Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season- Three Ways to Use Garlic To Help Your Family Beat Sickness (Or Recover Quickly!)
By Catherine Slezinger
Last week, my husband came home for lunch on Valentine’s Day. (After having bought me some beautiful roses and an amazing card!) He was complaining of feeling under the weather and stuffy. This wasn’t surprising, since our oldest little guy had been feeling under the weather the past weekend. It also wasn’t surprising because my husband works in a ministry where over 1,000 staff and visitors from all around the world are in very close contact day by day. Sickness spreads very quickly in a community like this, and it’s definitely been going around.
Anyway, by the end of the week, we were ALL feeling sick, and I haven’t been sick in 3 years! On Thursday I’ll share more with you the tips we used to recover very quickly, but for today, let me share one of the most powerful immune system boosting, bacteria and virus fighting food on the planet- GARLIC!
Garlic is truly nature’s antibiotic, and Jordan Rubin says that it will do a spring cleaning for your body, sweeping out all the yicky bacteria & viruses that get us sick! For more on garlic’s powerful capabilities, see Dr. Mercola’s extensive articles on the subject.
Anyway, here are my top 3 ways for using garlic to do a spring cleaning for you, free of charge! (Well, except a couple dollars for a head of organic garlic!)
#1 Way to Eat Organic Garlic for Health: Make an olive oil dip!
All you have to do is mince 1-2 medium cloves (the more the better!) 😉 in the garlic press, and add it in a shallow dish to about 2-3 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil, and a splash of organic balsamic vinegar. Dip some sprouted bread or organic whole wheat pitas into it and you’ll be surprised how easily it goes down! It is still insanely strong, but it’s definitely tolerable with the bread and the oil.
#2 Way to Eat Organic Garlic for Health: Make Garlic Tea
True story: I gave this to my husband to help him get better, and his breath smelled so strongly of garlic that it WOKE ME UP that night! lol! So, do this when you don’t have to leave the house for a few hours! It really works though!
Here’s what you do: Mince 1-2 medium cloves of garlic in a garlic press into a tea ball. Cover with 8 oz. of boiling purified or spring water and steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Drink and you’ll feel less stuffy immediately!
#3 Way to Eat Organic Garlic for Health: Make Garlic Oil
This is a great remedy for children’s coughs. (Essential oils are also a dream, more on that later!) Here’s what you do: Boil 5-6 cloves of garlic, with holes pricked in them with a fork, in about 3-4 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil. Boil for 5-6 minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the oil to cool. Rub all over their feet before bedtime and put socks on them. You could also rub a little on their chest. This helps little ones (or adults) to get the benefits of garlic without actually eating it. It’s better to just eat it raw, but try telling that to a 2 year old! 😉
I hope these tips help keep you and your family healthy with nature’s most powerful antibiotic- garlic!
Let me know if you try any of these recipes! Enjoy!