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Reprinted from: Exotic Research Report (Volume 1, Issue 1; Jan/Feb/Mar 1996)

A Natural Antibiotic...
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. I believe that if we went back to nature we would be 100% healthier. Think, instead of looking for a pill to fix you, all you have to do is eat right and know some simple nutrition, or common sense.

Did you know that in every part of the world there is a plant, animal, extract that will heal or cure you, except the ones that we made extinct, so you could say that we are sealing our own fate. Nature has its own way of taking care of us.

Garlic has been shown to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Examined closely, it was found that the antibacterial properties of garlic were lost after boiling for twenty minutes. In order to get around this drawback , use recipes that take advantage of garlic's natural antibacterial properties in their preparation.

Here's a quick recipe for a marinade, that will sanitize the meat, while adding zest to the meal:

Four Thieves Vinegar
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 cups of red wine vinegar
  • 4 TBS of fresh tarragon

    In a glass container, add peeled garlic cloves, red wine vinegar, and tarragon. Place in refrigerator for thirty days.
    This makes a great salad dressing (Italian), a marinade for lemon chicken, or for red meat, this makes a wonderful zesty meat tenderizer with a hint of garlic.

And remember this marinade has no hard chemicals, that you might find in pre-mixed tenderizers. This vinegar does kill salmonella and Botulism, so I suggest that you use Four Thieves Vinegar to rinse all of your poultry as a safeguard against food poisoning... you never know when your going to get an infected bird...

Garlic is found on roadsides, in pastures and in open woods from New York to Indiana and south to Tennesee.
The next time you serve up spaghetti at your house, you may want to try this:

Zesty Italian Bread
  • Four Thieves Vinegar
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Grated Parmisan Cheese

    Spread the Four Thieves Vinegar on the bread. Sprinkle the Parmisan cheese on the bread, and toast it.

This makes a great addition to any Italian-style meal. I am sure that you will come up with your own uses for this wonderful marinate.

A Magical Herb...
Besides the savor it adds to food, garlic is said to have mystical powers. Until modern times, plant magic has been passed down from generation to generation. Herbal magic was acknowledged as instrumental to health, happiness and success in every human activity from romance to agriculture. Even the Bible reveals that plant magic often played a part in the lives of men and women whose stories it relates...
    ... the burning bush of Moses
    ... Aaron's rod
    ... Rachel's conception after using mandrake roots...
These are but a few of the countless examples throughout the Bible.

Magic, Medicine, or perhaps both, these harvested cloves of garlic have been sought after since time immemorial for their health benefits.
The most outstanding works on plant lore that has survived from ancient times is Natural History by Gaius Pliny. This monumental 37-volume compilation of natural history is sprinkled throughout with "amazing facts" about plants and their "magical" effects. In addition, Pliny's work contains a great deal about the medicinal uses of trees, herbs and flowers which was drawn from the foremost medical authorities of the age and is truly scientific.

Garlic stands out as a highly regarded charm against evil. It's reputation for white magic - the power to turn away black magic's evil forces - was widespread. It was used to defend people against vampires and the plague. Odysseus escaped from the evil sorceress Circe by keeping with him the herb moly (usually identified as garlic). This antidote, provided by a friendly god counteracted Circe's magical potion that changed all his men into swine.

Over the ages, garlic has been reputed to have given strength to the pyramid builders, courage to the Roman legions, and fighting spirit to English gamecocks. To this day, many Chinese, Greek and Jewish grandmothers present a clove of garlic to their infant grandchildren to ward off the "evil eye".

Medical Uses...
Whatever its purported magical powers, garlic's medicinal uses have been documented for centuries. It was always a popular remedy for coughs, sore throats, and colds - either eaten raw or taken as a syrup, which was made by boiling garlic cloves and water for half a day.

Physicians and herbalists prescribed garlic as a diuretic and for intestinal disorders and rheumatism. When plagues ravaged Europe, people ate garlic daily as a protection against disease. Some say that garlic may have worked as a preventive simply by keeping others at a safe distance.

Colonists arriving in America discovered that the Indians knew about the healing powers of a native species of garlic and relied on the plant to treat a variety of medical problems, from snakebite to intestinal worms. Taking a cue perhaps from their European forebears, New England settlers strapped garlic cloves to the feet of small pox victims as a cure for the disease.

Precautionary Medical Facts
It’s not enough to take the correct amount of medicine at the appropriate time. You must also watch your diet because some medications can have dangerous effects when taken with certain foods. The following list of medications includes foods you should avoid.

  • Aspirin — avoid crackers, jellies, syrups and foods high in carbohydrates.
  • Antacids, Bicarbonates, Diuretics, Tranquilizers — avoid alcohol.
  • Penicillin — avoid foods high in iron for at least two hours.
  • Tetracycline — avoid all dairy products.
  • Anticoagulants — avoid alco-hol, caffeine, onions, leafy greens and liver.
  • Antidiabetic Drugs — avoid sugar and alcohol.
  • Digitalis — avoid excessive salt, high fiber foods, prune juice and herb teas.
For correct dosage and adminis-tration of all medications, including possible diet conflicts, consult with your health care provider.
Garlic was used to cure many diseases. In both World War I and World War II it was administered as a potent antiseptic. Recent research has further revealed that garlic contains vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and C.

For the Gardener...
Botanically known Allium sativam L. this humble plant is in the lily family. It is found along roadsides, pastures, and open woods. Introduced from Europe, garlic has been naturalized from New York to Indiana south to Tennessee and Missouri.

Garlic is perennial herb whose bulb, composed of small cloves, is identifiable by its pungent odor. The plant grows to 2 feet, with flat, long pointed leaves. The flowers (June-July) range from pink to white. Garlic can be cultivated in gardens but requires a sunny, warm climate.

Those who want to grow their own should plant the cloves 6 inches deep and 2 inches apart in rich soil during the fall or early spring. Pull up the heads when the leaves turn yellow, and dry them in the sun. A basic flavoring in many recipes, garlic is also used in home remedies and to repel insects.

Good Food for Good Health
Some foods contain unknown or unidentified substances which are extremely beneficial to your health. Garlic is an excellent example. Among other things, garlic has been found to protect against liver damage, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis.

Garlic has proved to be a good friend to mankind. For centuries garlic has been favored not only as a culinary herb, but as a remedy for colds and other respiratory infections. Herbalists today also use it to relieve gas pains and to rid the body of intestinal worms.

In 1858 Louis Pasteur verified garlic's antiseptic properties; garlic is also a proved antispasmodic. Research further indicates that it may be effective in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, in reducing hypertension, and as an expectorant in respiratory ailments.

Yes, the key to good is eating good foods. Use natural recipes for a healthier mind and body. Remember, garlic is a natural antibiotic and can be used as a preventative food supplement for children against infections.__Mechelle

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