The weather is changing rapidly around here. I saw a tree today that was almost bare… it’s barely September! C’mon! Where did Summer go? My boyfriend spent most of the day yesterday doing yard work, blowing off leaves and getting the yard ready for Fall. I spent the day huddled up in a ball under a blanket nursing a cold. I had been feeling “out of it” towards the end of the week and I’d chalked it up to laziness. But, when Saturday came around, I just didn’t want to get out of bed. Luckily, the weather was gloomy to match my mood, so I didn’t feel too bad. But, on Sunday, when my throat started to hurt, I knew I was in big trouble.
A friend of mine had posted a recipe about a natural cure for the common cold in which she claimed that it had dramatically slowed down an impending attack. The way I was feeling, I was ready to try anything… even if it meant eating raw garlic. Yes, you heard it right. Here’s the recipe for Hot Honey! Not for the faint of heart… but definitely for the sick and weary. And of course, guaranteed protection from vampires! (It’s necessary)
Fact: The active component in garlic is the sulfur compound called allicin. Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised. Allicin is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. In fact, it’s said that 1 milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units ofpenicillin.
Fact: Consumption of honey promotes an increase is beneficial antioxidant agents, stimulates antibodies and combats harmful microbial activity.
4 cloves of garlic, Minced
1-4 Tablespoons of Honey
1/8-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Stir ingredients all together in a small bowl. Take about 1/2 a teaspoon ever half hour or as desired. For sore throats be sure to let the mixture sit for a few minutes on the back of the throat, do not wash down with liquid. The Cayenne helps bring blood to the area for healing and the garlic helps heal quickly. The honey holds it all together and makes it go down easy.
I’ve had 3 doses since last night and my throat is definitely starting to feel better. The honey forms a nice coating on the back of my throat. It is very soothing and the pain is all but gone, but the scratchiness is still there. I’m not completely out of the woods yet, but I definitely feel like I stopped this cold dead in its tracks! As for my breath, there is no immediate cure, sorry honey…
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider if you’re sick.