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The Garlic Cure-All


A spoonful of sugar certainly does help the medicine go down- or in this case, a spoonful of honey helps the garlic go down. Same same.

‘Tis the season of the cold and flu. It also happens to be the season of parties and double dippers in the veggie dip,  drunken makeouts with colleagues at holiday parties, moments under the mistle toe, old flings home for the holidays, shared bottles of champagne… you get the idea. Immune systems are pushed to their limits and germs they are a spreading.

Enter garlic as the super cure all.

Not only can garlic ward off vampires and give flavour to our food,  according to herbalist David Hoffman, “Garlic is among the few herbs that have a universal usage and recognition. Its daily usage aids and supports the body in ways that no other herb does. It is one of the most effective anti-microbial plants available, acting on bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites. ”

And if you really want to know the medicinal uses- here are a few (courtesy of Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman):

The volatile oil is  largely excreted via the lungs, therefore it is used in infections of the respiratory system such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh,  recurrent colds, influenza, whooping cough and bronchitic asthma.

Nope, that’s not all. Garlic can be used as a preventative for infectious conditions of the digestive system, supporting the development of the natural bacterial flora while killing off the pathogenic bad guys. Garlic also helps lower both blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and generally improving the health of the cardiovascular system.

This is a remedy that most kitchens have readily available. It is available in capsule form, but I recommend you tough it out and go whole and raw.

Garlic Cure-All

1 clove of garlic, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
1 TBS of honey

  • Mix the  honey and garlic together in a little bowl and than scoop onto a spoon.
  • Swallow it down with the help of a little water.

Note: It is best taken on an empty stomach and avoid chewing it- this will spare you the breath issue (though the garlic breath may spare you some of the aforementioned ways germs spread through the holiday season).

10 responses to “The Garlic Cure-All”

  1. Vanessa says:

    I tried doing this when I had a cough/cold… not sure whether it cured or improved anything on a microbial level, but it definitely eased the symptoms. The garlic warms your throat and the honey soothes it. Nice.

  2. Whitney says:

    I tried it this morning and it went down as easy as you made it look. :) How often do you recommend this? You mention upon waking and before bed in your video, but are you suggesting all through the holidays, the winter, etc?

    I really enjoy your videos and articles/posts.


  3. Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good? says:

    oooh yikes i’m afraid of the smell!!

  4. Meghan Telpner says:

    Whitney- As a preventative I would do this a couple times a week in this season. If you happen to come down with something than I would go for morning and evening for three or four days.

    Michelle- the key is empty stomach and no chewing. You will smell like roses… or whatever you normally smell like ;)

  5. Jen F says:

    I’ve done this several times now, just trying to prevent. It must be working because I usually catch everything, and so far this I haven’t caught anything, unlike my husband and daughter.

    Do you think I’d have any lunch getting a 3 yr old to do this? haha I know I wont have any with a 32 yr old man.

  6. Meghan Telpner says:

    just use less garlic and more honey. works on children and men alike ;)

  7. Jennifer Squires (@jennifersquires) says:

    We’re doing @meghantelpner’s garlic cure all – ain’t no vampires around here!

  8. Jennifer Squires (@jennifersquires) (@jennifersquires) says:

    @APaperBuffet This can be rough to psyche yourself up for, but it totally works. I had noted results after a day

  9. Jennifer Squires (@jennifersquires) (@jennifersquires) (@jennifersquires) says:

    @decor8 Kicked my cold’s butt the first day

  10. Mike says:

    Hey Meghan, is it better to crush the garlic into itty bitty pieces? I’ve actually been swallowing it like that without honey, just hot water! It gives me the shivers going down, but does work!

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