I am not a doctor. I do try and use natural remedies when I can if a sickness is just starting. Now is the time to be ready with garlic honey for impending sicknesses.
I wasn't ready. No sooner had I arranged my vitamin stash for the upcoming sick season when my son felt a tickle in his throat. I started diffusing my oils, upped his vitamins. He didn't get too bad. No fever, but he had throat irritation for a couple of days.
We thought it was done, but then my daughter started sniffling, then I got the tickle in my throat.
The first day I upped our vitamin consumption. On the second day, I made garlic honey. It's a remedy I've used for a couple of years. It came about one year when although we were using OTC cough medications, they were doing nothing for the itchiness in the throat. I felt I needed something to coat the throat. I knew that honey was a natural antibacterial substance. It can also be antimicrobial.
I went through many recipes of natural home throat remedies. Some became to runny with the addition of water or lemon juice. Some had cayenne. Not a fan of the heat.
In a desperate move, I would stick a whole clove of garlic in my mouth with a spoonful of honey and chomp it all together. The honey cuts down on the on the hotness of the garlic. You actually don't feel it at all. It worked. Just seemed a little extreme for every time I needed to soothe my throat, which was about once an hour.
I eventually got an idea in my head and looked it up on the internets to see if I wasn't crazy, but others had done it and lived to tell.
I chopped up some fresh, peeled garlic cloves and put it in a jar with some local honey. I used about 3 cloves of garlic to 12 ounces of honey.
That is an old jelly jar I'm using. My husband picked up a big jar of honey from a bee farmer about 30 miles away. The jar was $40, but it's well worth it. We mainly use it for soothing throats and sweetening hot tea.
It doesn't take long for the garlic properties (taste) to transfer to the honey. If I needed it right away, I would just take a spoonful of honey with a good amount of the garlic and chew it just a little and swallow it. Pro Tip: Turn the jar upside down for a couple of minutes before you get a spoonful. The garlic will rise to the top which will really be the bottom if you don't to eat any of the garlic.
Turn it over and get a spoon of it before the garlic rises to the top! Or just scoop it out of the way with the spoon but it's more fun turning it upside down. Sometimes I do eat the garlic depending on the severity of the cold. Also, the larger the pieces of cloves, the easier they will be to dodge when getting some. Always use a clean spoon. Duh.
So, I did that on the second day. I started taking spoonfuls of it as needed. Then I started drinking it in warm water for optimum throat soothing. The next day I added fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of pink Himalayan salt to 8 ounces of water.
It gave me great relief and 2 days later my cough is gone. I never had to take any cough medicine (which I am not above but again, although they stopped the cough, they never soothed my throat) and managed to get by on cough drops every couple of hours. If I had a coughing fit in the middle of the night, I would drink a little bit of warm water with the garlic honey mix. It took care of the problem. My husband and son have been using it for his allergies.
It works for me and my family. None of my children are under 1 year old. It's not for infants under 1 year old. I am not advising skipping the doctor or throwing away prescribed meds, but I always say it wouldn't hurt to try with what you are doing.
For the pics today, this was the second garlic honey jar of the season. When it's running low, I usually just add more garlic and honey to the jar that is almost empty. Sort of like a starter for bread dough.
To be honest, I'm not a fan of honey. The only other time I consume it is on a hot, buttered biscuit. The garlic-honey taste will taste a bit odd at first...you won't ever crave tasting it other than when you are sick, but the benefits outweigh the taste. Just hold your nose if you have an issue with it.
I like alliteration. I like to call it "Healing Honey."