It’s been a crazy winter.
In fact, I can’t remember a winter where my kids have picked up virus after virus.
Now with all the talk of Covid-19 and social distancing, I am staying calm but trying to stack the deck in our favor.
In addition to heeding the advice of social distancing, we are keeping ourselves as healthy as possible by eating well, taking our vitamins and using some of the natural remedies that have been suggested to us since our virus filled winter started!
One of these remedies has been something called “garlic goot.”
As you’ll recall, my kids were sick in the month leading up to Christmas, recovered and had a great week prior to Christmas and then my eldest came down with a fever on Christmas morning (which turned out to be the flu) and my littlest one followed suit 2 days later.
As I was giving them their vitamins and immune boosters and/or modulators (we use things like Vit C, Vit D, Monolaurin and Colostrum all given to them by their doctor and ND), I was chatting with a few mamas on a health board and someone mentioned trying garlic goot for their coughs and colds, kinda like some people use Vicks Vaporub.
My first thought was, what the heck is garlic goot? I’d never heard of it!
Turns out it’s a simple remedy, easy to make at home and has helped the boys kick their coughs and colds (not to mention us as well!)
Quick note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am not a doctor. This post is for informational purposes only
Garlic goot is a salve made with coconut oil and garlic cloves.
The thought behind this powerful healing remedy is that it is made with coconut oil (which contains lauric acid, is antiviral, antibacterial) while garlic is also antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
By rubbing this salve on the chest and bottoms of the feet, it transfers all these amazing health benefits into your bloodstream where it can help you rid yourself of those yucky, circulating germs.
So how do you do you make it?
It literally takes a couple of minutes.
Warm up the coconut oil, about a 1/4 cup.
Chop up 6 cloves of garlic to release the allicin (the medicinal properties of garlic)
Once the oil has melted, add the garlic to the coconut oil (you can also put it through a food processor to make into more of an ointment)
Transfer to a clean, glass container.
Let it cool down.
The first time I made it, I put it through my vitamix but because I didn’t have enough liquid to blend the garlic, I still end up with large chunks, so I left it.
So yes, my version of garlic goot had larger garlic pieces in the coconut oil but I just let it harden.
I keep mine in the fridge and take it out as needed. You can leave it in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
I put it on my kids every few hours (or about 3-5 a times day when they are sick or I think they are coming down with something) and it really helps to get them feeling better quick!
In fact, the little one just came down with a new virus again (I swear its because he drags himself on the turf in the soccer dome – we’re there a minimum of 5 days a week) and just after a day of putting it on, he is back to running around like crazy, he has a ton of energy and the runny nose is abating.
So, the next time you or anyone else in your household is sick, try the garlic goot.
It’s a new “go to” in my arsenal of home remedies to help the kids feel better quick!