When nothing else works to heal an ailment, sometimes nature presents us with the answer. For centuries, garlic has been folkloric medicine- now substantiated by scientific research as well- to help with coughs, colds, and allergies.
Of course, I am not a doctor so I am not issuing medical advice… but I am going to pass on some garlic “remedies” that have helped me get over an illness… quick! Some are weird. Some are wonderful in their weirdness!
1. Garlic tea for a flu. Chop up garlic. Put in a cup. Fill that cup with boiling water & let it steep till its a good temp to drink. For a less “bizarre” experience of garlic tea, try adding boiling chicken broth to the chopped up garlic in your cup and you will have a garlicky broth that is much more palatable!
2. Garlic “cough syrup” for a cough. Chop up a bunch of fresh garlic cloves. Cover them with honey in a cup or a jar. Cover the lid. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as possible up to several weeks. In fact, you might want to make some now “just in case” you need it. Take a spoon or two a day to help with coughs.
3. To stop a cold from progressing in its early stages. Some suggest swallowing whole garlic cloves (very small ones, peeled, no bigger than a small vitamin). If you chew it, apparently, it can really upset your stomach.
4. To increase your overall immunity, especially where allergies are concerned, cook with more fresh garlic. This one is a no-brainer. A few places to sneak in some garlic– fresh chopped in salad dressings, baked in foil after covered in olive oil and used in place of butter on bread or crackers, and sauteed just about anywhere with veggies.
Again, I’m no doctor…and if you have any big health problems I’d ask a doctor before eating a ton of garlic. Its a potent blood thinner (which can be amazing, but not for some!) and it has other potent properties that might not be right for you. that said, I’d take garlic over Advil or DayQuil any day!
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