This recipe has both culinary and medicinal uses. I discovered it last year and, due to its effectiveness, will making it every year forward. This recipe is a powerful home remedy for cold and flu season. It will knock a sore throat, cold, or flu out in its tracks. Its potency increases over time, so let’s make some now to have ready for the back to school and winter seasons.
Garlic has been used as medicine for thousands of years, all over the world. Garlic was found in King Tut’s tomb (in Ancient Egypt it was given to the builders of the pyramids to keep them strong and ready to work), has been referenced in the Bible (again, given to the Jewish slaves to keep them strong and productive) and was prescribed by Hippocrates for a variety of health conditions. Greece fed garlic to its early Olympians before competing, and to its soldiers before battle. Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India all cite garlic in their ancient medical texts. Pretty impressive history for those humble, smelly bulbs.
Thanks to the allicin contained within it, garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is a powerful immune booster which will has the ability to destroy all sorts of nasty bugs (and your chances of getting smooched!) To get the most benefit from garlic, it must be eaten raw. Easier said than done, but don’t worry, this recipe makes it easy.
Like garlic, honey has a long established history as healing medicine. It was used in pre-Ancient Egypt to treat wounds, was used by the ancient Greeks with the hopes of living longer, and is even referenced medicinally in the Quran!
(Raw) Honey is antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic, antitoxic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes to boost our immunity which is especially important when fighting an illness. The simple carbohydrates in sugar provide our bodies with strength and endurance to defend against whatever ailment we are fighting. The glucose in honey is instantly absorbed providing a quick hit of energy, while the fructose is more slowly digested, providing more sustained energy.
Honey’s unique property of being made up of 80% sugar and 20% water make it shelf stable. The juices from the garlic increase the moisture in the honey, but only to the point where fermentation can begin to occur. In this recipe the garlic will mellow and become much more palatable. The honey will darken and take on some of the garlic flavour.
*The honey for this must be raw. Try and source your honey from a local beekeeper.
*As always, do not give honey to children under the age of 12 months due to the risk of botulism
– peeled garlic cloves
– raw honey
Place your garlic cloves in a container.
Fido jars are best for fermenting as they allow gasses to slowly escape, reducing the risk of exploding jars (!). I haven’t upgraded yet, but plan to do so. I use mason jars and have not had any issues. Smother your garlic cloves with the raw honey. Leave about 2 inches of headspace to allow for expansion. Place lid on container. Garlic will not stay submerged. Flip your container over once a day (or when you remember) to coat all of the garlic with the honey. Set aside in a dark place (like a cupboard). In Canada this can stay at room temperature even after fermentation is complete. If you live somewhere warmer, consider moving your honey garlic to the fridge in the warmer months. The garlic will be ready in about 4-6 weeks, however will get better with age.
Upon feeling as if you are getting sick, start eating the cloves. Apologize to your loved ones! Aim for eating about 4-6 on the first day of your illness, then as needed in the following days. I find it only takes about 2-3 days to fully knock a flu out of my system. If you catch you illness early enough or are just looking for a slight immunity boost, rather than eating the cloves, you can make a tea with fresh ginger, a teaspoon or 2 of raw apple cider vinegar, a sprinkle of cayenne and a spoonful of the garlic infused honey- a less potent, but more socially acceptable treatment 😉
This recipe is not confined to medicine. These cloves taste incredible in Asian-style stir-fries!
Enjoy ❤ ❤