When one of your little ones begins to have a cold or any type of respiratory illness, you already know that it is not only time to take out some natural herbal remedies, but it is also time to increase the number of garlic they are eating.
This is a recipe for homemade garlic syrup, special for the taste of children (and adults too).
Garlic is a food, but it is also considered an herb. It has more than 70 active ingredients, and it is used medicinally in many different ways. One of those ways is as an herbal antibiotic thanks to its antibacterial properties.
To this day, there is no possibility of questioning that garlic helps fight infection, and that is why it is good to use it at any time with children and adults. It is very easy for respiratory illnesses to turn into respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, but by increasing our intake of garlic, that is less likely to happen.
Increasing your consumption of garlic is very simple for the most part. Sure, you can add more garlic to food, but when it comes to children, they may not like food too much. So, garlic syrup makes a great alternative.
Homemade Garlic Syrup
All you need is garlic and pure honey. You can add lemon if you want to give it an extra bonus, but it is optional.
The first thing to do is peel 5 cloves of garlic. The amount of honey at the moment is not important, since you will have to adjust it to taste later.
It is best to use a processor that grinds absolutely all the garlic very well and that there are no whole lumps.
Now all you have to do is mix the ingredients together. Mix, shake the glass a bit, and mix again. You can keep doing this until all the garlic is mixed with the honey.
The last step is to taste and see if it is sweet enough. If not, add more honey. You definitely want it to be sweeter than “garlic” which in that case can be spicy and burn a bit.
The dose can be 1/2 tsp. every 2-3 hours. If that doesn’t seem to cut the flu, I’ll give them up to 1 tsp. every 2-3 hours. Also, this should be done in small amounts each day so your child is getting as much antibacterial properties as possible. Garlic loses its potency fairly quickly and after 24 hours it is not as effective. Experiment and try your own garlic syrup and tell us the results.
Note: for babies less than one year old, you can use another type of edulcorate such as Maple Syrup or organic muscovado sugar.