I have had a lot of people ask me what I consider to be the most super of the superfoods. My answer has been and always will be Allium sativa, or GARLIC. Allicin is the most active and therapeutic compound in garlic. I often find myself prescribing garlic in some form with patients. It can be used as food, spice, supplement or remedy.
Garlic has many medicinal functions:
If you live on the west coast, now is the time to plant garlic bulbs. Get them in the ground before the frost. Then in the spring they will sprout just like your other spring flower bulbs. My favorite part of growing garlic is harvesting the “scapes,” or the green stem that curls up and over. The scapes have a mild garlic flavor that can be eaten without preparation. The bulbs can be harvested in early summer when half of the leaves die back.
Fun growing tip- you can tell how many cloves will be in the garlic bulb by counting the leaves.
Garlic as Food:
I often peel and mince garlic when cooking. Important tip- garlic needs moisture when heated so ensure there is plenty of oil or cooking liquid in the pan before adding it. I often add garlic toward the end of cooking. Another delicious way of preparing garlic is to peel and roast as whole cloves in the oven along with other root vegetables. Again, make sure to drizzle plenty of oil over them.
Garlic as Medicine:
Garlic (Allicin) can be taken as a pill, in ear drops, as a topical preparation, or as a “medible.” Here are a few garlic treatments I recommend regularly:
1. GARLIC SOCKS for colds, flu, chest congestion
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2. Apply Topically (minced) for skin infections, acne, athlete's foot, eczema, warts
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