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DIY Garlic Honey to Ward Off Cold & Flu Germs

DIY Garlic Honey to Ward Off Cold & Flu Germs

What do you reach for at the first sign of a cold? Next time you feel a tickle in your throat, try this elixir that’s both tasty and may help to ward off germs and kick that seasonal cold.

Photos by Erin Boyle.

All the supplies you need are a small jar (above is a 7oz. Le Parfait Canning Jar; $7.95 from Sur La Table), a 1/2 cup or so of raw honey, and three heads of garlic.

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Above: Gardenista editor Erin used a locally grown hard-necked garlic variety for her honey.

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Above: Three heads of garlic was enough to fill Erin’s jar.

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Above: As you pour the honey over the garlic, use a small spoon to  encourage the honey into the cracks and crevices between the cloves.

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Above: To finish, make sure the cloves are submerged and the lid is sealed.

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Garlic Honey

Adapted from Susun Weed’s recipe for Garlic Honey.


  • Raw honey to fill your jar (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 3 heads of garlic, individual cloves separated, but not fully peeled


Gently break open the heads of garlic. There’s no need to peel the individual cloves, but do remove the outermost papery layer that keeps the cloves in the bulb. Fill a small jar with the unpeeled garlic cloves and cover with raw honey. Seal your jar, mark it with the date, and store. In just a few days, the garlic honey will be ready for eating. Over time the honey and the garlic cloves will darken and become more potent. Some people store garlic honey in the refrigerator, but honey at room temperature should be just fine.

Interested in other home remedies? Try making your own Elderberry Syrup or Fire Cider.

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2:41PM PST on Feb 17, 2014


8:00AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

I imagine this lasts a fair while...? I think I heard of honey taken from a Pharaoh's tomb still being edible, but this of course might be a folk myth.

5:30PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Natural remedies are always the best remedies, I would opt for Organic raw honey & Organic garlic.

12:42AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

i cut my finger and all the antiseptic were not helping , i could see it was becoming infected, my whole hand hurt, used some honey and wrapped it up, i can feel it healing!

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8:45PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Intercept your cold with this natural remedy...

6:40AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Further down the comments posted Nov 20, I gave a recipe for Garlic/ Honey syrup concoction and I forgot to add take at least 3 times a day, one teaspoon each time, preferably after food. Writing recipes not my forte!! :-) Apologies, hope it's better late than never.

2:56PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

If garlic can ward off vampires then garlic with a little bit of honey can ward off anything....thanks for sharing.

6:57PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Thank you.

5:49PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

thanks but how often and how much? before you feel symptoms or all the time? so much unsaid?

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