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Best Cold Remedy Ever - Boost Your Immune System

Updated on December 18, 2007

Being sick is no fun, especially as a parent when you still have to take care of your family and house. After lots of research and experimenting I finally found something that really does work to not only prevent you from getting a cold, but also to reduce the length of colds. It took me awhile to get up the courage to try it, however once I did, I was hooked.

It is such an easy remedy and you probably already have what you need in your cupboard. Garlic and honey. Yes that is it. You really don't even need the honey, but it does make the garlic go down easier. Garlic has lots of immune boosting capabilities. If my kids are sick I will start taking it right away and usually I never get what they have. If I do get sick if I take garlic and honey at least twice a day, I don't ever feel very sick and my "cold" will only last a day or two instead of hanging on for a week or more.

If you have a garlic press it is super easy to do. Squirt a dab of honey onto a teaspoon, press the one garlic clove on top of the honey and then cover with another dab of honey. Then swallow it. Yes it is nasty. It is also hard on your stomach, at least at first. When we first started taking garlic and honey I had to drink a full glass of water with it and also eat something right after. I still felt a little nauseous though. Gradually my stomach got used to it and now a quick swallow of water is all I need and I never feel sick to my stomach afterwards.

If you really like garlic, you could just chew a clove, but they burn my mouth, which is why I use the honey to help get it down. Fresh garlic is the only kind that will work this well. As soon as the garlic is exposed to air, and especially if it is cooked, it will start to lose some of its immune boosting capabilities. Yes, cooked garlic is still good for you, just not as good at preventing illness as fresh, raw garlic.

If you do not have a garlic press, just peel the clove and chop it up finely. It will work just the same; however it is a little more time consuming. My husband swears by this too and tells everyone he knows. I tried a little on my six year old last year, though and her stomach couldn't handle it, so use caution if you want to try this with children. If you are sick now or want to prevent getting sick this holiday season, try this remedy. It is disgusting; however it is worth it in the end.


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      Richie 5 years ago

      Try a clove with peanut butter - it takes the bitterness off. You can also eat 6 cloves of pickled garlic (not as effective so you need more - but tasty!)

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      mary 5 years ago

      did anyone every feel extremely cold after ingesting garlic?

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      6 years ago

      The best way is really a butter sandwich with thinly sliced garlic - helps the stomach and killed my cold in one day! Honey is also key :) It's a great excuse to eat a few spoonfulls.

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      Hi...I ate 1 1/2 cloves of raw garlic last night after two nights of miserable flu. It is now 4am and the achy miserable feeling is gone...this is worth the awful taste and nausea.

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      diva vern 6 years ago

      I'm trying raw garlic n honey for cold systems

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      bon 6 years ago

      If you dont like tge taste of just garlic and honey. try garlic honey and lemon together with boiled water.

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      Shanna 6 years ago

      Crushed raw garlic must be taken within an hour of crushing or it loses most healing properties. Useless in pill form.

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      pinki 6 years ago

      jst got to know d importance f garlic . lemme try n ll soon know u d result.

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      Similar to old family remedy, Hot milk with Garlic. I add honey to taste.

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      blessedx2 6 years ago

      i used to work for a Doctor who would make us do this when we got a cold....make sure you use enough honey...the garlic burns a bit.

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      Tosca 7 years ago

      Garlic and Honey is awesome! I give it to my Toddler when he gets sick. If you have a Magic Bullet it makes it so easy -- put a small clove of garlic in there, with two tablespoons of honey, 1/4 cup of water and blend it for about 30 seconds. It makes it taste like spicy honey :)...then you can drink that mixture straight or put it in water or tea. p.s. If you use organic raw honey, it makes it even healthier :).

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      steph 7 years ago

      I just ate a whole raw garlic clove with the honey... common people! it´s NOT that bad. Just drink a full golass of water or herbal tea after:)

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      lllinda52 7 years ago

      Just chewed and swallowed a whole clove of raw garlic. Whew! That was pretty intense! Burned my mouth and has made my stomach hurt. I am trying to get over cold/flu symptoms. I will try some of these suggestions because I can't imagine having to go through this every time I take garlic this way!

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      Beta 7 years ago

      Hey, this is truly amaxing, I work with kids and whenever I feel the cold coming on I just make garlic and honey tea. In a matter of two to three days the cold is gone.

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      Sorin 7 years ago

      Garlic is considered one of the major weapons that nature has provided us to fight against yeast. You should apply some garlic paste on the infected area. Burning sensation for some time is natural when you apply garlic. I tried this on myself and now I can say - It works!

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      S4Sykes 7 years ago

      I've been trying to convince people about the medicinal value of garlic for years. It IS a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral agent, and there are hundreds of studies that confirm this. It will cure and/or prevent the common cold, a sore throat, and any other kind of bacterial or viral infection, and even the flu.

      Here's something very important. You MUST let freshly diced garlic sit for 10 to 20 minutes for the active ingredients in it to fully develop. Do not omit this step. Here's the way I do it; dice two cloves finely, let it sit for 20 minutes, then eat it in some salsa or something. Repeat this procedure, once a day, for 3 or 4 days if you have something, or feel like you're coming down with something.

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      tebo 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I sometimes slice up garlic and have it on buttered toast which is actually quite nice, but the honey and garlic sounds nice and easy too. Thanks for the tip.

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      Melanie B 7 years ago

      I'm 14 and I'm battling a cold right now and school starts back in less then a week!

      I just cut up 1 clove of garlic, put the chopped up bits inside the honey that i put on a large spoon and swallowed the whole thing! I managed to cut it up small enough to not nnotice it in the honey. No negative reactions so far. I'm greek so i eat alot of gatrlic in foods anyway so im pretty sure i'll be fine. I hope I get better, i probably will :)

      I think im going to start doing this everyday

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      Jo S 7 years ago

      I tried a small amount of raw garlic for the first time just an hour ago and 2 minutes later was hanging over the toilet with extreeme nausea. 15 minutes after that I was vomiting. I only had a 1/4 clove on a rice cracker. Now I am left with stomach distension, nausea and a stomach ache. Not nice. I do have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia so candida could be a possibility. Any one have anything similar or any other ideas?

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      Joey 7 years ago

      If you feel ill immediately after eating crushed raw garlic, you most likely have systemic yeast, or candida. It is a massive die-off reaction. The garlic is killing the yeast off so fast that your body can't handle the stress/toxin die-off. Start slowly with a half tablespoon of coconut oil on a piece of toast to kill of candida. Slowly work your way up to cloves of garlic and more coconut oil...also add in some apple cider vinegar (ONLY the unpasteurized kind, 'With the Mother') in some water during your day. You'll be surprised at how much better you feel.

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      KE 7 years ago

      I chop a clove of Garlic into pieces and put on a slice of bread and fold the bread over then eat it. It is the easiest way to eat Raw Garlic and not upset your stomach.

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      Chris 7 years ago

      I have been taking Garlic Oil pills for over a year. I have not been sick during this time. I started taking it to clean up Thrush, and kept on taking it. I take the smelly type, you can taste the strong garlic aroma. They go down easily and don't come back up! I don't smell of garlic, apparently. I take a three a day, morning, noon and night. I tried taking them all at once but I got dizzy and my blood pressure rose. This can happen so be careful about timing your dosage.

      My daughter also takes one a day. She is eight years old. You can still catch a virus but it might not affect you. We have both caught a virus from my wife (who doesn't take galric), my daughter and I felt dizzy for a couple of hours, then nothing, we did not get 'sick'.

      From what I can read online garlic thins the blood, clears up aortal plaques, pushes blood through your lymph system.

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      GerneyLee Carter 7 years ago

      There ARE ways to eat RAW garlic that is tasty. Chop it (two, three, four cloves) up with an Avocado and dress with olive Oil and vinegar eat with French Bread.

      I just made salad dressing with two huge pressed garlic cloves and Olive oil and vinegar and ate it on Sourdough bread (yes, I am fighting a cold in my bronchial tubes).

      I have been know to just chop it in pill size pieces and swollow it but it hits my stomach like someone punched me in the stomach...

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      Cherie 7 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the advice! I had a date tomorrow and I just caught a cold yesterday. I saw my grandpa eating plan garlic when I was younger, this probably explains why!

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      Laurie elliott 8 years ago

      to clear a stubborn cough, crush a clove of raw garlic with a tablespoonful of manuka or other high quality honey and allow to marinate in a warm place, i.e. on a radiator for several hours and take half a teaspoonful 3 times a day.this old german remedy really works well.

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      krista.zamora1980 8 years ago from New York, New York

      try chopping ginger and then immersing it in hot water. take out the ginger after a few minutes and then drink the water. it works for me and my family.

      nice lens by the way.

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      Mama Sez 8 years ago from Canada

      Hi Jennifer, Yes raw garlic is really a powerful natural immunity booster. Thanks for the tip about taking it in with honey. Great hub!

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      123 8 years ago

      just ate a clove of garlic with honey and sat in the toilet vomiting literally a minute after. felt nauseous for at least half an hour. dont eat a whole clove to yourself unless your prepared to feel fairly ill. have fun

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      Jeremy 8 years ago

      Yep, garlic does all these things, and i've just been taking it to relieve fever, it absolutely SMASHES fever to bits!!

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      Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love garlic but my mother who lives with us has a problem with my garlic breath afterwards. live in Italy where everyone eats garlic all the time! If everyone had a garlic breath than no one would be offended.

      There is a doctor on hubpages.....Kelley Eidem.......who claims he cured his stage four cancer with a combination of garlic, hot peppers, etc.

      Garlic has many medicinal uses beyond using it as a seasoning in the kitchen.

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      arihant11 9 years ago from USA

      Nice hub. I will share it with my customers who look to improve their immune system by cold means.

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      kappa022 9 years ago from Florida

      Nice hub, I'm definitely going to have to try this, thanks for the tip!

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      I'll have to try this next time. I'm not a real fan of garlic but my wife loves to cook with it so we always have it around.

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      ambersmith 9 years ago

      Nice hub ! thanks for sharing :)

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      Samuel 9 years ago

      The garlic was kind of nasty to swallow and it burned my mouth.But after i took it and I went to bed.I woke up as fit as fiddle, trust me, this is the best remedy for colds

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      Becky 9 years ago

      I like to put my garlic in a shot glass with V8 juice. I use a garlic press too. Then I just shoot it. Doesn't taste bad. I kind of like it.

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      Kate 9 years ago

      Raw garlic can be revolting or delicious depending on what you have it with. I like to make a guacamole - just get a nice ripe avocado, chop up a clove of garlic really finely and mash them together with a fork. A bit of lemon juice mixed in also goes down well. Mash the mixture for a while to make sure all the bits of garlic because as small as possible, then eat it either on bread or with crackers. It's delicious!

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      Marie78 10 years ago

      This post helps validate what I have been doing the last couple of days. I was hit hard with a cold on Sunday. I swallowed a few teaspoons of honey on Sunday and Monday for my sore throat and it was gone by Tuesday. I have been cooking with garlic the last couple of days, because I have heard garlic can help with colds. I am feeling a little better today and I hope that I am now on the mend. I can't bring myself to eat the garlic raw, I did dip my homemade garlic pizza into a mixture of raw garlic and EVVO last night at dinner, but that's as far as I can go with that. I also have been having a couple of bowls of strawberries each day and I take a vitamin C pill each day after my multi-vitamin. I rarely get sick, but when I do I like to rely more on "natural" remedies then OTC products that really only help with the symptoms, not the route of the problem. Not to discount OTC medicines, Each night I have been taking cold medicine to help supress my cough and relieve my stuffy nose and help allow me to sleep better through the night. If I have an especially bad coughing episode I pop in a cough drop. I like the balance of natural and OTC.

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      Elle 10 years ago

      I heard that garlic boosts the immune system. So when I felt the onset of a cold, I thought I would at least try it. I swollowed 5 cloves of raw garlic (cut into smaller pieces so I could swallow it) washed down with a vitamin drink. Since then I've been taking 1 clove everyday with the vitamin drink and my cold doesn't seem to be as severe as usual. However, the garlic also made me feel a little nauseous. I combatted this feeling by drinking a cup of peppermint tea.

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      wow great tip. I've heard garlic is good for fight colds, but never in this context. If I can get over the "eating raw galrlic whole" part I might just try this...

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      chabrenas 10 years ago from middle of France

      My wife (a private maternity nurse, who spends a lot of time in households with young children who bring back whatever infection is doing the rounds of local playgroups and schools) is a confirmed garlic user. So am I, but my gut is less tolerant than hers. I cook with garlic and sometimes use it raw, but for daily use in wintertime I have to resort to the solid, coated pils. Gelatine capsules containing the oil give me acid reflux after a while.

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      Mercedes 10 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing. It made me feel validated because in my culture home remedies are always top choice over OTC medicine. Honey is the first thing I turn too when I have cold. Also, because of breastfeeding I am limited as to what I can take, so natural remedies are the only choice I have now.


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      Carisa Gourley 10 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      This is very true. Garlic is a wonder worker. I'm not brave enough yet to try fresh garlic, but I down the softgel capsules like candy when I'm sick. I give this to my kids in capsules too at the onset of sickness and it absolutely nips it in the bud. I'm sure that fresh garlic would be better, but thank goodness for me they have manufacturing that somehow preserves the antibiotic content. Great hub!

      Oh yeah, by the way, your honey may be helping too. My son got an eye infection the other day and I was researching the internet for a natural remedy. It said to apply honey because it had antibacterial properties. So I gave him garlic by mouth and put honey and tea bags on his eye as well as used eye drops. It took care of it well! I also read that honey is not recommended for children under two. It makes them sick somehow, so this would just defeat the purpose for them.

      I hope this comment wasn't too long, I have a tendency to go on and on sometimes. (Thumbs up)!

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      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Good idea. I usually use vinegar and honey mixed together, and sip when have coughing.