Cure for colds, flu, and congestion!

Many years ago I had chronic bronchitis every year, about November.  One year I had it really bad.  After going to the doctor and 3 rounds of antibiotics, I ended up with pneumonia.  Since the doctors didn’t help, I called a friend who was into herbs who said he had a cocktail that would cure me…. ?

Common cold

A well-designed study of nearly 150 people supports the value of garlic for preventing and treating the common cold. In this study, people received either garlic supplements or placebo for 12 weeks during “cold season” (between the months of November and February). Those who received the garlic had significantly fewer colds than those who received placebo. Plus, when faced with a cold, the symptoms lasted a much shorter time in those receiving garlic compared to those receiving placebo.



Whole garlic clove (as a food supplement): 2 – 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove (each clove is approximately 1 gram)

Aged garlic extract: 600 – 1,200 mg, daily in divided doses

Tablets of freeze-dried garlic: 200 mg, 2 tablets 3 times daily, standardized to 1.3% alliin or 0.6% allicin. Products may also be found standardized to contain 10 – 12 mg/Gm alliin and 4,000 mcg of total allicin potential (TAP).

Fluid extract (1:1 w/v): 4 ml, daily

Tincture (1:5 w/v): 20 ml, daily

Oil: 0.03 – 0.12 ml, 3 times daily



The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and that can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.

Garlic is considered to have very low toxicity and is listed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Side effects from garlic include upset stomach, bloating, bad breath, body odor, and a stinging sensation on the skin from handling too much fresh or dried garlic. Handling garlic may also cause the appearance of skin lesions. Other, more rare side effects that have been reported by those taking garlic supplements include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches, dizziness described as vertigo (dizziness), and allergies such as an asthmatic reaction or contact dermatitis (skin rash).

Garlic has blood-thinning properties. This is also important to know if you are going to have surgery or deliver a baby. Too much garlic can increase your risk for bleeding during or after those procedures.

Possible Interactions

Garlic may alter the function of certain prescription medications. If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use garlic supplements without first talking to your health care provider.

Anti-platelet medications — Garlic may exaggerate the activity of medications that inhibit the action of platelets in the body. Examples of such medications include indomethacin, dipyridamole, Plavix, and aspirin.

Blood-thinning medications — There have been reports of a possible interaction between garlic and warfarin that could increase the risk of bleeding in people taking this blood thinning medication. Therefore, when taking medications that may thin the blood, such as aspirin and warfarin, you not use garlic supplements unless you are under the supervision of a doctor.

Protease inhibitors — Garlic may reduce blood levels of protease inhibitors, a medication used to treat people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Protease inhibitors include indinavir, ritinavir, and saquinavir.


GARLIC AND CAYENNE COCKTAIL – 1 serving 4 times a day.

This will help with congestion, cold and flu systems, and with building your immune system.

8 oz tomato juice

1 clove garlic

1/8 tsp (to taste) cayenne

4 leaves fresh parsley (helps with digestion and bad breath)

Mince the garlic, and chop the fresh parsley leaves very fine.

Put 1-2 oz. of tomato juice in the blender and add garlic and parsley. Blend till no chunks are left.

Pour into a glass and add balance of tomato juice and cayenne.

Stir with a spoon , do not stir in the blender. You do not want it frothy, and don’t ask why I know.

If you don’t care for tomato juice, like me, use this recipe.

Make fresh or use a jarred salsa, adding the following.

Note: you need 4 cloves of garlic per day

Small jar of salsa

4 cloves finely minced garlic.

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

12 fresh parsley leaves minced fine

Stir, chill, and serve with chips.

You can use this with dishes like burritos or tacos.



To help cleanse your system, follow this water regimen.

First thing in the morning, 30 minutes before you eat anything, drink 8oz of herbal hot tea, to loosen any congestion from the evening.

One hour before eating lunch, drink 1 quart of water. Do not drink water with lunch.

Wait 3 hours after lunc, then drink 1 quart of water.

Drink as normal the rest of the day.

After being so sick, I followed this regiment and was well in 2 days.

Let me know how it works for you.


linked to: Wildcrafting Wednesday


About Lowell Lane

Food is my passion; I love to grow it, cook it, eat it, and share it with others.
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