Garlic is one of the b herbs I always have. Powder, Salt, and Grind are fresh for both cooking and treating – this herb has many uses in addition to being delicious!
Garlic: Revered or Feared?
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated herbs 5,000 years ago, but its place in society has changed. Some cultures see garlic as a herb suitable for the gods, while others see it as only suitable for abominable animal foods. Its use in society extended the magnitude of these beliefs.
The ancient Egyptians worshiped the garlic god and used it as money too! For this reason, the Egyptians swore on garlic cloves. Interestingly, only the lower classes ate the garlic. The rich believed it was “rough and common” to the subtle. In Greece, India, and England, garlic is considered to be inadequate for the upper class.
Despite all the controversy, many cultures believed that garlic was safe. People would eat pickled garlic before crossing the mountains because they thought the tigers in ancient Korea hated the smell of garlic. In midwives in ancient Greece, garlic cloves hung on the windowsill to evict evil spirits during childbirth. Regardless of the aroma and flavor (or because of it), they were used internally as a garlic ally.
Garlic is associated with love and is considered an insecticide. During the war, it was used as a disinfectant and for the four thieves who protected the pirates during the epidemic. Today we taste garlic for its amazing flavor and many medicinal properties.
Science-Backed Reasons to Eat Garlic
In modern times, garlic is still loved by many (even hated by some). I am married to an Italian so you can guess the feel of our home!
But there are reasons to eat garlic. It has nothing to do with taste and health.
Healthy Heart and Metabolic Function
Some evidence suggests that garlic helps promote heart health and helps fight heart disease. Garlic reduces arterial secretion (arterial narrowing) and blood pressure by between 7% and 8%. (Most studies on hypertension use a specific formula called Quai.)
A four-year study found that people who take 900 milligrams of standard powder a day slow down arterial secretion. It also looks antibacterial, which means it acts as a blood thinner and helps fight heart attacks and arrhythmias.
In addition, a 2010 placebo-controlled trial included 50 patients with hypertension. The trial concluded that aged garlic was significantly better at lowering systolic blood pressure.
Finally, research shows that garlic helps lower blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol and triglycerides.
According to a 2009 study, garlic can reduce hair loss. It has unintended side effects and makes it a safe choice. Add the garlic cloves to the olive oil and make garlic oil.
Protects Against Group B Strep
A local midwife recommends drinking a raw garlic clove or garlic capsule daily with 2,000 mg of vitamin C to balance intestinal bacteria and prevent GBS. Having tested positive during one pregnancy, this remedy has been helpful for my last two pregnancies. But one study that looked at the effect of allicin extract on GBS in a petri dish revealed that garlic can kill bacteria in three hours. More research is needed to see if this treatment works, but many midwives and mothers swear by it.
Garlic can help treat fungal infections, such as the athlete’s foot. But be careful when using garlic juice or fresh garlic, as garlic can irritate the skin.
There is no evidence that eating garlic or rubbing on the skin will drive out mosquitoes. Garlic is a healthy food, so there is no harm in trying it (keep a few natural bug sprays in too).
Garlic is anti-inflammatory and combats oxidative stress and can be carcinogenic. A peer-reviewed article published in Cancer Prevention Research shows that garlic and other vegetables in the allium family have many biological processes that alter cancer risk. Garlic can slow down cancer cell growth and accelerate cancer cell death. These studies examined the effect of garlic on cancer.
However, it is not known how much garlic consumption reduces the risk of cancer. More research is needed to explore this and the relationship between whole foods and lifestyle, garlic consumption, and cancer risk. The main thing to take is that garlic has anti-cancer properties, giving us one more reason to incorporate it into a healthy diet!
Ear infections can be bacteria or viruses. Antibiotics do not help the virus, but garlic. Garlic oil is a good remedy for ear infections. It is naturally antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial. I make this recipe and keep it in my hands when my kids need it.
Can Garlic Be Harmful?
Garlic is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration. Always consult your doctor or herbalist as some bs herbs can interact with other bs herbs, supplements, or with herbs.
Side effects from garlic include:
- Stomach upset
- Smell the mouth
- Body odor
- Garlic handling sensitivity or injury
Other, rarer side effects from garlic supplements include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
- Curvature / vertebrae
Allergies including skin itching and asthma
Garlic is considered safe for most people (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) in the number of foods it contains. It is unclear whether an extra dose of garlic is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Garlic is not safe if you have the following medical problems:
- Bleeding or upcoming surgery – Garlic (especially fresh garlic) increases the risk of bleeding.
- Diabetes – Garlic can lower blood sugar, which in some people lowers blood glucose levels.
- Stomach or digestive problems – Garlic irritates the gastrointestinal tract.
- Low Blood Pressure – Garlic can lower blood pressure, making it unsafe for people who already have low blood pressure.
Always consult your doctor to determine if garlic is right for you.
How I Use Garlic
Because of the benefit, I use garlic in some way every day:
- I use garlic powder, garlic salt, and minced garlic for easy cooking.
- I finely chop 2-4 cloves or more daily and wash with water with a small spoon at a time.
- Fresh garlic cloves go to my salad glasses and fresh dishes.
- I occasionally take garlic capsules for added stimulation.
Other ways to use garlic:
- To make garlic oil for the ears, dip in olive oil (a few drops of cold oil to the ears).
- Treat the scalp by applying garlic oil to the scalp.
- Eat fermented garlic honey to boost the immune system during times of illness.
- Garlic can be a natural remedy for group B during pregnancy (midwives are advised to eat cloves a day).
- White cloves containing fresh cloves help the athlete’s foot.
- Reduce mosquitoes in your yard by using garlic-coated water in and around mosquito breeding
Try garlic oil or greased water before applying garlic cloves directly on the skin as garlic can be very strong.