June 30, 2010

Ode to the Garlic

 "The role of Garlic as an antiviral and anti-bacterial agent is unsurpassed. There are no…repeat, NO…modern antibiotic drugs in the entire arsenal of medical science that even come close to doing what Garlic can do." -John Heinerman (Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices)

I am not at all anti-medicine, and we often check with doctors for help in many medical cases, however that said, I am a great fan of what garlic can do and prefer to use it instead of antibiotics or other manufactured drugs. I started to look into using garlic a few years ago when my kids, my husband and myself were getting sick quite alot. We had taken anitbiotics upon the advice of good doctors but we just did not like taking them so much. So when I read that garlic could be used instead I was ready to try it. We have never gone back. The sucess is 100% every time and no side effects, and our body remains strong and sickness free. Note these great uses:

Garlic has been found to be effective in treating a myriad of conditions in the circulatory, urinary, respiratory and digestive tracts by a remarkably simple mechanism. Its vast arsenal of sulfur-containing volatile oils are readily absorbed and transported throughout the body (except through the brain blood barrier).

Unlike proteinaceous and polysaccharide drugs, garlic’s oils can be effective against infections nearly anywhere in the body, which accounts for garlic’s versatility. Thus, garlic is effective against conditions in the circulatory system by lowering blood sugar, blood lipids, free cholesterol, low density lipoproteins and blood pressure while at the same time raising high density lipoproteins.

In the circulatory system, it eases bronchial secretions making it useful in the treatment of asthma.

In the urinary system, volatile oils stimulate (by irritation) the cleanse by purge mechanism of the kidneys, which results in a greater flow of urine.

In the digestive system, garlic stimulates the production of bile and thus aids digestion.

Recent research shows garlic to be an effective immune stimulant. When combined with anaerobic exercise, garlic has shown to increase the quantity, longevity and killing power of natural killer cells ten fold.

On top of all these properties, garlic produces a wide spectrum antimicrobial effect on gram positive and gram negative bacteria, fungus and certain worms.

Contains aromatic compounds that lower blood pressure, heart rate and blood cholesterol while increasing coronary circulation. These compounds also fight infections, reduce muscle spasms, increase immune response, promote sweating, increase the production of digestive fluids and decrease the thickness while increasing the production of mucosal fluid. Garlic has been used to treat colds, coughs, asthma, coronary heart disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, infections, inflammatory skin conditions, and hemorrhoids.- Nutritional Herbology

The real deciding factor whether you end up taking garlic for cures or not really isn't whether it is effective or not, it is how to take it and not hate doing it. And maybe more importantly how not to drive away everyone around you with your body odor. We have found some practical ways to get around this. One thing we noted right off was that after three days of 10 cloves a day (the general rule of thumb for us adults when we have any cold or virus is 10 cloves a day for 5 days; the boys take three cloves a day) there wasn't even bad breath. We suspect the toxins were flushed out by this time.
My husband takes it like a true stoic, he eats the biggest cloves he can find like an apple with his meals three times a day. He has convinved my three sons that this is very cool and they can all do this, though the boys are not as tough yet as dad they sure feel like men when they can match him. They may get down one or two but soon they need another venue.
I chop up the clove into swallowable pieces and take them like pills. For the boys I mince the garlic and add it to peanut butter or honey. They will beg to take this. We also have found that to saute the garlic is quite pleasent though the fresh crushed cloves have more potency. Can you find the garlic slices in our potatoes?

To learn more about garlic and it's benefits and uses I recomend this article. Or simply google garlic and you will find a wealth of information.

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