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Garlic & Manuka Honey Remedy for Colds, Cough, Sore Throats & Flu

This Garlic & Honey Oxymel is a fantastic remedy that is easy to make and can be used at the first sign of a sniffle or feeling a but under the weather... and another great thing - it is a tasty salad dressing too!! Bonus Food as Medicine!!
Garlic is known for its potent anti-microbial properties, due to the chemical Allicin that has proven anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-bacteria and anti-viral effects (1). 
Fennel seeds contain numerous flavanoids (antioxidants), which can have a protective effect against infections. Fennel seeds also contain volatile essential oil compounds which are antioxidants and also have a calming and anti-flatulent effect on the digestive system (2).
Caraway seeds also have similar health-benefiting volatile oils to fennel, that are also antioxidant, digestive, carminative and anti-flatulant, i.e. has a calming effect on the stomach and digestion (3).
Ginger is another wonderfully protective natural medicine, which now has evidece to show its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and possible anti-cancer actions (4).
Manuka honey or other medicinal honey is another fabukous healer, whcih adds further anti-bacterial and soothing effect on sore throats, with its wound-healing properties (5).
As this is a medicine, use organic or best quality that you can afford to get the maximum nutrient value and benefits. An Oxymel is a preparation using honey and vinegar which act as natural preservatives. The following quantities can be adjusted to taste - i.e. add more honey if you need!
Ingredients: 
- 30g / 10 cloves garlic bulb
- 4g (1 heaped tsp) fennel seeds
- 4g (1 heaped tsp) caraway seeds
- 100ml Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 
- 40ml (2 Tbsp) Raw or Manuka Honey
Optional: Knob of ginger, sliced
Method:
  1. Peel and crush the garlic / cut into halves and place in a jar.
  2. Gently warm the seeds (and ginger if you want to use that!) in the vinegar WITHOUT BOILING for a few minutes to help release the oils from the seeds. Strain the seeds if you wish (you can leave them in and eat them too if you are making a dressing)
  3. Allow the vinegar to be just warm enough to stir/dissolve the honey. Don't heat the honey as you want to ensure maximum medicinal properties are retained!
  4. Pour the mixture into the jar with the garlic and allow to steep. For a strong garlic effect and taste, leave the garlic in. If you want a milder effect, leave overnight then strain all the seeds and garlic out.
  5. OPTIONAL: To make into a syrup, simmer at a very low heat until desired consistency is reached.
To Use:
- Take a teaspoon or tablespoon as necessary for sore throats, colds, cough and flu! If you have a sore throat, grab a tablespoon and load it up 1/3 with manuka honey, they fill it with this garlic oxymel for an extra soothing effect on your throat.
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References:
  1. Garlic https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10594976
  2. Fennel https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4137549/
  3. Caraway https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/caraway-seed.html
  4. Ginger https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
  5. Medicinal properties of honey https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/