Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antiviral, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. It also provides decongestant and expectorant effects for colds and flus.
To maximize the health benefits, you should crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. That triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in garlic. Crushing fresh garlic causes a chemical reaction that releases allicin, which is a powerful antibacterial component only present shortly after garlic is crushed and before it is heated. Study, published in the journal Advances In Therapy found that taking a garlic allicin-containing supplement could help prevent colds as well as shorten their duration. Eating fresh raw crushed garlic can knock out the onset of a cold or flu.
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that eating garlic appears to boost our natural supply of hydrogen sulfide. In the body, hydrogen sulfide acts as an antioxidant and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. In a study, performed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells. The cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide.
Here’s how to use garlic to treat a cold:
1. Try a “garlic candy.” Mince 2 cloves of garlic, add 1 teaspoon of raw honey . Take every 3 hours after the onset of a cold.
2. Just eat it. Add raw garlic to a raw vegetable salad.
3. Eat a “garlic sandwich.” Two slices of rye bread, butter, 4 minced garlic cloves, a lot of sea salt. It actually tastes really good!
4. Do a “Cheburashka.” Cheburashka is a Russian cartoon character with funny ears. Mince 2 garlic cloves. Wrap each clove in a thin paper napkin, so that you have two thin tubes. Insert these tubes into your ears and walk around for 15 minutes ( 5 minutes for a child.) Garlic juice enters your mucus membranes through the ears. This method works like magic ( I am speaking from a personal experience.) Repeat up to 4 times a day.
5. For adults only- perform with caution. Do a “rhino.” Cut one garlic clove in half, lengthwise. Insert the garlic halves into your nose. If you have to sneeze, just reinsert the garlic. Walk around as long as you can ( probably no more than 5 minutes.) This method prevents sinus infections and helps to increase immunity and fight the cold.
And last, but no least and my all-time favorite. Try this one either alone or with someone who is also doing it: do a Cheburashka, and a rhino at the same time, while also eating a garlic sandwich. If you do that, you will no longer care that you have a cold!