I started my natural living journey 6 years ago when my twin daughters were 6 months old. It all started with the early days of food introduction. Since then, it has been a slippery slope. My quest to eliminate processed foods and chemicals from our diet brought me to homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy started me down a path toward toxic-free skin care and household products. This natural living journey has also opened up my mind to different ideas about life in general. This GOOT recipe was one of my first natural remedies I used for my daughters. I used this every time they got sick (or I got sick). This year I started my journey with essential oils so I’ve switched over to using Thieves essential oil blend instead as an immune booster (smells like Christmas instead of garlic). The only congestion we’ve dealt with so far this year has been allergy related so I used Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils blended together and diluted with coconut oil.
Garlic Oil Treatment Uses people have raved about (see recipe at the bottom of this post):
- Put in and around the nose to help with congestion.
- Rub on the chest, neck, and ears. Acts like a Vicks Vapor Rub.
- Rub on the bottoms of your feet and put socks on. Feet are considered a direct link to the bloodstream.
- This herb has been used since long time in many traditional Indian and Chinese medicines as a remedy for cold, cough, bronchitis, etc.
- Garlic oil has been used as a local applicant for “ring worm” (fungal dermatitis) infection of skin.
- In modern medicine, this exotic herb is advised as health benefiting food for its anti-microbial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and immune boosting and cholesterol-lowering properties.
Health Benefits of Garlic:
- Strong flavored, garlic cloves contain many noteworthy phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that have proven health benefits. Total measured antioxidant strength (ORAC value) is 5346 µmol TE/100 g.
- Its bulbs contain organic thio-sulfinite compounds such as diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide and allyl propyl disulfide that can form allicin by enzymatic reaction, which is activated by disruption of bulb (like crushing, cutting, etc.).
- Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductaseenzyme within the liver cells.
- Further, allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring a reduction in the total blood pressure. It blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease the overall risk from coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD) and stroke.
- Research studies also found that consumption of garlic is associated with a possible decrease in the incidence of stomach cancer.
- Allicin and other essential volatile compounds also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal activities.
- Garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, andselenium. Selenium is a heart-healthy mineral, and is an important cofactor for antioxidant enzymes within the body. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
- It contains many flavonoid anti-oxidants like carotene beta, zea-xanthin, and vitamins like vitamin-C. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Garlic cloves have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals. Just 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance)
95% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
52% of vitamin C,
33% of copper,
21% of iron,
18% of calcium,
26% Selenium, and
73% of manganese
but no cholesterol.
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