So far I’ve talked about how to use garlic by eating it off a spoon (with honey!), as a simple poultice,how to make and use garlic paste, and last week I showed how I make garlic oil for ears (and bread).
Here are a few more ideas for how to get the goodness of garlic into your body.
- Garlic tea- Heat 1 C. of water until hot but not boiling. Crush 1 clove of garlic and add to water. Stir in the juice of half a lemon and add honey to taste. The heat from the water takes the edge off the garlic and makes it a little easier to take for some people.
- Russian Penicillin- Peel one lemon, leaving as much pith as possible on the lemon. Cut into chunks and place in a blender with 1 C. of water and several peeled cloves of garlic. Blend until smooth. Drink throughout the day. Note: I have not tried this! It’s from the comments on Tuesdays Outside the Box at Crunchy Betty.
- Spicy soup- I have a friend who just adds crushed garlic to tomato soup to get her kids to eat it. They always tell her, “Mama, this soup is too spicy!” but they eat it and that’s what counts! You could apply this to whatever food you like-I’ve done this with spaghetti sauce. I think the tomato helps mask the pungent garlic flavor very well.
- Garlic juice- This is insanely hardcore, but the one time I felt we needed it (David had a strange bacterial infection with a high intermittent fever for close to two weeks) garlic juice was quite possibly a life saver. We don’t own a juicer, but I borrowed one. The book Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner suggests taking 1/4 –1 t. of garlic juice in 16 oz. of a carrier juice (we used carrot and tomato) every hour as needed. We did 1/4 t. because it’s all he could choke down. For a serious illness, garlic juice is something I would definitely use again.
- Whole cloves- Steven Horne mentions in The ABC Herbal that his wife used to peel a clove of garlic and set it in the outer part of her ear whenever she felt like she might be getting an ear infection. If you don’t have garlic oil on hand this would be a quick way to fight an ear ache. Another use for whole, peeled cloves of garlic is when a vaginal yeast infection is present. I did this when I was pregnant last- I just peeled a clove of garlic, poked several slits in it with a sharp knife, then inserted the clove and went to sleep for the night. The next morning all the symptoms were gone (although my entire body smelled like garlic!) and I didn’t have any issues with a yeast infection after that.
- Enema- Yes, really. This would be something to reserve for a serious illness, as I think there are quite a few more pleasant ways to take garlic. But it is an option for getting garlic into a person so I thought I'd mention it.
Garlic is a powerful herb and I find a use for it in almost every health situation. There are many ways to use garlic, and the best way to take garlic is just however you are willing! With my kids I find it’s easiest to use the garlic paste. For me and David, it’s usually from a spoon (with lots of honey!) although spicy soup isn't bad.
What do you think is the easiest way to use garlic? Are you new to using garlic as an herb?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I cannot give you medical advice and you should always consult with your health care provider. I share what has worked for me and hope that you find it informative and are encouraged to take charge of your own health and make healthy choices.