for cold and flu and sore throats
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp fennel seeds
100ml apple cider vinegar
optional if you can handle the strong garlic taste or don't want the sugar:
1 tbsp honey (preferably manuka)
Simmer seeds in vinegar for 10 minutes with lid on. Strain and add honey.
Add peeled and crushed garlic.Leave garlic in mix for 10 minutes (with lid on to withhold any steam), and then strain again. Bottle and label.
Take a teaspoon as necessary for sore throats, colds and/or flu.
For a sore throat, gargling before swallowing may be helpful.
This has proven to be very effective, particularly for a sore throat at the beginning of a cold. If you can begin taking this early in its course, you may prevent it with this. Beware that the garlic can irritate the stomach.
The fennel serves the purpose as a carminative or to ease digestion.
It also makes a great salad dressing with a little oil!