- Alternative & Natural Medicine»
- Home Remedies
Best Cold Remedy Ever - Boost Your Immune System
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.