TCM Classic – We originally created this story on how to eat raw garlic for immunity as a follow-up to this story on the subject (one of our most popular stories on the site). We’re bringing it back just in time for cold and flu season.
Cold And Flu Season will soon be upon us, but we’re well equipped to thrive through it thanks to one of our favorite traditional remedies: eating raw garlic for immunity.
We presented the effective, if hyper-flavorful health hack years ago in this popular story and the comments have really never stopped flowing.
A few things are clear. One, this home remedy can definitely be effective at fighting off a cold. Two, because it’s so effective, people have created some very clever ways to turn chomping on raw garlic into the most pleasant experience possible. The struggle is real, but worth it.
Crushing fresh garlic – whether through chopping and letting minced garlic rest, or by chomping down on a clove with your own teeth – causes a chemical reaction that releases allicin. Allicin is a powerful antibacterial only present shortly after garlic is crushed and before it is heated! Eating fresh garlic in this state is purported to knock out that terrible feeling associated with the onset of a cold or flu. Some experts even recommend eating a clove or two every 3 to 4 hours until the bug is entirely knocked out!
We’re always impressed when our readers lay down knowledge like they do in the comment section of this OG story.
Have you tried raw garlic for a cold yet? If not, these comments could convert you…
I made special “immunity” honey with raw honey, lemon slices, fresh ginger and lots of garlic. Put it in your tea or your oatmeal!
I love a clove of garlic, sliced very thin and place between two apple slices! Works like a charm.
Chop it small enough to swallow it and take it like a tablet with water. A small clove can just be crushed a little, then swallow it down. Your breath is not affected, but the garlic still does its thing.
I found the best way to take the garlic is finely chopped in a spoon of apple sauce. You can’t taste it at all this way and I never get garlic breath!
I put the garlic inside a date. I was once on tour as a sound engineer and was so sick I couldn’t walk. I ate a couple cloves of garlic and within minutes was good to go.
I crush up 3 cloves and mix with avocado (zinc). It helps mask the taste but gets the garlic right into your system… with the added benefits of avocado!
I cut a clove in half and put one half in each cheek. I suck on em for a few minutes then crush the halves between my molars and let the juices drip to the back of my throat.
I used to eat a clove or three at the first sign of a cold. Chopped or mashed into a paste (a little salt helps). Let it sit for a few minutes then spread on bread.
My method involves cutting up two garlic cloves (finely chopped) leave it 15-20 minutes to let the allicin release, this is a compound found in garlic that is released once it has been chopped or crushed. I then put the chopped garlic into a small glass with vitamin C powder and fill with a little water. The garlic rises to the top of the glass, then drink or down pretending its a shot!
Cut the garlic. Let it soak in water for 10 mins and then add hot water, lemon and honey. Good tea.
I can attest to the cloves of garlic with honey/olive oil working well. I also take it with some pieces of ginger and ground cinnamon as well. The anti-inflammatory properties have a wonderful effect.
I make gluten-free toast, buttered and minced fresh garlic on top. The butter helps soften the bite of the garlic.
I mix garlic with kale, shallots and dried cranberries (along with a homemade dressing of white vinegar, olive oil and a dash of orange juice). I eat it every time I get a cold or sinus infection and I feel better afterward!
Stuffed garlic clove in large olives. Love them, two per day keeps the doctor away. Double up while traveling.
I prefer to chew a clove slowly – keeping it in my cheek and gently chomping until it’s all gone. Yes, it’s pretty hot but no more unpleasant than a sore throat or nasty chest bug.
Have you tried this remedy for cold and flu? How did it work? Do you have any tips for taking it? Tell us all the things in the comments below!
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