How to Make Garlic Syrup for Chest Infections

How to Make Garlic Syrup for Chest Infections
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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.

Garlic is a true superfood that is also featured in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.

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 throat mucus build 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:Herbal Remedies Guide.

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34 Responses to How to Make Garlic Syrup for Chest Infections

  1. Susan Bland says:

    Love this ,I use lots of garlic,but when i feel a cough or cold coming on I mince one or two cloves of garlic and mix with manuka honey,or any honey will do,eat straight from the spoon.

  2. murdock says:

    Its really true. It works. Thanks 2 garlic

  3. tara says:

    Thx Sophia much!!

  4. Mady says:

    I will try this, but will use cidervinegar and honey, and thus NO reheatig.

  5. Cherry Goode says:

    Did you know that if you put sliced onion on the bottom of your feet, put socks on then wrap a plastic a plastic bag over that and sleep with it in place, by morning it will draw out a cold and/or flu from you. Just make sure you bathe or shower before you face anyone.

  6. Vanessa says:

    Is the fennel necessary?

  7. mae smith says:

    also i use garlic to remove cyst type rising that occur under skin 1 slice of garlic cover put on infected area cover with a band-aid check after 1 day to make sure its not drawing to deep check daily till you see the core of the cyst rising on the garlic, careful if left on to long will leave a hole where cyst was. also used for abscess place garlic on infected area overnight will draw to head

  8. Jenny says:

    This is a very good question. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center the recommended dose for an adult is: “Whole garlic clove (as a food supplement): 2 – 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove (each clove is approximately 1 gram). Source:

    Livestrong and Webmd websites also mention up to 4 grams a day for a healthy person (in Livestrong website they say that while several cloves of garlic may be safe for some people, they’re not safe for everyone).

  9. Jenny says:

    You can try elderberry syrup which is based on honey –

  10. Jenny says:

    Good questions – I will try to answer:
    Storage: sugar 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.
    Swallowing whole or minced garlic: I have read that it is better to chop or mince the garlic. This is because the allicin only forms when garlic has been broken in some way or another.I’ve also read that you should avoid chewing the garlic because your saliva contains enzymes that reduces the potency of allicin.So I guess the best way will be to pop the chopped garlic in the back of your mouth and swallow it down with the rest of the food or swallow it down with water, without chewing.

    • Kendra says:

      I chop 3 or 4 cloves and let it rest for 10 minutes then add olive oil,cut toast in strips and sop it up with breakfast. Ive noticed the large bulbs to be hotter, whitch might mean it has more allicin. I feel better than I have in years. No leaky gut, no yeast infection and clear headed.

  11. Pat says:

    Onion syrup is very effective for chest congestion too. Finely chop one onion, stir in an equal amount of sugar and put into a glass jar. Place in refrigerator over night. In the morning strain the liquid and dispose of the solids. Take a spoonful several times in the day to thin mucus and clear bronchial area.

  12. Martine Vee El says:

    Can I make it without the sugar and when the mixture is cold, add raw honey? I know if I heat up the honey it’ll lose it’s healing properties. Thank you beforehand.

  13. Alex says:

    4 Grams is a minimum dose. I know people that eat 8-10 cloves a day and have no adverse side effects… besides smelling horrible lol

  14. Holistic Sage says:

    You can also steep 2 tablespoons of Mullein in this mixture for bronchitis. Or you could add to the mixture a two inch piece of ginger root sliced into coins for a natural antibiotic.

  15. Christina says:

    I would like to try this bc i have a chest cold and very bad cough and phlegm but also have acid reflux…will the garlic make the acid reflux worse?

  16. Yolanda Irorita says:

    I will try the garlic syrup for chest infection. I hope it will help eradicate totally the cough and phlegm that i have for a long time. Thanks for ur good research that u r sharing.

  17. mitch says:

    is this ok to be taken by a 4-yr old who has allergic rhinitis & asthma (if the child can bear the taste) & by pregnant women?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mitch, I don’t see any ingredient that is not safe for a pregnant woman as long as taken in normal quantities and recommended dose. As for a child with a special conditions – I haven’t seen that kids with the above conditions are not allowed to eat the ingredients in the syrup, but since I’m not a doctor I cannot be entirely sure. Probably the best idea is to get a “green light” from a doctor before using it just to be on the safe side of things.

      • Kathi says:

        I started eating fresh garlic and my doctor told me that it might cause shortness of breath because I’m an ex-smoker. Green Light is a good idea just in case for someone with Asthma, this article s awesome and I love how fast this works.

  18. Bhargavaram says:

    GARLIC OIL : Garlic oil acts as a wonderful acute pain of Muscle, joints , and even the mild burns. It’s very easy to prepare . Take about 100 ml coconut oil in a wide mouthed bottle and add about 10 sliced garlic cloves + 5/6 tablespoons of red chilly pepper + 2/3 spoons of black salt close the mouth of the bottle with a thick cloth and tie it tightly to bottle mouth. Leave the bottle under the blazing SUN for about 1 week or 5 days if the sun is too hot . But keep on taking the bottle and just swirl shake it every 2/3 hrs. It’s ready for use. Apply at effected area slightly rub it and see it’s wonderful result.

  19. Anupama says:

    Wat is acv

  20. Bernardo says:

    How long can I store this syrup for, weeks, months, years?

    • Jenny says:

      It is good for at least 2-3 months, maybe longer (I’ve used mine within this time frame). If you want it to last longer, store it in the fridge.

  21. Ina says:

    Hi is it ok for 2yr old to take this garlic syrup. Whats the dosage. Tq

    • Jenny says:

      If the child doesn’t have allergies or food sensitivities for one or some of the ingredients than it should be fine. There is no official dosage for children. Generally it is a teaspoon of the mixture every couple of hours until symptoms are relieved. Please be aware that honey should not be given to children under the age of 1 year old.

  22. Ebubechuku Moses says:

    My ten years old boy is having serious chest pain, can I use this garlic syrup. How do I use it.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not a doctor and I don’t know what had caused your son a severe chest pain. I always suggest that in serious cases it’s better to see a doctor – it’s better to be on the safe side of things and not take any unnecessary risks.

  23. GARRY ESTOLANO says:


    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure what the reason for the chronic cough is, and it worth checking it with your doctor. At the meanwhile you can take a teaspoon of the mixture every couple of hours until symptoms are relieved.

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