Old Time Remedies using Garlic
Looking for tried and true remedies for various aches and pains. Garlic may be the answer. There are many old time remedies using garlic. We will discuss five of them here.
One of the oldest known properties of garlic is that of an antibiotic. Garlic is indeed a powerful antibiotic! Garlic has been shown to kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites. It has been used to effectively treat many illnesses and ailments including viral diarrhea, thrush (an oral fungal infection), and athlete’s foot.
All of the following old time remedies using garlic take advantage of its antibiotic properties.
Garlic tea is the first of the old time remedies using garlic that we will discuss. Gargling garlic tea is used to treat a sore throat. The use of warm garlic tea is very soothing to the throat. If you are suffering from the flu as well, you will benefit even more by swallowing the tea.
Garlic tea is made by steeping several chopped cloves of garlic in 4-6 ounces of water for 6-8 hours.
Smelling salts is our second old remedy using garlic. Sniffing crushed garlic was used to cure hysteria. Hysteria today is defined as a panic, frenzy, excitement or mania. Sniffing crushed garlic would certainly get your mind off of whatever is bothering you and bring it to the matter at hand – the garlic.
Smelling salts were needed and used more in the past because women “swooned” more often. Why? Because they wore corsets which did not allow them to breathe very well.
Garlic oil, the third of our old time remedies using garlic, has long been used to ease the pain of an earache. Treat by placing a few drops of warmed garlic oil in the ear.
Make the garlic oil by slicing a clove; add to a small amount of oil; heat briefly to infuse. Strain and cool to safe temperatures before use.
For a more contemporary recipe, click here.
Garlic Cough Syrup
Looking for a cough syrup that does not contain untold chemicals and alcohol. Make your own using this simple recipe. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over ½ pound of freshly sliced garlic cloves. Allow to steep for 12 hours. After steeping, add sugar to this mixture until reaching the desired consistency. This may require warming slightly to help the sugar dissolve completely. Honey also helps to relieve a cough and sore throat as well as improving the flavor.
Recipes on the internet also suggest adding honey and vinegar boiled with caraway and fennel seeds to help improve the flavor.
Garlic tincture, the last old time remedy using garlic, has long been used by herbalists to treat high blood pressure. Recommended treatment to lower blood pressure is a few drops administered throughout the day not to exceed 25 drops.
To make a garlic tincture, pour 2 cups of brandy over 1/4 pound peeled garlic cloves placed in a quart mason jar. Seal with lid. Shake several times a day over the course of 2 weeks. Strain. The liquid that remains is the tincture. This tincture will keep for approximately 1 year.
Photo credits: Photo 1 (garlic bulb and clove)