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The Benefits of Garlic

May 31, 2015 08:57PM
by Laina Poulakos

The use of garlic dates back to 3000 B.C. A relative of the onion, garlic can help with a variety of ailments. It can stimulate a sluggish thyroid and is quite powerful at killing internal parasites. When eaten, garlic disperses throughout the body via the bloodstream, allowing it to disinfect the body. “Garlic breath” is a byproduct of garlic cleaning the respiratory system upon the exhaled breath. It is beneficial for the circulatory system and immune system, because it is excellent at cleaning the blood. It also helps to get rid of heavy metals from the body. Most people find that the easiest way to bring the benefits of garlic to the ones they love is to use it in every day cooking. Cut the bulb up very small and add it to a variety of dishes including beans, vegetables, sauces, breads and with rice or noodles. If a loved one starts feeling under the weather, a chopped clove of garlic mixed with olive oil and eaten on top of a cracker or piece of bread may be all that he or she needs. This recipe works like magic for many people who find that cold symptoms are much milder than they would be ordinarily. Of course, this remedy can cause strong garlic breath and why garlic is sometimes known as the “stinking rose”.

Laina Poulakos is a mother of five children with certifications in aromatherapy and herbology.

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