Garlic & Onion Honey Syrup
It has been said, "food is medicine."
Garlic is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. Each segment of a garlic bulb is called a clove. There are about 10–20 cloves in a single bulb, give or take. For centuries people have used garlic for its medicinal properties, including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians.
One of the many health benefits of garlic is due to the sulfur compound it releases when you chop, crush, or chew a garlic clove. Another compound is allicin. However, it is only present in fresh garlic and only after you cut or crush it, however it is only available for a brief period. The compounds from garlic enter your body from the digestive tract and travel throughout the body, providing therapeutic effects.
Garlic is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial food that facilitates our immune system and helps to defend our body from invasion of viruses and bacteria.
Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol levels: which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Boosts the immune system: it can help strengthen the immune system and protect against illness.
May stimulate the production of white blood cells.
Reduces blood pressure: Studies have shown that garlic can help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Improves bone health: it contains sulfur compounds that can help improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that consuming garlic can reduce the risk of contracting a cold/flu, and can shorten the duration of an illness when taken frequently.
Onion is a powerful expectorant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory food.
Onions are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium.
Onions have been shown to have an overall positive effect on heart health. They can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Onions contain quercetin, a flavonoid that helps to lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
Research has shown that onions may help to regulate blood sugar levels by reducing insulin resistance.
Onions contain compounds that support kidney health and may help to prevent the development of complications related to diabetes, such as renal failure.
Honey has an interesting antiviral, antioxidant effect and provides our body with naturally occurring enzymes. The honey extracts healing properties from the onion and the garlic, making it medicinal and healing.
Honey contains vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
Honey has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates; this makes it a great energy booster.
Honey can help with digestive issues such as diarrhea and indigestion. It also contains prebiotics, which can help promote the beneficial gut flora.
This syrup is the perfect remedy for a sore throat, cough, or a rundown immune system.
By combining these 3 items you are creating a powerful syrup that is antibacterial and antifungal as well as anti-inflammatory. It also works to boost the immune system and prevent/reduce illness.
Garlic & Onion Honey Syrup
1- Mason jar
2- Red Onion (chopped) add to jar to ½ full.
1- Head of garlic, peel and divide garlic cloves into 2 piles (1 pile will be coarsely chopped, the 2nd mildly crushed) add to jar.
1- Jar RAW Honey – Pour over into the jar, completely cover the garlic and onions, turning the jar to make sure everything is completely covered. Leave ¾ inch of space at the top of the jar.
-Let the jar sit on the counter for 10-12 hours, open and remove onion, LEAVE THE GARLIC, replace the lid and place in the refrigerator.
-Open every 2-3 days and “burp” the jar, as gas/pressure may build up.
-Bubbles may begin to form at the top of the mixture…..this is normal.
-The garlic may take on a different color, this can be normal during the process.
-Take a spoonful daily for overall general health and wellness.
-Take a teaspoon every 2 hours for cold/flu symptoms
-Can eat a garlic clove every 4-6 hours for respiratory or GI issues.
This works well with Tonic Tincture (which will be in stock in the shop October 3rd)
“Sick Day” Soup
3-4 large onions, sliced or diced
4-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
5 cups chicken or bone broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a large pot, add the olive oil over low-medium heat.
Add the onions and garlic and sauté until they are soft.
Add the chicken or vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a slow boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
There are 2 options to serve:
A. Use an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
B. Add 2-3 cups of diced chicken breast to the soup once the broth is hot and slow boil until done. Remove from heat, cool to warm and serve.