Garlic Milk - A Medicinal Drink and its Benefits

Garlic Health Benefits

If I say, garlic is a medicine, you'll probably respond: "Yeah? So, tell me something new." Garlic has long been famous for its wonderful medicinal qualities and flavour. It is used in variety of ways in different cultures for medicinal as well as culinary purposes.

Most of us like the flavour it adds to our food. But, the pungent smell it leaves in our mouths - don't you hate it? Well, the person next to us might hate it even worse. HA!

In spite of this unfortunate side effect, Garlic is still hailed as the best medicine for a variety of diseases. It helps in curing a wide range of symptoms ranging from infections to cancer.

In 1858, Louis Pasteur was so stunned by its antibacterial activity that he introduced Garlic as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II. It can also fight the disease, Beriberi. When taken regularly, garlic improves thiamine absorption and improves our immunity to Beriberi. Garlic pods also have a strong anti-fungal quality in them. It can also prevent and treat digestive disorders and colon infections. And, as everyone know, it fights effectively against cold and sore throat.

Garlic Milk Recipe

Garlic Milk: A Medicinal Drink.

This garlic drink, is tasty, less hot, less smelly and very effective in fighting colds, sore throats, and infections. Is your picky eater prone to frequent colds? This is the right drink to enhance his or her immune system. Kids love it!


  • 1 cup of milk.
  • 3 garlic cloves.
  • Sugar to taste.
  • 1/4 Tsp. Turmeric powder.
  • 1 Tsp. Honey (optional).
  • Pinch of black pepper powder.


1. Crush the garlic cloves a little with the sides of a knife or a garlic crusher. (Note: Do not crush them hard. We want them in whole. We are crushing a little just to open the pods for the juices to flow out.)

2. Boil the milk along with crushed garlic.

3. Add the turmeric powder.

4. Let the milk boil until the garlic is soft. Keep stirring the milk so that it doesn't get sticky at the bottom. Tip: Add a spoon of sugar to the milk before putting it on the stove. This will help prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom.

5. Let the milk cool and add sugar to taste.

6. Drink the milk and make sure you eat those cooked garlic cloves.


If you like the taste of honey, you can substitute it for the sugar. Make sure you add honey only when the milk has cooled down, as putting honey in hot milk reduces the benefits of both the honey and the garlic milk. Careful, though, because as much as honey soothes a sore throat, regular intake of honey with milk will increase body weight.

Another variation is to add a pinch of black pepper powder to milk to add a little bit of spice.

Turmeric powder also has medicinal properties. Like honey, it soothes any bodily injuries, including those on your internal organs. It's antibacterial as well.

Enjoy the drink every night before going to bed for a peaceful sleep!

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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Thank you for a truly informative hub. I use garlic each time I have an infection, but I never heard of garlic milk. That's a new one on me.

Thank you for not only the information but the ingredients and the directions. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Voted up, useful and awesome.

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Nila says 5 years ago from CA,USA Author

Hey Pixienot,

I am glad that you liked my hub. Thank you so much for the appreciation and vote. (note: you can vary the number of garlic cloves as per your need).

M.Yousuf 4 years ago

You not mentioned actual benefits of the drink

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Nila says 4 years ago from CA,USA Author

Hi Yousuf, Thanks fro stopping by. I have mentioned the benefits I knew of. Please feel free to add your knowledge to the hub. Thanks!

Csl 3 years ago

Very good. I love your article. It is very useful. I already knew this , but to get the variations and highlight some of the benefits is really useful. I didn't know it helps with the immunity system. Thank you.

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Nila says 3 years ago from CA,USA Author

Hi Csl,

Thank you very much for the appreciation. :-)

Waffen SS 3 years ago

You may have just saved me from a terrible cold mate ! Thanks very much

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Nila says 3 years ago from CA,USA Author

You are very welcome, Waffen! I am happy, it helped you. I will let my mom know that you thanked her, because it is her recipe :-)

anon 3 years ago

no do not boil it! raw uncooked garlic and milk is much more effective

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Nila says 3 years ago from CA,USA Author

Hi anon,

Thanks for stopping by and for your input.

Raw garlic is effective but it is impossible for most people to eat it raw. It is too hot especially for kids.

Amitav 3 years ago

Garlic when boiled in milk make a concoction which reduces cholesterol and triglycerid.

Eddy Azimi 3 years ago

I knew all but garlic with milk was new for me, is that if i drink milk with garlic i can sleep well

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Nila says 3 years ago from CA,USA Author

Yes. It helps in having a goodnight sleep.

James 2 years ago

Boiling the garlic actually decomposes the acillin which is the antibacterial property of garlic. I would recommend altering this recipe by crushing the garlic with a press (which releases the acillin) and adding the garlic to the warmed milk at the end of the process if you want the antibacterial properties of the garlic.

drsJohn 2 years ago

Very useful information,

Thank u nila

rameshwar singh 2 years ago

garlic milk is good for my body .and good taste.

Jasmine 2 years ago

I have a 19 month old who has a bad cold. Is it ok to use garlic powder with the milk or does it have to be a whole garlic to be effective

Ann 24 months ago

I am Polish, we drink garlic, milk and honey every time we have cold. It is popular in Poland.

We live in the Uk and also our British friends enjoy drinking it.

sebastian 23 months ago

Its a very nice guide i started using garlic yesterday and feels its working already just got fed up of lemsips. But very important thing is DO NOT BOIL GARLIC as i read somwhere that over 60 deg C will stop it from working also if u are adding honey do not go above 40 deg C as same happens to honey too. If you don't have a way of checking temp then if it feels room temp its fine. Hope this helps

tom 14 months ago

Garlic should only be consumed with water. It should not be consumed with a dairy product. Garlic and a dairy product cannot be digested correctly or completely when combined.


can I use garlic powder if I dont havecloves

Raman 5 months ago

I don not think boiling milk with crushed garlic cloves would reduce or take away the properties of the garlic. I have read that a three-minute boiling is beneficial. Also add the turmeric in mid way. Add a pinch of pepper powder at the end. if honey to be added do it when the milk cools down a bit. My father was taking garlic milk for at least 20 years and it helped him in fighting gastritis and constipation, and reducing cholesterol.

Mustafa Noor 2 months ago

is it helpful for reduce colestorel & BP?

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Nila says 2 weeks ago from CA,USA Author

Hi Beauty, you may but I don't believe that it can be very beneficial in terms of its medical properties as you know fresh is always the best option.

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