How to Make Garlic Syrup for Chest Infections
Garlic is well known as a powerful remedy and has been used in many herbal medicines. Garlic has a wide range and very effective medical properties: it has antibacterial and antiviral properties and is known to stimulate the immune system. The strongly scented oil in garlic is largely extracted through the lungs, clearing chest infections and recurring colds. Raw garlic contains allicin which is known to be more powerful antibiotic than penicillin. For further information read my articles how to use garlic as a medicine, and how to boost your immune system naturally.
Other ingredients of this syrup are also known to have many health benefits:
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also provides beneficial enzymes, bacteria and trace minerals that make it so beneficial for you and promote healing in the body. (Further reading – read my previous articles about the 10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar for Great Health and At Home and 11 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Revolutionize Your Health).
Raw honey has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieves cough and soothes sore throat. (Further reading – read my article about 13 ways to use honey for your health). Using honey, and not just for eating, is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
Optional ingredients to add:
Crushed fennel seeds – This is a natural expectorant that makes an excellent cure for cough, and is an old-fashioned remedy known to expel mucus builds up. It is a very good antidote for respiratory ailments that contains substances that help reduce phlegm and bronchial secretions and therefore help to relieve stubborn coughs, colds, respiratory chest congestion, asthma and bronchitis.
Sage and thyme – Another natural herbal expectorants that help to drain mucus from the lungs and are good to treat cough, congestion and bronchitis.
Fresh grated ginger – The active ingredient in ginger is called gingerol. It reduces pain and is known to have a powerful anti-inflammatory properties. (Further reading: read my article how to use ginger as a medicine).
Cinnamon – Reduces pain and inflammation, has antioxidant effects and fights bacteria and viruses. (Further reading: read my article how to use cinnamon as a medicine).
Cayenne pepper – Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which acts as a pain reliever. It is also used to improve blood circulation and promotes healing in traditional Asian medicine as well as in the Indian medicine of Ayurveda. It reduces mucous membranes in the nose, sinuses and lungs. (Further reading: read my article about 10 ways cayenne pepper can revolutionize your health).
Garlic Syrup Recipe for Chest Infections
This garlic recipe is used for coughs, hoarseness, clearing phlegm and other chest complains.
1 head of garlic
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of raw ACV
1/2 cup of raw honey
Optional ingredients from the list above
Peel and mince an entire head of garlic (add some of the optional ingredients if you want) and cover with raw honey, water and ACV in a small bowl. Leave the mixture overnight or at least for several hours before using. Strain the pulp and store in a cool place (honey and vinegar are natural preservatives so you can keep it in a cool dry place in an airtight container and it will last for a very long time). Take a teaspoon of the mixture every couple of hours until symptoms are relieved.
If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs: