Sunday, October 18, 2009

Garlic & Honey

My apologies, I know I've neglected this page for a while. Cold weather makes me want to be in the kitchen more, so I'm trying to pay more attention. Here we go!
Cold Season is upon us. It used to be a time for stocking up on some kitchen essentials, warm blankets, tissues, and maybe some silly magazines to get you through those "day-in-bed" spells. Or maybe I'm the only one who somehow feels the need to indulge in magazines like Cosmo when I'm not feeling good?? Cheap promises of Utopia if only you buy this $1000 outfit makes me laugh and feel a little bit better. Don't ask, I've probably said too much.
I'm blessed to be part of a really amazing online group of Herbal Healers. We've come together thanks to the teachings of Susun Weed (a friend introduced me to her books years ago ~ thank you Tree!), and the wisdom that flows within this group really makes you more appreciative and grateful for "wise women."
Here is one of those recipes. It is a very powerful cold remedy. ***Ok, time to admit here, I haven't actually tried this one yet, but I've heard LOTS of good things!! I promise to post as soon as I try it for myself!!***

To Start:
Get yourself some local, preferably organic honey. Local honey is really good for you because it contains local pollen .. meaning ingesting it will help build your immune system. Works wonders with allergies. Organic & local garlic is always the best, but supermarket stuff will do ok here too.

~the garlic in the jar~

First, don't peel the garlic. If you can't tell from the photo, this is just a wide-mouth jelly jar (maybe 6 oz). Then fill it full of garlic. To fill this jar it took over an entire bulb of garlic. Next, pour honey over it. Sometimes you may need to poke & mash the garlic a bit to make sure the honey gets all the way down. Since this was a wide mouth jar, no worries there. However, make sure that the garlic is completely covered in honey. (It isn't in the photo)

Seal a lid on tightly, and place the jar of honey in a bowl. The honey can seep out a little bit, so the bowl is a good catch-all.
While some say you can keep the garlic in there all the time, it is also ok to take it out after 2-3 days. Our plan is to take some out and leave some. You can use the galic you took out for cooking.
Keep this in the pantry, as honey doesn't spoil and will preserve the garlic.

To Use: take 2 teaspoons 4 times a day for colds.

Let me know what you think, and how it works for you. I'm grateful for the Wise Women who shared this with me and eager to hear how it works for you!

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