- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Home remedies with Garlic
Garlic is another one of Mother Nature’s wonderful medicines. It belongs to a species (Alliaceae) of onion family.
History shows that Garlic has been used around the world by several civilizations. It was widely used in Asia and in Persian Gulf especially in Egypt and now Israel. Many Red Indian tribes were using it for its medicinal values. Greek and Roman soldiers and sailors were said to have had Garlic regularly for good health. It was also a part of Mediterranean cuisine. Garlic is said to be an aphrodisiac, hence some sections of Hindu (Indian) sects have said to have avoided it.
Garlic - Benefits
Fact: In each clove of Garlic there are cells containing a main compound, an amino acid called Alliin. In separate cells an enzyme called alliinase resides. When we chops, smash, grind, cut the clove the two react forming sulfenic acid. Sifenic Acid is highly reactive compound that reacts with itself and breaks down to form Allicin.
Allicin is one of the major constituents of Garlic that give it the powerful healing effects. Allicin is a powerful natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Allicin formation is optimal after 10-15 minutes after the reaction take place.
Benefits: In both World War I and II soldiers used Garlic as a natural antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial. Since soldiers were fighting in appalling conditions, and had to wear their boots for months together, leading to gangrene. Soldiers would crush couple of cloves of garlic and put them between the fingers on their foot, avoiding decay.
Benefit: Allicin’s antibiotic property is so strong that even kills Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
Info: MRSA are antibiotic resistant bacteria. The scary thing about MRSA are they adapt to antibiotics, if administered once they quickly learn how to over come that antibiotic and it is ineffective when used next time. MRSA is one of the largest killers of inpatients in Hospitals in US. MRSA are called “Super Bugs” for their adaptability and resistance to commercial antibiotics.
The way Allicin work on MRSA is completely different than other commercially available antibiotics. MRSA cannot become immune to it because it kills bacteria by causing their cells to swell and burst rather than blocking chemical receptors like pharmaceutical antibiotics do. Allicin is so powerful that 40% MRSA are killed even when exposed to it from about 8 inches.
Info: So the obvious question is why are pharmaceuticals not grabbing it? Well there is no commercial incentive. What is every one comes to know, you don’t need to buy expensive antibiotics instead use a clove of garlic.
Benefit: Garlic is also extremely good for the digestive tract. Its medicinal values seem to help prevent cancer related to digestive system.
Here is a list of benefits of Garlic,
Garlic is supposed to be a natural aphrodisiac.
Benefit: You know the benefit. Don't end up eating too, the garlicky smell might end up being a turn off.
Lowers blood pressure a little, lowers LDL Cholesterol a little, Garlic lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar, Garlic helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of , dramatically reduces yeast infections, has anti-oxidant properties, and is a source of selenium - most potent ally against cancer.
Garlic - Vitamins & Minerals
Beta Carotene, Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vitamin B9) , Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium
How to use Garlic for maximum benefit
- Always chop, smash, cut, mince garlic, only then will it form Allicin, the magic ingredient. Also after choping leave it for 15 minutes before adding to your food for benefit (maximum Allicin formation).
- Beware of Garlic made in China. Most of the grocers have garlic from China. Chinese garlic are irradiated meaning subject to radiation to kill all insects, germs, bacteria, virus, etc, but this also kills all the goodness of garlic. Eating this garlic is as good as not eating.
For gastric problems, bloated feeling, digestion problems…
Garlic - 3-4 cloves,
Milk 2% or 1% or fat free only - 1 mug. (Warning: Do not use whole milk)
Step 1: Peel a few cloves of garlic.
Step 2: Crush them or chop them and leave for 15 minutes
Step 3: Add milk to a pan and start heating (after garlic has been crushed and left for 15 minutes).
Step 4: Add Garlic after milk is slightly warm.
Step 5: Let garlic cook in milk until it becomes soft and mushy.
Step 6: Drink milk and eat the cooked garlic.
Warning: You might end up farting and burping after this :), so drink it on a weekend or when you are away from important people and events.
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a medical practitioner.These are only general guidelines. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case.