Every now and then, I take a break from my typical recipes so I can share a food or herb-based natural home remedy. I’ve been meaning to tell you about my favorite sore throat remedy for some time, so here it is: garlic honey.

Garlic Honey | Healthy Green Kitchen

I just love remedies that feature ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard or refrigerator, don’t you? And this one is so simple to make…

As you may or may not know, garlic is a powerful immune-booster. It is very effective against nasty bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Honey also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, so when you combine the two, you’ve got a great aid to help you fight sore throats, colds or the flu.

To be most effective as an antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal, though, garlic needs to be eaten raw and in rather large quantities. This is tough for most of us…maybe even impossible.

So here’s a tip: when infused in honey, raw garlic becomes far more palatable. Yummy even. So I like to keep a jar of this on hand at all times. At the first sign of a sore throat (or a cold or the flu), I start popping my honey infused garlic and try to eat one clove every hour or two all day long. I decrease the amount the next day, but continue to eat a couple of cloves a day until I’m all better.

So make up a jar of this and keep it in your fridge so that you will be all set for next winter (or the next time you get sick). The garlic is ready to eat after a few days but tastes much better when it has hung out in the honey for a few months. I try to replace the garlic cloves with fresh ones whenever I’ve taken some out for use, so the jar remains pretty much full at all times.

Garlic Honey Home Remedy

Ingredients:

*3 heads of garlic, peeled and separated into cloves (about 24 cloves)
*raw honey to fill your glass jar of choice (raw honey is more nutritious than store-bought honey)

Directions:

1. Fill jar with garlic cloves and then pour the honey over the garlic. Allow mixture to infuse for several days before using, then store in the refrigerator where it will keep for a year or more.

2. At the first sign of illness, start eating a clove every hour or two. Aim for about 6 cloves per day. The honey can be taken on its own by the spoonful as a cough syrup. You could also mix a teaspoon of the honey with some raw apple cider vinegar and hot water and drink this as a tonic when you're sick; feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper, too- this is excellent for your sinuses.

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26 Comments

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    teresacooks — April 1, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    I love hearing about what works for people. Natural and herbal remedies are so interesting and effective. Thanks for sharing.

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    Barbara @ moderncomfortfood — April 1, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    This sounds like a great idea, which I’ll file for future reference when needed (not soon, I hope). I always keep a large stock of wild Tupelo honey — the best I think — on hand from my favorite honey haunt in Wewahitchka, FL. Many thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    CherylK — April 1, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Wonderful idea. I’m not only going to make this, I’m going to tell everyone I know about it! Thanks…

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    Christine — April 1, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    Wow thanks so much for the tips. This is very informative blog.
    I’ll try the honey with garlic.

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    Kathryn — April 2, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    Winnie, I am wondering the obvious. Does honey infused garlic still leave one with “garlic breath”? Garlic clings to my breath for days after eating it. Chewing parsley reduces odor, but does not eliminate it.

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    LolaCooks — April 5, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

    i love this idea! I pop lots of garlic when I start getting sick and get my entire family to do it too and we struggle through it – chopping it up and swallowing and dealing with garlic breath… what a great solution you have here!!

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    Joanne — April 7, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    I love reading about foodie home remedies. I’m so much more likely to eat something than I am to take a medication. This looks actually quite delicious!

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    qq — July 31, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    Hello!
    Thank you for sharing this! I made some recently, not expecting to need it until winter, but I woke up with a sore throat this morning. It’s quite garlicky (I don’t think my breath smells great), but tasty, and it’s working well so far. ^^

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    Angela Gresser — October 29, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    I tried making the honey/garlic mixture. No matter how much honey I put in the jar (filling it to the top), and even putting in the garlic when the jar was only half full and then pouring honey on top of it, the garlic STILL all rises to the top of the jar. It doesn’t remain submerged as your seems to in the photo. So I’m not sure if the garlic is truly “infused” since it is hovering at the top of the honey. Any thoughts on this? I did use organic, raw honey and freshly peeled garlic. Thanks. Love your website!

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    cooking rookie — April 26, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    This might even be a dessert, not just a remedy. I kind of liked garlic ice cream, I should try garlic honey as well :-)

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — January 17, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    I am totally doing this! Thanks for this, Winnie!!

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    cy — February 17, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    This has got to be some kind of joke. I tried this and found it to be VERY painful, and have had an upset stomach for several hours. I love garlic, but I don’t know if I will ever be able to eat it again. It has been almost six hours since I tried this and my mouth is still burning and I didn’t put any cayenne pepper in it. The only good thing I can say about this remedy is it looks real pretty in the jar.

    • Winnie replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 8:04 am

      I am sorry you had that reaction. Some people tolerate raw garlic better than others: my 11 year old daughter eats tons of it. Did you wait at least a few days after making this to try one of the gloves? The garlic mellows a lot once its been in the honey for a little while. I will add a note to the recipe to try just a small part of a clove before jumping in and eating a lot in case others may also be sensitive.

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    Philly Jen — February 17, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Def adding this to my fridge!! I am as of today a natural remedy convert. Came home Friday night with strep, woke up Sat (yest) unable to swallow feeling absolutely terrible. Didn’t want to wait until Mon to see a dr so tried the honey/garlic/cayenne remedy. Started it Sat at 11am by Sun (today) my throat was 95% better. I am in utter disbelief. It did take the full 24 hrs though…by bedtime last night I had no results and was questioning it. I also had a really hard time stomaching a whole HEAD of minced garlic as my recipe called for (it burned like hell). But I’ll stomach that pain again any day for these results and am excited to add this jar to my fridge for the next time I feel the onset.

    Plus, like she said, it won’t burn as much this way with the time spent Infusing in the honey! Sounds a lot more tolerable.

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    Coleman Robella — July 5, 2013 @ 12:34 am

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    Georgina — August 5, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    This looks amazing! However, I’m on the brink of turning vegan …do you think it would have the same properties if I used Agave or Maple syrup? Thanks in advance :)

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    guinevere — October 4, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    thanks for posting what is one of my favorite remedies too*
    do you find it is necessary to keep this in the refrigerator?
    I think its fine on the counter, yet want to know your experience.
    thanks*

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    Sadaf — October 13, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Does this have to be refrigerated or can I leave it on the counter? And for how long? I truly believe that natural foods/herbs/spices have cures in it it. We just have to be patient (something I have to remind myself at times).

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    MARGARET — October 17, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    do you have to fill it to the top? i minced the garlic and only had enough honey to fill half the jar…will it be ok? I have also read leaving it for a year,,,do you kno if it lasts that long?

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    Gary — October 23, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I’m also very curious about storage. If honey is a natural preservative do you really need to refrigerate this?

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    Damian — February 18, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    Thank you so much for the high quality blog.

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