Medicinal Benefits of Garlic: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 18

Garlic is one of the earliest documented medicinal plants in history.  From the ancient Greeks to the Egyptians, and all the way to research studies being conducted today, garlic continues to be a focus for its extraordinary health benefits.  Stick with us as we talk through the history of this wonder plant and some of its amazing uses. Let’s get real – do you really need much convincing to eat more garlic?

Disclaimer:  Always consult a physician before beginning a health regimen.

Links mentioned in this episode:

  • Drink Recipe: Clementine Moscow Mule
  • Potential Benefits of Consistent Supplementation
  • As Needed Uses
    • Acne – Slice clove in half and rub directly on the affected area
    • Cold sores – Cut a thin slice of garlic and put it on the affected area for 5-10 minutes a few times a day
      • Tape it on to avoid having to hold it
      • It may sting!
    • Ear Infection (adults or children) – Crush a clove and combine with 1 TBSP of oil in a pan on the lowest setting.  Let it cook together for 10 – 15 minutes.  Strain out the chunks of garlic and let the oil cool.  Put a few drops of oil in the affected ear(s).
    • Splinters – Tape a thin slice of garlic to the affected area.  The splinter will work its way out on its own within a few hours.
    • Hair Health – Garlic infused oil massaged onto the scalp may stimulate hair growth. Crush 3 cloves and combine with 3 TBSP of oil in a pan on the lowest setting.  Let it cook together for 10 – 15 minutes.  Strain out the chunks of garlic and let the oil cool.  Massage through
  • Tips
    • Garlic is best raw (3 – 4 raw cloves daily for supplementation)
    • Allicin is activated when raw garlic is chopped, chewed or otherwise cut up
    • Cooking garlic destroys the allicin but does not destroy the antioxidant properties
    • If using a supplement, make sure it contains allicin
    • Because garlic is a natural antibiotic it can impact your gut health – take a probiotic!

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  1. I was reading an article that suggested creating a mixture of garlic and honey to eat in the mornings due to the natural medicinal benefits of both. Going off of that idea, what are your thoughts about possibly making a garlic tea? I was thinking about something a little spicy, similar to a ginger tea that might incorporate some lemon and honey but I’m not good with actually creating these things in reality. Also, would hot water used to make the tea cook the allicin out? I know you said on the podcast to throw ideas out and this is one that has been brewing in my mind but I can’t figure out how to make it work in reality.

    Anyway, I really loved this episode! I LOVE garlic so much and it makes me feel so much better about the quantities of garlic I cook with and my family ends up consuming!

    • Hi Katie! What a fun idea to make a tea – I had never thought of that! I did some research and here is what I suggest if you want to maintain all the awesome health properties. If you remember from the episode, we talked about how chopping, crushing, etc. the garlic activates those good for you proteins and enzymes. If you were to drop some cloves in a tea those enzymes would pretty much immediately break down. BUT, if you crush your garlic and wait about 10 minutes, then pop it into your tea you’ll maintain a large portion of those healthy properties. Without getting too sciencey about it, there are both proteins and enzymes that react together when you break down the garlic. Giving it that 10-minute breathing room lets them interact and sort of meld together where you won’t care so much when some of those heat reacting enzymes disappear because they will infused into the properties that maintain. If you come up with a good recipe – share it with us!

      • Thank you for doing some research on that! I’m going to hit up the grocery store and do some experimenting this weekend! If I totally nail it, I’ll definitely let you know!

  2. So, I was super excited to try this and couldn’t wait until the weekend. I threw together something really quickly. Note: my 10 year old hated it but also claims to hate the taste of garlic (she eats green beans with raw garlic all the time though but maybe she doesn’t realize that…). Anyway, I really enjoyed it. It has that “spicy” flavor of the garlic that is tingly and lovely, it has a little bit of tartness from the lemon balanced with the sweetness of the honey, and it has some added herbal benefits from the echinacea. Things that I would do differently since I rushed this time: chop the garlic finer or mash completely (all the bigger chunks rose right to the top) and let the garlic and honey sit together a little longer. All that said, here’s my rookie recipe:
    4 cloves garlic
    1 tablespoon honey
    Juice from 1/2 a lemon
    2 echinacea pills opened up for just the herbs inside

    Chop the garlic, finely. Let sit in a small bowl for at least 10 minutes. In whatever mug you are drinking out of, combine lemon juice and echinacea. After 10 minutes, muddle the garlic and add honey. Muddle together and let sit for another 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and honey to the lemon and echinacea. Pour hot water over and enjoy.

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