Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Amazing Benefits of Garlic

This has to be my battle cry when it comes to all things disease. Anyone who spends any time with me will hear me say again and again and again: "Are you taking garlic?" "Try garlic, it's a wonderful antibiotic." "Garlic should be able to nip that cold in the bud."
Sorry friends, family, loved ones. But garlic is my go-to food when my health starts going south. And my passion rubs off on anyone around me with even the slightest hint of the need for my help.
I use garlic for absolutely everything I can think of. I tend to forget a lot of the natural remedies that I have discovered along the way, but not garlic.
It's easy, available and EFFECTIVE!
"The role of Garlic Minced as an antiviral and anti-bacterial agent is unsurpassed. There are no... repeat, NO... modern antibiotic drugs in the entire arsenal of medical science that even come close to doing what Garlic can do." ~John Heinerman, Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices
Take your garlic fresh if you can. And raw is best. It's most potent this way. If you cook your garlic (and I do), it doesn't have the same effect for medicinal purposes. (But it does taste yummy.)
Other effective forms are powdered garlic, garlic oil, or in tablet form. The processing method is crucial to preserve garlic's potency. Therefore, I only use Kyolic Garlic Capsules when I need a quick boost and don't have fresh garlic on hand. These capsules have the added benefit of low to no garlic odor.
But remember: fresh raw garlic is best
Garlic is one of the amazing superfoods who's benefits are amazing and numerous. I'll list some here, but don't take my word for it. Do some research of your own and you will be amazed at how many applications there are for this humble little bulb.
It has antibiotic properties "as powerful as penicillin without the side effects" (from The ABC Herbal)
Inhibits candida albicans growth (yeast)
Yeast infections
Bacterial infections
Supports the cardiovascular system
Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Lowers blood pressure
Relieves dizziness
Relieves shortness of breath
Aids digestion
Remedy for infectious diseases
Worm expeller
Soothes diarrhea
Destroys harmful intestinal bacteria without affecting the beneficial organisms
Irritable bowel
Kills and expels parasites
Heals acne, skin spots and boils
clears minor skin infections
Promotes perspiration
Lice, skin parasites
Remedy for whooping cough
Anti cancer
Sore Throats
Expels phlegm
Sinus, respiratory problems
Respiratory problems
Improves cognitive functioning
Detoxifies all the body systems
Protects against infection
Builds endurance and energy
Joint issues
It increases blood flow to the brain
Stimulates the flow of blood and lymph
Blood purifier
I'm going to lift the cover to my medicinal tool chest and show you how we use garlic to stay healthy in my house. Super easy. Super effective.
Garlic Oil: Crush a fresh clove in a tablespoon of warm oil. Let sit 5 minutes. Strain. Use two drops per ear, three times daily.
Respiratory Issues
Garlic Press: Crush a fresh clove inside a folded paper towel. Pour hot water over it and wring out. Apply to chest for 90 seconds.
Garlic in Honey: Mince half a clove, coat with honey in a teaspoon. Take orally twice daily.
Head Cold
Garlic Press: Crush a fresh clove inside a folded paper towel. Pour hot water over it and wring out. Apply to the soles of feet
Sore Throat
Garlic Press: Crush a fresh clove inside a folded paper towel. Pour hot water over it and wring out. Apply to neck and feet.
Garlic Water Gargle: Pour hot water over crushed garlic, strain, and gargle.
Topical Infection
Garlic Press: Place a tablespoon of minced garlic in paper towel. Pour hot water over it. Steep for 30 seconds. Apply to infected area for two minutes.
Prevention is the best cure. Get on it early and you won't get sick. At the first sign of illness immediately administer a dose of garlic and honey. Continue for a minimum of two days.
Now, about that cold.
You should take some garlic... it's a wonderful antibiotic (smile).
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