Take 2 Kiwi and Call me in the Morning

When I feel myself coming down with something, e.g. a cold, I usually reach for the Manuka honey. (I often characterize my diet as mostly vegan most of the time. This would be why.)

In addition to the honey, Manuka also produces an essential oil that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. The land of Manuka honey is also a major producer of kiwifruit. The vitamin C contained within is said to help with immunity.

Immune-enhancing role of vitamin C and zinc…

I also like to use raw garlic as an overall panacea.

Raw Garlic: Healing Properties and Medicinal Uses

And my preferred ways to make it more palatable?

  • Purée it!
    With some chickpeas, lemon juice and tahini to make hummus or eggplant, tahini and lemon juice to make baba ghanouj.
  • Garlic bread
    Rub a raw garlic clove on a slice of multigrain bread. Mince that same garlic clove and mix with a little olive oil, dried parsley and touch of salt. Spread over the bread and place in a cold oven. Turn oven to 300ºF and when the oven reaches that temperature, turn oven off and remove bread. This helps to soften the bite of garlic without cooking it completely.

From chicken soup remedies to scientifically proven health benefits, food does indeed nurture.
What healing foods do you reach for when you’re feeling under the weather?


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