An inexpensive natural remedy for a cough is garlic! This simple but strong food helps reduce coughing as well as fighting the bacteria or virus that is causing the cough. Garlic can be used a number of different ways to heal you cough and can be used internally or externally. Use garlic as often as you like but at least every 4 hours to help get rid of your cough.
Garlic oil is used externally on the back and/or chest. This oil penetrates the skin to the lungs and is also inhaled as you breathe. Unless you love the smell of garlic, this remedy may seem very strong. But it is safe with little risk of side effects and very helpful even when other remedies do not seem to be working.
Quick Garlic Oil
- Mince 4 cloves of garlic and put them in a shallow pan. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Heat the garlic carefully. You do not want to brown it or cook it. Maintain gentle heat for 30 minutes. Strain out the garlic. Use the oil as needed. This will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Garlic Oil – Slow Method
- To make a very powerful garlic oil, mince up the cloves from a bulb of garlic and place in a jar. Cover completely with olive oil. Let the garlic and olive oil sit for 10 days on your counter. Strain out the garlic. While the oil will be fine on the counter for a few days, when you cough is better, store you oil in the refrigerator until the next time you need it. Mark the date on it and discard after 6 months.
Mince one clove of garlic and put it in a mug. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes so the allicin will develop. Pour very hot water over your garlic. Strain our garlic out after 15 minutes. (Or leave it in if you like!) Sweeten with honey if desired.
Mince one clove of garlic. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes (to allow the allicin to develop), then spread it onto toast with honey, coconut oil or butter.
Make any water or broth based soup and add one or two cloves of minced garlic to your soup. Other healing herbs to add to your soup include onion, thyme, basil, oregano and cayenne pepper.
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