Garlic is definitely one of the most versatile and highly beneficial ingredients. It is a true gift from the nature and it has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties that help in the treatment of the following health issues:

• Hypertension
• High levels of cholesterol
• Heart diseases
• Atherosclerosis
• Heart attack
• Fungal infections
• Cold and flu
• Hay fever
• Traveler’s diarrhea
• Bug bites
• Diabetes
• Osteoarthritis
• Enlarged prostate

Garlic also strengthens your immune system and eliminates toxins from the body. If you combine garlic with ginger and onion it can remove even the chemotherapy residues from your organism.

Garlic is low in calories but high in nutrients such as vitamin C, B6, manganese, fiber and selenium. It has anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties.

The main ingredient of garlic is called allicin and its production is prevented when it is exposed to heat. Therefore, make sure you use raw garlic only. Chop the cloves and let them stay for about fifteen minutes before consumption.

This will activate the bioavailability of allicin.

Make sure you eat this ingredient on an empty stomach since otherwise it can’t be absorbed and processed properly.

Honey and raw garlic

Chop two garlic cloves and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix these ingredients and consume this natural homemade remedy on a daily basis.

Honey has antioxidant properties and it is rich in minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium. It also contains niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamin B6. Make sure you use raw honey, since its nutritional value is very high and it has a healthy GI (glycemic index) which is important for the process of digestion.

Flu Tonic

Make sure you wear protective gloves when preparing this tonic, especially if your skin is too sensitive. Also, avoid touching your eyes since the natural oils may cause burning sensations or skin rash.

Ingredients:

• ½ chopped onion
• 5 garlic cloves (chopped)
• 1 tablespoon of ginger (chopped)
• 2 chopped chili peppers
• 1 lemon
• Raw apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Put the chopped garlic and onion into an airtight glass jar. Add the chili peppers and the chopped ginger. Then, squeeze the lemon, remove its seeds and pour the juice into the jar. Finally, add the ACV and close the jar. Keep this tonic in a pantry and use it as a remedy for flu, colds and sore throat.

You mustn’t keep the garlic in oil since it is a low-acid ingredient (its pH ranges from 5.3 to 6.3). Low-acid vegetables support growth and subsequent toxin production which are caused by improper preparation (when the oil is combined with garlic and other fresh herbs). Raw garlic has medicinal properties, so it can be toxic if it is consumed in high doses.