Friday, January 3, 2014

Cure for Colds

We've all heard that garlic and honey are natural cures. Years ago a friend gave me a jar of honey that contained garlic cloves. The story that went with it was, 'when you feel a cold or sore throat on the way, eat a tablespoon of honey with a clove of garlic'.
So feeling great on a nice warm day, I decided to make a couple of jars of cure for a "rainy day".

Here is my work station. I started peeling the garlic by hand, the red plastic can is my compost pail. Even though its January the skins on the garlic are still cumbersome to remove. I remembered something I read about peeling garlic...
That's where the cardboard box and air compressor come into the picture.
I found it best to break the garlic bulbs into individual cloves. Then blast them with air. Then work the garlic skins by hand. Then go back to the compressed air. Then finally pick at the last bits of garlic peels that remained. I peeled about 6 bulbs this way pretty fast.
I cut the ends of the garlic and split the large cloves in half. The next step was adding honey.

Here's an expert tip: Do this step in the house where its warmer!
It actually wasn't that cold today. The sun was in and out of the clouds. I peeked at the outside of the bee hives. They were busy bringing home what looks like propolis.

This is what the finished product looks like. I'm sure it will keep away vampires and the not-sick people too.

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