Garlic; How to Use as Medicine and How to Make Infused Honey

20180117_171823Garlic 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.

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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!

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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!

How to Make this Season’s Strongest Antibiotic

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I often tell my students that the most frustrating, the most difficult part of being an herbalist is not being asked for help.  I see on Facebook cousins who are always sick, cousins going in for surgery, people in pain, friends under some constant barrage of bacterial infection.  With bottles of incredibly effective medicines at the ready, I wait.  And wait.  People just don’t know how amazing real plant medicine made by real herbalists can be.  I may not be able to help everyone but I can teach you how to help yourself.  What if I told you that this winter you would be blissfully cold and flu free?  Bacterial infections cannot stand up against this antibiotic either so it is a really great medicine to keep in your cupboard!

There are lots of places you can purchase the herbs.  I highly recommend that you plant what you can.  We would be wise to be more sustainable as herbalists.  Until then you can purchase dried, ready to go herbs from reputable companies such as Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals, Penn Herb Company, Frontier Herbs and many others online.

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In a canning jar combine 3 Tablespoons of Oregon Grape Root, 2 Tablespoons of Echinacea, 1 clove of garlic (just one, trust me), 2 Tablespoons of Mint, 1 Tablespoon of Juniper Berries, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of turmeric.  Everything but the garlic is dried in this recipe.  Fill 3/4 full with vodka.  Add a few dried apples or plums for flavor and more cold fighting antioxidants then fill rest of jar with honey.  Place in sunny spot for a month.  Shake the jar when you notice it.  Do not strain.

Take 1 teaspoon if you feel like you are getting sick.  Take 1-2 teaspoons 4x a day for a full blown infection or illness.  Halve the dosage for children.  Omit the juniper berries if you are in the early part of your pregnancy. This concoction’s shelf life is forever.

Now that we know we won’t be wasting any time getting sick this season, we can start planning things we want to do, like weaving and cheese making and candle making, and soap making, and…

(If you don’t make your own you can always order some of our incredibly effective White Wolf Medicine Antibiotic at http://whitewolfherbs.com.  Thanks for supporting your working herbalists!)

 

How to Kick a Virus in One Night (homemade antibiotic)

I felt it coming on.  The obvious swollen lymph node even though I felt fine.  My eyes started to get more tired.  My friend asked if I was okay.  I had rocked a sick toddler for two days before so I made a mental note to take some antibiotics when I got home.  Not pharmaceutical antibiotics, intense plant medicines.  This is the timeline of a common virus faced with its nemesis, the herbal antibiotic.  The herbal antibiotic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-stay-in-bed-sick.

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I took two droppers of my antibiotic (1 teaspoon).  I use the alcohol based one because it goes straight to the blood stream.  A half hour later I did it again.  All through the night I would wake up feeling the illness coming on and would take two more droppers, letting them hover in the back of my throat until I swallowed.  None of this, “Take 5 drops of watered down tincture crap” as stated in some herbal books and bottles.  People, this is war.  Take your medicine!  The plants want to help you.  They won’t harm you.  The viruses get stronger and stronger each year.  Let’s outsmart them with what was intended to protect us.

So, here is the ugly part.  Come early morning you will run to the sink and start hocking up everything that was going to try and lodge in your lungs and become a wretched cough.  Continue taking the antibiotic mixed with an elderberry syrup or honey (click here for recipe) as needed.  If the cold has already taken hold before one can attack it, then take the antibiotic and elderberry concoction several times a day.  But, fighting early is always the best attack.

Tried and True Antibiotic

This concoction contains berberine which inhibits the growth of bacteria and effectively breaks down the protective wall of staph infections.  This extract is effective against common viruses as well as severe infections. 

1 Tablespoon of goldenseal

1/2 Tablespoon of Oregon grape root

1/2 Tablespoon of Barberry

1/2 Tablespoon of Echinacea

Combine in a pint sized canning jar and fill to 1/2 inch from lid with vodka, rum, or brandy. Let sit in sun for a week.  This will work at that point but it will be much stronger if you let it then sit in a cupboard for two weeks and place it in the full moon (frequency change).  A total of four weeks is good measure.  Pray over your medicine and have a happy heart and good intentions as you make it.  It does make a difference.

Take 2 droppers at a time.  They can be added to a small shot glass of orange juice for ease of taking.  This is safe for children.  One can add it to small glasses of juice to hide it.  Small children would take half the dose.

(You are also welcome to come to my store or order by phone if you wish someone else to make it! http://whitewolfherbs.com)