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A Garlic Remedy for Healthy Immunity

Well, I have no personal experience with garlic being effective on vampires, but I did see it once in a movie. However, I do have A LOT of experience with garlic warding off illness. Garlic is antibiotic, skillfully fighting off bacteria. Garlic is also effective against viruses, and it’s antifungal and antiparasitic as well.

Garlic has many benefits, and its strength as an immune tonic makes it particularly well-suited for fighting colds and flus. One of my favorite garlic remedies for colds and flu is topically applying garlic to my feet. Seriously! And I’ll walk you through how to do it below…

A closeup photograph of garlic on a cuttingboard.

Garlic is a powerful culinary herb with antimicrobial properties.

A Garlic Remedy for Immune Health

Garlic is a premier remedy for fighting infection and bolstering immunity. It is amazing for the lungs. This remedy is a great way to fight bacterial infections. It also enhances your immune system and fights viruses at the same time!

Ingredients you’ll need…

  • 3–4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

1. Crush your whole garlic cloves with either a knife or a garlic press.

2. Place the freshly crushed cloves in a bowl and cover with olive oil.

3. Let rest for 30 minutes and then rub on feet.

How To Use Garlic on Your Feet for Colds and Flu

After you’ve prepared your oil, you can massage several spoonfuls into your feet. I do this on my kids as well when they have a bad cough or they have a chest cold. For me, I also put the garlic pieces between my toes (but not for kids). Then, I put socks on for the night and go to sleep. When I wake up, I have garlic breath, so I know it works! No kidding! Garlic enters your system and heads straight for the lungs.

A closeup photograph of a bowl full of garlic.

There are many benefits of garlic, including its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

The Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that fights infection, supports healthy cholesterol levels, and more. Garlic is one of the most effective culinary herbs we have for supporting immune health. As Stephen Buhner said in his book Herbal Antibiotics, “No other herb comes close to the multiple system actions of garlic, its antibiotic activity, and its immune-potentiating power.”

A closeup photograph of a few heads and cloves of garlic.

Regularly enjoying garlic as a culinary herb is a fantastic way to experience its many health benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Garlic Remedy

How Do I Avoid the Garlic Odor?

If the odor is an issue or you aren’t quite ready to integrate garlic into your diet more, you could try garlic tablets. Understand that tablets are never going to be as good as the real thing, but they do work.

How Do I Use Garlic as a Remedy?

Well, the most obvious garlic remedy is to cook with it. I give ideas about using garlic in the immune soup recipe. Eating garlic regularly is extremely healthful. It also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol counts. It’s absolutely amazing.

It’s most potent to use garlic raw. Cooking with it regularly is good for your health, but when you need it in an acute situation, use it raw. Juicing it and adding it to other juice is a great way to take raw.

There are many good raw garlic recipes that are garlic remedies, such as hummus. You can find this delicious spread/dip at supermarkets or you can make your own with Rosalee’s Five Flavored Beet Hummus recipe.

These recipes are a great example of “eating your medicine.” Eating healthful meals with antiviral and antibiotic properties built into them is optimal. However, if you are already sick, then cooking garlic into your soup is one of your best options. Or you can also take shots of a garlic-infused vinegar to boost your immune system. (Day-to-day this vinegar also makes a delicious addition to salad dressings or any recipes that call for vinegar.)

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