Artillery fungus is one of the most dangerous fungi known to man. It causes many types of diseases including: skin infections, respiratory problems, liver disease, heart failure and even cancer. There are no drugs that will kill it completely but there are several natural treatments that can be used to control its growth and symptoms. Some of these include:
1) Garlic – Garlic contains chemicals called Allicin which kills artillery fungus.
You can use garlic cloves in your garden to get rid of artillery fungus.
2) Vinegar – Vinegar contains alcohol which kills artillery fungus.
3) Salt – Salt is another natural treatment against artillery fungus.
4) Wormwood – Wormwood contains compounds called quercetin and kaempferol which kill artillery fungus.
5) Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil contains terpenes (plant extracts that give plants their characteristic smell).
These terpenes cause artillery fungus to die within 24 hours.
6) Lemon Juice – Lemon juice contains citric acid which kills artillery fungus.
7) Alcohol – Alcohol is another natural treatment against artillery fungus.
8) Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil contains menthol which kills artillery fungus.
9) Grapefruit Seed Extract – Grapefruit seed extract contains flavonoids which kill artillery fungus.
10) Cloves – Cloves contain eugenol which kills artillery fungus.
To get rid of artillery fungus you should take a mixture of the above ingredients and dilute it in water. Then you spray the infected area thrice daily. Make sure you wear protective gear (gloves, goggles, face mask and overalls) when spraying the mixture because it is very strong and can harm you if not used properly. It will take 3-4 days before you notice any significant result.
You can also use the above ingredients to make a herbal tea which you can take 3 times daily to fight the artillery fungus. The tea will help your immune system fight the infection and keep the symptoms at bay. In addition to drinking the tea you should also take garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and honey to keep your immune system strong. All these will boost your body’s capacity to fight the artillery fungus off.
You can also prevent the artillery fungus from ever infecting you by strengthening your immune system. Make sure you get a lot of sleep, avoid stress and eat a balanced diet. Getting enough sleep is really important to your immune system so make sure you get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. To avoid stress try Meditation, Yoga or taking a relaxing bath. Eating healthily is also good for your body and can help keep your immune system strong so try to eat 5-6 small meals daily instead of 3 big ones.
In addition to the above treatments you can also try spreading diatomaceous earth on the infected area. Diatomaceous earth is a natural anti-fungal agent that will stop the artillery fungus from spreading. Some people also find relief by taking apple cider vinegar, garlic and ginger in water. These ingredients help your body get rid of the artillery fungus more quickly. You can also try using a paste made from cinnamon and water to help soothe the infected area.
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More Info About The Artillery Fungus
Artillery fungus is also known as “spreading rot” and “honey fungus”. It is a type of mold (fungi) and it grows very quickly, expanding up to 1 foot each day. It spreads on wet, wooden objects and because of this it mostly infects decaying trees but it can also infect the wooden parts of your home if left untreated. It does not attack living plants and animals.
It was given its name, “artillery fungus”, because it resembles gunpowder storage barrels and its spores can be launched over long distances.
The infected area has a very bad odor and the skin that covers it also has a very bad odor. The infected area feels spongy to the touch and if you break the skin, the area turned pink or red with a yellow liquid (pus) will be released.
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