Food is Medicine | Garlic

 

Welcome to the first post of the Food is Medicine series. Born of a deep love and respect for nature and her healing abilities, and a need to capture in photos the beauty of my favorite healing foods. Here you will find gorgeous photos and information about the various healing properties of medicinal foods you can find at your local supermarket or health food store. I hope to share with you some of what I have learned over the years, and look forward to reading your stories of healing with food in the comments below. 

 

Garlic is kind of our jam.  We buy it in bulk and use it in nearly everything we cook. We add raw garlic to all the dishes we possibly can add it to; pasta and scrambled eggs are two of our favorite ways to get a good dose of raw garlic. 

We regularly use garlic to shorten the duration of illnesses such as cold or flu, and also as a simple and delicious way to keep parasites and candida at bay. I find that garlic, along with a sugar-conscious diet, probiotic supplements and plenty of fermented foods contributes greatly to general health and wellness and leaves us all feeling a little more vibrant. 

Raw garlic is a bit intense when you first begin consuming it.... start off with small amounts (perhaps just a clove diced fairly small) and gradually build up. Before you know it, you will be buying garlic in bulk at Costco and wondering how on earth you're always almost out of it. 

 

  • Add a little crushed raw garlic to your Hot toddy for an additional antibiotic/antiviral boost during cold and flu season. 

  • Treat ringworm with several applications of crushed raw garlic.

  • Warm garlic oil can be used to treat ear infections.

  • Rub a slice of raw garlic on acne for an effective topical treatment. 

 

How do you use garlic medicinally? Share with us in the comments below!