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Garlic doing more | The benefits of Garlic
Doing MORE Than Scaring Away Vampires
Close kin of the onion, garlic contains many similarly beneficial properties. Many people are already familiar with facts like “…garlic has the ability to: reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, fight against inflammation, and even repel mosquitos!”
Though this is all very true and exciting, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite excuses to use garlic, besides making all my dishes that much more scrumptious.
What is it you may ask?….
Well- in the midst of the Halloween season, I would say to hang up and scare away vampires, but well….actually that isn’t too far off.
Though it’s not bloodsucking, pasty immortals I am worried about, so much as it is those darn flu and cough viruses that linger around once the leaves start falling!
As history shows, garlic has not only been used in food but also as a highly dependable antibiotic. For thousands of years;
People have used garlic to fight against:
- common colds
- sore throats
- yeast infections
- and even warts
Garlic seems to be nature’s free antibiotic to all! And when considering that most bacteria are unable to build up a resistance towards garlic, as they do with modern day man-made antibiotics, garlic has quite an advantage.
While on my travels in Eastern Europe, I came down with a small stomach virus… well small is not quite accurate. I was more or less rolling around, clinching my stomach, and crying like a baby- not my proudest of moments.
Anyhow, one day while training a client my stomach began its fits and it was more than obvious that I was in extreme pain and discomfort. Once my client noticed, she asked what I had eaten and if I was doing anything to get better. I began to explain that I thought it was a virus or food poisoning, when I got a somewhat unexpected set of instructions.
You just need to go find a fresh onion, cut it in half… and some garlic, place them in a small bowl and sleep with it next to you. Fresh ones every night and place the other halves in another room you spend much of your time in! It also would help to eat a small fresh piece of the garlic, chew really good and swallow with a big glass of water.
I nodded sincerely, but was definitely curious as to how this worked exactly. When I asked where she had heard of this, she went on to describe how her grandmother would place bowls of chopped onion and garlic around the house when it was flu season because, apparently, the garlic and onion attracted the bacteria away from others.
So I went home and got to Google-ing!
While searching, I happened to come across several articles and scientific studies supporting the idea that both garlic and onion have major antibacterial/ antifungal properties.
I even came across one article that described how in times of the plague, many farmers and their families survived by placing bowls of smashed garlic in their rooms! I decided myself to give it a go and…. It was very surprisingly successful!
For the next two or three days, I slept with chopped garlic and onion beside me and made sure to consume at least one clove of fresh garlic every day. Not only did it heal my stomach, but a stuffy nose that was coming on one morning was gone in the same day after taking a few deep breaths into a cup full of chopped garlic.
Now though I probably wasn’t the freshest smelling flower in the pot, I was by far the healthiest and most protected from bacteria and viruses. So if you are ever in need or just want to try a more natural approach towards fighting off that cold you feel creeping up on you; grab some garlic, chew it up, swallow what you can with a big glass of water and sleep next to an onion if necessary.
Not recommended for date nights though
If you know of any other uses of Garlic, we would love to hear your comments below