I may have made a joke of the garlic eating wizard but when the cold and flu season hits, the best way to protect yourself or fight off an attack is good old Swamp Juice. That’s the name my kids gave to the concoction I would make them drink at the first sign of a sneeze.
If any of you are brave enough to try it, here’s the recipe:
Lots of crushed and finely chopped garlic cloves – as many as you can stand. Three or four lemons, sliced and unpeeled. Four or five tablespoons of honey. (A couple of teaspoons of grated ginger is optional). Throw the lot into a covered pot containing 500ml of boiling water and simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes. Mash it all together and leave to cool. You can drink it straight or dilute with hot or cold water if the taste is too strong for you (hence the name Swamp Juice).
Add some sugar if it makes it easier to drink.
When cooled, the mixture can be put into a clean jar and kept in the refrigerator as a cordial for about a week. Pour some into a cup before going to bed and add a little hot water, for a nightcap. You can also use it as a linctus by taking a couple of spoonfuls straight from the jar throughout the day. If you sleep alone, there’s no problem. If not, wait till your partner has nodded off before going to bed, unless they’ve shared your Swamp Juice.
Don’t forget to keep your vitamin D levels up through the cold season.