The kitchen holds a wide variety of immune boosting ingredients. This includes honey and garlic, which seems to be an odd combination but can help boost your immune system.
The best way to combine the healing benefits of honey and garlic is to infuse raw honey into crushed garlic. Crushing the garlic allows its natural enzymes to reach their maximum potential. While soaking garlic cloves in honey will increase its immune boosting power and make it more palatable.
Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It also acts as an antioxidant to fight off free radicals. Honey contains incredible nutrients packed into just one small tablespoon. Added to that is the balance of nutrients will not spike your blood sugar like refined sugars do.
Benefits of Garlic
Garlic helps the body improve heart function, maintain proper blood pressure and fight fungal infections. Most importantly, it helps boost the immune system and fights colds and flu.
What makes garlic healthy and beneficial in its most potent form is allicin. It is also responsible for its strong taste and smell.
1. Immune-Boosting Honey Infused Raw Garlic
1/2 pint raw honey
8-10 cloves of minced garlic
1. Place the minced garlic in the bottom of a half-pint jar. Then fill the rest of the jar with honey.
2. Set the jar near a south-facing window. For the next month you will see garlic juice releasing into the honey. After a month has passed, it is ready to use.
2. Honey Infused with Roasted Garlic
250 grams of locally grown honey
30 grams of dry white wine
15 grams of extra virgin olive oil
10 cloves of fresh garlic
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
Cracked white pepper corns
Sprinkle of sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
2. Peel the garlic cloves. Stir the white wine and olive oil, together with a whisk.
3. Put the garlic on a square of baking paper and place it using a ceramic oven dish. Pour the olive oil and white wine over the garlic. Then sprinkle it with sea salt and top it off with fresh rosemary sprigs.
4. Close the baking paper into a package and then place the dish in the oven.
5. Roast the garlic for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the cloves are golden and the smell of garlic permeates the kitchen.
6. Extract the garlic from the baking paper and smash the garlic with a fork, along with the remains of the olive oil and white wine juices. Stir the roasted garlic into the honey. Then put some cracked white pepper.
7. Pour the result in a jar and close tightly. The infused honey will last for at least 2 months.