Traditional Uses and
Health Benefits of Raw Garlic

The health benefits of raw garlic are numerous, as are its uses. Chinese people have been eating garlic and using it in teas and folk remedies for thousands of years.

Garlic is one of nature's most potent immune system boosters. It's also a powerful antibiotic, digestive aid and libido enhancer and, as you'll see below, these are just some of the health and medicinal benefits of garlic.

However, while the uses and health benefits of raw garlic are wide ranging and many, it can also produce certain side effects if you eat too much.

According to Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy, garlic is warm in nature and a strong stimulant. People with excess heat in their body should eat little garlic or none at all. Excessive heat usually comes from eating too much heating foods and drinks like meat, spices, fried foods, sweet foods, coffee and alcohol. This causes such symptoms as red eyes, bad breath, constipation, hot flushes, yellow urine, yellow tongue moss, a rapid pulse, irritability and acne. If this is you, eliminate or at least greatly reduce the above items from your diet for a couple of weeks before you start eating garlic regularly. Otherwise, the garlic will make your system hotter and the above symptoms worse.

Below are some of the main health and medicinal benefits of garlic. Note: To get the full benefits of eating garlic, it is best taken raw. Commercial garlic pills, tablets, oils and capsules, especially the odorless ones, are often devoid of the active enzymes that provide the benefits. Crushed, raw garlic may be mixed into most meals, or put into gelatin capsules for easy swallowing, or drunk as a tea by crushing 1 or 2 cloves and adding hot water.

Health & Medicinal Benefits of Garlic

  • Powerful immune system enhancer
  • Increases white blood cell production
  • Antibacterial, antiviral
  • Antifungal - effective remedy for yeast infections & candida
  • Clears boils & infected sores
  • Improves appetite
  • Digestive aid - add it to meat and other heavy meals
  • Increases libido - 1 or 2 raw cloves a day
  • Expells intestinal parasites & worms
  • Reduces high cholesterol

Health Remedies Using Garlic Cloves

Don't think that to utilize the health benefits of raw garlic you're restricted to just eating it. Here's a range of traditional Chinese health remedies using garlic cloves as the main ingredient.

Garlic Tea: Put 1 or 2 cloves of crushed garlic and 1 or 2 grams of loose-leaf green tea in a teapot. Add a teaspoon or two of unrefined brown sugar if you wish. Pour in boiling water that has been left to cool slightly. Stir the mixture andlet it steep for several minutes before drinking. Afterwards, leave the ingredients in the pot, as you can top it up with more water once or twice throughout the day. This is a common folk remedy for killing germs and resolving toxins in the body.

Garlic Nose Drops: This is a preventative for the common cold and sinus problems. Crush several cloves of garlic to obtain the juice. Mix with warm water at a ratio of two parts water to one part garlic juice. Lie down and use an eye-dropper to place a couple of drops into each nostril as soon as you feel any symptoms coming on. Continue for as long as necessary. If the drops overly irritate your nostrils, stop, or reduce the number of drops.

Garlic Paste: Crush 2 garlic cloves and mix with several drops of pure sesame oil to make a paste for external application toboils,carbuncles and infected sores. Cover then reapply when the paste becomes dry and falls off. If the skin becomes overly irritated discontinue use or wait for a day or two and try again.

Garlic Wash: Boil 2 cups of water and 2 cloves of crushed garlic until 1 cup of liquid remains. Strain the liquid and let it cool. The garlic solution may be used 2-3 times a day as a skin wash, e.g. by women with bacterial infections causing itching, pain and inflammation of the vulva and perineal region.

Maximizing the Health Benefits of Raw Garlic

To get the full health benefits of raw garlic, whether in salads, as tea, or in capsules, it's important you eat less refined, processed and canned foods, and more foods in as close to their natural state as possible - there's little point in eating nutritionally dead, toxin-producing junk foods and trying to improve your health with fresh, raw garlic at the same time!

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