Good morning from the Ol' Farmhouse!
Today, I am going to talk a little bit about an herb that we all know, garlic.
Yes, garlic is an herb! And yes, I grow it in my herb garden! Now, that may seem a little odd to you at first, but hang with me. By the end of this post, I hope you will see how beneficial garlic is and why I would grow it with my other medicinal herbs.
We usually think of garlic as a flavoring spice or maybe even as a vegetable. But it goes beyond the kitchen, beyond the salsa, beyond the garlic bread and spaghetti!
Garlic has been recognized as medicine in many times, and in many cultures. From the first records of civilization (Sumerians) all the way up to today, from Mesopotamia to India, Egypt to Rome, China, Arabia, Europe, North America and through out all the world, garlic is found in every culture!
Garlic has very powerful antibiotic properties! And an immune booster! An anti-fungal, and treatment for viral infections...
Garlic is good for your heart! It can help to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and thin the blood.
Some studies are showing garlic as an anti-cancer herb.
Besides, its YUMMY!!!
There are a gazillion ways to use garlic. You can use it fresh, dried, frozen, pureed, fermented, raw, cooked, infused oil, pressed oil, garlic honey...
The list goes on and on... So, now you know why I grow garlic with my other medicinal herbs!
Here are some links to more information about garlic and its uses! These are blogs (and one book) that contain a lot more info on this great gift from our Creator!
- Lacto-fermented Garlic Recipe
- The Healing Power of Garlic
- How to get your Child to Eat More Garlic
- The Ultimate Garlic guide
- Curing Garlic for Storage
- Lacto-fermented Garlic scapes
- Garlic Scape Pesto
- Garlic-Allium Sativum
- In with the New, Out with the old- Not Quite
- Easy Garlic Syrup
- Easy Everyday Garlic Ideas
- Is Garlic Good For You? Let me count the ways...
- Golden Garlic Paste
- Preserving Garlic: How to make a garlic braid
- How to make Hummus: Garlic scape hummus
Wishing you a happy, healthy and garlicky day,
Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family