Make a Holistic Cold Remedy Using Garlic
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Robbi, Maria Quinney and 2 others
Can there be anything more common than the common cold? An individual typically catches between two and four colds a year. This translates to billions of cold cases that make human lives a bit miserable each year, and results in missed classes, work and social events.
The common cold is a viral infection that initially affects your nose and throat. Even without treatment, it will get better with a strong immune system, but it can always get worse when compromised by a poor immune system, or existing health issues. 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.
The symptoms include:
- Runny nose.
- Watery eyes.
- Sore throat.
- Nasal congestion.
- Mild headache.
- Body aches.
- Low-grade fever.
- If the immune system is compromised, cough and phlegm may even develop.
The cold weather does not really cause colds directly, yet many avow that it makes them develop all those symptoms that are associated with 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 when they eat oranges (maybe it is the vitamin C), when they eat chicken soup and consume garlic; the world's most endeared spice. What properties does it have to help someone with cold and cough to feel better?
- 1 The Stinking Rose
- 2 The Big Debate About Garlic
- 3 How To Use Garlic As A Cold And Cough Remedy
- 4 Garlic Recipes That Work Against Colds
- 5 Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- 6 Comments
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 ending up with garlic breath, there is no doubt garlic has immense health values, more valuable in your garden than a beautiful rose. Garlic's use as a remedy to cure human diseases and disorders for thousands of years is proof how it has always been valued as a holistic treatment, not only for coughs and colds, but for a long list of ailments, some even quite severe ones - diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer.
If you are wondering what is in a garlic clove that gives it such a powerful flavor and makes it such a good 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.
The Big Debate About Garlic
- 1It is a myth no more.Advertisement
- Many studies back up the facts that garlic has a virus-fighting ingredient (allicin), which eases up the symptoms of a cold.
- It can also speed up the recovery time while diminishing the chance of catching another viral infection.
- In a study conducted, subjects who took garlic fared better than those who did not take garlic.
- 2The science behind garlic potency.Advertisement
- Allicin boosts white blood cells to strengthens the body's immune system.
- Unfortunately, allicin is unstable and is easily destroyed when cooked.
- This explains why raw garlic is recommended.
- 3A finding to ponder.
- There was a study conducted by the National Institute of Health that shows the "lack of sufficient evidence" to conclude that garlic can effectively treat or prevent the common cold.
- There are other studies that show weak support to the positive effect of garlic on colds.
- 4Is garlic a beneficial remedy for cold or not?
- 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.
- Certain intervening factors can make garlic/allicin too weak to the point that it cannot effectively prevent or treat the common cold.
How To Use Garlic As A Cold And Cough Remedy
- 1Small cloves are great to swallow. Raw garlic is best with its active ingredient, allicin, which you can release by simply crushing it.
Garlic Recipes That Work Against Colds
The Organic Garlic-Orange Juice Tandem
- 2Put the pieces on a teaspoon, swallow them, and chase it down with orange juice.
- 3Do this at night before heading off to bed.
- 4You will feel an increase in your body temperature.
- 5Repeat the treatment the following night and as long as you feel you need it.
In combination with honey. Garlic works well with honey, another ingredient that can soothe an inflamed throat, and act upon the cold and cough with haste. Honey is considered an effective holistic treatment for various ailments. Honey has a property that makes it impossible for most bacteria to grown in. Thus, along with the antiseptic properties of garlic, this combination works better than regular OTC drugs.
DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO KIDS UNDER 1.
This can provide relief not only from colds and coughs, but also to sore throat, pharyngitis (hoarseness of the voice) and nasal congestion.
Simple Syrup Recipe
This is effective for a cold that has settled into the throat.
- A clove of garlic
- ½ cup raw honey
- Peel off the skin and mince the cloves of an entire of garlic.
- 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.
- 3DOSAGE: For best results, take 1 tsp. of the mixture every hour or as needed. Swallow the syrup to avoid the repulsive garlic taste.
A hot cup of garlic with honey is effective for treating cold symptoms such as a cough and sore throat.
- A clove of fresh garlic
- ½ cup of raw honey
- 1 cup hot water
- Finely slice the clove of fresh garlic.
- Add this to ½ cup of raw honey in a bowl. Cover.
- Allow this mixture to stand for at least eight hours or overnight.
- Put into a jar with a lid and store in fridge.
- When making a cup of garlic-honey tea, add 1 tsp. of the mixture and add 1 cup hot water.
- Stir to combine all ingredients.
- 3DOSAGE: You can consume up to three cups a day or as needed.
Lemon juice, another naturally soothing cold remedy, can be combined with the goodness of garlic and honey.
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 2-4 tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Chop or mince finely two cloves of fresh garlic.
- Combine the garlic with ¼ cup raw honey and 2-4 tbsp. of lemon juice.
- Mix thoroughly to blend.
- Let this mixture steep for two to eight hours.
- 3DOSAGE: You can take to 1 tsp. of the concoction every hour until cold symptoms are relived. Keep the unconsumed mixture in the fridge in a sealed container.
Power Four 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.
- ½ tsp. ginger
- 1 clove garlic
- a pinch cayenne and lemon
- ½ cup water,
- Bring ½ cup water to a boil.
- Add the ground ginger, minced garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper.
- Let the mixture boil for a minute before removing from the heat.
- Add a tablespoon of honey and the juice of one lemon.
- Stir and let it cool down a bit.
- 3DOSAGE: Sip a cup every three hours or as needed.
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.
- It's best if the garlic is both FRESH & ORGANIC.
- Garlic side effects. The most obvious side effects are bad breath and body odor.
- Other side effects: Know that people to have 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 for surgery.
- 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.
- Do not give honey to children under one year.