Garlic is known as a powerful remedy and has been used in many herbal medicines. Garlic has a wide ranging and very effective medical properties. It helps to improve the immune system and fights against bacterial and viral infections. The strongly scented oil is largely extracted through the lungs, clearing chest infections and recurring colds. Raw garlic contains allicin which is known to be more powerful antibiotic than penicillin.
This garlic recipe is for sweet and soothing syrup. In the past it was a popular remedy for asthma. It can still be used for this as well as for coughs, hoarseness and other chest complains as garlic fights against infections and helps to clear the phlegm.
1 cup (250ml) boiling water
4 oz (125g) garlic, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
1/4 cup (70ml) vinegar
8 oz (250g) sugar
Add the boiling water to the garlic, cover and let stand for 12-24 hours. In a small pan simmer the fennel seeds in the vinegar. Add this to the garlic mixture and stir well. Heat the mixture and simmer until the garlic is soft. Strain through a piece of muslin and press the garlic to extract all the juices. Heat the liquid and gradually add the sugar. Stir constantly to dissolve the sugar, but don’t allow the mixture to boil. Allow the syrup to cool and then pour into sterilized bottles. Store in a cool, dark place. Take up to 3 teaspoons a day when needed.