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 its incredible 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 you might hate it even worse.
In spite of this unfortunate side effect, Garlic is still hailed as the best medicine for curing many symptoms ranging from simple infections to serious diseases.
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. When taken regularly, garlic improves thiamine absorption and improves our immunity to Beriberi. Garlic also has a strong anti-fungal quality in it. It can prevent and treat digestive disorders and colon infections. It fights effectively against cold and sore throat.
Garlic Milk Recipe
Garlic Milk: A Medicinal Drink.
This garlic drink, is more 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. Drinking a glass of garlic milk before going to bed also gives a peaceful sleep!
- 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. Measure and pour the milk into a clean pot.
2. Crush the garlic cloves with the sides of a knife.Do not crush them hard. Crush it just enough to open the pods for the juices to flow out
2. Add the crushed garlic pods and a spoon of sugar to the milk. Adding sugar to milk before heating helps to prevent milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel
3. Put the pot on stove in medium - low heat and allow the milk to boil.
3. When the milk is hot, add the turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper powder for a little bit of spice
4. Let the milk stay on stove until the garlic pods turn soft. Keep stirring the milk once in a while so that it doesn't get sticky at the bottom.
5. When the pods are soft, remove the pot from heat and let it sit until the milk cools down to a warm drinkable temperature.
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 adding honey to hot milk reduces the benefits of both honey and 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 more pepper powder to the milk provided, your spice tolerance is good. Black pepper by itself is very good for digestion and cold.
Turmeric powder also has medicinal properties. Like honey, it soothes any bodily injuries, including those on your internal organs. It's antibacterial as well. This amazing drink is loaded with medicinal benefits while not asking for a compromise on the taste!