Today there is a bit of a chill in the air and I’m thinking about soups and stews. One thing I love to put into my soups and stews is Garlic. What a phenominal herb it is. Not only does Garlic add a wonderful flavor to hundreds of dishes, but it also has a list of health benefits and uses that is almost endless. Garlic is best eaten raw, but still contains some beneficial properties when lightly cooked.
Sometimes refered to as Poor Man’s Penicillin, Garlic is a premiere substitute for antibotics without the harsh side effects. When my son was really young and it was apparent he was coming down with something I would mash up several cloves of garlic and pour enough olive oil over the cloves to cover them. I would then let the mixture sit for as long as I could, at least 30 mins or more, and then I would strain it. I would then take the olive oil and apply it to the bottom of his feet and put him on a pair of socks. Off to bed he would go and in the morning you would never know he had been sick. The fever would be gone and he would be feeling fine.
Garlic is a mild blood thinner, can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and increase circulation. Some research indicates that Garlic may help to lower blood sugar levels in some people making it beneficial for diabetics. Because of Garlics antimicrobial, and anti-bacterial properties it may be beneficial with any number of infections and may help to rid the body of parasites. Garlic is also a wonder antifungal and may be used both internally or applied externally for conditions such as nail fungus and athletes foot.
So when dinner rolls around tonight don’t forget the Garlic. Bon appetit!
P.S…another bonus to eating a lot of garlic is that it will not only keep people away such as salesmen, but you won’t have to worry about those pesky vampires this Halloween.