Garlic is amazing! While taking my Family Herbalism course, the reality of how potent and powerful garlic can be really hit me! Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-people- you name it, garlic’s got it! Eating cooked garlic is easy but raw garlic is where the punch lies, so here are our family’s favorite ways to consume it.
Blended in dips
Hummus and baba ghanoush are our favorite garlic caravans! All of the other flavors mask the taste so well, that you can easily sneak in a good few cloves in a single serving. For toddlers, dips are easy to eat and fun to play in, so it’s a triple win when you’re under the weather.
Lightly sauteed or roasted with veggies
When sauteeing or roasting your favorite veggie, add chopped garlic towards the end, a few minutes before turning off your flame. A little olive oil also can help those little garlic pieces taste savory on their own or when chomped with the veggies.
Added to curry
Curried Lentils is our vegan “Chicken Soup”. Hot, salty, and savory! Once the lentils are cooked and I’ve added the curry, turmeric, and salt, I add finely minced red onions, garlic, and ginger, and turn off the flame. Let the additives steep a bit, and you’ve fooled your tongue again!
You can add fresh cloves of garlic to a small bottle of olive oil for garlic-infused oil but I’m talkin about adding a few spoons of olive oil to crushed cloves of garlic- this is garlic oil! Just barely cover your minced garlic with a layer of olive oil and let it sit, preferably in the sun, for one to three days. Then, use the garlic oil topically. For a feverish toddler, you can rub garlic oil on their foot bottoms and cover their feet with socks when going to bed at night. You can rub garlic oil over the chest to “break up” a dry cough. A few drops of warm garlic oil is also great for ear infections (place a cotton ball in the ear afterwards) or to clear up a fungal rash on the skin.
Garlic, Cayenne, and Honey Remedy
This remedy is a true “in case of emergency” resort. If you feel a vicious sore throat coming on, this remedy will help to oust before it can take a foothold. Warning: It’s rough going down! The first spoon is not so bad, but the subsequent spoons will make a grown man cry! 4-5 cloves of minced garlic, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of powdered cayenne pepper, and 1-2 tbsp. of honey.
Note for Nursing Moms: The reason it’s important for a nursing mom to eat garlic is that your toddler will already be accustomed to the taste of it from your milk and benefit from the properties when you consume it. Even if you’re not a nursing mom, toddlers can use a little “positive peer pressure” when it comes to eating. Watching everyone else dip cucumbers in a fun, squishy dip may invite them to do the same.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.