Garlic Oxymel

February 6 2013

by alex

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This medicinal recipe is from Tierona Low Dog, MD, who is a leading authority on botanical medicine and dietary supplements. This is a recipe that we have on hand as an antiviral for when a cold or flu seems to be taking hold. This is a good way to get garlic into children. It needs to sit for a week or two to be ready to use, but has a shelf life of months.

Garlic Oxymel
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 10 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 4-6 bulbs fresh garlic, whole cloves, peeled
  • 10 ounces honey
  1. Simmer fennel in vinegar over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Add garlic and honey.
  3. Heat very gently just enough to blend honey. Be careful not to heat garlic much, as antimicrobial effects will be lost.
  4. Pour into sterilized glass container (not plastic). Mason jars work well.
  5. Store at room temperature. Ready to use after 1-2 weeks. Will keep for many months.
Treatment Dose: 1-2 tbsp every 3-4 hours for colds, bronchitis, congestion. Preventive Dose: 1-2 tbsp once daily in evening. Okay to eat the garlic if you like! Do not use honey in children under 18 months of age.