Here's a great article on the uses of garlic in the role of immune
booster. It's cheap, readily available and easy to use. I can
personally vouch for the "garlic tea" and "garlic gargle". If you
are feeling especially lazy, you can press the garlic into a glass
of water, mix it up and down it or just gargle and spit! Works that
way too :)
I would however be cautious of using the garlic clove directly in
the ear in someone who is unable to easily tell you "ouch, that
One more thing, the garlic must be fresh. Canned garlic or garlic
pills do not count.
This article is taken in it's entirety from No Greater Joy magazine.
Garlic Again by Rebekah Joy Anast
Last NGJ you told us to use garlic for earaches? How? You also
mentioned poultices. What's that? Where do we learn how to treat
our children with herbs? I need something simple and basic.
Ahhh…garlic, that Italian cure-all. You can hardly go wrong any way
you try it.
Here's one special way I use it:
First, go to the garden (or the grocery store) and bring home a
couple bulbs of garlic. A bulb is the golf-ball sized pod of the
plant, which can be separated into many cloves – shaped like the
individual wedges taken from an orange. Break off two or three
large cloves, and lay them on your counter. Set some water on the
stove to warm, and then spread out a clean washcloth or double-thick
paper towel. Smack the garlic cloves with the bottom of a heavy
glass to lightly bruise or crush them. Now the papery skim will
come of easily. Take the bruised cloves and dice them up, or smash
them in a garlic press so that the juice billows out the familiar
aroma that makes you hungry for lasagna.
Lay the 2-3 tablespoons of minced garlic in the center of your
washcloth or paper towel, and fold in the edges of the cloth,
creating what I call a poultice" or "plaster". Place this garlic
pad in a bowl or plate and pour warm (not hot) water over it. Let
it sit for 5 seconds or so, then drain and squeeze the excess water
out with your hands. Apply the warm (not hot!) poultice to the
chest, back and soles of the feet (alternately) for about 60 seconds
each for treatment of any virus, cold, flu, infection, etc…
Garlic poultices can also be used for earaches – placing crushed
garlic or a garlic poultice against the infected ear. Also, a clove
of garlic wedged in the ear like an old fashioned hearing aid works
great for earaches (but be careful not to leave too long, or you
will burn the skin!)
For flesh would infections, hold again the wound lightly for about
two minutes. Repeat several times a day.
To treat eye infections, hold poultice over the tightly closed eye
for about two minutes. Careful! This burns really bad if it gets
in the eye.
Warm garlic oil is also healing and comforting in an ear when there
is an infection. The oil is made by adding a few drops of olive oil
to a tiny bit of fresh crushed garlic, let sit for a few minutes,
then strain out all the garlic discard. The oil that goes in the
ear must be free of any visible particles. You will have enough for
one application of warm garlic oil for an earache. I always make
mine fresh. Do not make it too strong, because it can burn the
skin. Experiment on the inside of your arm to see how strong or how
long you can leave the garlic on your skin without it burning It
can literally blister your skin (chemical heat).
A very weak or mild, warm garlic water douche is helpful for female
infections. Douche recipe – pour very warm water over crushed
garlic in a sieve. Dilute with cold water until tepid. Check by
taste it, so that the garlic flavor is very light.
Warm water poured over crushed garlic in a strainer, with added
vinegar and honey will make a "tea" or "gargle water" that will
knock out the worst store throat or mouth infection.
TIPS TO LIVE BY:
Don't wait until you are miserable before taking action! As soon as
you feel that sore throat coming on, sip some hot garlic water and
you will NEVER get sick. If you are tough, and your love-life is
secure, you can just eat a garlic clove raw. Treat your children as
soon as they get cranky; don't wait until they get an infection.
Garlic is very strong. If the patient's nose starts running with
clear mucus like a dripping faucet, then it's time to east off on
the garlic treatment. It will open every pore and detox you so
quickly and thoroughly, you may be miserable if you over-do it. So,
Grow your won garlic! Once you learn how to use it, you will
quickly become dependent on it. If you have your own little garlic
plot in the backyard, you won't have to make midnight runs to the
grocery store when junior get s a cold.
Read the following book. It will give you many more practical tips
and home-care knowledge that will keep you from going to the doctor.
The ABC Herbal by Steven Horne. Horne has written to help moms learn
how to treat their children with herbs. It is short, simple and
would be a help for all moms.
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Note: This is how I (Rebekah Joy Anast) use garlic, but I am not a
licensed medical doctor, and do not intend this as advice on how you
should use it. Consult your physician.