When any of my little ones start coming down with a cold or any respiratory type illness, I know it’s not only time to pull out the echinacea root tincture, but it’s also time to increase the amount of garlic they’re eating. So what do I do? I immediately go to my kitchen and whip up some homemade garlic syrup!
Garlic is a food, but it’s also considered an herb. It has over 70 active ingredients, and is used medicinally in many different ways. One of those ways is as an herbal antibiotic thanks to it’s antibacterial properties. It’s one of my must-have herbs… in fact, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any self-proclaiming herbalist without some garlic in their home.
Now there’s no questioning garlic’s ability to help fight against infections which is why I like to use it anytime my kids or even my husband and I get any sort of respiratory illness. It’s so easy for respiratory illnesses to turn into respiratory infections like bronchitis or pneumonia, but by increasing our garlic intake we’re less likely to have that happen.
Increasing your garlic intake is pretty simple for the most part. Sure you can add more garlic to your food, but when it comes to kids, they may not like their food too much. Garlic is strong. It gives food a great flavor, but it can be over-done. Plus, you’d have to eat a good amount of it in order to benefit from it’s antibacterial properties as well. So yes… definitely increasing it in your meals is a good thing, but I also like to come up with ways to get my kids to eat more of it without having to hold them down and force it in their mouths.
Homemade garlic syrup has been a great option for us… especially since all my kids willingly take it and ask for it! Let me show you how to make it!
Homemade Garlic Syrup
Now whenever I make something like homemade garlic syrup, I only need a small amount so I’ve found that using a Magic Bullet is a great way to make small amounts of things over my Vita-Mix which is better for larger amounts of things. So I get it out, grab about 3 cloves of garlic and my honey.
The first thing you need to do is peel your garlic cloves. I put all my cloves together in a pile, put a small plate on top of them, and smash the plate with my fist. This smashes the garlic underneath and allows the peel to come right off. It works like a charm every time! Put your peeled cloves in your cup and cover it with honey. The amount of honey isn’t important just yet because you’ll adjust it to taste later.
It’s best to use the small cup and the cross blade option on the Magic Bullet because it will ensure that everything gets blended together better.
Now, all you need to do is blend your ingredients together. Blend, shake your cup a bit, and blend again. You can keep doing it until all of your garlic is mixed with the honey. And besides, a few small chunks of garlic won’t hurt a thing.
The last step is to taste it and see if it’s sweet enough. If not, add more honey. You definitely want it to be more sweet than garlicy… which can be hot and burn a bit.
Like I said, this works great for my kids when they’re sick because they don’t get many sweets during that time anyway, so this makes a nice treat for them… and their body!
I typically give them 1/2 tsp. every 2-3 hours. If that doesn’t seem to be cutting it, I up it to 1 tsp. every 2-3 hours. Also, this should be made in small batches every day so that your child is getting as many of the anti-bacterial properties as possible. Garlic looses it’s potency fairly quickly and after 24 hours isn’t as effective.
During an active infection, eating 3-4 cloves of garlic is recommended for adults, so it would be half that for children (1-2 cloves). Try to make sure they eat all this each day so that they’re getting an adequate amount of garlic in their systems to help fight those nasty germs!
More posts containing garlic can be found here:
- 10 Must-Have Ingredients To Help With Your Children’s Cough
- 5 Herbs That Should Be In Your Babies Herbal First Aid Kit