The cold and flu season is upon us and now is the time to gear yourself up in order to fend off the bugs that can give you that stuffy head, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sick to your stomach, headachy, body achy feeling that seems to last forever.
Did you know?
One of nature’s best defenses against the cold and flu happens to be garlic. Yes garlic. Garlic, or allium sativum has been used by people for nearly three thousand years and has been considered a virtually cure-all against many different types of viruses and infections. Garlic’s secret is the presence of a sulfide compound known as allicin which has potent antibacterial properties giving it the ability to actually kill off the dreaded cold and flu virus. On top of that, garlic also can help boost your immune system by spurring your white blood cells into action and improving your overall blood flow and circulation.
Even if you already have the cold or flu, garlic can still help you recover faster if you take plenty of it promptly enough. Garlic contains vitamin C, is a natural antibiotic and is known to help clear up congestion. Here is a recipe for a hot drink featuring garlic, lemon and honey that will help chase away the chills, clear your head and help you feel better in no time at all.
Garlic Lemon Tea
What you need:
- Water and something to boil it in
- A quart jar
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 to 2 lemons
What you do:
First boil the water. As the water boils coarsely chop up the garlic.
Remove the water from the heat, add the garlic cover and let it steep for 30 minutes.
Next, strain the water into the quart jar. Dispose of the garlic
Now, cut the lemons in half and proceed to squeeze them into the jar. Pour some of this garlic lemon tea into a cup and then add honey to taste.
You can drink this throughout the day, warming it up as need. Just be sure to boil it again since this will destroy the vitamin C as well as the allicin from the garlic. Despite the presence of our pungent friend, this drink is surprisingly good and even palatable for most children.
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