Updated: May 4, 2020
By Josie Joy Saldat
Ok so lets get one thing straight, if you are not consuming garlic because of the it resulting in bad breath, I suggest you re-evaluate this ancient and overlooked super food.
Garlic, a member of the onion family may have an unpleasant odor to some, but the essential oils it provides is indeed an internal purifier capable of breaking up toxic matter in the system. The most prominent oil is allicin – it gives the garlic its infamous flavor and is released once chewed or chopped.
Not only is garlic used around the world for cooking, but it has been used for the past thousands of years for its medicinal properties – antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral! It can be used to help prevent and heal heart conditions, heart disease, hypertension, various cancers as well as anti-inflammatory conditions.
Once ingested, garlic detoxifies the body by diffusing and purifying the blood and lymph. It has been proven that this humble member of the vegetable family has profound healing and cleansing properties that can aid in clearing toxic waste treating infections and ulcers. Some of the wonderful properties of this bulb help protect the skin heal too by interrupting the effect of free radicals as well as slowing down the process of collagen depletion!
Each bulb boasts an array of health benefits such as: being high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron and Vitamin C!
LET’S GET NERDY
Garlic has been used for over 7,000 years as a medicinal treasure to many cultures. 5000 years ago people of India and Egypt grew garlic and the Greeks praised the plant and offered it as a gift to their gods. Although garlic has been used for thousands of years, it has only really been brought into our meal vocabulary for the past century.
Dr. Charles C. Lindgren of the University of Southern California was one of the first doctors to actually dig deep into the powers of this plant. The research showed that garlic had proven; to aid digestion, be a natural intestinal antiseptic (grow healthy bacteria in the intestine), be a preventative treatment towards pneumonia and tuberculosis and be useful for respiratory issues such as bronchitis and asthma.
HOW TO GET A GOOD BULB
Luckily garlic is available internationally year-round. You want to find a bulb with tight skin that shows no signs of molding or sprouting. When you store it, you need to find it a home in a cooler dry dark spot, just like how you store onions!
As a member of the perennial family, the entire garlic plant is edible, but the bulb or “head” is the most prized for culinary use. Garlic is extremely versatile and can be found in many of your favourite dishes. Add some flavor and liven up any recipe by adding garlic to dressings, sauces or stir-frys!
The Antifungal properties of Garlic can help aid athlete’s foot by soaking feet in garlic water.
The Antioxidants in garlic can help heal or soothe poor skin.
Greek athletes and warriors were given garlic before battle as it gave them a boost in performance.
To peel a whole bulb of garlic – simple place the bulb between two of the same-sized bowls or cups and shake hard for 30 seconds…all the cloves will shed their peels!
MY GO TO GARLIC HUMMUS
Add all ingredients into processor or blender and blend away!
2 (15-1/2 oz.) cans chickpeas
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 lemons
1/4 cup sesame tahini, well stirred
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Paprika, for serving (optional)
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