“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
– Thomas Edison
GARLIC: Drives away Infection, as well as … VAMPIRES!
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, decongestant, antioxidant, hypotensive, circulatory stimulant, digestive aid, anthelmintic, febrifuge
The humble garlic bulb, much misunderstood for its lingering odor, is an ancient remedy with a powerful effect on infections. When crushed, raw garlic releases which is strongly antibiotic. After circulating in the blood stream, allicin is excreted via lungs, bowels, skin, and the urinary system – all of which are disinfected in the process.
Garlic’s antimicrobial effect can help to combat sore throats, colds and flu, bronchial and lung infections, as well as yeast and intestinal infections, such as worms. In the respiratory system, garlic also acts as a decongestant and expectorant, and bronchial asthma. Because it causes sweating, it can be used to bring down a fever. Garlic improves digestion, stimulating the secretion of digestive juices and the movement of food through the intestines. Its antiseptic action cleanses the liver and the digestive system, thereby improving, general health. Research has shown garlic’s ability to lower blood sugar and cholesterol significantly, and to reduce blood pressure and a tendency to clotting. Research also shows that garlic acts as a powerful antioxidant and its sulfur compounds can inhibit tumors.
Garlic may be crushed, macerated in oil, or made into an ointment and applied to cuts, inflamed joints, rheumatism, sprains, athlete’s foot, ringworm, as well as stings and bites. An oil infusion can be dropped into the ear to relieve ear ache, and rubbed into the chest to treat coughs and chest infections, such as bronchitis and whooping cough.
Garlic has a most powerful effect on infections, being antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral. It has been used successfully in the past to treat food poisoning, diarrhea, and dysentery, cholera, and typhoid, and its antiseptic cleansing action can work throughout the body. Perhaps garlic’s ability to drive away infection is linked to its reputation for driving away vampires! In many traditions garlic was hung in strings from roofs, of houses and sterns of boats to prevent attack by witches, sorcerers, demons, and evil spirits.
To make garlic juice for coughs, cold, and sore throats: cut several cloves into thin pieces, cover with honey, and leave for 2-3 hours. Take the extracted juice in teaspoonfuls frequently through out the day.
With kids heading back to school, keeping a good elixir and fresh garlic in your home can do much to keep viruses and infections from entering the body, and thus spreading to other members of your household. It is especially helpful to take on a daily dosage to prevent illness. With the flu virus, as well as the swine flu virus circulating out there now…..best to be prepared to have a happy and healthy fall and winter.
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BY ALICE MCINTYRE
Wishing you the best of health,
Vicki Monroe is a graduate of the American Institute of Holistic Theology, Doctor of Naturology (DN), May 2001.
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