In addition to being a flavorful addition to your cooking, garlic is a surprisingly powerful superfood. Garlic is a good source of vitamin B6, iodine and vitamin C. It also releases Allicin, a natural antibiotic, when crushed. Garlic can also help improve cardiovascular health, prevent cancer, and control diabetes. It’s a powerful little food.
This recipe for garlic syrup is from healthyandnaturalworld.com. In the past it was commonly used to treat asthma, in addition to coughs, hoarseness, and other chest complaints. Garlic is great for cutting through phlegm. Here is the recipe:
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.