Garlic is one of the most important plants. It is easy to grow, easy to find, and easy to use. The garlic bulb is unassuming but let us not forget its amazing qualities.
Garlic is still one of our most important antibiotics in the fight against the scariest of diseases being spread in our unstable hospital system, Sepsis and MRSA. As each year’s viruses become more and more fierce and as cancer rates skyrocket due to foods and medicines and pollutants and stress, we can look to this humble clove of garlic to help us. Do not underestimate it. It is hundreds of times more potent than any marketed antibiotic or blood cleanser.
Garlic is safe for all animals as well, making it an important antibiotic. It is a myth that cats and dogs cannot consume garlic. We have used garlic successfully for many, many years in our work to help heal hundreds of animals.
Garlic is effective against the common cold and helps clear the blood of toxins. It is effective in an extract form (though rather strong), an infused honey (recipe to follow), in a glycerite for small animals and children, and is extremely beneficial in food.
A few simple tools make life easier in the kitchen.
The garlic peeler is a small, rough mat, much like what we use to open jars with. Roll the cloves in the peeler with your palm and they pop out without the skins!
Likewise, a garlic press saves time chopping and opens up the garlic so that more of the properties can be released.
As in all medicines, some heating is quite beneficial but even if you cook the garlic for some time, its properties simply transfer to the base, stock, or sauce. You will still get the medicine.
Use plenty of garlic in your sauces, soups, and bases for recipes. Grow a patch of garlic in the yard. You can start them in April and harvest this fall. Simply buy a bulb of organic garlic from the store, separate the cloves, and plant them two inches apart. Cover with a little straw.
Garlic is anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-cancer. It cleanses the blood of bad cells, of toxins, and treats upper respiratory infections quickly. It will help prevent the flu and is even more amazing when added to other similar propertied herbs, like onion, oregano, rosemary, sage, echinacea, juniper berries, oregon grape root, and rose hips.
Infused Cold and Flu Honey
In a saucepan combine 1 clove of minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon each rosemary, sage, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Add a pinch of hot pepper if you like. Cover with 1 cup or so of honey. Heat on medium-low, swirling contents often, for 20 minutes. Strain. Add a smidgen of whiskey if desired to make syrup. Or just use in tea. Store in a canning jar. It’s quite tasty and stays good forever. Take as much as you need to fight a cold! Or use daily by teaspoon or in tea.
Take care of yourselves out there, Folks!