Getting the Garlic In…Me and My Toddler

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!

Garlic Oil

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.

What?!? I'm eating garlic?!?

Disclaimer:  The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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5 thoughts on “Getting the Garlic In…Me and My Toddler

  1. Ive started using garlic oil on my 2 year old and it’s fantastic. She has had so many reacurring ear problems over the last year I’ve lost count. I ran out of her prescription drops the other day so I went on a search and found this site. The garlic oil in her ear worked a treat so when she picked up ANOTHER cough from day care I used the oil on her feet at night. After so many sleepless nights due to coughing I was ecstatic when within 10mins her coughing stopped and she slept through the night. Tonight was the fourth night I used it as soon as I heard the cough begin and as usual it stopped almost immediately. My concern is she gas had a loss of appetite and diarreah the last 2 days could this be caused my the garlic oil?

    • I’m glad garlic oil has worked so well for your family! I personally don’t see any connection between loss of appetite/diarrhea and garlic oil. More than likely whatever your child caught is causing those symptoms. Diarrhea is how the body cleans itself, so keep your little one well-hydrated but if she’s losing weight and isn’t her usual playful self, you should probably consult a doctor. My daughter recently had loose stools and I found this link very helpful: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/skin-care/diarrhea
      Thanks for stopping by, Naomi! 🙂

      • Thanks for the reply and the link. She is drinking plenty of fluid and you really wodnt know there was a problem other wise as she is her usual boisterous self 🙂

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