Lemon-Garlic-Honey for colds and immunity
Thanks for the opportunity to contribute to your website.
I’ll start with some background first. My wife is a qualified natural aesthetician and has studied herbalism, aromatherapy and Chinese medicine as part of her training. My background is as a nurse who also studied energy healing, namely Reiki.
Prior to the birth of our children, we had made the decision to not immunize them. On looking into the epidemiology of the main diseases being immunized against, it was obvious that the mortality rate associated with those diseases began to drop a long time before the introduction of antibiotics. Lifestyle factors and hygiene seemed to be the main contributors to the decline in mortality rates. So we decide not to immunize them. This meant that we had to be extra vigilant to their health needs and protect them from the diseases they were likely to be exposed to.
Infection and immunity
The primary remedy we decided to rely on is an old remedy consisting of 3 ingredients: garlic, lemon and honey. We used this concoction as the primary defense against infection and to boost the natural immune defenses. The remedy consisted of:
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 lemons (including a small amount of rind)
- 5-6 desert spoons of honey
All ingredients were combined together in a food processor until smooth and then refrigerated until used. They had one teaspoon at least twice a day.
Our oldest son was nineteen when he had his first antibiotic. He reported to us that he also used the GLH (garlic, lemon, honey) mixture in addition to the chemical treatment.
Our eldest daughter, now 21, had antibiotics once when travelling in Vietnam at the insistence of her chaperons.
The other two children have never had antibiotics.
They have all had the normal childhood diseases: measles, chickenpox, glandular fever, scarlet fever and a couple of others. The GLH remedy has always been our first line of defense.
Scarlet fever associated with a strep throat infection
- 2 medium sized onions (preferably red) chopped finely
- 7-8 desert spoons of honey
- A couple of drops of thyme essential oil.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and allow the honey to extract the juices from the onions and then refrigerate. Draw off the liquid, add the thyme oil and discard the pulp.
This was very effective in reducing the effects of the scarlet fever and we always used when someone had a sore throat.
As babies the remedies could not be administered orally. Each of them was breast fed until the ages of 3-4 years of age. If they developed a snuffle, cold or signs of fever we would emaciate garlic with a little olive oil and rub it onto the souls of their feet. The smell of garlic on their breath testified to the effectiveness of absorption through the skin. We also added honey to supplement the breast feeding and relied on my wife’s developed anti-bodies passing through the breast milk.
We have also used honey in the treatment of burns. We lived in a remote area at that time, and our youngest son fell onto the side of the wood-heater and severely burned his chest, arms and hands. After putting the effected parts under running cold water for close to an hour, we dressed his wounds with lavender oil and honey. In between dressings, he had oatmeal baths and washed his skin with honey. Kids love washing with honey because they can eat the soap. He is now 17 and has no scarring on his hands or arms and minor scarring on his chest which is only visible during summer when he tans.
All of the children regularly washed their skin with honey throughout their childhood. It was expensive but they all now have beautiful skin and have not had the teenage associated problems with acne.
I hope this provides your readers with some useful ideas on what they can do with honey. It isn’t just used to spread on your toast. Honey is so full of healing properties that it should be more widely used.
thyme oil picture credit wikimedia comons
honey jar picture credit Eskymaks via Big Stock Photo;
garlic picture credit SOMMAI, via freedigitalphotos.net;
onion picture credit happykanppy, via freedigitalphotos.net