by Kristena Roder
Most of us have heard of garlic and majority have eaten it at some point in our lives I am sure. Garlic proves not only to liven up foods with its pungent flavor, but also to add its medicine to prevent illness.
Garlic is antibiotic, antimicrobial antioxidant, antifungal, antiparasitic and probably several other ANTI's. (maybe anti social for those opposed to the aroma which is excreted through the breath and skin) Harvard describes an antimicrobial as an agent that acts against bacteria, fungi, and parasites in the body.
MD Anderson describes it as a substance that kills microorganisms such as bacteria or mold, or stops them from growing and causing disease.
Who would have thought this culinary herb to be so powerful?
Garlic also acts on the circulatory system and has been used traditionally for cholesterol regulation.
Other ailments that have been trated with garlic are acne, allergies, asthma, tumors, candida and vaginitis, urinary tract complaints, chronic fatigue, hemmorhoids, HIV/Aids, hypoglycemia, impotence, liver problems, and respiratory issues.
It has been reported that some midwives have treated their clients with garlic to fight strep b in pregnant mothers.
If a cold begins to creep on you, eating a raw clove of garlic can do wonders for many people, pretty much wiping the cold out immediately.
Eating huge amounts of garlic may cause stomach upset or sore rectum upon elimination so small amounts are recommended until you are aware of how much your body can take at one sitting.
My husband typically craves Italian food when he begins feeling bad. Once we read the research on garlic, we both agree that it must have been a natural craving for some germ killing needs in the body.
Pretty cool I'd say.
If eating raw garlic does not appeal to you, you can create pesto or hummus.
I sometimes chop mine up small and swallow like a pill, although some disagree on the potency of doing it that way.
I would like to leave you with a simple rememdy any of us can make at home to help ourselves or our children.
Garlic Foot Application
I was recently reminded of this simple remedy by John Gallagher of learningherbs.com
Crush a few cloves of garlic in a mason jar or even a small bowl and cover with olive oil (or whatever food or skin grade oil you have at home) Allow the garlic to macerate in the oil for at least a half hour, or warm on the stove for 20 minutes or so. The goal is to extract the medicinal constiuents from the garlic into the oil.
At that time, you can apply the garlic oil to your feet and apply socks on your feet after application.
(this helps keep the oil on your feet as well as prevents slips) Rest and relax while the garlic is absorbed through the pores of the feet and circulates through the body. Of course, it will go to the lungs since it has that affinity to do so, and you will probably have garlic breath not long after application or the next day.
This might be a good time to have pizza delivered for the family since you probably will not feel like cooking anyway. You will all have the same garlic smell and you wont feel like you stick out like a sore thumb.
Well wishes and Green Blessings
Ray and Kristena,
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