Throughout history Egyptians preached about the value and properties of garlic, Olympic athletes in Greece chewed it before competing and, in darker years, garlic was said to help keep vampires away…. Garlic has properties that favor the proper functioning of the heart and together with citrus fruits, oranges and lemons, it helps protect against colds and coughs.
Garlic belongs to the Liliaceae family and the Allioideas subfamily and is a fundamental ingredient in many of the recipes on my blog. To take better advantage of the properties of garlic, you have to eat them raw, for example in salads.
Garlic is an excellent microbicide, disinfectant, decongestant and toner of the pituitary gland, effective in gastric secretion and rich in iron, effective in fighting the venom of vermin bites and circulatory problems. Garlic, crushed or juiced, has a long and interesting list of curative effects for countless conditions, for example:
- Kidneys, bladder: taking garlic on an empty stomach helps in almost all kidney and bladder ailments.
- Lungs and respiratory system: it has a powerful decongestant effect, which is why it is of great help in cases of colds, sinusitis, cough with phlegm, excess phlegm (caused by high toxicity in the body).
- Blood: purifies the blood and refreshes the circulatory system.
- Arteries: lowers blood pressure. Purifies, detoxifies and refreshes your circulation.
- Liver: activates the optimal functioning of the liver, an organ that is very important for health in general. If the liver does not work well, all the organs and systems of the body are altered and through signals the body warns us. Therefore, if you have a bitter mouth in the morning or excess laganing, if you have problems with your eyes or bile, if you are in constant tension or irritability (you get angry often), if your head hurts frequently, it could be a problem. bile. You can take a clove of garlic every other day with a little lemon juice.
- Digestive system: corrects constipation and disinfects the digestive system of toxins
- Worms: one of its best known therapeutic uses is to deworm and eliminate worms and tapeworms. Ideal in these cases.
- Anemia: ideal to alleviate cases of anemia, strengthens the defenses and, since it stimulates gastric juices, it is a good aperitif to awaken hunger.
- Diabetes – Helps support diabetes and hormonal balance.
- Eczema and herpes: a few drops of garlic juice are indicated in chronic cases of eczema and herpes.
- Obesity: fat can really disappear if you follow a level diet that includes doses of garlic.
- Fatigue and nervous system: it is a powerful aid in cases of fatigue, exhaustion, melancholy, headaches, nervous system and insomnia.
- Uric acid: effective helps against uric acid, attacks it by relieving and helping the discomfort of the joints and muscles, making it an indicated aid in cases of rheumatism and sciatic gout.
In addition to all of the above, garlic has a flavor that makes it a favorite condiment in international cuisine. We know how strong garlic has a flavor and the distaste that many can feel eating it alone. However, you can not only consume it in a therapeutic way, but also use it in the kitchen for countless dishes. The salad of lettuce, cucumber, some alfalfa sprouts and finely chopped and lightly cooked garlic, dressed with a little olive oil and sea salt, is a formidable food to prevent and fight many diseases. If the taste of garlic bothers you in your mouth and you can’t remove it with anything, suck on half a lemon for five minutes and that’s all.
The onion stimulates the appetite and regulates the functions of the stomach, it is diuretic so it is important because it purifies our body. It is also very good for all respiratory conditions, when we have a cough, cold, cold, flu, bronchitis, if we prepare the juice of 1 onion together with the juice of 1 lemon and 2 tablespoons of honey and drink it hot it will help us recover. . We must not forget that raw or cooked onions or also their juice, work very well in case of constipation. It is a great disinfectant, therefore eating it, especially raw, helps us protect ourselves against infectious diseases. Other of its properties is that it helps us fight dandruff and hair loss, rubbing our heads with its juice. frequently. Contains vitamins and mineral salts, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium etc … The onion, healthy and nutritious, hides numerous medicinal properties between its layers and is also very versatile in the kitchen. The onion is rich in minerals and in calcium, magnesium, chlorine, cobalt, copper, iron, phosphorus, iodine, nickel, potassium, silicon, zinc, sulfur, bromine. Vitamins A, B, C and E are also abundant and it also houses an essential oil that contains a volatile substance called allyl, with bactericidal and fungicidal properties. It also has antiseptic and emmenagogue properties (regulation of the menstrual cycle). It reduces, like garlic, platelet aggregation (danger of thrombosis), as well as the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid in the blood. In general, it favors growth, delays old age and strengthens organic defenses, especially against infectious agents.
Use in the kitchen:
I use it in most of my dishes. Onion is essential in the kitchen as it is one of the most used condiments in Mediterranean gastronomic culture. Thanks to its juiciness, the onion allows cooking with very little oil and water. Pickled, fried, battered, boiled, baked or raw, the onion is delicious.