How and Why to Use a Garlic Poultice
Everyone knows that garlic is a superfood that is super for our health. But, just how good is it?
Garlic is loaded with minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, iron, and trace minerals like iodine, sulfur, and chlorine. That’s not all. It is also a great source for vitamins such as B-vitamins (folate, thiamine, niacin, and B-6), and vitamins C, A, and K. Lastly – it is one of a rare dietary source of allicin.
As a whole, garlic possesses 39 different anti-fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral agents.
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The majority of its health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. The most famous of those is, of course, the allicin.
The Major Benefits of Garlic
- Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging. It may even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Garlic will boost the immune system, thus, fighting both viral and bacterial infections.
- Garlic supplements seem to reduce total and LDL cholesterol, particularly in those who have high cholesterol while HDL cholesterol and triglycerides do not seem to be affected.
- The active compounds in garlic is known to help stabalize blood pressure.
- I have heard that it also helps with neuropathy in the feet.
Did you Know?
Garlic was traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of laborers. Most notably, it was given to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
There are a variety of ways to use garlic for its health benefits. Cooking is one way but we will loose various amounts of the “goodies” thru the cooking process. Raw is the best way if we plan to take it internally.
We can eat a clove or two of raw garlic or we may take a capsule. However, not everyone is up for that, especially children. The next best thing is the use of a poultice.
Garlic as a Poultice
When using a garlic poultice we can target a specific area such as the chest in the case of a cold or congestion. It also works well as a detox and can be placed on the bottom of the feet where it draws out toxins and infection from the body.
I use them in various places. As mentioned, the chest is ideal for colds, flu, congestion, or any lung issues. I put it on my feet as an mini detox. I have even put it directly on areas of arthritis (such as my knee) as it seems to draw some of the pain out.
Before we get into the instructions – here are a couple of important notes.
1. Never use garlic in DIRECT contact with the skin.
2. Never leave the poultice in one spot for more than a minute or two as it can cause skin irritation. It’s best to move it from one position to another. A little less time for the little ones.
3. Rub a little olive or coconut oil on the area as a buffer – before applying the poultice. ( I don’t do this but it is suggested to avoid any skin irritation.)
Step by step instructions to make a quick garlic poultice
- A sandwich baggie (those little half sandwich baggies work perfect) NOTE: you don’t need to use a baggie. I do it to protect my clothing and shoes.
- Paper towel or cheesecloth
- Two cloves of garlic, peeled (I suggest a good quality orgainic garlic)
- A pair of scissors
- A garlic press (or you can slice thin)
Take your scissors and cut a square in the sandwich baggie. Approximately 2″ x 4″
Paper towel folded in half. NOTE: I use those “half” paper towels in a half sandwich baggie.
Mince garlic with a press or slice thin.
Spread it onto one side of the paper towel.
Fold the towel over and slide it into the baggie with the garlic fitting in the hole we cut.
Dribble a little warm water on it just to moisten.
Now it’s ready to apply to the area of your choice.
Rub a little olive or coconut oil on the area first – if you prefer.
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I like to slip it right into my shoe for a nice detox thru my feet. (no socks) A couple minutes on one foot, a few dribbles of warm water to warm it back up and into the other shoe for a couple minutes. You can put it right into your sock if you so choose. I don’t like the struggle of trying to keep it in place while pulling my sock on – thus – barefoot in the shoe.
OR: On my chest. I leave it a minute or two in one area then move it around so as not to leave it to long in one place.
Children might be especially sensitive to the smell of a garlic poultice on their chest. Some adults also. If this is the case then the bottom of the feet is the next best thing. Personally, I love the smell of garlic.
I mentioned you can use any size of sandwich baggie. The reason I like the half sandwich baggie is because it fits into my shoe easily.
Skin irritation is a possibility but this is different for everyone. The best way to see how you or your child will react is to check it every 30 seconds. If you see a little redness – move it over to a new spot.
Rinse the area off if it has become irritated.
I rarely get any irritation and even when I do it is simply a bit or redness. I have left the poultice on up to 5 minutes at a time. But that is just me. You need to see how it goes for you. I would suggest 5 minutes as an – absolute max – at one time so long as you have no irritation.
I wanted to add this to this article because it is so easy to make and because I just made some.
I will not go into all the honey benefits but I will say the two combined are a POWERHOUSE.
Easy peasy.. You need an air tight jar. (I use a mason jar).. Mash & peel your cloves then put them in the jar. Cover with honey and put it on your counter. It is much the same as fermenting. After a few days of the two mixing you get runny honey.. A tablespoon one to three times a day is a very healthy tonic. Honest disclosure.. it’s “sharp”, for lack of a better word. I generally follow it with several gulps of water.
If you try the poultice or the honey garlic mix…. let me know how it worked.