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Health Benefits of Garlic: How To Get Rid Of Phlegm

Updated on April 9, 2016
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Peachpurple had learned that ingredients from the kitchen could be your best medicine besides the pills

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I love using garlic in my cooking and to cure flu sickness
I love using garlic in my cooking and to cure flu sickness | Source

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The Pyramid Statues

The statues of the pyramid, imagine how the laborer got their energy and strength! Garlic
The statues of the pyramid, imagine how the laborer got their energy and strength! Garlic | Source

Brief History of garlic

Long, long time ago, garlic had been used as a medicinal treatment for various sickness since anti-biotics and pills were not invented back then.

I remembered watching a documentary show which described how the laborers in Egypt and Greece had so much energy to build historical temples and pyramids. They ate garlic to increase strength and energy to work in those harsh environment.

In China, physicians used garlic to treat bronchitis and respiration problems. Some people spread the use of garlic to America where they used garlic as tonic and supplement ingredient to promote good health.


What is the use of Garlic?

Garlic is the KING of the allium family and was used traditionally for culinary and medicinal purposes worldwide.

Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians, Romans, the physicians of Persia and during the Middle Ages period, garlic had been commonly used to treat various illness, fungal skin problems and various internal body system infections.

Garlic is widely known for its' medicinal properties which was highly recommended by physicians, doctors to us it as antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-fungal to protect oneself against any infections.

Garlic can be bought in the form supplements, ointment or mouthwash.

Some people eat garlic raw or pound it into fine paste to rub against infected body area for immediate results.


Whenever I had to prepare garlic for my cooking session, I had to prepare in advance, chopping several cloves of garlic for different meals and recipes.

This is quite troublesome if I am in a hurry.

Hence, I bought this Stainless Steel Chopper that saves and cut down my chore of chopping garlic, onions and ginger in seconds. Just peel the garlic skin, pop them into the container, twist it to close and press it down the spring loaded lid that goes chop, chop chop!

If I want coarse garlic, press down the lid 2-3 times. If I want minced garlic, press down several times. I can see the status of the garlic through the transparent container. SUper easy and convenient.

The best thing is; easy to wash, stainless steel and light weight.

Onions, Garlic and Ginger

fresh raw ingredients that you can find in your kitchen at low price
fresh raw ingredients that you can find in your kitchen at low price | Source

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • It is well-known for anti-cancer agent and support health in many ways.
  • It contains ALLICIN which is a powerful antibiotic, a potent agent which helps body to fight against reemergence of germs, infectious disease and slow down other terminal illness.
  • There are studies research that proves garlic reduces LCD cholesterol (bad type) level , increases HDL cholesterol (good type) level and lower blood pressure.
  • It keeps your heart healthy, provide immune system of your body with antioxidant.
  • Help to flush out toxic substances such as alcohol and heavy metals from the body.
  • Reduces the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream
  • Helps to maintain blood circulation.
  • Lowers blood pressure and makes blood flows easily, less sticky. Hence, reduce the risk of contracting blood clots in the blood vessels.
  • Used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene due to poor hygiene.
  • Added into certain mouthwash that had proven strong anti-bacteria activity in the mouth but some consumers could not resist the awful taste and smelly odor.
  • Famously known to prevent common cold such as flu, runny nose and fights bad bacteria in the throat that causes throat irritation, chesty cough, and hoarseness and helps to reduce phlegm gradually.

People who needs garlic

Sore throat, phlegm, feeling sick, alcohol, smoking, people with these problems need GARLIC, a LOT !
Sore throat, phlegm, feeling sick, alcohol, smoking, people with these problems need GARLIC, a LOT ! | Source

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Who needs garlic?

If you are a patient with numerous health problems, middle age adult with hectic schedule and a person who often has cold or runny nose; you should mix garlic in your daily food or have it raw to treat your problems.

Who needs garlic? Check out if you are having any of these:

  • Helps to relieve indigestion after a full greasy meal.
  • Helps to promote diuretic nature for kidneys
  • Original antibiotic against cough, flu and bones ache.
  • Reduces phlegm and thick mucus especially in chest and throat.
  • Improves eyesight for night vision.
  • Increase sexual desires which was proven by my hubby ( chuckles !)
  • Wonderful anti-septic for skin problems ( mashed it and wrap up in linen, rub against your skin , make sure wound is not open )
  • Prevents blood clots for stroke patients
  • Prevents cardiovascular disease ( heart diseases ) for high blood pressure patients
  • Slow down strokes
  • Reduce high cholesterol in blood for heart patients and stroke patients

Helps to treat your digestive system

Garlic kills bacteria in our digestive system
Garlic kills bacteria in our digestive system | Source

Garlic helps to kill bacteria in phlegm

Garlic has been used and proven to be the best ingredient in medicinal practice for centuries and generations.

Consuming garlic in raw or uncooked provides higher nutritional value rather than cooked garlic.

Using garlic to reduce the phlegm, cough and flue is commonly used as it helps to kill the bacteria from developing into chronic stages.

I noticed that when I first started to have thick phlegm, irritating my throat and feeling itchy, it is whitish, thick mucus that turns light green in color.

As I had started to drink Garlic Soup, which I had to swallow down fresh chopped garlic, the thick greenish phlegm gradually turns back to white and further diluted the phlegm.

Now, the phlegm becomes transparent and watery instead.

This is due to the fact that garlic contains the bacteria destroying properties to kill the bacteria and reduce the infected throat.


If you can't stand the odor of raw garlic, why not try buying odorless garlic capsules for better health?

I found that gel capsules are easy to swallow rather than pills or raw garlic when I was still pregnant with my first child. I had bad case of nausea whenever I smell chopped garlic nearby.

Hence, my doctor recommended me to try odorless garlic capsule to promote good health and to increase breast milk for my baby.

Most garlic supplements come in 30 or 60 capsules per bottle. I ate one per day which could last me 1-2 months.

If you buy from Amazon, you can save a great deal and delivery was fast.

Buy odorless garlic capsules

Tips to Use Raw Garlic

  • Garlic can be found in pills, soft gel, capsules, liquid in the market.
  • You can cook, baked, use in salad dressing or eat raw garlic.
  • When stir-fry garlic, don't burnt it. Otherwise, it will taste bitter. Stir-fry for 20 seconds and add in the vegetables to allow the flavor to absorb into the dish to bring out the aroma.
  • You can roast, include in soups, toast on bread, stir-fry with eggs.
  • Garlic is best eaten raw but be careful because it might cause irritation to stomach.

Seasoning

light soy sauce to enhance the taste of stingy garlic
light soy sauce to enhance the taste of stingy garlic | Source

How Get Rid Of Phlegm?

The Source of Garlic Water Recipe

I was down with a runny nose, phlegm in the throat and a chesty cough for 2 weeks. I had visited the local clinic for medication but still no improvement even though I had finished dutifully all the pills and anti-biotic given by the doctor in charge.

It was really irritating when the throat gets itchy, causing unexpected cough frequently and trying to cough out the thick phlegm in the throat during the night has interrupted my hubby beautiful sleep daily.

It was exasperating, indeed!

Yesterday, my hubby read in the local Chinese newspaper “ Sin Chew News “ that featured some useful information on various common illness and how to cure them with home remedies with natural ingredients.

He saw an article about getting rid of phlegm with garlic water which is one of the most common illnesses since the hot dry spell weather began recently.

He told me to give a try since the doctor’s medication failed to reduce the phlegm.

  • According to the newspaper article, garlic is known to contain a substance that kills bacteria efficiently if eaten raw not fried or cooked.
  • Since most people could not resist the awful stench and spicy taste of raw garlic, one of the method the article suggested was to pound the garlic finely, transfer it to a small rice bowl, add in 1 or 2 drops of light soy sauce and ½ bowl of lukewarm water.
  • The purpose of adding the soy sauce is to enhance the taste of the pungent garlic, no particular health reasons.


A Rice Bowl of Garlic Water

a small bowl of freshly pound garlic water
a small bowl of freshly pound garlic water | Source

Is the Garlic Water Useful for Your Phlegm?

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Garlic Water

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 person- 1 gulp

Ingredients to Prepare

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 small bowl lukewarm water
  • mortar and pastel, for pounding garlic

Instructions

  1. Choose the biggest piece clove of garlic- 1 piece will do. If you choose the smallest piece, there wouldn't be much effect on killing the bacteria in your throat.
  2. Remove the skin and briefly wash it. Make sure that the mortar and pestel is clean.
  3. Put in the washed whole garlic and pound it hard a few times until it is fully mashed up. I deliberately mashed it until the garlic paste looks fine so that I would not be able to eat those bit pieces of garlic.
  4. Scoop up the garlic paste and transfer it into a small rice bowl.
  5. Drop 2 drops of light soy sauce on top of the garlic paste. If you are afraid of the garlic odor, feel free to add a couple more of light soy sauce to overcome the odor.
  6. Pour in lukewarm water almost 1/2 of the rice bowl. Stir well with a spoon.
  7. Drink it up !

You Will Need These:

a simple granite mortar and pestel
a simple granite mortar and pestel | Source
big piece of garlic, better than using 2 small ones.
big piece of garlic, better than using 2 small ones. | Source
pound it hard with the mortar and pastel. Mashed up, the finer the better..
pound it hard with the mortar and pastel. Mashed up, the finer the better.. | Source
mix 2 -3 drops of light soy sauce to lessen the garlic odor
mix 2 -3 drops of light soy sauce to lessen the garlic odor | Source

Tips How To Drink Garlic Water

You may find it difficult to drink one shot of garlic water if you dislike the taste and odor of garlic. Here are some simple tips how to drink garlic water without grumbling or cursing and swearing about it.

  1. Drink while it is lukewarm. When it turns cold, the garlic odor smells worst and taste spicy.
  2. Drink one sip at a time. Try the first sip of garlic water. If you can accept the taste, carry on the second sip.
  3. If you can't accept the taste, pause for 1 minute before you continue the second sip and so on.
  4. Drink slowly so that the garlic paste touches your infected throat and kills the bacteria effectively.
  5. Drinking one shot may not be able to kill the bacteria straight away as the garlic water gushes down into your abdomen quickly.
  6. Stir the garlic paste which had settled at the bottom of the rice bowl. Otherwise, you need to swallow up the raw paste without water!

Many Ingredients To Use With Mortar and Pestel

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i tried that, it will rot even if you put the mashed garlic in a jar in the fridge.

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      Rosemary 24 months ago

      Can you use garlic in the jar that's already smashed?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you are welcome @thoratgs

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      Thorat Ganesh 2 years ago from India

      Thanks to peachpurple for this imp artical.

      My problem of morning phelgm is solve in 5 days. With 2 garlic everyday after food.

      Aliopayhic antibiotic are not solution to this problem.

      Thanks to peachpurple once agin.

      I got rid from yeloow and green mucas now my phelgm is clear.

      Good artical.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      one garlic once , 2 x a day, pound the garlic, put into small bowl, add a dash or two of light soy sauce, pour in hot warm half bowl, dilute and drink

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      Thorat Ganesh 2 years ago from India

      How many garlic at one time..?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks @thoratgs

      You will have to eat garlic 3-5 days, after meals

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      Thorat Ganesh 2 years ago from India

      I am having same problem like phelgm of green colour.

      I tried antibiotic but after dose complit mucas again starts.

      I can eat raw garlic.

      Tell me how many days i eat this raw garlic and at what time before or after food.

      I am having problem since 1 year.

      Thanks for this important artical.

      Thanks

      Thorat

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      do try. I am sure you will feel better, at least no green or yellow spuctum

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will give this garlic drink a try next time I have sore throat. I like garlic in food but I have never used it like this.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, do try, it helped me to stop having more phlegm

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I like to use a garlic as an ingredient in many of the foods I cook.

      I didn't know that it helps in preventing phlegm.

      Interesting hub!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, garlic is useful in cooking recipes and also for preventing phlegm

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We often use garlic in our cooking and are aware of the health benefits.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      dear getitscene

      great to hear that you had tried garlic, it really helps

      dear guyritchie

      thanks, yeah, the sputum is annoying when doing speech, listeners don't like it

      dear sanjay

      thanks, garlic paste? must try

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for sharing the information. The garlic paste could also remove the warts from the surface of the body.

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      guyrichie 3 years ago

      Sputum can be annoying esp when giving a speech or in a date.

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      5 Stars and useful for two reasons. Firstly a friend of mine just told me two weeks ago that he swears by this garlic to get rid of phlegm remedy. Secondly, i use garlic like some people use salt. I LOVE the stuff.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      My dad eats fresh raw garlic in the morning but he still has high blood pressure. Thanks fore reading.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very informative hub. In India they say that if you eat it raw first thing in morning then it is most beneficial for heart, cholestrol and diabetes.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @adrienne2

      thank you for yr kind comments.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Very nice peachpurple, you have listed some terrific benefits of garlic. I have added onions to my cooking because of the many health benefits, and now I will be using garlic as well. Thank you for an informative article. Voted up and useful!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      really? You don't fry them? Some people are good at eating chopped raw garlic. My father is good at that. I can't. I need to finely chopped and fry them before eating with my meals.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy eating garlic finely chopped with my meals and is an excellent natural remedy for many ailments.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes, everyone uses garlic for cooking and health benefits too. thanks for reading.

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Garlic is an essential ingredient in many of my cooking. Thanks for the beautiful article.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, u can consume garlic when menstruating. garlic helps to fight against bacteria and reduce cramps.

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      grace 6 years ago

      my question is this, is it good to eat garlic when mesrating?