Soothe A Cold By Grating Raw Garlic Into Your Soup

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Whether or not there’s any actual science behind it, lots of people swear by the sickness-busting properties of raw garlic. Some of my friends and family will actually chow down on raw cloves in an attempt to send their symptoms packing.

Although I love garlic, this is just too much for me. So, when my annual Spring Cold came knocking last week, I tried something different: I grated a clove right into every bowl of soup I ate.

Not only was this a lot more enjoyable than taking a bite out of raw, crunchy garlic, but it was delicious: everything from homemade chicken stock to instant miso to an ancient pack of kimchi ramen instantly became more savoury, with just enough of a raw garlic bite to (temporarily) clear my sinuses.

Did it instantly cure what ailed me? Well, no, but it sure did ease my suffering — and when it comes to colds, that’s the best you can hope for.


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