The Healing Power of Garlic
January 22, 2018

Garlic is one of the most powerful foods on the planet, known for its pungent aroma, its strong taste and its healing power. The plant we know as garlic has been cultivated for more than 5000 years, and garlic has long played a role in natural healing and traditional medicine.

The History
It's hard to pinpoint a time when garlic was not a part of our herbal history. Dating back thousands of years, garlic was part of the Chinese medicinal practices. Once called the 'rustic cure-all'it's been consumed and used by roman soldiers, greek sailors and in remote areas of Africa. And in Pliny's book of Natural History of 79 AD, he gives an extensive list of scenarios in which garlic was considered beneficial to overall health.

As a side note, garlic was reviled by the puritanical English. They believed the use of it was a kind to some type of witch craft and shun its use even as a spice. When the English came to America, they brought their anti-garlic attitude with them, and it took three hundred years for this anti-garlic attitude to change in the USA.

The Myth
From as far back as ancient Greece, Garlic was placed on the piles of stones at crossroads, as a supper for Hecatean. Likewise, garlic and onions were invoked for deities by the Egyptians as part of taking an oath.

In Europe, many cultures have used garlic for protection or white magic, perhaps owing to its reputation in folk medicine.[5] Central European beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against werewolves and vampires as often depicted in modern films. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes. In the myth of the ancient Korean eating nothing but 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of mugwort would make a bear be transformed into a woman.[68] In Hinduism, garlic is thought to stimulate and warm the body and to increase one's desires. Devout Hindus will avoid using garlic unless involved in observance of a specific religious festivity or event.

In some Buddhist traditions, garlic – along with the other five "pungent spices" – is understood to stimulate sexual and aggressive drives to the detriment of meditation practice. Monks are thus not allowed to consume garlic which are deemed as being "earthly pleasures".

The Modern Legacy
Garlic is thought to play a role in providing natural protection against some forms of cancer, and the compounds in this herb continue to be studied as possible cancer treatments. It is thought that many of the compounds found in garlic have the ability to neutralize many cancer causing compounds, and that the compounds found in garlic may even be able to slow the growth of tumors.

In particular, many of the sulfur compounds found in garlic are thought to be of particular value, and choosing the most fragrant and aromatic cloves of garlic at the supermarket is one of the best ways to ensure a strong sulfur content. Many shoppers feel that organically grown garlic contains a higher sulfur concentration than its non-organic competition, thereby providing a greater healing power.

While garlic is certainly a safe food, some people are sensitive to the herb, and excessive consumption of garlic may result in short term digestive issues. For those unaccustomed to cooking with garlic, the best advice is to start out slowly and increase the amounts gradually.

It is also important to realize that garlic acts as a natural blood thinner, so those scheduled for surgery should cut back on their garlic consumption in the days and weeks prior to any scheduled surgical procedures.

Garlic is available in many forms, including natural cloves, garlic powder and garlic paste. In addition, garlic supplements are available in convenient pill form, offering all the benefits of garlic, with none of the unpleasant aroma. Garlic supplements are widely available in health food stores, grocery stores and on the internet. Or as part of your one a day like our very own leading multi vitamin and multi herbal supplement AsUage
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