It might seem like an odd pairing, but milk and garlic make for a fairly popular tonic, renowned for its many health benefits. For hundreds of years, garlic has been used as a treatment for various diseases. It contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It promotes healing and protects from infections.
On the other hand, milk does more than just strengthen bones. It contains lactic acid that kill harmful microbes. It’s also rich in calcium, which aids in various body processes. When combined with garlic, milk becomes even more potent. The drink is loaded with enzymes, antioxidants, and essential nutrients. Garlic milk is a popular Ayurvedic tonic that heals everything from common colds to inflammation. Below is a basic garlic milk recipe:
You will need:
1 cup fresh milk
3 garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
A pinch of black pepper
Organic honey to taste.
Start by crushing the garlic cloves using the sides of the knife. Do not mince the garlic or chop finely. Boil the milk on high heat then add crushed garlic. Add turmeric powder and let it boil until garlic becomes soft. Stir occasionally.
After boiling, leave the solution until lukewarm. Sweeten with organic honey and enjoy. Make sure to eat the crushed garlic cloves too.
Benefits of Garlic Milk
This preparation is used to treat a myriad of diseases ranging from stomach upset to acne. Take garlic milk to treat the following health problems:
Cold and Flu
If you’re vulnerable to common colds and flu, it means your immune system is weak. Drinking garlic milk helps minimize infection and strengthens the immune system. Drink this tonic twice per day until you make a complete recovery from colds or flu. You can also drink this tonic as a pre-emptive measure from viral and bacterial infections.
The potent antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of garlic milk soothe inflamed skin. It dries out pimples and prevents breakouts. In addition, regular consumption of garlic milk minimizes acne flare-ups and promotes faster healing.
Garlic milk is an excellent remedy for pneumonia, especially for very young children. The antibacterial and antiviral compounds in garlic kill harmful microbes on contact. This tonic also strengthens the immune system for faster healing and recovery.
Aids in Digestion
Whether you’re plagued with stomach ache or dyspepsia, drinking garlic milk eases pain and minor digestive discomforts. Garlic stimulates the production of digestive juices while milk kills harmful microbes in the intestines. Garlic milk also creates an environment conducive for the proliferation of good bacteria in the stomach. Best of all, garlic milk kills most types of parasitic worms. Drink it first thing in the morning to eliminate intestinal worms.
Ease Sciatica Pain
Garlic milk is traditionally used to soothe sciatica pain. This tonic comes in different variations (including the recipe above) but the best recipe for sciatica pain is to combine milk with garlic and palm candy. Add black pepper powder and sugar then boil. Before drinking, mash the softened garlic cloves for best results.