics…Grapefruit Extract, BYO the Canadians do? Valentines or Bah Humbug!

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read, seen or experienced during the last week it could be anything that piques my interest…

Natural Antibiotics that work…Grapefruit and Grapefruit Extract.

The grapefruit is a citrus tree from subtropical regions that produce this somewhat bitter fruit. It is a hybrid that originated in Barbados accidentally by crossing two introduced species: the sweet orange and the pomelo. The reason it is called a grapefruit is that the fruits grow in clusters that look somewhat like bunches of grapes.

Pink grapefruit was developed initially as an anti-parasitic,  While grapefruits and grapefruit essential oil can benefit the immune system, help reduce cellulite, and aid weight loss as part of a calorie-controlled diet…I think many of us can remember the Grapefruit diet being hailed as a miracle and a fast fix…

Grapefruit seed extract has a different set of benefits…grapefruit seed extract is effective against various bacterial, yeast, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections HOWEVER taking grapefruit seed extract is controversial because not enough research has been conducted into the effects of the extract on humans.

The controversy stems from some commercial brands of the extract being contaminated with dangerous substances such as triclosan and benzethonium chloride. So, it is essential to use only quality extract and always to read the ingredients and instructions before is always wise whenever you are buying extracts that you check the source…not hearsay or anything on social media check it yourself and just because it is mega expensive doesn’t mean it’s good…You must make your own checks…do not rely on a friend of a friend…

Scientific research shows that pure, unadulterated grapefruit seed extract can kill many kinds of infectious microbes. In fact, alternative health practitioners say that the extract can combat various health problems such as athlete’s foot, Candida infections, earache, throat infections, and diarrhoea.

BYO…Can you?

Pre Covid I thought that food packaging was on the decrease then Covid reared its head and myself included and many others ordered more takeaways the takeaway industry boomed…in Britain, alone takeaways grew even bigger in the first six months of 2021 as lockdown restrictions led to a 76% increase in London…but it’s happening worldwide…

Consumers stuck at home placed 135m orders which was 58m more than in the equivalent period of last year…However that meant an increase in takeaway containers…Takeaway containers like those made of styrofoam are actually recyclable however specialist equipment is needed thus although they may be collected they are often just sent to a landfill…in Canada, a mere 9 per cent of plastics are actually recycled. (The rate in the US comes in even lower at 5 per cent.) The remaining 91 per cent of plastics pollute landfills, the air (through incineration and also microplastics), the land and waterways.

One of the answers is to bring your own containers…I hear you saying that doesn’t work as many takeaway outlets don’t allow it..that’s changing …This grassroots initiative connects environmentally conscious consumers with local businesses that accept personal containers to fill with take-out, bulk foods or cleaning supplies in order to reduce the packaging waste that overwhelms our cities and plagues the natural environment….So please if you have concerns and I certainly do about all these containers and would love to “Bring your own containers…” then please click this highlighted link below to see how this works…the response has been amazing in Toronto, Canada and has spread to the US…it also tells you how you can promote this system where you live…

You can watch the video or read about it on Anne Marie’s blog..the link is below…

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…

The day became associated with love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished with the association of “lovebirds” of early spring. Additionally, the day may have taken its name from a priest who was martyred about 268 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus…today it’s very commercialised and the true meaning I think has been lost…

So is it Roses for you or Bah Humbug!

This week’s music comes from one of my favourites since I was a child “Oliver”

33 thoughts on “Monday Musings…13th February 2023…Natural Antibiotics…Grapefruit Extract, BYO the Canadians do? Valentines or Bah Humbug!

  1. Jennie

    It’s roses for me, no bah humbug. Thanks for one of my favorite songs! Last spring a former student had the lead as Oliver in his school play and invited me! What a treat!! His signature song was, “Where is Love?” ❤️

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  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Another interesting and entertaining post Carol. I have used Citricidal grapefruit seed extract for over 25 years as my sister was a distributor in the UK and introduced me to it. I found very helpful for Candida and used to suggest my clients took it. I still buy that make today as I know how stringent the process is. As you say with any alternative anti-biotic you do need to watch for interactions with other medication. We have not had takeaway for a long time as quite a way from town but glad to hear some containers are being done away with. Love Oliver and that song is fabulous. ♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thats good to get a recommendation on Citricidal…Thank you, Sally….Its been long time coming and it won’t be a moment too soon , Sally I’m sure when you do have takeaway it will be a nice treat for you both. One of my favourite songs too , Sally its a fabulous film and musical ❤

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  3. D. Wallace Peach

    Great information, Carol. I like grapefruit and didn’t know its extract is a natural antibiotic. Thanks for the warning to get a good quality product – not hard to do here in the US. And I bring my own bags to the grocery store, but I hadn’t thought of bringing my own bulk containers. That’s easy to do since I save them and reuse them at home already! Thanks for the easy tip!

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  4. petespringerauthor

    The strongest and most needed of human emotions is love, whether romantic or not.

    Grapefruit is such a great food for many reasons. Too bad it’s not more filling, but I suppose that’s one of the reasons it falls into the weight-loss category.

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    When I was about to start chemotherapy my friend said ‘You mustn’t eat grapefruit!’
    ‘What!’ Amongst the many instruction leaflets and chemo workshops etc, nobody had mentioned grapefruit!
    I later heard this said about statins. It does sound odd that juicy fruit might affect your medicines, but looking it up just now it appears it does interact with some.
    Our greengrocer only sells pink grapefruit which I love, wonder what happened to the ordinary ones?
    When I was a child my mother read in her magazine that you could grow a grapefruit tree in the airing cupboard. She planted a seed and sure enough it germinated and we had a tiny tree, not big enough to produce fruit though.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That is the thing and why you must check as many of the natural antibiotics can react with other medicines that is why you must check for yourself although I do think that if you eat something with moderation then its ok the warnings ere on the side of safety as some people if they think something is good for them they eat it in excess…Yes it does seem to be only pink grapefruit whereas they used to be scarce its the other way around now maybe its because they are healthier and have more nutrients…Your mother is like me I try and grow any seeds but yes they don’t always fruit or fruit with something else as the mother plant was grafted it can fun as you don’t know what if anything you get but sometimes the leaves and flowers are worth it 🙂

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  6. beetleypete

    Styrofoam containers are soon to be banned in the UK. The food industry has warned of a significant price increase when that happens.
    We exchange cards on Valentine’s day, but do not buy gifts any longer. Commercialism has ruined the spirit of it.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thats good to hear, Pete of course the food industry would use anything to make more profit out of the consumer and I totally agree about commercialism .Have a good week, Pete x

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  7. alexcraigie

    I didn’t know about Grapefruit’s anti microbial qualities – not that it grows in clusters! As antibiotics become less effective through overuse, anything that can make a difference is valuable. I’ve read Oliver and seen the film but I missed out on the musical apart from some well-known scenes in clips on the TV. This clip of Nancy singing As Long As He Needs Me was beautiful. xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree about the over use of antibiotics, Trish and it seems more people than ever are looking at natures alternatives. I’m glad you loved the clip of Nacy singing its one of my favourites xx

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