Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pickled Garlic

Necessity caused me to be unable to go to the DR for an earache (no wheels for me....I only have a car in the evening and on Sunday) and look for an herbal way to heal this issue. I had a terrible outer-ear infection this last week.....what was I going to do? I remembered the pickled garlic that I had in the refrigerator. I created this (the fermented garlic) long, long ago so I wasn't sure it was even okay yet.  I took a bit of the juice and added it to a bit of olive oil.   After dipping a piece of cotton in the resultant oil (until it was sopping in the oil) and sticking the cotton it in my ear the pain was almost gone by morning and completely healed by the next day. 

In addition to the garlic and because I also wasn't feeling just right I drank several cups of my Immune Tea for a couple of days.

I decided that I hadn't made use of the wonders of this jar of garlic so I determined to make a new jar AND USE IT!!

This garlic can be used as I did above, eating a clove of garlic every day would be great, and you can chop it into your recipes.

Makes 1 pint

about 6 heads garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon whey (if you do not have use 1 more teaspoon salt)

Set garlic heads in a 300 degree oven and bake until heads open and cloves can be easily remoed.  Place oregano, salt and whey with 1/2 cup of water.  Pour over garlic, adding more water if necessary to cover the garlic.  The top of the liquid should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar.  Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage.

What Made This Work On My Ear Infection?

I suspect that there are two factors that went into play to make this work on my ear infection.

  • the healing properties of garlic
  • the healing properties of oregano
Both Garlic and Oregano have antiobotic healing action properties.

Garlic, the "stinking rose" of the herb world, is one of the most ancient healing plants.

According to Growing and Using the Healing Herbs by GAEA and Shandor Weiss, "Garlic tea, made by infusing several chopped cloves of garlic in 1 quart of water, has been used as a gargle, or taken internally for colds and flu.  Placed externally on a cut, on a wound, or simploy on the hands, or the soles of the feet, garlic's antibiotic qualities are said to be quickly absorbed into the blood stream.  A fresh clove of garlic placed on the gums may soothe an abscessed tooth or other inflamatio in the mouth.  A cotton ball soaked in garlic oil is an old-time European remedy for treating ear infections, (never put the colve of garlic in your ear, however).  Chinese herbalists traditionally used garlice to treat certain forms of high blood pressure."

1 comment:

  1. Pickled garlic sounds delish. I'll have to give that a whirl. I'm glad your ear is feeling better.