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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