Grow Your Own Antibiotics?

Amelia Brown placed fifth in the Junior Division for Medicine and Health at the Exxon Mobile Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio for her science fair project, “Grow Your Own Antibiotics?” Amelia’s project compared the effectiveness of herbal tincture remedies–garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon, and basil–with pharmaceutical antibiotics.

Interestingly, she discovered that bay leaf was more effective than garlic against the bacterium she used for her experiment. She wants to continue her experiment and test garlic against different bacterium believing it to be a very effective remedy for mild infections.

Amelia was also awarded the Naval Science Award from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

Your home schoolers can participate by entering a local district science fair competition. Learn more by reading about the Exxon Mobile Texas Science and Engineering Fair.