Do you remember my “How to roast garlic and stay healthy all year” post? Well, after nearly 3 consecutive years of uninterrupted well being and fab health, which I totally credit to eating more garlic, I caught a cold. Or maybe, as they’d say in the Caribbean, and which makes way more sense by the way, a cold caught me. It surely wasn’t me chasing the cold! Anyway… We had a violently sneezing and coughing visitor in our house and this is where I guess both I and my partner picked it up from.
Garlic honey syrup for a sore throat works like a charm!
Calling it a cold might be a step too far as I basically had a bit of a sore throat for about 3 days and an allergy like morning catarrh. I badly needed a sore throat remedy and once again it was this recipe for garlic honey syrup that took me out of trouble within only 24 hours.
There are many raw garlic containing beverages and dishes that greatly help with strengthening our bacterial and viral resistance out there. They can also be used to cure a cold, sore throat and help to speed up the recovery when flu strikes. Here are a few I have shared in the past: Mom’s milk, honey, garlic, butter drink for cold & flu, Orange juice with raw garlic , Garlic Mojito, Raw Garlic on Toast, Raw Garlic Dip.
And today I’ll add another one: garlic honey syrup for sore throat.
Especially thanks to honey the garlic honey syrup for sore throat tastes rather nice considering how disgusting some syrups are, but adding a bit more of one or the other ingredient to your taste won’t hurt. If you want to put your own sore throat remedy together make sure you don’t jeopardise the effectiveness of the health benefiting compounds of these ingredients.
Garlic, honey and turmeric all share similar health benefitting antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and also cancer fighting properties, so this is like a triple strike! Plus lemon which delivers the vitamin C, which offers protection against immune system deficiencies.
Important facts to remember before making your own sore throat remedy with these ingredients
- Allicin, garlic’s crucial health benefiting compound that develops when we crush garlic, stabilises best when mixed with liquids. But it doesn’t live forever. If you want to make a syroup or a throat rinse, place fresh, crushed garlic cloves in that liquid 10 minutes before you want to consume/use your remedy. Also, heat significantly diminishes garlic’s fragile allicin, so avoid exposing garlic to high temperatures if you’re looking to use it for medical purposes.
- Use raw honey* – Honey doesn’t contain Allicin, but it contains another powerful compound called Propolis and heating honey to over 95F (35C) will significantly degrade its health benefiting properties. Look for “raw honey” on the label, which should assure that the honey was not heated prior to purchase and have the qualities you’re looking for. On that subject, Hot Toddy will warm you up, but it is rather unlikely that it will do more than that!
- A pinch of black pepper helps absorbing curcumin responsible for antibacterial and antiviral properties of turmeric. Magic!
Why bother with natural remedies for cold & flu symptoms, like this garlic honey syrup for sore throat for example, if you can take an antibiotic and get it over with?
Antimicrobial resistance is real. Viruses and bacteria mutate and adapt fast, and we don’t have enough effective drugs to fight them off. And this is really scary.
In September 2016 in New York, United Nations high-level meeting will take place and the subject is antimicrobial resistance. “This is only the fourth time in the history of the UN that a health topic is discussed at the General Assembly (HIV, noncommunicable diseases, and Ebola were the others).”
Don’t rely purely on engineered drugs. Be responsible, build up and support the strength your own immune system with natural ingredients like garlic, honey, lemon, ginger and turmeric.
- 3-4 fresh garlic cloves - crushed (not minced)
- 2 tablespoons powdered turmeric or two inch, crushed piece of fresh turmeric
- ⅓ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup raw honey
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Place honey, lemon juice, ground black pepper and (powdered) turmeric in a small bowl and, using a spoon, mix until well combined.
- Now add your crushed garlic cloves (and the fresh turmeric, if you chose to use it instead of the powdered one). Mix again and let it rest and come together for about 10 minutes.
-Take 2-3 tablespoons of the syrup per day.
-Replace garlic cloves daily to maximise its effectiveness.
-Store this syrup refrigerated for 4-5 days.
*Do not give raw honey to children under 1 to avoid the risk of infant botulism.