Garlic and Honey Recipe for Colds

April 10, 2024 5 mins to read
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Garlic and honey have been used for centuries for their beneficial properties. In a previous article I looked at the beneficial properties and numerous benefits of garlic and honey for colds and flu. In this article I’m going to give you two garlic and honey recipes for colds – one with only honey and garlic – and one that includes ginger and lemon; two other powerful cold and flu fighters!

Garlic and Honey Recipe for Colds and Flu

An old folk remedy for colds and seasonal flu that involves garlic and honey is a simple infusion or syrup. Here’s a basic recipe:

This folk remedy combines the immune-boosting properties of garlic with the soothing and antimicrobial properties of honey. Garlic is known for its ability to fight infections and support immune function, while honey helps soothe the throat and provides additional antimicrobial benefits.

Garlic and Honey Infusion

Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • Raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Peel and crush or finely chop the garlic cloves from one bulb of garlic.
  2. Place the crushed garlic in a clean glass jar.
  3. Pour enough raw honey over the garlic to cover it completely.
  4. Stir the mixture gently to ensure the garlic is evenly distributed throughout the honey.
  5. Seal the jar tightly and let it sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to infuse.
  6. After 24 hours, the infusion is ready to use.

Usage:

  • Take 1 teaspoon of the garlic and honey infusion as needed for relief from cold or flu symptoms. You can take it straight or mix it with warm water or herbal tea.
  • It’s recommended to take the infusion 2-3 times a day, especially when experiencing symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or congestion.
  • Store the infusion in a cool, dark place. It can last for several weeks to a few months, but it’s best to consume it within a reasonable timeframe.

Garlic and Honey Recipe for Colds and Flu + Ginger and Lemon

This folk remedy combines the immune-boosting properties of garlic, ginger, and lemon with the soothing and antimicrobial properties of honey. Garlic and ginger are known for their ability to fight infections and support immune function, while lemon provides vitamin C and antioxidants to help strengthen the immune system. Finally Honey helps soothe the throat and provides additional antimicrobial benefits. What a fantastic synergistic blend of cold and remedy fighters!

Garlic, Honey, Ginger, and Lemon Cold Remedy

Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium-sized ginger root
  • 1-2 lemons
  • Raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Peel and crush or finely chop the garlic cloves from one bulb of garlic.
  2. Peel and thinly slice or grate the ginger root.
  3. Cut the lemon(s) into thin slices or squeeze out the juice.
  4. Place the crushed garlic, sliced or grated ginger, and lemon slices or juice in a clean glass jar.
  5. Pour enough raw honey over the mixture to cover it completely.
  6. Stir the mixture gently to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the honey.
  7. Seal the jar tightly and let it sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to infuse.

Usage:

  • Take 1-2 teaspoons of the garlic, honey, ginger, and lemon mixture as needed for relief from cold or flu symptoms.
  • You can take it straight, mix it with warm water or herbal tea, or even use it as a spread on toast or crackers.
  • It’s recommended to take the mixture 2-3 times a day, especially when experiencing symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or congestion.
  • Store the jar in a cool, dark place. It can last for several weeks to a few months, but it’s best to consume it within a reasonable timeframe.

Caution! Infants!

It’s essential to note that honey should not be given to infants under one year of age due to the risk of botulism. Additionally, while honey can provide symptomatic relief for colds and flu, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, especially in cases of severe or persistent symptoms. If you have underlying health conditions or concerns, consult with a healthcare professional before using honey or any other natural remedy.

Caution! Interactions

Garlic interactions

Garlic can cause allergic reactions in some people. Taking garlic supplements or eating garlic in larger doses can thin your blood and increase the risk of bleeding. For this reason, garlic can cause a negative interaction with medications that thin your blood. These include:

  • salicylate (Aspirin)
  • warfarin (Coumadin)
  • clopidogrel (Plavix)

Garlic may also interfere with an antiviral drug called saquinavir that’s used to treat HIV.

Honey Interactions

Honey can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you’re allergic to bee pollen, ask your doctor if eating honey is safe for you. Honey may also contain other kinds of pollen that can trigger reactions like:

  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • face or throat swelling
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • fainting
  • sweating
  • skin reactions
  • irregular heart rhythms

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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