Fall is fully here. We had our first frost Friday evening. The changing weather ushers in soups, hot chocolate, and cozy pajamas, but also the dreaded cold season.
We succumbed to the flu a few weeks ago, and I am determined to be diligent about fighting cold and flu germs before they gain footing.
Important note: don’t give this remedy, or any remedy containing honey, to babies under one, since honey poses the threat of infant botulism.
Twice already I’ve begun to feel a cold beginning to attack and successfully fought it with a few simple ingredients: minced raw garlic and honey, followed by a nice mug of herbal tea.
Garlic is a treasure mine of natural, germ-fighting, immune-boosting properties. Plus, it’s inexpensive and a staple in many kitchens. And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste nearly as bad as it sounds!
To make: finely mince a clove of garlic. Get a spoonful of honey (preferably raw) and stir the minced garlic into the honey, making sure to coat the garlic with honey. Down the garlic and honey with a big glass of water. (Don’t chew!)
The spoonful of honey most definitely helps the garlic go down. My kids actually like it.
Then make yourself a nice mug of tea. I like elderberries because they’re another great immune booster or peppermint to get rid of any trace of garlic. Or best of all, mixing both.
A humorous caution, from my sis-in-law Amber:
“One winter I got a little carried away though and used the remedy every morning just to keep myself from getting sick. I can remember my papa returning to the truck one wintry day after pumping gas and saying very sweetly “You’ve gotta lay off the garlic, Amber!” Apparently, I was starting to smell like my remedy!!
Word to the wise: Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing!”
What are your favorite immune boosters?
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