Easy Garlic Cures For Common Illnesses!

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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 & 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 it’s a good temperature 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!

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2.  Garlic “cough syrup” for a cough.  Chop up a bunch of fresh garlic cloves.  Cover them with raw honey (raw makes a difference here!) in a cup or a jar.  Cover with a lid.  Let it sit in the refrigerator to “marinate” together.  A small batch (a cup) lasts a few weeks normally, or a few days when it’s cold season!   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 & boost immunity, eating the garlic as you go.

3. To stop a cold from progressing in it’s 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.

Note: I’m not a doctor. and if you have any big health problems or plan to do this during an illness I’d ask a doctor before eating a ton of garlic.  It’s 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, with an OK from my own doctor I take tons of garlic instead of most anything else as a first line of defense ans a wellness booster!

 

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