With all that Molly Time has on her daily task list, keeping her family healthy is of top priority. With her Magic Gardens, her Thyme For Herbs Shoppe and helping Jistin, her husband, in the store, she relies on her herbs and folklore remedies - recipes that have been handed down in her family for generations. Garlic is one of Molly's most often used remedy for a variety of ailments, maladies and general good health.
Jistin likes to tell everyone that wearing a string of garlic around your neck not only keeps the vampires away, but during cold and flu season it also keeps everyone else away from you so you do not catch their viruses. Now you cannot go wrong with that thought process.
There are more logical reasons for including garlic in your diet and remedies, as Molly well knows. Not only does the kitchen smell good when you have a roast with cloves of garlic poked into it and slowly cooking away in your oven, or rosemary and garlic chicken baking away, but garlic contains natural anti-inflammatory, as well as antibiotic, properties.
Garlic is very effective against fungus, yeast and viral infections, intestinal worm infestations, skin disorders, low libido and many other health problems. For asthma sufferers, a garlic syrup can be very beneficial. The syrup is also good for voice hoarseness, coughs and other lung disorders. Since the syrup of garlic promotes expectoration, it is very helpful for bronchitis sufferers and is a good remedy for whooping cough.
Molly also knows that garlic is good for the heart because it supports the cardiovascular system and lowers cholesterol levels. It also lowers triglyceride levels in the blood. Garlic as a remedy can lower blood pressure.
Garlic can be used to eliminate toxins that build up in the body. It is an excellent remedy for intestinal infection and can help to expel intestinal worms.
Arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions, can be greatly helped by the anti-inflammatory benefits of the properties in garlic. Eating garlic on a regular basis can reduce the risk of cancers in the esophagus, colon and stomach.
Molly often uses garlic in her cooking, for she knows it is one of the best natural medicines she can provide for her family. It aids their digestion and keeps the stomach healthy. She sometimes grinds a few clove of garlic with about a fourth cup of boiled water to add to a sugar syrup when the kids have coughs. Or will boil a few cloves in milk to be taken at night for coughs due to bronchitis. For Jistin's rheumatism complaints, she pounds a few cloves with honey and has him take it for a few nights at bedtime.
Molly's herb shoppe has a steady stream of people from the village and neighboring farms. One of the most common complaints is problems with asthma. She tells them that garlic juice can be very helpful. Taken with hot water twice a day, this garlic remedy can relieve the attacks of asthma. She also tells them that using 10 drops of garlic juice with 2 teaspoons of honey can reduce the asthma symptoms significantly.
For her elderly customers with complaints of high blood pressure she recommends garlic juice to be taken with fresh water on a regular basis, and half a clove or raw garlic each day promotes activity which will help to dissolve blood clots.
These remedies are only suggestions and not a guarantee for cures. If you are on medications, such as an anti coagulant drug, consult your physician before trying any garlic remedies. Garlic juice on skin can cause burning and peeling.
Heartburn and flatulence can also be caused by garlic. So, before trying any garlic remedy, consult your physician or a trusted, qualified herbalist.