How To Make Your Own Penicillin From Oranges

The next read is an excerpt from “The Doctor’s Book of Survival Home Remedies”, Chapter: Infections and wounds, pages 211-214:

Do you know what Mickey Mantle and World War II soldiers had in common?

Limbs…many of their limbs (and soldiers’ lives) were saved with penicillin.

Mickey Mantle developed a bone infection when he was in high school. His doctor wanted to amputate the infected leg, but fortunately, his mom wanted a second opinion. The second doctor successfully treated the infection with penicillin, and young Mickey went on to create his legendary pro baseball career.

Penicillin is a group of antibiotics originally derived from common molds. These were some of the first medications that could fight infections caused by staphylococci, streptococci, and other bacteria. Penicillin has been used since 1942.

It has been used for so long, in fact, that many types of bacteria have developed resistance to it. Certain strains of some target bacteria, including staphylococci, secrete an enzyme called penicillinase. This enzyme inactivates penicillin.

For this reason, newer penicillins have cropped up in recent years. Methicillin, for example, is more effective against bacteria that produces penicillinase.

Penicillin was originally sourced from the fungus Penicillium. But of the 132 or so strains of Penicillium, only a small number are safe for humans.

Life before the discovery of penicillin was precarious. Dire outcomes after sustaining small injuries and diseases were common. A small scrape on the knee that got infected, disease like Strep Throat, or sexually transmitted diseases often ended in death.

Treatment Before Penicillin Discovery

Dr. Morton Paterson, a retired professor, recalls how penicillin impacted his life. He was 7 years old in 1942 and streets in his town were covered with chunks of waste from the local smelter mine. One day he fell in the street and scraped a knee.

After blood infection set in, he fell into a 3-day coma. Infected blood settled in his left hip socket and became osteomyelitis, a bone infection.

Long story short, penicillin was not yet around so little Mortie suffered a lot. In the hospital, his doctor repeatedly scraped out the infected bone after making a large incision in Mortie.

Imagine…the incision was left open because nurses had to pack it every day with new gauze. And to let oxygen in to heal the infection. A few months and several surgeries later, little Mortie finally went home.

But that wasn’t the end of his troubles. In 1946 osteomyelitis came back. He went again to the hospital, but only for a short visit—thanks to penicillin.

Producing Your Own Penicillin From Oranges

It’s risky to treat infections with this or any do-it-yourself version of penicillin because:

Mold grows on any type of fruit. Here are steps to grow your own mold on oranges.

  1. Leave one orange in the crisper of your fridge until mold appears.
  2. Identify Penicillium. Not all of the several species of it produce penicillin. Be careful, as some other types of mold resemble Penicillium. Aspergillus is one of those. The surest and safest way to identify these is under a microscope. (See table below)
  3. Grow more Penicillium from the mold you got in step 1. Here is one way to do that, offered by Thought.Co.
  4. Extract the penicillin. The method Thought.Co suggests is to mix a weak form of acid, like citric acid, cream of tartar, or vitamin C and water to the mold. Then pour that liquid through a coffee filter. You’ll then have diluted penicillin.

Key Takeaway

Infected wounds must be treated immediately. Now that you see the distinction between several types of wounds, we hope you take to heart the importance of keeping your immune system strong. That way it will always be on the ready to combat harmful bacteria, a measure to prevent your overall suffering.

If you or a loved one have an infected wound, please follow the suggestions in this chapter and seek medical attention. Often when a person starts feeling better, they mistakenly believe an infection has resolved itself. Don’t make that mistake.

Finally, following a healthy lifestyle by eating a plant-based diet and staying active will help you minimize the negative effects of any infection you do get and prevent it from spreading. It’s our hope that you’ll feel better and enjoy life in your pursuit to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy under every circumstance possible.


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Dr. John Herzog has been a third-generation osteopathic orthopedic surgeon for nearly 35 years, having evaluated over 200,000 people during office visits and performing over 15,000 surgeries. He focuses on educating his patients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, being an advocate of a plant-based diet, and admitting “It is the best fuel for the human body and mind”. One of the pioneers in Platelet Rich Plasma, a concentration of thrombocytes and stem cells, and Stem Cell Regeneration, Dr. Herzog is set apart as the most experienced orthopedic surgeon in New England. He performed over 3,000 regenerative orthopedic procedures and he is also an expert on the use of the ultrasound. Dr. Herzog has been a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for 30 years and is a fellow in the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics where only 1% of surgeons are listed with this honor. In the beginning of his career, Dr. Herzog went to medical school 4 years earlier than the average, at 20 instead of at 24, going through all the branches of medicine. He partnered with T. Colin Campbell, the author of ‘The China Study’ – to examine the link between the consumption of animal products, including dairy, and chronic illnesses. Dr. Herzog is also specialized in working with people suffering from arthritis. His main focus is to keep people out of the Emergency Room by being prepared like his dad was.

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  • Producing Your Own Penicillin From Oranges — Item states (See table below). Where is the table?

    • under the table cloth…duh!

  • As stated, infections must be treated immediately. However, it takes quite a while to grow penicillin. So do you recommend that people always have some penicillin in production?

  • Yeah!! What table are you referring to here??

  • How much of the acid mixture do you use to mix with it, and how much peniciin do you scrape off to put into the mixture> what do you then frink the strained liquid? How much?

    • sorry for my typo

  • Most articles in Survivopedia are pretty good. This one sounds dicey. The information is minimal and incomplete. Much more detail is required. How do you “Grow more Penicillium from the mold you extracted in Step 1?” How do we extract it? Scrape it off? You say, “Infected wounds must be treated immediately.” Treated HOW? Are we supposed to drink the stuff, as Tb asked? Are we supposed to pour it on the wound? How much do we use? Then you go on to say, “Now that you see the distinction between several types of wounds . . . ” WHAT distinctions? WHAT wounds? This article sounds like a good way to end up killing yourself! Dr. Herzog certainly seems to have an impressive resume, but his instructions suck!

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    • My suggestion: make arrangements with a doctor

  • I thought Penicillin had to be combined with Potassium to make it absorbable, hence; “Pen VK”

  • This reads like a chinese assembly manual: “how assemble: place parts in correct configuration so that item is assembled.”

  • .. being an advocate of a plant-based diet, and admitting “It is the best fuel for the human body and mind”
    Ahh….now it makes sense…you’re a quack

    • Thats what I thought, as soon as I read that I opted out, Yarrow oil is easy to make and salt on a wound heals and draws

  • Or you can get penicillin at the pet store for your fish tank or at your local feed store for your farm animals and store it in your refrigerator for quite a long time. You should also look up the dosage you need to have for various illnesses and infections. Those can be found on Web MD and other internet sites. The penicillin that is used for animals is the same as is used for humans but the dosages are different.

  • Looks like a Navel Orange the Pic of an Orange with the Penicillin

  • Yeah, they don’t tell you what you need to know, just enough to whet your appetite, then it’s “send me money”! I’m not saying that that is wrong, they are commercial sites, but they should leave out the “we want to help” and “this will save you” tags. Just say “you can BUY instructions here, and they may or may not work.

  • Thank you for the info. Very helpful Easy to understand.