Got the sniffles? Say hello to your new best friend, Garlic

Ever since childhood, I’ve remembered drinking raw garlic tea. My mom swears by it, and every sniffle and stuffy nose I had was treated by this cure-all. Some would argue about the taste, but adding a hint of honey or ginger calms down the bitterness. All you need is hot water + your favorite mug + and a clove of crushed garlic. This is a quick fix because of its awesome antibacterial properties and ability to strengthen the immune system.

From Drugs.com:

“When a fresh garlic clove is crushed or chewed, two organic sulfur compounds, alliin and alliinase, combine to form allicin, a strong antibiotic agent. Consuming garlic tea delivers a healing dose of allicin, stimulating the immune system and killing harmful bacteria. As a result, garlic tea can be used to treat the common cold, sooth inflammations, and fight infections. Garlic’s antibacterial properties have been suspected for centuries. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed garlic to treat infectious diseases.”

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of boiled water

  • 5 medium-sized cloves of garlic, crushed

Preparation

  1. Boil 4 cups of water.

  2. Remove the water from the heat.

  3. Add crushed cloves of garlic and stir (This is also where you can add honey, ginger, or lemon if you’d like! Totally optional).

  4. Cover it, and let it steep for 20 minutes.

  5. Strain and drink 4 cups throughout the day for about 7 days to treat respiratory ailments.

  6. Drink it hot or cold. It can be kept on very low heat to keep it hot or it can be re-heated.

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