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Should I take garlic?
The benefits of garlic
Yes, unless you are allergic, you should take garlic.
Garlic is one of my all time favorites. It is an antibiotic,antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anthelmintic (destroys parasites), and an anti-diabetic.
Garlic, being the all-around jack-of-all-needs that it is, has traditionally been esteemed for it's healing powers. It has been used to treat all manner of infections from the common cold, yeast infections (system wide), tuberculosis, and cold sores.
A fun fact about Garlic is that during the plague, the visiting Italian priests didn't seem to be getting the plague as much as those in France, or Spain would. At the time, it was seen as proof of their favor with God, but historical records show that garlic was added to a number of their dishes.
When I get a cold, I carry around a water bottle full of strong garlic tea. I shred the garlic, and put it in warm water, then transfer it to the bottle. If you have a tendency to smell like garlic when you take it, merely chew on some parsley afterward. That takes care of the problem.
A more pleasant way of taking garlic in concentrated doses is to make a syrup out of it.
I do this by taking a bottle of honey and emptying it in a glass bowel (never use aluminum), adding about a fourth of a cup of distilled water (distilled is hungry water and absorbs the properties around it) and then shredding a huge handful of garlic and letting it low simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
You want to warm it long enough and hot enough so that the oils are released, but not so long as to actually cook it, thereby diminishing its effectiveness.
Then strain into a sterile (preferably dark) container. Squeeze as much as you can out, as the juicy bits of the squeeze is the best part. Then stir to make it all equal in strength, and store in a cool place.
This is an excellent way to take it if you have tonsillitis, as you get the benefits of both the garlic as well as the healing properties of the honey. I use this for colds, sore throats, abrasions, athletes foot, and when my dog doesn't feel well, I give some to her too.
Garlic is very good for the heart. It lowers cholesterol, and high blood pressure levels, keeps the blood thin, and protects against blood clots. Pearls (oil pills) are the best way to take it for this.
One thing that most people I come across don't know about garlic is that garlic can help in late-onset diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels. Neat, huh?
One of the recent benefits of garlic in the news lately is the effectiveness of garlic against MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).Short version: It seems to be working better then the cycle of antibiotics that help for a little while, but then the illness comes back with a renewed resistance needing yet another round of antibiotics.
In this day and age of unnatural pharmecuticals, that have caused more problems then they seem to cure, perhaps we should go back to natural cures that deal with the root of the illness instead of short circuiting the bodies ability to help itself.
Should you take garlic? In my last little bit of research, it seems ever more important to take it.