Make a Holistic Cold Remedy Using Garlic

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Can there be anything more common than the "common cold"? An individual typically catches between two and four colds a year. This can be translated to billions of cold cases that make human lives a bit miserable each year, and results in missed classes, work and social events.

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The common cold is a viral infection that initially affects your nose and throat. Without treatment, it can get better with a strong immune system or get worse when it is compromised. Because there is really no cure for the common cold, medications are directed towards its prevention, the strengthening of the immune system, and the treatment of the symptoms of the common cold.

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The symptoms include runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, mild headache, weakness and body aches, and low fever. If the immune system is compromised, cough and phlegm may even develop.

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The cold weather does not really cause colds directly, yet many avow that it makes them develop all those symptoms that forebode colds and coughs. Is it just another one of those old wives' tales? What about eating oranges, slurping chicken soup and swallowing whole raw garlic cloves? Are these just more old wives' tales? Nobody knows for certain, except that somehow people with colds feel better with oranges (maybe it is the vitamin C), with chicken soup (even human souls feel better with it), and garlic, the world's most endeared spice. What property does it have to help someone with cold and cough to feel better?

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The stinking rose


Garlic is an edible spice and herb that is adored the world over for its wonderful flavor, rendering countless culinary concoctions unforgettable. The moniker – stinking rose - was made famous during the Ancient Greek and Roman periods. Despite the stink it causes in your mouth, there is no doubt that it has immense health values so that you would rather have it than a rose in your garden. Its use as a remedy to cure human diseases and disorders for thousands of years is proof how it was used as a holistic treatment, not only for cough and cold, but for a long list of ailments, some even quite severe ones - diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer.

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If you are wondering what is in a garlic clove that makes it a powerful flavor and remedy for many human afflictions, it is allicin. Interestingly, its stable precursor iliin is odorless until it is converted to allicin; the conversion is triggered by crushing or chopping the garlic clove.

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The big debate about garlic

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    It is a myth no more.
    1. Many studies back up the facts that garlic has a virus-fighting ingredient (allicin), which eases up the symptoms of a cold.
    2. It can also speed up the recovery time while diminishing the chance of catching another viral infection.
    3. In a study conducted, subjects who took garlic fared better than those who did not take garlic.
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    The science behind garlic potency.
    1. Allicin boosts white blood cells to proliferate what strengthens the body's immune system.
    2. Unfortunately, allicin is unstable and gets easily destroyed when cooked.
    3. This explains why raw garlic is recommended.
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    A finding to ponder.
    1. There was a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health that shows the "lack of sufficient evidence" to conclude that garlic can effectively treat or prevent the common cold.
    2. There are other studies that show weak support to the positive effect of garlic on colds.
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    Is garlic a beneficial remedy for cold or not?
    1. What weakens the position that it is not effective is that there is also no solid reason to say or believe that garlic does not work.
    2. Certain intervening factors can make garlic/allicin too weak to the point that it cannot effectively prevent or treat the common cold.
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How to use garlic as a cold and cough remedy

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    Small cloves are great to swallow.
    Raw garlic is best with its active ingredient, allicin, which you can release by simply crushing it a bit.
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    Mask it up.
    If you find it agonizing to just pop crushed, fresh garlic in your mouth, chew up a mouthful of food before ingesting the clove. Then swallow it down with the food.
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    Chop it down.
    Another alternative is to chop it into fine pieces before ingesting it without chewing and down it with water. When you take it this way, make sure that your stomach is not empty.
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    How's your stomach?
    Chop up the garlic finer if you want more "action" from this spice, but make sure your stomach is not sensitive to garlic. You can opt to make chunkier pieces if you have a sensitive stomach, or eat a big meal to protect your stomach.
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    Enticing the kids.
    To get kids to ingest it, sweeten it up by mixing it with honey before downing it with water. Get the child to eat something to prevent upsetting his or her stomach.
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    The dose.
    To keep a cold at bay, keep a regimen of a clove of raw garlic taken once a week. When you can sense that the "bug" is coming, take three cloves of garlic within that day, and one or two cloves a day afterward until all symptoms are gone.
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    For best results, get enough rest too.
    Take it as a cue that you are either overworked or stressed out. Take your sweet time, get bed rest, find a good book to read and stick to your regimen. A glass of orange juice and a bowl of chicken soup can perhaps make you feel even better.
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The garlic recipes that work against colds

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    The organic garlic-orange juice tandem.
    When the spiciness of the garlic proves too much for you, take a clove of garlic and cut it into pieces.  
    1. Put the pieces on a teaspoon, swallow them, and chase it down with orange juice.
    2. Do this at night before heading off to bed.
    3. You will feel an increase in your body temperature.
    4. Repeat the treatment the following night and as long as you feel you need it.
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    Garlic-honey concoction.
    1. In combination with honey, another ingredient that can soothe inflamed throat, the cold and cough are acted upon with haste. Honey is considered an effective holistic treatment for various ailments. Thus, along with the antiseptic properties of garlic, this combination works better than regular OTC drugs.
    2. Do not give honey to kids under 1.
    3. This can provide relief not only from colds and coughs, but also to sore throat, pharyngitis (hoarseness of the voice) and nasal congestion.
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    Simple syrup recipe.
    This is effective for a cold that has settled into the throat.  
    1. Ingredients:  
      1. A head of garlic
      2. 1/2 cup raw honey
    2. To make:  
      1. Peel off the skin and mince the cloves of an entire head of garlic.
      2. Put these in a bowl, and then pour in about 1/2 cup raw honey. Let this mixture stand for two to three hours before use.
    3. Dosage: For best results, take 1 tsp. of the mixture every hour or as needed. Swallow the syrup to avoid the repulsive garlic taste.
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    Garlic-honey tea.
    A hot cup of garlic with honey is effective in treating cold symptoms such as coughing and sore throat.  
    1. Ingredients:  
      1. A clove of fresh garlic
      2. ½ cup of raw honey
      3. 1 cup hot water
    2. To make:  
      1. Finely slice the clove of fresh garlic.
      2. Add this to 1/2 cup raw honey in a bowl. Cover.
      3. Allow this mixture to stand for at least eight hours or overnight.
      4. When making a cup of garlic-honey tea, add 1 tsp. of the mixture and add 1 cup hot water.
      5. Stir to combine all ingredients.
    3. Dosage: You can consume up to three cups a day or as needed.
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    Garlic-honey-lemon trio.
    Lemon juice, another naturally soothing cold remedy, can be combined with the goodness of a garlic-honey mixture.  
    1. Ingredients:  
      1. 2 cloves of fresh garlic
      2. ¼ cup raw honey
      3. 2-4 tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
    2. To make:  
      1. Chop or mince finely two cloves of fresh garlic.
      2. Combine the garlic with 1/4 cup raw honey and 2-4 tbsp. of lemon juice.
      3. Mix thoroughly to blend.
      4. Let this mixture to steep for two to eight hours.
    3. Dosage: You can take to 1 tsp. of the concoction every hour until cold symptoms are relived. Keep the unconsumed mixture in the fridge.
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    Power 4 tea:
    Honey and garlic combined with ginger and cayenne.
    Beating colds can also be done by combining honey and garlic with two other medicinal spices – ginger and cayenne pepper.  
    1. Ingredients:  
      1. ½ tsp. ginger
      2. Honey
      3. 1 clove garlic
      4. a pinch cayenne and lemon
      5. ½ cup water,
    2. To make:  
      1. Bring ½ cup water to a boil.
      2. Add the ground ginger, minced garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper.
      3. Let the mixture boil for a minute before removing from the heat.
      4. Add a tablespoon of honey and the extract from one lemon.
      5. Stir and let it cool down a bit.
    3. Dosage: Sip a cup every three hours or as needed.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • It's better if the garlic is fresh. Only use fresh raw garlic. Do not use garlic capsules or powder. Swallow the garlic, but never chew it, or you'll get a queasy stomach and garlic breath for hours.
  • Garlic side effects. The most obvious side effects are bad breath and body odor.
  • Other side effects: Know that people with allergies or sensitivities to garlic or the lily family (leeks, chives, and onions) can manifest reactions such as sweating, headache, fever, dizziness, chills and runny nose. Mouth irritation may be observed among sensitive people, as well as indigestion
  • Garlic has "blood-thinning" effects. Thus it cannot be taken by people who are already on blood thinners (warfarin/Coumadin) and those scheduled to go under the knife.
  • Garlic can lower blood glucose levels. Those taking maintenance drugs to manage diabetes must use garlic with caution as it cause sudden decrease of sugar.
  • Pregnant women. Taking garlic, especially the supplement form, can increase the risk of bleeding since supplements have greater concentrations of the active ingredients.
  • Drug interactions. Among the side effects are interactions with certain medications. For instance, it may render drugs for bleeding disorders, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and a number of other conditions less effective. So it is recommended that one sees a doctor before starting a regimen with garlic.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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