Garlic Honey Finished | Recipe RenovatorI first learned about garlic honey from my friend Laura’s blog. She is an ayurvedic practitioner and I was fascinated to read her account of making and using garlic honey to help boost the immune system and fight off colds and the flu. I have been using this every morning for nearly a year and can report that it does seem to help a great deal. Read on for how to make garlic honey and then a morning hot toddy. Here’s more about making garlic-honey, why it works, and other concerns about raw honey and garlic addressed. Never feed raw honey to children under the age of 1.

The premise is that the honey and the garlic have a chemical reaction that mellows out the garlic while extracting some of its antibacterial properties. Honey is also anti-bacterial, so the two together are a powerful force. Always use raw local honey. Raw because if it’s pasteurized you lose the antibacterial effects. Local because it will help reduce allergies, as you’re getting small doses of local pollen.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium diets

Not for:
reduced-sugar or migraine diets

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Garlic Honey Finished | Recipe Renovator

Garlic-honey toddy for cold and flu season

Brew up this tasty drink with or without added echinacea tea to ward off viruses.
3.86 from 41 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp honey infused with garlic (instructions below)
  • 1 lemons 1 wedge
  • 1 tsp coconut oil organic, extra virgin, or ghee
  • 1 tsp ginger (fresh) grated
  • 1 echinacea tea bag optional
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients with a mugful of filtered water just under boiling. Let steep at least five minutes before sipping.

To make garlic honey

  • Finely mince a head of organic garlic, removing the papery skins.
  • Add to a glass jar and cover with raw honey.
  • Let sit a few days, stirring every day or two. You'll know it's done when it has changed color and is runny and amber.
  • Lasts indefinitely.

Notes

Per serving:  
  • 65 calories
  • 5 g fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 1 mg sodium
  • 24 mg potassium
  • 7 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fiber
  • 6 g sugars
  • 0 g protein
  • 2  Weight Watchers Points Plus
The coconut oil is anti-bacterial, plus it coats your stomach and digestive tract, which is helpful first thing in the morning to help with digestion. Ginger is anti-inflammatory. The lemon is both soothing with the honey and alkaline-balancing. Echinacea is known to help reduce cold symptoms. I only use the tea bag if I'm actually feeling sick.