Garlic oil is one of the best ingredients in Nature’s medicine chest, a great healer and natural remedy for a variety of ills. Inexpensive and available round the year, garlic is not only one of the most prized of herbs in food preparations but is a virtual treasure when it comes to treating a variety of illnesses, bringing quick relief without any of the nasty side effects of allopathic medicines. Known to mankind since 7000 years, garlic thrives and helps humans stay fit and healthy.
Allium Sativum or garlic, as we know it, belongs to the onion and leek family of genus Allium. In use since 5000 years and more, life without garlic would be unthinkable for some cultures. It is the herb of life. Garlic or Allium sativum belongs to the genus Allium. It grows to a height of 1.2 metres and the bulbs mature underground. Garlic known with different names as Poondu, Veluthulli, Vellulli, Velluri, Vellipaaya, Tellapaayalu, Velluli Payalu, Lehsan, Lasun, Rasoon, Rashun, Lahsun, Lasun, Lusson, Rasuna, Lassan, Lahsun, Bollulli, Lassun, Leshun.
Garlic oil has a strong odor and pungent taste owing to its high sulphurous compounds that also give it the health giving properties. Garlic oil contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper, calcium, selenium and manganese as well as diallyl disulfide, allyl propyl disulfide and diallyl trisulfide that convert to allicin when the bulbs are crushed. Fresh garlic is the best in terms of nutrition and health properties. You can also obtain garlic in the form of dried garlic as well as garlic powder and garlic oil.
Garlic oil contains a number of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, phytonutrients and the all-important allicin made up of sulphur compounds. With a high ORAC value of 5346 micromol/Te per 100 grams, garlic nourishes, protects and revitalizes in addition to being put to a variety of mundane uses. Some people hate Garlic oil taste and smell whereas others simply cannot do without it. Garlic oil is indispensable for those involved in hard labour since it gives vigor and vitality and on the other hand, you have Jain religion that abhors garlic as being “tamasic” or promoting desire. Whichever way you look at it, garlic oil has a number of uses and it is better to have it as a friend rather than ignore it.
Garlic oil is prepared by steam distillation of macerated Garlic bulbs or by steeping them in warm or hot oil. Steam distilled oil contains more of water soluble compounds while garlic oil has more of oil soluble compounds. Garlic oil contains active ingredients diallyl sulfide, diallyl trisulfide, diallyl pentasulfide, diallyl monosulfide, diallyl tetrasulfide, methyl allyl disulfide, methyl allyl trisulfide, methyl allyl tetrasulfide, methyl allyl hexasulfide, dimethyl trisulfide, dimethyl tetrasulfide and dimethyl pentasulfide. Steam distilled garlic oil is typically diluted one part to 200 parts of any other oil that acts as a carrier for external or internal use for wide ranging health benefits.
You can use sunflower oil, olive oil, mustard oil or sesame oil as the base for garlic oil. Heat the oil. Crush peeled garlic cloves and let them stand for an hour. Add to the hot oil and let it stand for some time, preferably a day to let the compounds steep into the oil. Filter the oil and you have home made garlic oil you can use in different ways. Note that commercially available distilled garlic oil is potent and should always be diluted one part of garlic oil to 200 parts of plain oil before use. If you cannot be bothered, you can always buy garlic oil in the form of capsules.
It is easy to make garlic oil at home or buy them in the form of supplements. Garlic oil is safe to use internally except when you are taking medications for thinning the blood. Externally and internally garlic oil is one elegant solution to a variety of health issues.
From mythology to medicine, garlic has been with since thousands of years and is our closest friend. From warding off evil to curing common ailments, human beings have been using garlic since millenia. Human ingenuity, imagination and the magical properties of garlic have led to its use in various situations. For instance, people wore garlands of garlic cloves to ward off plague. The Soviet Army used garlic juice to treat wounds of soldiers. Dr Albert Schweitzer used it to treat gastrointestinal diseases in Africa. Garlic is used by farmers to repel insects. The Pharaohs of Egypt were routinely entombed with garlic. Dracula and vampires are said to be repelled by garlic. Garlic is used by housewives as an indispensable culinary ingredient and to treat common ailments. It is the subject of research into its potential uses.
Crush garlic and make into a fine paste and let it stand for an hour. Use the paste for application on skin, cuts, wounds and hair. You can mix garlic with oil and let it stand and use the resulting garlic oil for external purposes. This garlic oil can also be used to dress salads and to add a dash of zing to foods.
Preparing Garlic for Internal Use
Use fresh garlic cloves you can grind to a paste or chop into fine pieces to eat raw, in combination with other foods such as salads, in cooking and with other herbs for therapeutic uses. You can also prepare and store garlic oil to garnish soups, salads and a variety of foods, eating your way too good health.
Garlic for Internal Consumption
Internal or external, garlic can he put to a hundred uses, serving as the Swiss army knife of health, even proving a sure fire remedy where allopathic medicines fail. Keep garlic with you; it will do more than ward off spirits.