Honey And Garlic Elixir For Cough & Cold
Sick isn’t an option when you’re a busy mom. This is why this honey and garlic elixir is a staple during the winter season. Just like homemade cough drops, honey garlic is a wicked combination to help ease the onset of a scratchy throat.
When it comes to being sick, I just can’t. I run two and a half businesses from home and have super young kids. Life can’t just “go on hold” for me to feel better! Even without fitness being a priority it’s chaos around here.
So when I feel a scratchy throat coming on I reach for this honey and garlic elixir as well as a few other natural cough and cold remedies I keep on hand (see below).
Made with only three ingredients and definitely potent, this honey and garlic elixir is both heavenly and tasty. Plus, the elixir takes two minutes to whip up before it sits on your counter for a few days (or multiple days because you forget about it). So even the busiest of us have time for this one!
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Why Honey And Garlic
Raw honey is one of those “cure-alls” with a ton of benefits that I actually love. I’ve used it on everything from cuts to sore throats and bloody knees to desserts. There is ALWAYS some in the house.
- Great for digestion
And honey when for a cough and cold is even better. It’s why I make homemade honey cough drops at the start of winter. It just feels extremely good when you feel a scratchy sore throat.
And while I love the DIY cough drops, that honey has been heated. So while they’re great for soothing you won’t get all the bacterial benefits of leaving it raw (like in this homemade elderberry cough syrup or homemade fire cider).
Which is why this honey and garlic elixir is important. The honey never gets heated and so it retains all the benefits (check out the benefits of garlic and other cool ways to use it!)
Garlic, the other key component to this magic sore throat remedy. Garlic is:
- An immune system boost
My grandma used to always say to eat a clove of garlic if you think you’re getting sick. Works every time. Well, I tried it, and actually chewing into garlic was scarring haha.
Which is why this sore throat remedy is key. The honey makes you not cry when you try to eat garlic and the garlic infuses into the honey to help your throat.
Add in some cinnamon because yum and you’re set!
Natural Cough And Cold Prevention
One thing to note is that while there are tools to help ease the intensity and symptoms of a cold, the best thing is to not get sick in the first place!
To do that make sure you:
- Keep hydrated always
- Focus on nutrients not calories
- Keep your gut healthy with probiotics and fermented foods
- Opt for immune-boosting healthy foods like mushrooms, turmeric, and garlic regularly!
This garlic and honey elixir is a great staple but it’s not a cure-all.
Note: I also use a lot of bone broth to both fight colds and prevent them! It’s actually one of my most recommended foods for toddlers because it’s so healing.
However, making homemade broth takes TIME (a lot of it!) which I’m slightly limited on. So while I do strive to make my own I also make use of two-time savers: I use bone broth powder from perfect supplements (use code mamabear10 to save some money) normally whisked into something (or even snuck into a chocolate smoothie!)
I also use Kettle & Fire pre-made bone broth (I like straight-up chicken or the turmeric one!) because it’s pre-made and their quality is so high (simmered for ten hours!).
The Cough And Cold Elixir & Kids
Yes, I have totally given this to my kids. However, they’re not a fan of garlic. I did try crushing and blending the garlic so is was smoother in the honey but it took too much work.
However, since I know that the honey absorbs the garlic after it’s sat a few days, I now just give them a bit of the honey when they’re throat is bugging them. It’s soothing, comforting and no kid will refuse honey.
I also sneak bone broth into them wherever I can which is normally in the form of this awesome bone broth powder because who has time to consistently make bone broth year round?!
Other Cold & Flu Remedies I Use
And as a mom, being sick is even worse! It’s not like you can laze around and watch Netflix all day (or at least not the shows you want!) and if your throat hurts you can’t exactly stop speaking with a toddler ????
Which means I do everything in my power to keep myself healthy. I’m a huge supporter of:
- Gut-Boosting Homemade Gummy Bears
- fire cider tonic (my full fire cider recipe)
- Homemade elderberry cough syrup
- good old fashioned, super healthy eating
- Spirulina and chlorella tablets (use code mamabear) to give the immune system a crazy boost (learn more about algae)
Ingredients In The Garlic And Honey Elixir
- 20 garlic bulbs, peeled & sliced
- ¾ cup raw, unpasteurized honey
- 1 long stick of cinnamon
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An easy, three-ingredient recipe containing honey and garlic to ease cough and sore throat symptoms. Peel the garlic Place the cinnamon and garlic in a mason jar. Pour honey over top of the garlic. Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter for four days. Once it's "done" you can place it in the fridge to keep. To use: pop a clove of garlic or a teaspoon of honey into your mouth when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on. Note: I originally made this with whole garlic cloves. However, eating the whole clove of garlic was not... delicious. Slicing them makes it much more practical.
Honey & Garlic Cough & Cold Elixir
An easy, three-ingredient recipe containing honey and garlic to ease cough and sore throat symptoms.
Peel the garlic
Place the cinnamon and garlic in a mason jar.
Pour honey over top of the garlic.
Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter for four days.
Once it's "done" you can place it in the fridge to keep.
To use: pop a clove of garlic or a teaspoon of honey into your mouth when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on.
Note: I originally made this with whole garlic cloves. However, eating the whole clove of garlic was not... delicious. Slicing them makes it much more practical.
An easy, immune-boosting recipe to help naturally ease and prevent cough and colds. Use this honey and garlic elixir when you feel a scratchy throat coming on and give your system a fighting chance!