How To Make And Use Garlic Honey (or Syrup) | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how I use garlic honey for viral and bacterial illnesses and infections. It's easier than you think... and so healthy for you!

When any of my little ones start to come down with any sort of illness that could potentially lead to an infection, one of the ways I approach the situation naturally is to head to the kitchen and whip up some homemade garlic honey (or garlic syrup for younger kids)! Sure their breath eventually smells a bit garlicky; however, the benefits of increasing garlic during an illness far outway the risk of garlic-breath so it’s definitely worth it!

Today, I’d like to briefly tell you why garlic honey (or syrup) is one of my favorite things to use for potential and current infections… no matter where they are in the body. I’ll also briefly share some benefits of using garlic for illness and infection (as well as some ways to increase it in the diet). You’ll also find a simple recipe for garlic honey and syrup below in case you want to use it the next time you need it.

Garlic Honey Is An Easy Remedy For Kids (And Adults) To Take

One of my favorite ways to use herbs is to use them as a food, and garlic honey is an easy way to do just that. Sure, if I want to increase the amount of garlic in our diet when someone is ill, I can easily add extra garlic to broths and soups or add an extra clove or two to the meals I prepare. But sometimes, we still need additional garlic in our diet if we’re trying to get a good amount of therapeutic value out of it. 

During times of illness, it’s recommended that the average adult eats 5-10 cloves of garlic a day. Yes… daily. When it comes to kids, this amount would be smaller, depending on the age of the child, but 2-3 cloves a day would be close to what they should receive. This amount of garlic ensures that you have a consistent amount of the antimicrobial chemicals found in garlic in your body.

Garlic is generally, a very safe herb. However, some people don’t tolerate it well because it is hot and spicy and can leave their stomachs feeling “hot,” maybe even with a “burning” sensation. I’ve found that mixing garlic with honey helps to minimize this effect. I’ve also found that it’s best to take small, frequent amounts of garlic rather than larger, less frequent amounts in order to minimize this. If your stomach is really sensitive, you can even take your garlic after you’ve eaten so you have food on your stomach in order to minimize this effect from happening.

Like I said earlier, whenever I use garlic honey with my kids, depending on their ages, they average around 2-3 cloves a day, and I’ve never heard them complain about their stomach hurting. No matter, it’s a side effect worth being aware of and trying to prevent.

CAUTION: Those on cardiovascular and blood thinning medications should talk with their doctors before using large amounts of garlic daily as garlic can affect these medications. Pregnant women should talk with their OB or midwife before taking large amounts of garlic as well just to make sure it’s safe for them. Garlic is safe for nursing mamas, but it can make your milk taste garlicky which oftentimes decreases what your baby will eat.

What Exactly Is Garlic Honey (And Syrup)?

How To Make And Use Garlic Honey (or Syrup) | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how I use garlic honey for viral and bacterial illnesses and infections. It's easier than you think... and so healthy for you!

Garlic honey is so easy to make. All you need are two ingredients: fresh garlic cloves and honey (preferably raw honey). All you do is blend these two ingredients together in some way, and you have garlic honey (or syrup)! It’s as easy as that!

When To Use Garlic Honey

I personally use garlic honey anytime we come down with some sort of viral or bacterial illness that could potentially lead to an infection. Garlic has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. It works really well to increase heat in the body and to stimulate blood flow and immune activity. It also helps to thin thick secretions so they can be expelled easily.

If my kids come down with a cough or some sort of respiratory illness, if they complain of their ears or throat hurting, or if they have some sort of cut or wound that could potentially develop into something worse, we use garlic honey internally. I also use it if they have an active infection going on. Garlic honey has been a large part of our herbal therapy when we’ve dealt with strep throat, whooping cough, and even ingrown toenails. 

Now, I’m not saying that garlic is a cure-all. Many infections can be serious, and they need to be dealt with promptly whether you’re using a natural approach or a more modern, medical approach. If you’re unfamiliar with using herbs and other natural methods when approaching active infections, it’s best to seek the help of a clinical herbalist or a doctor who’s willing to work with you. You may even want to consider taking a class that will teach you more about using herbs for infections before an infection occurs. 

Where Garlic Honey Can Be Used

My preferred way to use garlic honey is to take it internally by the spoonful. We often take it 3-4 times a day when sickness is going around and we’re trying to discourage something from getting worse, but we take it every hour or so when someone has an active infection. 

Garlic syrup can be made and used externally on wounds as well as taken internally.

I’ve found that my younger kids prefer garlic syrup where my older kids prefer garlic honey. Both work well, but garlic syrup is stronger in flavor so we use more honey when making it in order to tone the flavor down a bit.

How To Make Garlic Honey (And Syrup)

How To Make And Use Garlic Honey (or Syrup) | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how I use garlic honey for viral and bacterial illnesses and infections. It's easier than you think... and so healthy for you!

Below you’ll find a recipe for garlic honey along with a variation for garlic syrup. This recipe should be made fresh daily and contain as many garlic cloves as you need each day.

Garlic Honey

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Finely mince garlic with a sharp knife.
  2. Pour just enough honey over the garlic to cover it. Allow this to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir well. Cover and use as needed. Store at room temperature, and use within 24 hours. 

Garlic Syrup

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together and blend until garlic is fully chopped.
  2. Bottle, cover, and use as needed. Store at room temperature, and use within 24 hours.

How To Make And Use Garlic Honey (or Syrup) | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how I use garlic honey for viral and bacterial illnesses and infections. It's easier than you think... and so healthy for you!

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Have you used garlic honey (or syrup) before? If so, tell me about your experience in the comments below, and don’t forget to pin this post to your natural health Pinterest boards.