Meet Your Cold & Flu Season Sidekick

Whether you’re a total germaphobe or you just plain hate getting sick, we’re all on the same page about winter—cold and flu season sucks. But as much as you would like to stay in bed all day and avoid the freezing cold temps and contagious coughers, you’ve got class and work calling your name. But what if we told you that you’ve had a cold and flu season sidekick sitting in your fridge all this time? Yup, that’s right. Garlic will cure your runny nose, watery eyes, sniffles, sneezes, you name it!

Well, if you’re anything like us, then you didn’t know this until you read it on the internet. But now that you do know, your world will change. Seriously. Simply eating raw garlic will kick your cold symptoms by the next day. Don’t believe us? Try it. BUT before you go popping a whole clove in your mouth and wishing for the best, read through our tips to make sure you’re getting the full results.

Tip #1 Get fresh garlic

Avoid that garlic bulb that’s been sitting in the back of your fridge for the past four months. You’ll know it’s not fresh if it’s brown, it doesn’t peel easily, or it feels like rubber when you try to cut it.

Tip #2 One (clove) and you’re done

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One clove should do the trick, you definitely don’t need to finish off an entire bulb, so don’t go overboard!

Tip #3 Cut super small pieces

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Garlic is full of flavor and raw garlic has a strong, sharp taste. It will burn your mouth. To avoid shock on your first bite, cut the garlic into teeny tiny (and we mean tiny) pieces so you’re only getting a small amount of that garlic-y taste. It will still cure your cold, as long as you eat enough pieces.

P.s. be careful of your fingers when you’re cutting the clove.

Tip #4 Have a large glass of water on standbygarlicandwater

Not kidding, have your water ready before you start eating the garlic. We recommend taking a sip of water after every piece. Too much garlic taste at one time is just… well gross.

Tip #5 Eat the garlic at night

You really won’t want it for breakfast because you’ll have garlic breath all day. Eat it at night, sleep on it, and prepare to be amazed by the effects it has on your cold the next day.

Tip #6 Don’t cook it! 

If you really can’t stomach raw garlic alone, you can put it in or on something else like spaghetti or toast. But whatever you do, don’t cook the garlic.

Alyssa Fiorentino

Contributor, Fordham University Major: Communications & Media Studies Her heart belongs to: vintage pop culture, day dreaming, and crop tops Her guilty pleasures: mirror selfies and Austin Mahone

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