My house must stink. I know I stink. There has been a lot of garlic through here lately. I’ve been creating garlic balsamic jellies and pickling sweet garlic (I will be taking both items to the farmers markets!).
I have also been eating lots of raw garlic. I thought that I could use a little pick me up. Eating garlic has long been considered a great remedy for many conditions including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy.
It only made sense as I was processing oodles of garlic anyway, that I should stock up on a jar of an easy to make home remedy. Garlic steeped in honey.
Garlic is shown to be a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, even anti-microbial! Relatively high in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, garlic is a great remedy for colds.
Add a little honey to your garlic (local honey is shown to help reduce allergies) and you have a natural cold and cough remedy.
To use this pungent remedy; Eat one to two cloves of garlic 2-3 times a day when you begin to feel under the weather or just to boost your immune system.
This mix is best if made a month in advance. It will help to mellow the sharp flavor of the garlic.
How to make a jar of honey garlic for yourself:
Fill a jar half full with honey. Plunge garlic cloves into the honey until there is no room for more. Stir garlic once a day for a week as the garlic will float slightly until fully saturated.
I also add a slice of lemon peel and a few thin slices of ginger into the honey/garlic mix.
Store the jar in a cool place for at least one month before using. Continue to feed garlic cloves into the jar as needed.
For a real kick (and other health benefits) add some cayenne pepper.