Three Ways to Use Garlic Medicinally

Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy

Garlic has an amazing reputation as one of the most powerful natural antibiotics around.

It is useful in addressing a myriad of health issues. Such as:

  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Treating bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
  • Colds
  • Strep throat
  • Ringworm
  • Candidiasis
  • and many, many more!

The wonderful thing about garlic is that it can be used in everyday cooking. Using garlic liberally in your meals is a simple and effective way to reap the benefits garlic has to offer.

Garlic is well-suited to a variety of foods, such as pasta, soup, stew, and stir-fry. Many times it can be thrown in even if the recipe doesn’t call for it!

For the times when you want (or need) to get more garlic into your system, try some of the following:

Eat it raw

Garlic eaten raw is superior to cooked garlic (although cooked is still good). When treating an acute illness it is beneficial to include some raw garlic because of its potency.

Minced garlic mixed with a little honey is one of the fastest ways to get it down. Just put it on a spoon and swallow.

A medicinal honey can be prepared in advance by placing six cloves of sliced garlic in four ounces of honey. Cover tightly and allow to sit for a week to 10 days.  Use the garlic honey in teas to treat colds and flu. The garlic slices may be spread on toast.

Mix a few cloves of freshly minced garlic into some mayonnaise and use it as a sandwich spread. This is an especially tasty option when all the other sandwich fixings are added.

Make an extra garlicy guacamole.

For a photo demonstration of eating raw garlic with honey, and a few other great ideas, check out this post: 7 Ways to Eat Raw Garlic.

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Drink Garlic Lemonade

I first heard of this little treat (snicker) when I attended a herbal seminar for children a few years ago. My kids are not fans of it, but I have used it for myself during illness.

To make Garlic Lemonade you will need:

2 cloves garlic
Water
Lemon
Honey, to taste

Put one quart of water on to boil.

Finely mince the garlic cloves and place into the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar.

Fill the jar to the top with boiling water.

Cover jar and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Strain out the cloves and add the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon. Sweeten with a little honey, to taste.

The recipe is from Naturally Healthy Babies and Children and is intended for children. It is especially recommended for treating chills, but would be helpful in any situation where garlic is needed.

I drink this when I have a head cold and sometimes increase the garlic by an extra clove. I don’t drink the whole quart at once, just drink a cup warm ad sip the rest throughout the day (or save and reheat later in the afternoon).

Take a Garlic Bath

Is that one of the strangest things you have ever heard? I know I thought it was crazy the first time I heard this suggested!

A garlic bath is simple to prepare:

Add 1/2 to 1 cup of powdered garlic to a tub full of hot water. Jump in and soak for 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to smell like garlic, keep your hair out of the water. It holds onto the smell more than then skin will.

Lalitha Thomas (10 Essential Herbs) suggests taking a garlic bath as a preventative measure when nursing a sick friend or loved one who is contagious.

A garlic bath is a great way to get garlic into the body when eating it is not an option. A garlic poultice is another excellent choice for getting garlic into your system without taking it by mouth. Both methods are suitable for children.

Have you used any of these methods to administer garlic? What is your favorite way to take garlic?

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As always, please be aware that natural remedies are powerful remedies. Do your own research before trying any home remedy. I am not a certified herbalist, just a person who enjoys learning and using herbs.

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Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: Delighting in the Days.

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17 comments to Three Ways to Use Garlic Medicinally

  • [...] I’m sharing how and why to take a garlic bath and a few other ways to get this powerful herb into your system over at Frugal Granola today. [...]

  • Mince the raw garlic and put it in empty gelatin capsules and swallow like a supplement!

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    Stacy Reply:

    @Valerie, That is certainly the least painful method :)

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  • I can tell you one way to NOT use garlic. I had read somewhere online that it could cure a yeast infection if you inserted it in your “you know”. It almost resulted in a most unforgettable trip to the ER ever. Thankfully my husband discovered he is gynecologically talented : )

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    Michele Reply:

    @Torie, Uh oh! I’ve read elsewhere that if you do put garlic to that use, to make sure to tie a good string on it… but that probably wouldn’t be my first choice as a remedy! :)

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    Stacy Reply:

    @Torie, Torie, that sounds painful!

    I’ve also read of this remedy, but don’t know that I’d ever be brave enough to try it.

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    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy Reply:

    @Torie, I am so sorry but I literally LOLed at this comment! That is one trip to the ER I would avoid at almost all costs!

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  • I’m saving this post for later reference. What great new ways to use garlic. Garlic is such an amazing, amazing part of creation. I am endlessly amazed at the way we can use it to treat common colds, etc.

    We usually just chop the garlic and put it on a spoon with honey. But I like your idea of letting it sit for 10 days and using it in our teas. Will have to try that.

    Btw – Thanks for the link love!

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    Stacy Reply:

    @Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace, I could tell from your post that you really like garlic :) I love how you got your hubby to demonstrate eating it!

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  • I absolutely LOVE garlic. But I have a hard time getting past the raw part.

    I’ll have to try the honey concoction though!

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  • [...] Three Ways to Use Garlic Medicinally :: Frugal Granola (Garlic is my #1 most effective home remedy and I always love learning more about how to use it.) [...]

  • I’m making myself some garlic lemonade right now! :) Thanks for the tip. I get tired of eating raw garlic and chasing it down with honey.

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  • Wow, I’ve never thought of putting garlic powder in a bath, especially that much. I started eating lots of raw garlic when I was fighting yeast, and I started liking it more and more until I craved it. Crazy. I still use it lots in our meals and illnesses. Great article!

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  • Thank you, thank you! I have been wondering recently about mincing fresh garlic and using gelatin capsules. I think I’m going to try it! I have a great garlic press that I love, so I smash a couple of cloves for everything I cook!

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  • Denise

    For a garlic bath is powder or salt or fresh garlic
    The best and safest way?
    Regards denise

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