How to Release Garlic’s Medicinal Potential and avoid Common Mistakes When Using It

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Using Garlic As an Antibiotic

If you want garlic to do its job and preserve your health, it’s important to know how to use it properly. Otherwise, its health benefits are limited, and you might not get the positive results you’re looking for. if you are trying to use garlic as a natural medicine you need to avoid a number of common mistakes.

Compound in Garlic is 100 Times more Powerful than Two Common Types of Antibiotics

According to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, a compound in garlic named diallyl disulfide is 100 times more powerful than two common types of antibiotics for fighting the bacteria Campylobacter.

The garlic compound was able to destroy the bacteria in just a fraction of the time taken by the antibiotics.

However, in order to release garlic’s full medicinal potential you need to avoid the following common mistakes.

Common mistakes people make when using garlic in a medicinal way

Mistake #1 – using cooked garlic

Cooking garlic is completely acceptable if you are using it to spice up your food. However, cooking destroys the garlic’s active ingredient – allicin. Allicin is one of the sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic that are collectively known as thiosulfinates.

Allicin gets activated when raw garlic is chewed, chopped or crushed. But, it gets deactivated by heat, so that is why cooking garlic lowers its healing potential and should be avoided.

Here is a great tip when cooking garlic to preserve its maximum healing benefits: Crush garlic, then wait 10 minutes before cooking to maximize health benefits.

Allowing the crushed garlic to stand for 10 minutes before cooking further enhances formation of allicin, ensures the maximum synthesis of allicin, and also makes it more stable and resistant to the heat of cooking. Then cook it on low or medium heat for a short period of time (add it towards the end of the cooking time).

How to use garlic the right way: eat it raw

Mistake #2 – taking garlic in a pill form

To avoid the smell and potent taste, some people decide to take garlic pills instead. As is often the case, the easy way doesn’t really work. As I mentioned earlier, to activate the garlic’s healing compound, you need to ingest raw, crushed garlic. No pill, powder or dried form can match the therapeutic potential of garlic in its natural state.

The smelly phosphorus gas disappears when garlic is dried, processed or cooked, but so do some of the health benefits. Dried garlic retains anti-oxidant properties and can help fight free radicals – but never to the same extent as raw garlic does. If you struggle with raw garlic, just remind yourself that chewing it has been proven to be as effective as taking penicillin in some cases.

Or instead of chewing it, crush the garlic, let it stand for a few minutes and consume it with food. You can also mix the garlic with some honey as a natural remedy for dry cough or chest congestion.

How to use garlic the right way: take garlic in its natural form

Mistake #3 – using old garlic that has lost its freshness

Make sure that the bulbs you get are fresh and haven’t been sitting around for a long time.

Old garlic has a green strip that runs in the middle of the cloves which means that it has started to sprout. As always, organic garlic is by far the healthier option. You can also grow your own garlic – follow my step by step guide on how to grow garlic.

How to use garlic the right way: use fresh garlic

Mistake #4 – taking too little garlic

If you are committed to fighting infections the natural way, you’ll need to eat a generous helping of garlic.

Just one small clove probably won’t do the trick. As a therapeutic dose, two to three cloves of average size should be consumed per day. People have reported getting through serious infections by chewing two to three cloves twice daily.

How to use garlic the right way: take enough garlic to reach a therapeutic dose

Mistake #5 – forgetting to replenish the stomach flora

Since garlic acts as a natural antibiotic, large quantities of it can affect the gut flora and deplete the friendly bacteria.

As with other antibiotics, you need a good supply of probiotics to get your gut back into balance. The best way to do this is by consuming fermented foods that contain plenty of probiotics.

Some examples include natural yoghurt, kombucha, miso and fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi). If you find it difficult to find real fermented food, you can buy probiotic supplements.

Also read my article about 3 things you need to do after taking antibiotics to restore healthy intestinal flora.

How to use garlic the right way: take care of the stomach’s friendly bacteria

Mistake #6 – Not embracing a healthy diet

You can’t expect the garlic to do all the work on its own. You also need to adopt a general healthy lifestyle, and a diet that will promote the healing process.

A diet rich in sugar and processed foods is counterproductive to the well-being of your immune system. Your endeavors should be supported by foods that provide you with nourishment and protect your health: vegetables, fruits, probiotic foods, healthy oils, lean protein and plenty of good water.

How to use garlic the right way: embrace a healthy diet

Tips for Eating Fresh Garlic

We’ve established that the best way to consume garlic as an antibiotic is by eating it raw and fresh.

Not everyone enjoys its pure taste. Consequently, some struggle to eat enough of it. Herbalists David Winston and Merrily A. Kuhn, RN, PhD, suggest mincing the cloves and letting them stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, mix the garlic with yogurt, applesauce, honey, or some other carrier agent that you find easier and tastier to ingest.

Here is a great tip to reduce the smell of garlic: eat some parsley afterwards to help control garlic breath.

I wrote in the past on how to use garlic as a natural antibiotic and about the fact that many people opt for this humble gift of nature when trying to get over an infection or malady.

You can use garlic to make a natural syrup for chest infections and in addition garlic can be used to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Should You Eat Raw Garlic On an Empty Stomach?

It is sometimes advised to chew garlic first thing in the morning, before breakfast, and even before having water (you might need a glass of water to alleviate the burns, especially if you’re taking more than one clove). This regimen has yielded good results.

However, keep in mind that, for some people, raw garlic on an empty stomach can cause irritation to the digestive tract. A study published in 2005 in the American Family Physician noted a report from the literature that suggested that consumption of excessive amounts of raw garlic, especially on an empty stomach, can cause gastrointestinal upset, flatulence, and changes in the intestinal flora.

It’s always advisable to start with small amounts and observe your body’s reaction. This is important also because some people have an allergy to garlic. They might develop a range of symptoms, including bloating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and different skin reactions (rash, eczema). People who are raw garlic intolerant might still be able to consume it in small amounts, but their symptoms can appear when the dose gets increased. However, in most people, ingesting garlic produces no side effects.

Medicinal use of garlic has been known for over 3000 years. Already Hippocrates prescribed it for the treatment of cervical cancer, and Albert Schweitzer used it to treat dysentery in Africa. This ancient antibiotic receives support from both the scientific community and natural healers from around the world. When infection strikes next, you now know what to do.

How to Apply Garlic on the Skin to Treat Infections?

Since garlic is a natural antibiotic, it is great at treating any kind of skin infection.

According to the European Medical Journal, garlic is a powerful all rounded treatment for wound infections, the common cold, hypertension, and many other diseases. The healing properties of garlic can kill off strains of Staphylococcus and E. coli as well as many other bacterial and fungal germs. The researchers concluded that garlic can be used as an effective antibacterial agent.

However, garlic is too powerful to apply directly to the skin and can cause skin sensitivity and irritation. To use garlic safely to get rid of any bacterial or fungal skin infection, you need to dilute it first and do the following:

  • Crush up 2-3 cloves of garlic and let it stand for 10 minutes. This allows the allicin to form properly.
  • Mix the crushed garlic with some coconut oil, aloe vera, or honey.
  • Apply the garlic mixture to the infected skin. If you feel a burning sensation, reduce the amount of garlic in the mixture.
  • Continue applying the natural treatment until your skin is free from any signs of infection.

Consuming more garlic is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

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