When we have bacterial infections (ear infections, sinus infections, mastitis, etc.) or viral infections that are leading towards secondary infections, this is one of our top go-to remedies! The garlic and raw honey have antibacterial properties and the cayenne pepper is believed to boost their effects.
Before you run screaming, you should know that my five-year-old actually requested this remedy and took it happily when she had croup. She knows it helps her and it really isn’t as bad as it sounds. Make sure to eat something, first. Now that I’ve thoroughly scared you, here’s what to do! 😉
- Take one clove* of raw garlic for each person, smash it, peel it and finely chop it.
- Let the garlic “activate” by being exposed to the air for 10-15 minutes.
- Add a teaspoon of raw, unfiltered honey to each garlic clove.
- Add a little bit of cayenne pepper (less for little ones, more for adults- whatever you think you can handle).
- Stir each dose to make sure that the garlic is coated very well.
- Scoop each dose into a spoon and have each person swallow it whole (DO NOT CHEW!), chasing it with water, tea or milk. (*Hint* Full-fat milk will help with the spiciness of the cayenne pepper.)
*Please, please, please don’t feel that you absolutely must take (or give your kiddos) an entire clove at a time. Often, my girls will just have a little bit a few times a day, rather than a bunch all at once. A little is better than none at all, so don’t push beyond what each person can comfortably handle. 🙂
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