Disclaimer: I’m not providing any health advice, just sharing my experiences as well as a couple quotes from a chemist who studied garlic.
First of all, did you know garlic is a vegetable? I didn’t. Secondly, did you know it dates back over 5,000 years and its curative properties have been widely studied, and proven? The truth is I knew a little about it before becoming chronically ill, but after chronic illness set in, and I was at my wits end and willing to try anything, I learned that garlic seemed to be even more helpful.
Prior to becoming chronically ill I would mince garlic, add it to raw honey, and gulp it down before bed to help wipe out colds and flus. At some point I decided if it was good enough for the common cold, I’d try it for MECFS. To my surprise, and delight, I noticed that the raw garlic and raw honey combo seemed to have this powerful ability to pull me out of a flare and closer to baseline a little quicker. Compared to the literally nothing else that had helped me to date, this was the best news.
If you’re curious of how I consume it:
- Crush one clove of organic garlic and let sit for at least 15 minutes as this allows garlic to begin working its mysterious ways.
- In a teaspoon with raw organic honey, scoop up the garlic.
- Have water ready! Put it in your mouth honey side down and use the water to swallow like a shot.
- If tummy burns try drinking warm water after, or have a snack.
I’m not trying to say it’s a miraculous cure, what I am saying is that it helps something somewhere in my body. The issue is that it’s strong and after a week or two my stomach and esophagus start to feel signs of wearing (burning), so I stop. I have read that some people have a terrible reaction, so I know this isn’t for everyone, just sharing what has worked for me.
If you’re curious to learn a little more beyond my experiences the below quotes and hyperlinks might help (I can’t wrap my mind around this content due to brain fog but I tried to quote what looked like the most informative parts of article from the link below) …
“… allicin is the most potent antibacterial and antifungal substance in garlic. Bacteria, from Escherichia coli (E. coli) to Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and many others, are sensitive to garlic. So is Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori), the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
Even more interesting, garlic can prevent the formation of toxins from staphylococcus bacteria, and there is evidence that the toxins themselves cause illness. Basically, allicin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. We’ve tested it on 30 clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [and it is highly active] against these resistant strains of staphylococcus. We also published another study on nearly 150 volunteers showing that allicin helps prevent the common cold. There is some evidence that ajoene, however, may be slightly better as an antiviral.”
“It enhances immune function, according to studies in animals. It seems to enhance the activity of natural killer cells, and to inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells. It has been used for treating high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis since the early part of the last century. Regular garlic intake lowers hypertension, and as early as 1928, definite blood pressure decreases were achieved with garlic therapy.”As quoted from an interview with chemist Peter Josling, Director of the Garlic Center in Sussex, England and author of the book, “Allicin: The Heart of Garlic. https://www.prohealth.com/library/garlic-the-immune-support-natural-23747
If you’re looking to cut down on the smell, and/or taste:
“Munching on an apple or lettuce can also help neutralize the sulfur compounds that give garlic its distinct scent.”https://www.health.com/food/garlic-health-benefits
Hoping you found the above informative. Have you found any quirky things that help you out? If so, I’d love to hear about them. I know I’ve shared my love of how curative garlic is here before but it’s recently helped me with a wretched flare, so I thought I’d share again to give it the limelight it deserves.
Hoping today is kind to you.🌼