Sunday, October 9, 2011

How To Make A Garlic Vaginal Douche.

Garlic has been used since time immemorial to treat vaginal infections. It is the antiseptic properties of garlic that are especially useful in this respect. Garlic will be able to treat any condition from candida (thrush) to leucorrhea. The raw garlic clove can be inserted as a whole in the vagina for some hours and replaced with another fresh garlic clove. This is usually done for 3-7 days. For those not comfortable with this can go for a vaginal douche. The purpose of this post to learn how to make a garlic vaginal douche.

Ingredients for The Garlic Vaginal Douche.

  • 1 medium-size clove of Garlic.
  • 3 cups (750 ml) water.
  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Organic lemon or lime juice from one lemon  or lime.

How to Make the Garlic Vaginal Douche.

  • Combine all the ingredients above in a food processor
  • Strain through a colander or sieve lined with cheesecloth.
  • Use as normal for a douche.

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is one of the most popular types of bread around. We are all aware of the benefits of garlic in treating viral, fungal and bacterial infections, and add that to bread which is found in most breakfast tables in the western world, then you have a darling of kids and adults alike. The purpose of this post is to present the recipe for the preparation of garlic bread. It is not a complicated process and will save you your hard earned cash that you may have used in the past to buy garlic bread. In this post we will encourage you to use whole wheat bread in making of garlic bread. Whole wheat bread is by far more nutritious than the white bread that most people prefer. Whole wheat bread is easily digested by the body as it has more fiber and is not harmful to the body. White bread is deficient in most of the important nutrients that the body needs.

What are the Ingredients for Garlic Bread.

  • 8 slices of whole wheat bread
  • non sticky spray oil
  • garlic powder

How To Make Garlic Bread

  • In 11 x 14 cookie sheet, put bread in single layer
  • Spray oil on the bread and sprinkle garlic bread
  • Broil for 5-7 minutes or until nicely brown
Below is a video demonstration on how to make garlic bread. You can adapt the techniques to make your own garlic bread 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to Eat Raw Garlic

In the video below the presenter shows us how to eat raw garlic. The best way to get all the benefits of garlic is to eat it raw and the more the better. At least eat 8 cloves of garlic when you are sick and you will be amazed how garlic can stop infections such as cold and flu in its tracks. But as you know eating raw garlic is not for the faint hearted. Therefore what can you do to make it palatable while maintaining its raw nature? The video will explain exactly how you can do it. 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Below is a video demonstration on how to make a garlic mashed potatoes recipe. The presenter is Chef Jason Hill. This is a continuation of lessons on making of dishes that include garlic in them. The first one dealt with how to make garlic soup.

The ingredients For Making Garlic Mashed potatoes are are as follows: -
  • ½ cup of fresh grated vegan cheese or any cheese for non vegeterians.
  • two cloves of peeled and minced garlic
  • pepper dependent on taste
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 table spoons butter
  • two cups of cream or milk. For Vegeterians and vegans  it would mean soy milk
  • Two pounds Irish or russet peeled potatoes 
The video will take you through the process of making garlic mashed pototoes.

    How to Peel a Garlic Clove?

    Below is a video demonstration on how to peel a garlic clove. The steps taken start with getting a garlic bulb and separating a clove. Thereafter you can remove the root with a knife and then put the clove on a kitchen chopping board and place the side of a knife over the chopped garlic and hit until it is split. Most herbalists, however, advise against crushing garlic and encourage the chopping of the clove which preserves the most active constituent of garlic, allicin.

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    How to Grow Garlic?

    In the following video the presenter shows the best way of growing garlic so that you end up with the best garlic properties you can ever get. He shows the proper techniques so that the garlic plant should thrive. 

    Garlic Capsules Are Not Medicinal Product: Court Rules

    The European Court of Justice ruled that garlic capsules should not be classified as medicinal product and therefore subject to restrictions of medicinal products in the European Union. The action was brought before the court by the European Commission after German authorities refused to allow importation and marketing of garlic extract powder capsules on the ground that they constituted not a foodstuff but a medicinal product.

    The court ruled that requiring market authorisation for garlic capsules on the ground that it is a medicinal product constituted an obstacle to the free movement of goods not justified on health protection grounds.

    The press release from the European Commission went on to say that, "In its judgment, the Court recalled that the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use1 constitutes only the first stage of harmonisation, and that, in those circumstances, it is difficult to avoid the existence of differences in the classification of products between Member States. Nevertheless, a product must be regarded as a "medicinal product" if it satisfies the Community definition of that concept. A product may be a medicinal product either by presentation or by function.

    Whilst presentation in capsule form is an indicator towards classification amongst medicinal products by presentation, that indicator cannot be the sole or conclusive evidence. Moreover, capsule form is not exclusive to medicinal products.

    Regarding the concept of a medicinal product by function, the Court has stated that the criterion of physiological effect is not specific to medicinal products but is also among the criteria used for the definition of food supplements. The documents before the Court show that, apart from an excipient, "garlic extract powder capsules" do not contain any substance other than natural garlic and have no additional effects, either positive or negative, as compared to those which derive from the consumption of garlic in its natural state. By contrast, in order to correspond to the definition of a medicinal product by function, a product must have the function of preventing or treating disease. Beneficial effects for health in general, such as those of garlic, are not sufficient.

    The Court has therefore held that garlic extract powder capsules do not correspond to the definition either of a medicinal product by presentation or of a medicinal product by function. Therefore, they cannot be classified as a medicinal product."

    This is an interesting  judgement that freed up the selling of garlic in an age when some governments are trying to control medicinal herbs and plants. I sometimes feel that there could be some pharmaceutical companies lobbyists influencing the politicians as they see danger to loss of market with the ever increasing market for medicinal plants and herbs. 

    To me it is also a common sense judgement since garlic is a culinary herb that is not controlled by government and individuals are left to decide how much garlic is okay for them. To restrict garlic just because it is in capsule form really did not make sense. How about garlic powder that we buy in supermarkets for cooking? It is nice that commonsense finally prevailed in this matter.


    1 Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use