On Saturday Elijah started sneezing and sniffling. Last night my nose was feeling a little stuffy. I am pretty sure it’s due to the high allergen counts from spring being sprung here in Florida.
Today I whipped up a new batch of my elderberry syrup and put together my first line of defense for the sniffles—
Homemade antibiotic blend
Garlic has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-septic properties.
Richard S. Rivlin wrote in the Journal of Nutrition that the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (circa. 460-370 BC), known today as “the father of Western medicine,” prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Hippocrates promoted the use of garlic for treating respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue. – check out this article from MedicalNewsToday
Garlic has been used around the world to treat various illnesses and problems for thousands of years. I must caution you on this though, DO NOT use garlic as an antibiotic for serious ongoing infections that truly need medical care.
According to an article from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, honey is a powerful antibiotic as well. “Indeed, medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world’s oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity. The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too.” You can read this article in depth here.
How to use it:
I try to use raw local honey, but I haven’t made it to my local produce market yet, hence the store-bought honey and garlic in the picture. 😦 You gotta do what you gotta do, don’t judge me 🙂
Anyway, I take a few tablespoons of minced garlic and cover it in honey. Throughout the day I take 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture. The honey really helps make the garlic palatable. It’s much easier just to gulp it down than trying to chew, unless of course you just love chomping on garlic bits…you do you boo.
We give this to everyone in our house, even the 5 year old. Yes it was a battle at first, but now everyone knows the drill. Just try singing “A Spoon Full of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down” 🙂
At the first sign of sniffles, cough, or runny nose go ahead and start this regimen. We have noticed that in the case of the common cold it helps to alleviate symptoms and reduce the duration of the sickness by a few days. Combine this with the Elderberry Syrup Recipe and you’ve got a knock-out punch for the mucus gobblins!
I pray that this helps you take the plunge into natural treatment for you and your family. If you have any questions let me know in the comments!
Note: This is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please seek medical attention when necessary. I am not a Dr. My comments have not been evaluated by the FDA…and I don’t think they ever will. You do you, boo.