I’m sharing a great wellness recipe today to help boost your family’s immune system this fall. Fermented honey garlic!
I’m constantly looking for ways to help my family stay healthy, especially during the fall and winter seasons when the flu seems to run rampant.
The recipe I’m sharing today is a great one to keep on hand year around, as its benefits are seemingly endless!
With Honey Fermented Garlic you can make dressing, marinades, cook with it, add your garlic to any meal or just eat them whole!
The Benefits of Fermented Honey Garlic
Let’s do a quick run through on the benefits of fermented garlic honey, just so you are aware of how amazing this powerhouse food is!
It’s no secret that honey and garlic can be beneficial to preventing sickness. Both pack a punch when it comes to warding off common colds and flu bugs, but when fermented together it reaches a class of it’s own!
Benefits of Honey
Alone, honey is packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies have even shown honey to be beneficial against fighting cancer. Purchasing your honey locally, has amazing benefits for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Just be sure to purchase raw honey, since many beneficial properties are destroyed during the processing phase.
Benefits of Garlic
Now here is where things get good…
Garlic is a powerhouse food. Everyone should try to incorporate fresh garlic in their diets as often as possible because this stuff is like gold in terms of wellness.
In one study, garlic was shown to be 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics.
Just like honey, garlic is also antibacterial, antifungal and is packed full of antioxidants. But it doesn’t stop there! Check out just a few of the amazing benefits of garlic
- Strengthens immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves cholesterol
- Kills cancer cells
- Reduces stress & fatigue
- Helps remove heavy metals
- Improves hair & skin
- Increases insulin production
- Helps prevent Alzheimers
- Prevents blood clots
- Treats psoriasis
The list goes on and on you guys.
And while most of us use garlic to flavor our food, historically garlic has been used for many many years as medicine and wound treatment.
In a nut shell, consuming fermented foods adds beneficial bacteria and enzymes to our gut flora. This is extremely important when it comes to a properly functioning immune system.
Since 70% of our immune system resides in our stomach, it is crucial we remain aware of the foods we eat on a daily basis.
The more variety of fermented foods you can add to your diet, the better. When we give our body’s the necessary nutrients, bacteria and enzymes it needs, our immune system’s will be able to fight off any illness that comes it’s way….um, yes please!
Making honey fermented garlic is super simple. First gather up your ingredients. You’ll need:
- Local honey
- Mason Jar
Yep that’s it. Depending on how much you want to make, will depend on the size jar needed. I typically use a pint size jar, with approximately
- 1 Cup Garlic
- 1 Cup Local Honey
Start by removing the skin from the garlic cloves. This is the longest part of the process. I find the easiest way to do this is to place your knife on top of the cloves, and gently pound it once with your hand.
After you have removed all the skin from the garlic, put them in the jar and pour your honey over them. Put the lid loosely on and store in a dark place such as your panty for a month or so. At least once daily, flip your jar over to be sure the garlic is being evenly coated. Don’t forget to tighten your lid before doing this!
The honey will become more watery over time, and the garlic will become sweeter.
You can store honey fermented garlic for many months in a cool place, so its really great if you can make a larger batch!
Using your fermented honey garlic
There are several different ways you can use fermented honey garlic. You can use it as a marinade, as a dressing or even just take one whole every day.
The garlic is great on sandwiches and the honey makes a great salad dressing. Mincing a clove into any dish is a great way to boost the flavor of any meal too.
Have you made fermented honey garlic before? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?
Also, stay tuned for my sweet Italian dressing recipe using fermented honey garlic!