Garlic as Medicine


| 3/11/2014 3:16:00 PM


Tags: garlic, colds and flus, food therapy, Maryland, Ilene White Freedman,

As the weather transitions from winter to spring, you might find yourself needing an immune booster to keep your body strong. As we shed our winter coats a little too soon, and spring allergies begin to lower our immunity, we need an immune booster to keep the common cold at bay.

What’s your natural wellness aid? At the first sign of a cold, a sore throat, fatigue that hints of fighting illness, a pain in my ear ... I take some raw garlic. I would say I “eat” raw garlic, but I am hardly eating it. It is more like taking important medicine.

Garlic

A Dose of Garlic

Select the best garlic you can find. Hard-neck garlic is stronger than soft-neck, so maybe it is more vibrant in its medicinal strength as well. I do not know if regular grocery store garlic is irradiated and weakened or killed off. It would be a good test.

Peel a garlic clove. Using a non-serrated knife, slice the garlic clove as thin as you can (or as thin as you need for swallowing). Slice into slivers, like almond slivers.

Swallow the pieces like a pill, wash down with water. I put the pieces on a spoon with some honey. This makes it really easy to swallow, coats the throat with honey and protects it from garlic juice, and adds some benefits for allergies or sore throats.




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