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One of the most beneficial vegetables on earth, garlic is found in every kitchen in the world. Apart from giving food a specific flavor, it also treats a number of health issues.

Even though it’s normally consumed cooked, raw garlic is even a more powerful natural remedy.

According to research, garlic has proved extremely beneficial for improving heart health. For one thing, it reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol, thus preventing coronary heart disease and the risk of heart failure. It can also effectively reduce the effects of atherosclerosis. 

As an extra bonus, garlic can also relieve common health issues including hay fever, traveler’s diarrhea, cold and flu, bug bites and fungal infections.

How to Use Garlic

As mentioned earlier, eating raw garlic is far more beneficial than eating it cooked because its active ingredient, allicin, remains in its natural (i.e. healthiest) form. For optimal health benefits, crush or chop a garlic clove 15 minutes before your meal. This will activate a chemical reaction that makes allicin more easily absorbed by your body.

How to Make a Garlic Flu Tonic

If you have sensitive skin, wearing gloves when preparing garlic is strongly recommended because some of the natural oils can cause a skin rash or burn.

  • half a yellow onion (roughly chopped)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 2 red chili peppers (roughly chopped)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of ginger (roughly chopped)
  • juice of one lemon
  • organic, unfiltered and raw apple cider vinegar
  1. Get a 350-500ml mason jar. Put the roughly chopped onion, garlic, chili peppers and ginger inside.
  2. Next, add the lemon juice.
  3. Fill the mason jar with apple cider vinegar, leaving about 1cm at the top.
  4. Close the jar and store it in a pantry.
  5. Your flu tonic is ready to use! 
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