The cold weather tends to brings more than just snow, wind and chilly days. People are often plagued by colds and flues this time of year, some times over and over again keeping them from enjoying what this beautiful time of year has to offer. Now its certainly not inevitable and really it does not have to be this way, as many many people find themselves going years without being brought down with nasty viruses etc. So how do they do it? Are some people just luckier than others? Well yes that of course can be the case, in all aspects there are just some people who seem to have luck on their side. However, we too have the power to help heal ourselves and stave off nasty bugs.
So on that note lets get into our ” Healing Kitchen: Part 4″!!!!!!
This week we talk about a remedy that costs pennies a day and is readily available and most likely in your kitchen right now. This little powerhouse is full of nutritional super powers, please allow us to introduce Garlic!!
Garlic is a member of the allium genus, along side onion and leeks. It has been used for centuries to treat common colds, chest infections and much more. Roman soldiers used to consume large quantities before going out on battle to keep there strength and health in line. Garlic helps us fight infection by naturally increasing killer cels, lymphocytes and macrophages. The healing compounds in garlic are so strong that raw garlic juice is used quite successfully in treating and disinfecting minor wounds. Evidence has also been documented suggesting that people who consume large quantities of garlic at the onset of a cold will most certainly reduce the time it takes to heal. The key is to consume it raw, yes it may sound rather harsh but a few cloves chopped up and swallowed ( and of course followed closely by a drink to wash it all down) isn’t really that difficult after all.
You may want to refrain from running directly over to your significant other and planting a big kiss, but you needn’t stay away all day!! Have a few pieces of parsley near by and maybe a mint sprig or two and chew on those every hour or so and chances are you will be just fine 🙂
Along with its infection fighting properties garlic is also rich in antioxidants, it is a great protector of the heart as well as it has cholesterol lowering properties. Its wise to have garlic handy this season and always. You can be like many and consume a few garlic cloves daily as a preventative measure, or simply have then readily on stand by at first onset of cold symptoms. Chop up 4-5 cloves, maybe in a few spoonfuls and then grab a glass of orange juice or our favourite of freshly juiced orange juice with camu camu berry powder mixed in for a powerful vitamin C punch that is also brilliant for our systems 🙂 More to come on Camu Camu in the coming weeks ( we love this stuff!!)
Well there you have it, Garlic sure tops our lists as a natural easy to obtain and consume super healer. Hopefully you will find it beneficial too!!
Cheers and Seasons Greetings!!