01.08.2015

Medicinal uses of garlic and honey

H: Well, okay, I started thinking about this yesterday because I went for a walk in the park right beside my house and I sat down on a bench to take a rest and this woman, an older woman, had sat down beside me and she had a little -- her grandson with her. And this little guy was just covered in sickness, like runny nose and eyes and all this kind of stuff. So it got me thinking that even across the ocean, there are a lot of plants that medicinally offer the same properties. So I got really excited about that, but then we were talking about today and we were talking about how there are some plants that are especially medicinal. And to keep this video short, we are just going to cover one of them in the video and the other five will be on the blog. H: Yeah, I thought it would be cool to mention fennel because fennel is really awesome for relaxing the tummy. So if you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant, you’ve probably seen that they have little dishes of seeds for you after dinner maybe covered in like a sugary coating, something like that.
Phil: Yeah and yet the thing I like about fennel too is in the garden, it’s just a great plant for attracting beneficial insects, it may be a perennial where you live so it comes back every year or even if you live in a cold climate, it will self seed quite readily and same with dill, it’s related to dill. So I actually tend to grow more dill because I like it a little bit better in cooking but more of a medicinal plant is the fennel and yeah, I think that’s the one we wanted to cover.
Phil: Yeah, so if you are not on the blog, check it out because one weed that we wrote about is one that I sometimes use in this ice cream that I make. Yesterday morning, my sister had an interesting encounter with a sniffling boy and his grandmother. It prompted us to put together a short medicinal plants list of 5 plants you may want to consider for your own organic garden. While sitting on a bench at the park, a sweet, older woman sat down beside me with her grandson.
Echinacea can be good medicine if you get a quality brand or grow your own quality echinacea. Like the lady who provided the candy for her grandson, plants are the original providers of all our drugs.
Are you growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds and mushrooms in your organic garden? And using important soil- and ecosystem-building methods in order to grow the most nutrient-dense plants possible, like the methods I teach in the Academy?
If so, you’ll be getting natural doses of the same medicines that are used in common over-the-counter drugs, but you’ll be bypassing all the bad stuff that results from using synthetic versions of these compounds. When you do that, all food plants you grow will be medicinal in that they provide you with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, etc. What follows is a list of 5 easy-to-grow, common medicinal plants I have in my garden and have actually used in the last week. It has fiber, minerals (lots of iron, calcium and magnesium), vitamins (especially A and C, which are both immune-boosters), antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Massage it with salt before you use it to turn it from a somewhat unpalatable leaf to a tender, delicious salad green. It has long-lasting flowers which attract loads of beneficial insects and it looks beautiful in the garden. Making it into a tea can provide benefits to your tummy by stimulating digestion (and helping with menstruation for the ladies). This is another species which will attract butterflies and other beneficial insects into the garden, and it's a perennial that self seeds, so leave a few flower heads there to drop.
The seeds are easy to harvest (just cut and dry the flowers heads) and can be munched on raw or made into a tea to enjoy after a meal.
The seeds are also perfect for freshening the breath so keep a dish around the house and eat a small handful as you please. I know dandelions are weeds in the lawn, but they’re also nutrient accumulators, meaning their roots seem to help pull up minerals such as maybe calcium and potassium from down in the soil. Every day, I use sprouts and other herbs - sometimes including just a small amount of baby dandelion greens - to make my version of ice cream.


Not only does it attract beneficial insects, but it also repels some not-so-beneficial insects, so using it around your organic vegetable garden is great. It’s a known antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and also is said to help prevent some cancers and heart diseases! The best part is, garlic is super easy to grow and can be used in numerous ways in your kitchen. Obviously this is a very incomplete list of medicinal plants, but a good start to add to your repertoire.
I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea the bunches of delicate white star-like blossoms that appeared to have taken over the front garden were wild garlic. I’ve always liked the idea of foraging for food in the wild but even better if I can forage in my own front garden. Let’s just say that to love me is to love garlic in all its various forms; raw, stir-fried, roasted and mashed and to ignore the pungent garlic breath that results. But the taste of ordinary garlic can be quite overpowering, especially when eaten raw, so I was thrilled to be able to enjoy the flavour and smell of garlic in a much milder form.
Since then I’ve been curious to find out more about wild garlic and its uses in herbal medicine and recipes. The most common form of Wild Garlic (Allium Ursinum) is also known as Ramsons, Wood Garlic, Devil’s Posy, Onion Flower, Stinkplant and Bear’s Garlic. Wild garlic is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and is used to treat yeast-related infections and normalise gut flora. Consulting my copy of The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses I think the variety I have in my garden is more likely to be Allium Tuberosum otherwise known as Chinese Chives, Cuchay and Garlic Chives as they have longer, thinner leaves which are keeled or ridged.
The leaves can be made into a poultice together with Gardenia Augusta and used to treat knee injuries.
It’s been wonderful going out into the front garden and chopping a bunch of garlic chives to add zest to a meal. It’s best to add wild garlic towards the end of cooking to preserve its freshness, or even better, eat it raw. Wild garlic is a perennial, so once it has finished flowering in June it will die down and wait to reappear next spring.
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Your pictures actually show three cornered leek flowers… wild garlic flowers grow above the foliage in a rough ball not drooping sideways, the flavour is much more garlicky and the leaves are much broader than three cornered leek.
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The scientific name of garlic is Allium sativum and is belong to the family of onion species. It has been reported that garlic causes burns on the skin when used in topical medications. It is considered safe to consult your doctor about the garlic intake as it interacts with certain antibiotics such as saquinavir, antiplatelets, calcium blockers warfarin and quinolone family and may result in some serious health hazards. Calendula (AKA pot marigold) - Is anti-septic and is used to treat wounds as well as added to a lotion to treat chapped skin.
Dill - found in most herb gardens.A decoction of dill is used to treat stomach upsets, insomnia,and flatulence.
He looked like he had a cold or a flu and this grandmother, she was so sweet, she was just totally ready to tackle this and she had like a little bag of candies and she was kind of sorting through these candies, try to pick the right one and she found one. So what we did is we put together a list of five, we just picked five really that I have in my garden and that I have used in the last week or so. So if you are watching this on YouTube, I’ll put a link below and you can go, check it out.
Well, those are fennel seeds and it’s a practice in India to eat them after a heavy meal to help aid in digestion. Plants are full of compounds and energies that can improve our health and even heal us in miraculous ways.


They all have a high level of sulforaphane - a really powerful cancer-fighting compound - and other antioxidants.
The leaves are used as an astringent to stop bleeding and close up wounds, so it’s great for cuts (like when you stab your hand with a thorn from a red currant plant). The leaves are full of vitamins, iron, beta-carotene, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and on and on.
Crushing or pressing garlic makes the enzymes and antioxidants more active and beneficial for you.
I thought they were pretty looking weeds that would have to be gotten rid of at some point.
I rubbed the leaves between my fingers first and immediately caught a gentle scent of garlic.
It grows wild throughout Britain and Europe, particularly in damp woods and on the banks of streams, and flowers between April and June.
And remember, you can eat the flowers too, so add them as a garnish and ingredient to salads. Write Health is where I share my passion for all things related to wellbeing during the menopause. The bad breath is often referred as garlic breath which occurs due to consumption of high quantity of garlic in the meal. However, it has been proven that over consumption of garlic reduces the platelet counts in the blood. It is often used in acne treatments and naturopathy and may result in painful skin rashes and burns. So many other ones are pretty cool; we have like a -- we have a leafy green, we have a flower, we have a bulb, we have a weed.
So if you have fennel tea or phenol seeds, it’s really good to maybe, for example, get a cup of tea, have that before a meal or after meal, especially if you have something heavy, it’s really good to help settle the tummy.
I was immediately imagining cheese and wild garlic sandwiches, salads and pasta sprinkled with wild garlic. You need only take a look at my Beetroot and Garlic Salad Recipe to know where I’m coming from. You can usually identify it by its wonderful garlicky scent and it has broad elliptical leaves. I had thought they were Allium Tuberosum otherwise known as Chinese Chives, Cuchay and Garlic Chives. It's also where I write about my journey towards better health in my attempt to Fit by Fifty. Some of the allergies caused by garlic are diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, breathing difficulties, throat ulcers etc. Garlic originates from Central Asia and is used as a seasoning in the food all over the world.
Such allergies occur due to certain chemical substance present in the garlic which are allylmercaptan, allylpropyldisulfide, diallyl disulphide and allicin.
Apart from the seasoning quality it has tremendous medicinal uses as well like it helps in treating cancer, sore throat, cold, etc. This chemical substance present in garlic gets absorbed by the blood during the metabolism of food. But, you will be surprised to know that after having such magical uses it has certain side effects as well.



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