- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Garlic and your health
Garlic great for your health
Looking back in the history of garlic, we know it has always been one of those herbs considered a cure all, the ancient greek physician Dioscorides recommended it for almost everything..including..snake bites, eczema, herpes, leprosy, scurvy, toothaches and rabid dog bites. The english herbalist Culpeper had similiar uses for garlic's properties, such as..kills worms in children, helps to loosen phlegm, is a good preservative against most plagues, and the native americans use garlic in many of their ailments including , hypertension, high cholestorol, Bronchitis, and athletes foot and many other ailments,
I myself can vouch for the fact, that it works great in reducing phlegm caused by colds or bronchitis, as i have chronic Bronchitis, anyways enough about me..so onto the benefits of garlic and its many uses..
helps reduce cholesterol: by taking one garlic tablet a day, a drop in cholesterol levels, between 10 -12 percent, which doesn't seem like much, but it has other benefits that may be effective in preventing heart disease, also it increases your good cholesterol levels, or HDL by about 10 percent.
Lowers blood pressure
reduces stickiness in blood, sticky blood can cause problems with circulation, garlic is a safe way to reduce the stickiness.
Antibacterial activity, garlic juice is known to kill many bacterias, such as Staphlococcus, Streptococcus, and brucella strains,
Antifungal actions, garlic has been shown to be more effective against yeast infections, then nystatin has, while building up your immune system, it reduces the risk of re infection.
Antiviral effects, the active agent in garlic called allicin have strong viral killing actions, in recent studies the herb has been shown to kill off herpes simplex, types 1 and 2. also the parainfluenza virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, and the rhinivirus or common cold.
Antihelminthic(worms) properties, kilss worms in children, roundworm and hook worm.
and it is safe and non toxic, unless of course you are allergic to it or can cause you stomach upsets if you eat or take too much.
here is one of my favorite home concocted cold remedies
4 cloves of garlic
a handful of crushed mint leaves preferably fresh
2 tablespoons of honey
boil the garlic and the crushed mint together for 15 mins, strain over a coffee cup , add the honey to sweeten and drink, great for colds and upset tummy's..
Garlic Alfredo sauce
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 whole clove garlic chopped
1/4 cup parsley chopped
1 tsp mineral salt
1 cup milk or cream whichever you prefer
1 cup romano or pecorino cheese grated
melt butter and olive oil, put in flour, make a roux, til it is just barely brown, add garlic and parsley, add cream or milk, stir together til you have a paste, add a bit of water if needed, then add the cheese and simmer til it melts continually stirring til well blended, serve with your favorite pasta or over chicken, fish or what have you..it's great!! especially if you love garlic like I do!!
Aside from cooking and health you can also use it for decorative purposes and crafts..
HOW TO MAKE A GARLIC BRAID
Things You'll Need:
- 3 to 12 fresh cloves of garlic
- Toothbrush (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
- Moist towel
1. remove outside skin off cloves of garlic.
Step 2 Lay the three largest cloves out next to each other, with their leaves laid out above them. The middle clove should be lower than the outer two so that all the clovers can sit equally close to the braid
Step 3 Move the stem for the right clove over the others
Step 4 Wrap the left stem, which is not in the middle, under the stem for the middle clove.
Step 5 Continue wrapping the stems around each other until there is room for another row of cloves to sit on top of the others.
Step 6 Add more cloves by setting them above the original three and adding their stems with one of the others so that you can move them as one set.
Step 7 Space out the added stems, making sure to keep the proportions even
. Step 8 Tie the stems together at the top with twine. Leaving a gap in the back and retying will create a loop that can be used for hanging.