Garlic Health Benefits
If I say, Garlic is a medicine, you'll probably respond: "Yeah? So, tell me something new." Garlic has long been famous for its wonderful medicinal qualities and its incredible flavour. It is used in variety of ways in different cultures for medicinal as well as culinary purposes.
Most of us like the flavour it adds to our food. But, the pungent smell it leaves in our mouths - don't you hate it? Well, the person next to you might hate it even worse.
In spite of this unfortunate side effect, Garlic is still hailed as the best medicine for curing many symptoms ranging from simple infections to serious diseases.
In 1858, Louis Pasteur was so stunned by its antibacterial activity that he introduced Garlic as an antiseptic to prevent Gangrene during World War I and World War II. When taken regularly, garlic improves thiamine absorption and improves our immunity to Beriberi. Garlic also has a strong anti-fungal quality in it. It can prevent and treat digestive disorders and colon infections. It fights effectively against cold and sore throat.
Garlic Milk Recipe
Garlic Milk: A Medicinal Drink.
This garlic drink, is more tasty, less hot, less smelly and very effective in fighting colds, sore throats, and infections. Is your picky eater prone to frequent colds? This is the right drink to enhance his or her immune system. Drinking a glass of garlic milk before going to bed also gives a peaceful sleep!
- 1 cup of milk.
- 3 garlic cloves.
- Sugar to taste.
- 1/4 Tsp. Turmeric powder.
- 1 Tsp. Honey (optional).
- Pinch of black pepper powder
1. Measure and pour the milk into a clean pot.
2. Crush the garlic cloves with the sides of a knife.Do not crush them hard. Crush it just enough to open the pods for the juices to flow out
2. Add the crushed garlic pods and a spoon of sugar to the milk. Adding sugar to milk before heating helps to prevent milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel
3. Put the pot on stove in medium - low heat and allow the milk to boil.
3. When the milk is hot, add the turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper powder for a little bit of spice
4. Let the milk stay on stove until the garlic pods turn soft. Keep stirring the milk once in a while so that it doesn't get sticky at the bottom.
5. When the pods are soft, remove the pot from heat and let it sit until the milk cools down to a warm drinkable temperature.
6. Drink the milk and make sure you eat those cooked garlic cloves.
If you like the taste of honey, you can substitute it for the sugar. Make sure you add honey only when the milk has cooled down, as adding honey to hot milk reduces the benefits of both honey and milk. Careful, though, because as much as honey soothes a sore throat, regular intake of honey with milk will increase body weight.
Another variation is to add more pepper powder to the milk provided, your spice tolerance is good. Black pepper by itself is very good for digestion and cold.
Turmeric powder also has medicinal properties. Like honey, it soothes any bodily injuries, including those on your internal organs. It's antibacterial as well. This amazing drink is loaded with medicinal benefits while not asking for a compromise on the taste!
Nila D (author) from USA on November 21, 2016:
Hi Beauty, you may but I don't believe that it can be very beneficial in terms of its medical properties as you know fresh is always the best option.
Raman on July 05, 2016:
I don not think boiling milk with crushed garlic cloves would reduce or take away the properties of the garlic. I have read that a three-minute boiling is beneficial. Also add the turmeric in mid way. Add a pinch of pepper powder at the end. if honey to be added do it when the milk cools down a bit. My father was taking garlic milk for at least 20 years and it helped him in fighting gastritis and constipation, and reducing cholesterol.
BEAUTY MWERA GOTO MUZADZI on January 27, 2016:
can I use garlic powder if I dont havecloves
tom on September 19, 2015:
Garlic should only be consumed with water. It should not be consumed with a dairy product. Garlic and a dairy product cannot be digested correctly or completely when combined.
sebastian on January 12, 2015:
Its a very nice guide i started using garlic yesterday and feels its working already just got fed up of lemsips. But very important thing is DO NOT BOIL GARLIC as i read somwhere that over 60 deg C will stop it from working also if u are adding honey do not go above 40 deg C as same happens to honey too. If you don't have a way of checking temp then if it feels room temp its fine. Hope this helps
Ann on December 18, 2014:
I am Polish, we drink garlic, milk and honey every time we have cold. It is popular in Poland.
We live in the Uk and also our British friends enjoy drinking it.
Jasmine on October 14, 2014:
I have a 19 month old who has a bad cold. Is it ok to use garlic powder with the milk or does it have to be a whole garlic to be effective
rameshwar singh on September 23, 2014:
garlic milk is good for my body .and good taste.
drsJohn on February 06, 2014:
Very useful information,
Thank u nila
James on December 18, 2013:
Boiling the garlic actually decomposes the acillin which is the antibacterial property of garlic. I would recommend altering this recipe by crushing the garlic with a press (which releases the acillin) and adding the garlic to the warmed milk at the end of the process if you want the antibacterial properties of the garlic.
Nila D (author) from USA on October 24, 2013:
Yes. It helps in having a goodnight sleep.
Eddy Azimi on October 13, 2013:
I knew all but garlic with milk was new for me, is that if i drink milk with garlic i can sleep well
Amitav on August 30, 2013:
Garlic when boiled in milk make a concoction which reduces cholesterol and triglycerid.
Nila D (author) from USA on July 17, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by and for your input.
Raw garlic is effective but it is impossible for most people to eat it raw. It is too hot especially for kids.
anon on July 15, 2013:
no do not boil it! raw uncooked garlic and milk is much more effective
Waffen SS on May 31, 2013:
You may have just saved me from a terrible cold mate ! Thanks very much
Nila D (author) from USA on December 15, 2012:
Thank you very much for the appreciation. :-)
Csl on December 14, 2012:
Very good. I love your article. It is very useful. I already knew this , but to get the variations and highlight some of the benefits is really useful. I didn't know it helps with the immunity system. Thank you.
Nila D (author) from USA on December 08, 2012:
Hi Yousuf, Thanks fro stopping by. I have mentioned the benefits I knew of. Please feel free to add your knowledge to the hub. Thanks!
M.Yousuf on December 04, 2012:
You not mentioned actual benefits of the drink
Nila D (author) from USA on March 23, 2011:
I am glad that you liked my hub. Thank you so much for the appreciation and vote. (note: you can vary the number of garlic cloves as per your need).
Pixienot from Clarksville, Indiana on March 22, 2011:
Thank you for a truly informative hub. I use garlic each time I have an infection, but I never heard of garlic milk. That's a new one on me.
Thank you for not only the information but the ingredients and the directions. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Voted up, useful and awesome.