2 WAYS TO FIGHT BACTERIA Go Natural with Your Antibiotics
SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY THIS SPRING
Our world is becoming increasingly antibacterial with practically every office, medical facility, and school being equipped with dozens of containers of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. While these products claim to be 99.9 percent effective at killing bacteria, the harsh chemicals dry out our skin,
This March, Dr. Brian Summers and his daughter, Norah, will tackle the track for Albany Public Schools. The duo is putting their running talents to the test for local students at the 16th annual iRun for Kids. Wish them luck and join them in supporting our community with the following spring events! Farmers Market
When: Saturdays this March from 9 a.m. to noon Where: The Warehouse 315 SE Lyon St., Albany
and over time, bacteria become more and more resistant to these agents. Doctors, too, are blamed for overprescribing antibiotics. As a result, we’re hearing more and more about “superbugs” — strains of harmful bacteria that cause severe illness and are not easily remedied by antibiotics. But you can still protect yourself and your family against illness- causing bacteria without resorting to harsh chemicals and medications. The answer is to go all-natural! Here are two options that are completely natural yet totally effective against the microorganisms that make us sick. Raw Honey Most honey you find at the store has been pasteurized and filtered, rendering it far less effective when it comes to its antibacterial properties. On the other hand, raw, unfiltered honey is an incredible antiseptic. Even better than your average raw honey is manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand. Its antibacterial properties are potent enough that hospitals around the world keep it on hand to treat certain kinds of infections and burns. If you get a cut, applying raw honey to the wound can keep out harmful, infection-causing bacteria while killing any existing bacteria. Not only does the honey help prevent infection but it can also help reduce healing time. Raw honey can also help alleviate internal infections, such as peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori . Manuka honey is particularly great for this — just add some to hot tea or water and drink! Oregano A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences took a look at the effectiveness of oregano against bacteria. It turns out certain compounds in oregano — carvacrol and thymol — make it a strong antibacterial and antifungal agent. The study found that As an antibacterial, oregano is most useful as an essential oil. In this form, it’s highly potent, meaning you only need a drop or two in a glass of water for it to have an effect. You can drink it, or you can infuse a couple of drops into some coconut oil and apply to your skin. However, be warned that because it is potent, it should not be used on a regular, ongoing basis. Use only when needed and only for a few days at a time — and never use it undiluted! oregano was effective against salmonella as well as other harmful microorganisms and fungi that make people sick.
As winter makes its final push, indulge in some fresh, local ingredients! Purchase and enjoy locally sourced produce, meat, grains, and artisan breads and preserves while you sip a warm cup of coffee or tea. Better yet, take a break and enjoy a homemade pastry! Summer won’t feel so far away when you visit the farmers market this March. For more information, call 541-704-0076.
Starting a Vegetable Garden When: March 31 from 11 a.m. to noon Where: Shonnard’s Nursery, Corvallis
After you enjoy fresh, local produce, learn how you and your family can grow some of your own at Shonnard’s Nursery! Expert Darren Morgan will show attendees how they can plan, select, prepare, and plant their own backyard garden. Topics will include harvest expectations, creating a layout for your vegetables, preparing the soil for planting, caring for your garden, and more. Learn how you can spend the summer caring for your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor come autumn. Get started and register for this event online at Shonnards.com. iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala When: April 13 from 5–9 p.m. Where: Boys and Girls Club of Albany Cost: $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8 If running is not your forte, this gala night is for you! Support Albany Public Schools with Dr. Summers and Norah and spend an evening enjoying a catered dinner, silent and live auctions, a dessert dash, and a wine pull. Dance to music and soak up artwork by some of the Greater Albany Public School District’s talented students too. Your admission will include dinner and one drink. Learn more about this event by calling 541-979-8773, and learn about more ways to support local students by visiting AlbanyPSF.org.
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