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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I Heart Herbs~Garlic

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Garlic
Allium Sativum


Some people love it. Some people hate it.

I happen to love it, even though I know it destroys any fantasy I've ever had of becoming a vampire.
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However, my love for garlic is stronger 
than my love for vampires.

The taste of garlic is like no other. 
It hits the palate with a hot pungency 
that is shadowed by a very subtle background sweetness.

Garlic, nicknamed the stinking rose, has been around for ages. 
It is perhaps the world's oldest known 
medicinal and culinary herb. 
Garlic is a natural antioxidant that 
prevents diseases and enhances food. 
Native to central Asia, garlic is one of 
the oldest cultivated plants in the world, 
and has been grown for over 5,000 years.

Ancient Egyptians were probably the first to cultivate this plant that played an important role in their culture. 
Garlic was bestowed with sacred qualities and 
placed in the tomb of Pharaohs. 
It was also given to the slaves that 
built the Pyramids to enhance their endurance and strength. 
This strength enhancing quality was also honored by the ancient Greeks and Romans, civilizations whose athletes 
ate garlic before sporting events, and 
whose soldiers consumed it before going off to war. 
Garlic was introduced into various regions throughout the globe by migrating cultural tribes and explorers. 
By the 6th century BC, garlic was known in both China and India, where it was used for therapeutic purposes.

Throughout the millennia, garlic has been a beloved plant in many cultures for both its culinary and medicinal properties. 
Over the last few years, it has gained unprecedented popularity since researchers have been scientifically validating 
its numerous health benefits.

Dr. Andrew Weil shares my love and passion for garlic. In his book, "8 Weeks to Optimum Health", he states that garlic has 3 very important cardiovascular effects.

The first important cardiovascular effect is it lowers blood pressure, and is a key component in any 
natural approach to treating hypertension. 

Second, garlic lowers cholesterol and fats in the blood. 
It raises the HDL (the "good form" of cholesterol) fraction of total cholesterol while reducing the harmful LDL fraction to oxidation. 
This diminishes its potential to damage artery walls. 

The third cardiovascular effect of garlic is it inhibits blood clotting by reducing the tendency of platelets to clump together.

Garlic's beneficial cardiovascular effects are 
due to its sulfur compounds, and it contains 
vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, and manganese.

Garlic is also a strong antiseptic. It counteracts the growth of numerous bacteria and fungi that can cause disease. 

In addition, it boosts activity of the immune system, stimulating natural killer cells, which are our main defense against cancer.

Time for a body cleanse?
 Garlic naturally cleanses your colon. 
Eating garlic while cleansing maximizes 
optimal benefits for your body.


People who eat garlic are healthier in general,
so why not make garlic a regular part of your diet?

Cook with garlic whenever you can.

Remember, fresh garlic works the best. 

Heat destroys some of the herb's properties, 
particularly the antibiotic ones, so be sure to 
add it near the end of cooking to receive the most benefits. 

Dr. Weil suggests eating a bit of raw garlic now and then. 
You could add small slices of raw garlic to salads, 
sandwiches, pastas, rice...
just about any dish you choose.

Studies have shown that garlic keeps the heart healthy by lowering cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, fighting free radicals, and keeping blood from clotting.
Garlic is packed with antioxidants that 
help to fend off cancer, and the effects of aging.

Eat garlic every day to benefit the heart and your overall health!
  • antibacterial
  • antibiotic
  • antimicrobial
  • antioxidant
  • antiplatelet
  • antiviral
  • stimulant
  • tonifies yang

For a small vegetable, garlic packs a big punch.

I'll take garlic instead of vampires any day.

Well - unless it's Spike.

Spike - Buffy The Vampire Slayer 

Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse 

Amy Riddle is an empowerment coach, crafter of sorts, writer,
herbalist, reverend, and all out muse.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. 
She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. 
Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. 
She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.