Garlic has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for colds and flu. It is also great for heart health! More than just a culinary herb garlic helps to support the immune system, is great for upper respiratory infections, digestion and acts as a general antimicrobial.
Garlic can be consumed year round to support the body. Added to your daily dishes, consumed in supplement form or made into herbal preparations. If you feel that you are coming down with something garlic can be taken at the onset to help reduce the severity and duration of an illness. Garlic is especially great to take if you are experiencing congestion, both from the lungs and sinuses. Garlic is pungent and spicy and helps to get mucus flowing. It is also very stimulating and helpful to take if you have the chills as it has a warming effect.
Garlic can be consumed raw if you tolerate it. Most find it more palatable to consume in supplement form or as part of an herbal preparation. This can be in the form of Fire Cider, an apple cider vinegar tonic infused with garlic as well as various other herbs. Taken as a shot or made as a tea. It is warming and will help relieve congestion quickly! For the DIY-ers, Garlic Honey is a great preparation to keep on hand especially through the winter months. A fantastic option for sore throats and coughs.
Garlic Infused Honey
• About 5 garlic cloves
• Raw honey
Roughly chop the garlic cloves and let them stand for 15 minutes. Place them in a 4-ounce glass jar; ideally, the jar should be 3/4 full with the garlic. Next, fill the jar with honey. Stir well. Add more honey if necessary. The honey will taste like garlic in as little as 2 to 3 days. You can strain the garlic if desired, or keep it in the honey and eat it along with it. This will keep indefinitely; however, the honey may crystallize over time. If this happens, you can reheat the honey in a double boiler