Natural remedies for the African GoWoman: Crazy for Garlic

slide_318609_2949516_freeFor the longest time the most significant thing I knew about garlic was that it made your breath smell sour. Other times I expected it at Italian restaurants but only to flavor the butter on toasted garlic bread. It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I started living with a woman obsessed with wholefoods as medicine that I started to learn about the amazing health benefits of garlic.  Being one who doesn’t like to pass up a good thing, garlic is now a mainstay in my kitchen, and a friend in my belly.

Here is what Ms WholeFoods, the expert says about how and why you should be eating garlic:

To get optimal health benefits, from garlic, the bulb of several individual cloves must be eaten raw immediately after they have been freshly crushed. This is because crushing the cloves releases the enzyme alliinase, that enzyme alliinase triggers the production of allicin. The allicin then rapidly breaks down into several other sulfuric compounds that make garlic the nutritional powerhouse that it is.

Raw garlic strengthens your immune system, has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in nature, treats intestinal parasites, and also prevents and treats internal and external bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

Though you can still get great benefits from the compounds in garlic when cooked, it is best to crush your garlic 10-15 minutes before you put in your pot. In the first 10 minutes of crushing the garlic is when all that good antioxidant action happens.

I personally have built up enough of a tolerance to chew 2-3 segments of garlic at a time raw. I do this when I have colds, when I’m feeling bloated/gassy, or whenever I feel the need to boost my immune system.

Below are some of the other amazing things that garlic can do for you

1. Acne
-One of the benefits of garlic is: “working” for our beauty, i.e. its juice cures the acne and the appearance of blemishes.
Smash two cloves of garlic and put them on the inflammation. The results will be visible after a few minutes, after the swelling around the blemishes would “calms”.

2. Herpes
-Herpes is a viral infection of the mouth which is very unpleasant appearance.
Don’t panic, it’s easy curable. Just put a piece of garlic and hold directly on the sore spot about 10 minutes. For good results you should do this five times a day.

3. Ear inflammation
-Garlic helps to treat inflammation of the ear, and the recipe is quick and easy. In a tablespoon with hot olive oil, add smashed garlic and let it for about an hour.
Twice a day put a few drops of this tincture in your ear. The inflammation will be cured in a few days.

4. Tiny piece of wood under the skin
-When a small piece of wood get under the skin, sometimes is difficult to remove, but with the help of garlic placed on the sore spot and covered with plaster, the tiny piece of wood will quickly “swim to the surface”.

5. Hair loss
-Garlic is known for its outstanding effect on hair recovery, because of its high percent of b6 vitamin.  Several small-scale clinical studies have shown positive results with vitamin B6 as a hair growth agent.
So if you have this problem, massage it with garlic oil few times a week and let it act for 10 minutes.

6. Syrup for cough
-Garlic acts as an antibiotic and can prevent the cough.
Two cloves finely chopped garlic, add in a 100ml/ 0.42 cups of boiling water. Wait a few minutes and then drink it as tea.

7. Skin Care
– Allicin is a compound in garlic which softens the skin.
Add little smashed white onion in your face mask, hold it a few minutes longer than usual and rinse with lukewarm water. Clear tan and fresh look will be the result of this procedure. – Source

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