Garlic is one of the most effective, safest and fastest-acting natural remedies for a stubborn sore throat. In fact, garlic is considered a superfood because of its powerful antibiotic, anti-viral and fungicide properties. Yet, while almost everyone enjoys the pungent bite of roasted garlic in Italian food, you might balk at eating whole cloves of this powerful herb. So, if it means instant relief from a painful sore throat would you or wouldn’t you eat a clove of garlic?
Here’s a report from Dalla about using fresh, raw garlic for a sore throat.
“This hit me last Sunday, as I was exhausted, after my class. Then I woke up Mon. with a slight sore throat, that got worse later in the day. I went to the hospital, got some pills, but tried it couldn’t help. After reading some of the remedies here, I tried RAW GARLIC AND IT DID WORK OUT SO WELL. Thanks so much for the tips… Let’s keep on with these tips that can help us live longer and healthier. May God bless of you giving these tips. I mean I couldn’t sleep last night, but now I’m snoring on my chair.”
Here’s a recipe for making a garlic tea. If you scroll down the page, you will find other recipes for using garlic for a sore throat, some including honey, lemon, etc.
Posted by My2cents:[YEA] Garlic is one of my favorite remedies. I am currently battling a terrible sore throat. I tried the ACV/honey gargle and that rendered me an, extreme and severe worsening of the sore throat just minutes after. I had a terrible time during the night. Each time I swallowed I felt as though my throat was punishing me.
Today I went back to my garlic tea.
- I grate the garlic as this brings the best benefit. The finer the chop/grate on garlic, the more helpful compounds will be released.
- I allow the garlic to sit for 15 minutes after grating.
- Then I boil my water. I use a cup of water per clove of garlic.
- I usually just do one cup at a time because I prefer it to be fresh.
- I pour the boiled water over the garlic which I grated into a thermos or coffee cup.
- I allow it to steep a while. Then I just sip it slowly.
It may take an hour to finish the cup, but slower is better. The more times the throat gets “washed” in the garlic the better. So don’t try to drink it too quickly. Each sip is a small “treatment”. Since doing this today, I am now done with the severe pain I had when swallowing, and am back to having discomfort upon swallowing. I will do this tea twice more today. I think three times in a day should be sufficient.
More Tips on Using Garlic for a Sore Throat
You can use garlic in several different ways to treat your sore throat. The first – straight garlic – is the most effective, but some people find even the thought of it unpleasant. It’s easy to do, just pop a whole clove in your mouth and chew on it. You can continue sucking on the juices for 15 minutes.
If raw garlic is just too much for you, make garlic tea from the poster’s recipe above or use a different recipe from the posts below.
A Tasty, Garlic Appetizer to Cure Your Sore Throat
The tastiest method is to crush two cloves of garlic and let them rest for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to activate. Add honey or olive oil to the garlic and spread the mixture on bread or a cracker and eat it.
What Makes Garlic Such an Effective Home Remedy?
You may have heard of using garlic to treat a number of other conditions, but might not have seen it suggested as a treatment for a sore throat. However, the same properties that make garlic such an effective treatment for other conditions will also relieve a painful and stubborn sore throat.
Garlic is considered a powerful antioxidant herb that has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. When you chew on fresh garlic, you get the benefits of both a decongestant and cough medicine. It also delivers a powerful dose of vitamin C as well as minerals such as sulfur and selenium.
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