5 Top Garlic With Honey Benefits & Side Effects In Empty Stomach

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Both garlic and honey on their own have wonderful health benefits but when combined together offers us even more benefits. Both garlic and honey are rich in antioxidants and they help improve immunity.

I love garlic and use it my cooking a lot and even when I was pregnant, I was consuming garlic on a daily basis till I stopped breast feeding to improve breast milk supply.

Few months back I read an article explaining the health benefits of consuming raw garlic soaked in honey. I really got very interested because few of my family members consume raw garlic regularly and it is so hard to consume raw garlic and the after smell is also terrible and garlic honey was such a blessing.

What Is Garlic Honey?

Garlic honey is nothing but garlic pods soaked in honey. When I first got to know about it, I was wondering how it will taste but since the garlic is soaked well in the honey, it is easier to consume and tastes good too (it is an acquired taste).

When I made this garlic honey at home, I peeled off the garlic cloves completely and let it soak in the honey till completely tender. This did two things, it was so easy to consume as the garlic turned tender and because of the honey it also tasted good compared to eating crunchy raw garlic.

The active ingredient of garlic is allicin and it gets decentralized by heat so eating garlic in it’s raw form is one of the best ways to get all the wonderful benefits it offers. Also crushing garlic lightly before soaking it in honey makes allicin more bioavailable.

garlic and honey for weight lossRaw Garlic Soaked in Honey Health Benefits:

1. Garlic With Honey For Cold, Cough & Sore Throat:

Raw garlic and honey are rich in antioxidants and helps improve our immunity and regular consumption helps prevent common cold and flu to a great extent. It is also good for asthma patients too. If you are suffering from cold, cough or sore throat, I would highly suggest consuming a garlic pod everyday till you get well.

2. Garlic With Honey For High Blood Pressure:

Garlic has been proven to lower blood pressure so this blend is good for patients with high blood pressure and along with lowering blood pressure, it is also good for brain health and prevents many age related diseases. You can read the study that supports this claim here.

3. Garlic Honey For High Cholesterol:

Garlic honey is excellent for heart health. It is a wonderful remedy for people with high cholesterol as it lowers cholesterol levels (it lowers LDL cholesterol which is the main cause of heart attack) significantly. You can read the study that supports this claim here.

4. Garlic Honey For Acne:

Both garlic and honey have anti inflammatory properties and regular consumption of garlic honey is great for people who are suffering from acne regularly. If you are suffering from acne, along with external application try to consume honey soaked garlic pod regularly. For external application, try these homemade anti acne face washes.

5. Garlic Honey For Weight Loss:

Garlic and honey is also an amazing blood purifier and helps detoxify our body naturally and improves our metabolism thus helping in weight loss. It also has anti cancer and anti microbial properties and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. But many tout that just eating garlic honey will lead to weight loss, to really lose weight consuming healthy meals along with regular exercise and using herbs and spices wisely is important.

How Much & When To Consume?

Consume about 1/2 to 1 garlic clove soaked in honey daily and then slowly increase it to 2 cloves overtime. Even though all of us consume garlic in our food on a regular basis, when consuming separately, I would suggest taking it slow for our body to adjust. If you can, try to consume it in empty stomach but if you are not comfortable having it in empty stomach, have it in-between meals.

Garlic With Honey Side Effects:

There are no side effects to consuming garlic honey if taken in moderation but it might cause stomach irritation for certain people if had in an empty stomach. If it does, have it in between meals and never over consume it as it might lead to stomach burning, mouth odor and in certain cases vomiting too.

How To Soak Garlic In Honey:


1. Take the required amount of garlic pods, remove the outer skin and pound it lightly in a mortar and pestle. Don’t crush it too finely, just enough to break the pods.

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2. Take the pounded garlic pods in a cup. It is better to use a glass bottle that is air tight for soaking the garlic pods.

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3. Add unprocessed raw honey till the pounded garlic are fully immersed. When using honey always try to use unprocessed honey for best results, we get unprocessed honey in all the departmental stores in India now.

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4. Let it soak for at least 3 to 4 days in which time the garlic pods would have softened. Store in a glass bottle and have it everyday. I usually let it soak for a week before consuming.

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  • Let it soak till the garlic is fully tender.
  • Always pour honey till the garlic pods are fully immersed else it will spoil.
  • Store in a glass bottle for best results.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 25, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Is honey produced by bees regardless of origin (place/region/environment) be of the same organic nature, chemical structure, nutritional value, quality and effectiveness?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 25, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      The place and the flowers honey is got from matters a lot. At home, my father in law used to have beehives but still we preferred honey got from local forests as they tasted superior and was more potent. So yes, the effectiveness vary depending on the place it is produced……….

  2. swathi manda
    June 26, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Thank you ramya for your great tips. I really appreciate your time and consideration.

  3. Anonymous
    November 21, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Hi ramya, while soaking you leave it outside or refrigerated?

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