By Rustina, Contributing Writer
As much as I love Fall, the viruses that start coming around seem to take a lot of the fun out of life. Using healthy foods to keep our immune systems at top notch has helped my family and self so much.
One of our favorites is fermented garlic honey. It is simple, but effective.
The Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has long been used for its strong antibacterial effects. It is antifungal, providing support against Candida, Trichophyton, and many more to help the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in the microbiome.(1) Garlic is even a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune modulator to help against infections. It also has a diuretic effect to help encourage healthy urine elimination to support good detoxing.(2)
Garlic can benefit more than the immune system; it is known to help improve blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and cholesterol. Several studies have shown garlic to be useful against viruses like influenza, herpes simplex, rhinovirus, rotavirus, and viral pneumonia. (3)
The Benefits of Raw, Local Honey
Buying from a local, raw honey dealer will be the best option. The store bought options are often over processed losing some of their benefits. Some store options are even more corn syrup than honey! Always read the label and know your source.
Honey is known for its immunomodulatory properties (ability to activate or suppress the immune system) (4), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (5), antibacterial properties (6), relief from the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (7), and allergic rhinitis (inflammation in the nose from allergens) (8).
When garlic is fermented in the honey, it strengthens the properties of both and is more bioavailable.
How to Make Fermented Garlic Honey
- 2-3 heads of garlic
- 1 cup of honey (or as needed to cover the garlic cloves)
- Optional additions:
- A bit of chopped ginger
- A squeeze of lemon juice (about a tsp sized amount)
Step 1: Separate and peel the garlic cloves. You can choose to chop them or not. I usually do not chop them.
Step 2: Place the garlic in a clean jar along with any additions.
Step 3: Pour the cup of honey over the garlic cloves. Be sure there is enough to cover them all well and roll the jar to ensure the honey touches everywhere. *A fermenting weight disk or similar can be used to keep the garlic cloves below the surface if needed.
Step 4: Place the lid on the jar and put it in a cabinet away from heat sources like appliances, windows, and heating vents.
Step 5: Every few days slowly roll the jar to ensure good honey coverage over the garlic.
Step 6: It will need to set for one month. Loosen and re-tighten the lid every once in a while to allow the build up to release. Store in the cabinet.
Consume a clove or two when feeling the need for a boost, or just because you enjoy the flavor! The honey can be used as regular honey (keeping the new taste in mind) or a spoonful taken whenever you wish.